McLaurin caught three of six targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.
Analysis: The fourth-year wideout was on the other end of rookie Sam Howell's first career passing TD, hauling in a 16-yard score in the first quarter. McLaurin finishes the season with a career-high 1,191 receiving yards on 77 catches with five touchdowns, his third straight campaign with over 1,000 yards, and no matter who's under center for Washington next year, he'll be a key part of the passing game.
Jan 8, 2023 8:56 PM EST
McLaurin recorded two receptions on five targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Browns. He added one rush for 12 yards.
Analysis: McLaurin tied for third on the team in targets and has now been targeted six or fewer times in four of his last five games. He has been able to mask that lack of volume with long gains and touchdowns in past weeks, though that wasn't the case against the Browns. He managed one highlight-worthy play, a 23-yard reception that came early in the fourth quarter. Even so, his yardage total was his lowest since Week 4.
Jan 1, 2023 3:35 PM EST
McLaurin had four receptions (five targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-20 loss to the 49ers.
Analysis: McLaurin finished as Washington's top-producing receiver despite finishing third in targets behind Logan Thomas (eight) and Jahan Dotson (nine). The 27-year-old continues to perform at a high level in spite of inconsistent quarterback play, posting a healthy 72/1,092/4 receiving line through 15 games. Head coach Ron Rivera has a big decision to make regarding who will start under center against the Browns next Sunday, but McLaurin should maintain WR1 status whether Taylor Heinicke or Carson Wentz gets the call.
Dec 24, 2022 7:29 PM EST
McLaurin corralled all six of his targets for 70 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: McLaurin didn't post gaudy fantasy totals on Sunday Night Football, but the results were strong given the low target total in comparison to his season average (7.5 targets). The 27-year-old eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau for the third consecutive season, and he needs just 104 more yards to set a new career high. McLaurin will have a shot to accomplish that feat against the 49ers on Saturday. San Francisco boasts one of the league's top total defenses -- due in large part to Nick Bosa and the linebacking unit -- but they do not have a corner on the roster who can match McLaurin in raw talent.
Dec 18, 2022 9:50 PM EST
McLaurin secured eight of 12 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Commanders' 20-20 tie with the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: McLaurin led the Commanders in receptions, receiving yards and targets in the overtime clash. The speedster was able to shake loose for a 19-yard touchdown grab late in the first quarter as well, his first score since Week 7. McLaurin heads into Washington's Week 14 bye with a trio of 100-yard efforts in the last six games before a Week 15 rematch at home with the Giants.
Dec 4, 2022 2:59 PM EST
McLaurin recorded four receptions on six targets for 48 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: McLaurin led the team with six targets, but Taylor Heinicke took to the air only 23 times. That limited McLaurin's opportunity to produce, but he still managed receptions of 26 and 13 yards to highlight the performance. Despite delivering when given looks, McLaurin has failed to top 60 yards in three of his last four games.
Nov 27, 2022 4:10 PM EST
McLaurin caught four passes for 55 yards on seven targets against Houston on Sunday.
Analysis: McLaurin did well for his own part, especially considering the struggles of quarterback Taylor Heinicke (15 of 27 for 191 yards), but it's still somewhat disappointing for McLaurin's fantasy investors that he wasn't given more opportunity to capitalize against a Houston defense that cover him. McLaurin usually holds the advantage against whoever tries to cover him, so he's a fine bounce-back candidate even if he sees shadow coverage from standout Atlanta corner A.J. Terrell in Week 12.
Nov 20, 2022 1:18 PM EST
McLaurin caught eight of 11 targets for 128 yards in Monday's 32-21 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: McLaurin accounted for 76 of Taylor Heinicke's 145 passing yards in the first half and picked up where he left off in the third quarter, registering receptions of 11 and 41 yards in a three-play span to set up a field goal that put Washington up 23-14. Washington's playmaking defense held the fort from there. McLaurin set a new season high in receiving yards while topping 100 yards for the third time, and he should continue to work as the team's No. 1 wide receiver in Week 11 against the Texans. It remains to be seen whether Heinicke or Carson Wentz (finger) will start that game.
Nov 14, 2022 9:03 PM EST
McLaurin brought in five of nine targets for 56 yards in the Commanders' 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: McLaurin led the Commanders in receptions and targets while checking in second in yardage to Curtis Samuel. The Commanders' top target now has at least five catches in three straight games, a favorable streak he'll aim to extend against the tough Eagles defense in a Week 10 road matchup on Monday night, Nov. 14.
Nov 6, 2022 3:22 PM EST
McLaurin recorded six receptions on eight targets for 113 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts.
Analysis: McLaurin was Taylor Heinicke's favorite target all afternoon, and he nearly doubled the yardage total of any other receiver for the Commanders. He also accounted for both of the team's longest plays from scrimmage with receptions of 42 and 33 yards -- helping him surpass the century mark for only the second time on the campaign. In the two games since Heinicke has taken over the starting quarterback job, McLaurin has combined to post 11 receptions for 186 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Oct 30, 2022 5:33 PM EST
McLaurin caught five of eight targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Packers.
