By Lewis Gould
If you’re preparing for a fantasy draft, you might want to hear what ESPN’s Matthew Berry thinks:
Terry McLaurin, Washington Football Team:
Scary Terry … Terry McScorin’ … Terry “The Washington Football Team Player Matthew Berry Dreams About Every Night” McLaurin … I don’t care what you call him, just be sure to get a lot of McLaurin on your fantasy teams this year.
Last season, McLaurin was WR20 in a points-per-game basis. But that was in a Washington offense that wasn’t nearly as pass-happy as the one we’ll see this year with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the controls. Last season’s Fitz-less McLaurin averaged 19.3 PPG in the nine games in which he had at least eight targets. I expect him to get eight targets in most every game this season.
With, let’s say, inconsistent QB play last season, McLaurin was still 12th among WRs in receiving yards per game. He just got unlucky with touchdowns, scoring only four. I expect that number to go up on an offense that will be more aggressive and in scoring position more often.
Fitz is not scared to throw deep or into traffic, making him a perfect QB for McLaurin. Remember, Fitzpatrick has produced a top-15 fantasy WR in each of the past three seasons in which he started at least 12 games. Put it all together, and I’ll be doing a lot more dreaming this year about McLaurin, whom I have inside my top 10 at WR.
And you’ll be having nightmares if you don’t draft him.