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What to do with Terry McLaurin in Week 9 fantasy football

Terry McLaurin takes on Tre’Davious White in Buffalo this Sunday. Is he worth a start?

Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin scores a touchdown in the third quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Terry McLaurin has been a revelation in his rookie year, putting up numbers nobody thought possible from Washington in their current state of disrepair. He’s scored a touchdown in four of seven-game, including two against Miami in Week 6. Unfortunately, last week, he caught 4-of-6 targets for 39 yards on Thursday night against the Vikings, giving him back-to-back duds.

Those duds usually come when a quarterback not named Case Keenum is throwing him the ball. So far, he’s caught 25-of-38 targets for 407 yards and five touchdowns when Keenum is throwing him the ball and 3-of-8 for 51 yards when Colt McCoy or Dwayne Haskins is his quarterback.

Keenum hasn’t been able to practice this week due to a concussion and won’t be able to play in Week 9. Haskins will get the start in his place, likely lowering McLaurin’s upside.

Fantasy football analysis: Washington WR Terry McLaurin

Besides the downgrade to Haskins, McLaurin will take on a strong secondary in Buffalo. This season the Bills have yet to give up a 100-yard game to an opposing receiver. They also rank second-best at limiting fantasy points to wide receiver and first at fantasy points per reception.

McLaurin had placed himself into must-start status early in the season, but now with two duds in a row and Haskins throwing him the ball, we probably should rethink things. With Haskins in there, there is a good chance head coach Bryan Callahan will do everything in his power to give Adrian Peterson the ball over and over again and hope to get turnovers from Josh Allen even in a game where Washington trails. That’s not a game script you want when facing one of the best secondaries in the league.

The Bills secondary is excellent, but Tre’Davious White is the key, and he has played as well as any corner in the league. When targeting White, quarterbacks have the lowest QB Rating in the league, as they complete just 43.8 percent of passes. He’s allowed only 164 yards, no touchdowns and picked off the ball four times. Now he’ll see McLaurin for most of the game.

Traditional Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation


DraftKings DFS Recommendation

Don’t play McLaurin, but do put the Bills D/ST into your rotation. They’re at $3,800, which is more than I usually pay for defenses on DraftKings, but with Haskins starting and White on McLaurin, Washington should be in trouble.