Analysis: McLaurin reignited his chemistry with Taylor Heinicke in Heinicke's season debut, highlighted by a 37-yard touchdown catch to put Washington up 17-14 in the third quarter. After recording just one touchdown in six games with Carson Wentz (finger) under center, McLaurin could be trending up, though a stingy Colts secondary will do its best to limit the two-time 1,000-yard receiver in Week 8.
Oct 23, 2022 3:36 PM EST
McLaurin brought in three of four targets for 41 yards in the Commanders' 12-7 win over the Bears on Thursday night. He also fumbled once but recovered.
Analysis: The speedster recorded solid gains on each of his three catches while pacing the Commanders in receiving yards and sharing the lead in receptions. McLaurin was responsible for nearly half of Carson Wentz's 99 passing yards, and the fact he was able to muster even a serviceable line on such a meager night for the air attack is a testament to his talent and role in the passing game. McLaurin saw his touchdown-less streak extend to four games, however, a matter he'll aim to rectify at the expense of the Packers in a Week 7 home matchup on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Oct 13, 2022 8:36 PM EST
McLaurin recorded five catches on six targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: McLaurin was only the third-most targeted Washington receiver, but he made the most of his opportunity to lead the team in receiving yards. He delivered several big plays, highlighted by receptions of 34 and 25 yards. McLaurin hasn't found the end zone since Week 1, but he has recorded at least 75 receiving yards in three of five games on the campaign.
Oct 9, 2022 5:25 PM EST
McLaurin caught two passes for 15 yards on six targets against Dallas on Sunday.
Analysis: For the second week in a row quarterback Carson Wentz struggled badly, taking far too many hits and throwing with scattershot accuracy. McLaurin's abilities are well documented and rarely are his struggles his fault, but he really needs Wentz and the Washington offensive line to get its act together. The good news is that Washington plays Tennessee in Week 5, and their pass rush should prove less threatening than the Eagles and Cowboys did over the last two weeks.
Oct 2, 2022 1:46 PM EST
McLaurin caught six passes for 102 yards on nine targets against Philadelphia on Sunday.
Analysis: Carson Wentz struggled to complete passes most of the day as the Philadelphia pass rush rattled the Washington offense, and McLaurin struggled to draw viable targets for most of that time. McLaurin is one of the league's most unique big-play threats, though, and he's capable of doing fast damage after a cold stretch. After increasing his yardage total from 58 to 75 to 102 over his first three games, McLaurin could be closing in on a proper 2022 breakout game soon.
Sep 25, 2022 2:22 PM EST
McLaurin caught four of eight targets for 75 yards and added a seven-yard run in Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: McLaurin finished three yards and one target shy of Curtis Samuel's team-leading totals. Both Samuel and Jahan Dotson got into the end zone again after doing so last week, but McLaurin failed to extend his own touchdown streak to two games. McLaurin remains the top wide receiver for Washington heading into a Week 3 showdown with the Eagles, but the gap between him and the alternative options appears substantially smaller than it was last season.
Sep 18, 2022 3:13 PM EST
McLaurin caught two of four targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Fresh off of a much-deserved contract extension, McLaurin did not waste any time proving he was worth the money. The 27-year-old burned his assignment late in the fourth quarter, and new Commanders starting quarterback, Carson Wentz, hit his man in stride for a 49-yard touchdown. McLaurin has put together some strong fantasy seasons with subpar play under center, so even the flawed Carson Wentz could be a boon to the star wideout's stock in 2022. Washington will take on the Lions next Sunday.
Sep 11, 2022 4:09 PM EST
McLaurin will not suit up in Saturday's preseason finale against the Ravens, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Commanders are resting essentially every key starter on both sides of the both. With Jahan Dotson, Cam Sims (concussion) and Curtis Samuel also sidelined, expect Dyami Brown and Dax Milne to see the starting reps in Saturday's contest.
Aug 27, 2022 2:35 PM EST
McLaurin caught both his targets for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: The Commanders have played QB Carson Wentz for six drives so far this preseason, producing seven points for the team and three catches for 43 yards for McLaurin (on four targets). Wentz and McLaurin start the regular season with a seemingly friendly matchup against Jacksonville.
Aug 22, 2022 6:35 AM EST
McLaurin recorded one catch on two targets for 16 yards in Saturday's 23-21 preseason loss to the Panthers.
Analysis: The Commanders' offense sputtered on their first two possessions, but McLaurin began the third drive with a 16-yard catch on a pass delivered by Carson Wentz. McLaurin is coming off a relatively disappointing 2021 season, but an upgrade at quarterback provides some optimism that he will be able to return to his 2020 form when he tallied 87 receptions for 1,118 yards across 15 games.
Aug 13, 2022 4:28 PM EST
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