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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Fantasy Week: Pierre Garcon

By Dan Graziano


Continuing our weeklong look at NFC East-related fantasy football matters, let's watch the roundtable video about Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Seriously, watch it. I'll wait.

Done? Great. So yeah, I'm in total agreement with what the crew had to say here. Garcon could be an extremely productive wide receiver for you this year if he plays 16 games and Robert Griffin III plays 16 games at quarterback. Especially in leagues that award a point per reception, Garcon is a huge upside play in a Redskins offense that wants him to lead it in catches. And I don't necessarily agree with Chris Harris' concerns about Garcon's deep-threat ability, because I think Garcon has shown he has the ability to take a short catch and turn it into a long gain.

The issues are the health, and Stephania Bell's rundown of Garcon's foot injury and his refusal to have the surgery needed to repair it should give you pause. Garcon ranks 25th among wide receivers right now in our preseason fantasy rankings, which makes him a high-end No. 3 wide receiver in 12-team leagues. (Makes him the top No. 3 wide receiver in 12-team leagues, technically.) And I think this seems about right, but not because I think he'll finish as the 25th-best fantasy wide receiver in 2013. I think he'll either be a top-10-to-15 guy or finish somewhere around 40 -- the former if he and his quarterback are healthy all year, the latter if not.

So Matthew Berry's plan is the right one. Take a shot on Garcon as your No. 3 if you feel good at running back and quarterback but not super-great about your No. 1 and No. 2 receivers, since he has the ability to be a No. 1 but plenty of risk of falling well short of that. He's the upside play you want if he's available to you in, say, the sixth round and you feel like your roster needs a jolt at receiver. But back him up with a good No. 4 if you do that, and if he's being drafted as a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver, I say stay away. You might miss out on something special, but I think the risk is too great with so much wide receiver talent on the board in the middle rounds this year.