McLaurin and Washington Week 1 Fantasy Focus

  • Antonio Gibson
  • Darius Slay
  • dynasty football
  • dynasty nerds
  • Fantasy Football
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Steven Sims Jr
  • Terry McLaurin
  • washington football team
By David Opperman September 10, 2020 0 Comment
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McLaurin… Must Start

The week 1 matchup against the Eagles marks a rematch against Darius Slay who is sure to follow Washington’s Terry McLaurin. From 2014 to 2018 Slay ranked among the best in coverage grade while last year being his worst. Slay’s subpar 2019 season showed. Looking back at their matchup last year netting McLaurin 5 receptions for 72 yards. Entering week 1 McLaurin, a year better in a system unknown to Philadelphia, should produce low-end WR1 numbers. Prediction 6 receptions, 89 yards, and 1 TD giving PPR fantasy owners 20 points.

McKissic or Gibson

The rookie is entering week 1 as even an unknown to local media on his usage in Scott Turner’s system. Turner will run multiple 2 RB back sets utilizing Gibson in multiple ways as a runner and pass-catcher. While he is a big-play weapon, his lack of pass protection ability will still limit him somewhat behind a questionable OL. Project Gibson to have  5 attempts for 25 yards and 3 receptions for 50 yards but held no TDs.

JD McKissic is likely the player to use as a flex option going into week 1. While Peyton Barber will most likely carry the ball the most, McKissic will give you the most bang for your buck. He will be in on all 3 downs and his biggest contributions will be in the passing game. My prediction here is 6 receptions for 75 yards being a solid PPR flex option good for 13 points.

Bench Steven Sims Jr.

Steven Sims Jr has tremendous upside and certainly game-breaking ability but a stout Philly DL could very well limit his touches. Although Turner will utilize a lot of motion to confuse the defense he may be forced to run a lot of 12 formations. Having to utilize two TE’s to help an uncertain OL there just won’t be the opportunities for Sims Jr. Aside from a potential long gain, we could see a 3 reception for 21 yards type of stat line.

Bold Sleeper Prediction

A sleeper option heading into this matchup comes from the opposing offense for Philadelphia in JJ Arcega-Whiteside. Miles Sanders comes into this week off a tweaked hamstring plus you’ll see a lot of focus on containing Ertz and Goedert. As Wentz will need to release the ball quickly to avoid the rush Whiteside could be heavily targeted underneath. Realistically we could see 10 receptions for 110 yards and a red zone TD. JJ Arcega-Whiteside could produce fantasy gold (27 points) if the Washington DL can’t throw Wentz off rhythm.

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