Garcon had 633 receiving yards and 4 touchdown in just ten games
By Nick Manzo –
One of the most surprising teams in the league last season was the Washington Redskins and their unlikely run into the playoffs. While Robert Griffin III was the team’s shining star, it was also very apparent that the Redskins were a much better team with RG3’s main receiving weapon, Pierre Garcon, on the field.
Although Garcon only played 10 games last season due torn ligaments in his foot, the Redskins were 9-1 in those games. Garcon wrapped up his season with totals of 44 receptions, 633 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 10.3 fantasy points per game over the Redskins last six contests.
While Garcon’s ceiling this year appears to be very high, his foot injury is still a serious concern for fantasy owners. He will be wearing a specially designed shoe to support the torn ligament in his right foot.
Even after 6 weeks of rest last season, Garcon’s ligament did not even come close to healing. Surgery was an option for the hobbled receiver, but since a complete fix wasn’t guaranteed, he opted to rest the foot during the offseason and is still unsure about his availability for Week 1.
If Garcon can stay healthy and play a full season with Griffin III, many experts believe Garcon can become one of the game’s top outside receivers. Projected over the course of a 16 game schedule, Garcon’s stats last year might have produced totals of 70rec/1013yds/6TD, which would’ve placed Garcon in the top 20 scoring leaders among NFL wide receivers.
As the season approaches, fantasy owners are showing signs of caution with Garcon. Garcon is being drafted as the 26th wide receiver, ranking him as a top end No. 3 WR. However, Garcon’s huge upside should make him a steal at this position. While injury risk is a concern, Garcon should continue to blow past secondaries this season and leap into the top 15 among fantasy wide receivers.