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Terry McLaurin (WR, WAS) - 2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper


BALLER MOVE: Target With Final Pick In Draft

Current ADP: ~310

I am a professional sports bettor, which sometimes gets a negative connotation from those who don't understand what I do. The general public would consider my job as a luck-based activity that presents potential dangers and pitfalls, but I would describe my profession in a completely different fashion. My goal, and what defines my bottom line at the end of the year, comes down to being able to assess value and pinpoint inconsistencies in the market.

I mention all this because I believe we have a player that deserves some consideration in settings as small as 10-team leagues but isn't even being drafted in all 20-team contests. These sorts of discrepancies are a handicappers dream, and the beautiful thing about this wager is that our risk of being wrong will only cost us one of our last picks in the draft.

It remains to be seen what exactly the Washington Redskins will do with frankly any part of their offense entering the season, but there is a massive possibility that we see Terry McLaurin win a starting spot opposite of Paul Richardson as early as Week 1 of the year. McLaurin was a speedster at Ohio State and enters the league jumping off the board with his measurables. 4.35 speed (98th percentile), 114.6 speed score (95th percentile) and a catch radius that places him slightly over the top 75% of NFL players would be enough to sell me in almost any situation, but his college connection with Dwayne Haskins adds another incentive of why McLaurin could be in for a breakout rookie season.

Last year at Ohio State, the two connected for 701 yards and 11 TDs, and Haskins has been on record saying that he is looking for his young wideout every time he takes the snap. There is a remotely decent chance that Haskins will not win the job by Week 1, but the nice thing about McLaurin is this isn't some duo package where he can only succeed under one QB.

Head coach Jay Gruden has been raving about his first-year WR, calling him "one of the team's best players" and has acknowledged that nobody in the organization realized he was this good when they drafted him. Does a player being projected as my overall WR49 guarantee you a championship in a 12-team fantasy football league? No. But the upside is there, the potential for a higher ceiling is possible and the cost is free to acquire. I don't know about you guys, but I enjoy getting a chance to place a freeroll wager if it means I can hit the lottery.


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