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No Washington leaders in PFF’s top 50, Terry McLaurin tops list

By meerna Jul11,2024
No Washington leaders in PFF’s top 50, Terry McLaurin tops list

The final preseason game of the season is over – hopefully – and you’re a Washington Commanders fan preparing for the most important day of your fantasy football year. It’s draft day.

The problem is that there aren’t any Commanders worth picking in the first round, not even the second, and depending on the size of the league, it could be multiple rounds before you even think about picking up any of your favorite players dressed in burgundy and gold (this year, that actually will be the case).

According to Pro Football Focus’ fantasy football rankings heading into this season, you’ll have to wait about 60 picks before you take even one member of Washington’s roster. And then, at the top of the list will be quarterback Terry McLaurin.

The good news is that if you add him to your team, you should get a better version of McLaurin than last year.

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Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders quarterback

December 4, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) scores a touchdown in the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

“Don’t forget, this is the same receiver who ranked 16th in YPRR (2.20) and 19th in FD/RR (.104) in 2023 (per Fantasy Points Data). That talent didn’t just disappear.”

FantasyPros Terry McLaurin Profile

“McLaurin is poised to return to form in 2024,” McLaurin’s FantasyPros profile reads. “Last year, Sam Howell and his terrible passing game derailed McLaurin’s season. McLaurin still led the team with a 20.4% target percentage, 34.7% air yard percentage, 1.64 YPRR, and 25.4% first down percentage. Let’s not forget, this is the same receiver who ranked 16th in YPRR (2.20) and 19th in FD/RR (.104) in 2023 (per Fantasy Points). That talent didn’t just disappear. It was dragged down by a quarterback who ranked 21st in CPOE and 25th in pure pocket passer rating last year. He was WR34 in fantasy points per game and WR21 in expected fantasy points per game last year. With Jayden Daniels under center, McLaurin could return to WR2 status in 2024.”

Hey, if you can get WR2 value out of a draft pick in the 60s, that’s a win in our book. He’s WR31 on PFF’s list, flirting with being out of WR3 territory in 12-team leagues and just outside of it in smaller leagues.

However, if you absolutely want a Washington player on your roster this year, you’ll have more opportunities later on.

Quarterback Jayden Daniels is the second-highest-graded quarterback according to PFF, No. 99 overall and the QB12 in his position group. If you play in one of those annoying two-quarterback leagues that go all-in on fantasy football, you might have to jump a little higher to get him.

Next up, running back Brian Robinson Jr. is ranked 102nd (RB32), with Austin Ekeler right behind him at 107th overall and RB35 in the group.

The Commanders gain another player in the top 150, as point guard Jahan Dotson is WR64 and exactly 150th.

The complete fantasy rankings can be found at PFF.com.

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