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By Brian Naylor, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Jul 30th 6:10pm EDT

According to offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, Pierre Garcon is going to be used in a fashion that allows him to be closer to the line of scrimmage in 2015. (Source: 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny)

Fantasy Impact: The change in Garcon's lineup placement could open him up to be a much bigger PPR player in fantasy. Two seasons ago Garcon led the NFL in receptions (113) and that number slipped dramatically last year (68) despite playing as many games as the year before.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Jun 25th 9:37pm EDT

Pierre Garcon was excellent at minicamp and hasn't missed a voluntary practice, leading people around the team to believe that Garcon has proved he wants a more prominent role this year. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Coach Jay Gruden said, "I'm impressed, especially with Pierre." Gruden later commented, "Pierre has been here every day, working his tail off, doing a great job." Wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard said, "Can't say enough good things about him." He should catch more than the mere 68 receptions he recorded last season. Just don't expect the 113 he had in 2013.

 

By Steve Painter, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Jun 8th 9:33pm EDT

Garcon has moved from X to Z, which is ordinarily the featured position in coach Jay Gruden's offense. This has no bearing on new X receiver DeSean Jackson, it's just that the team plans on feeding Garcon more than they did last year. (Source: Britt McHenry on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When Garcon is fed the ball, he does a great job of creating yards after the catch. He had only 68 catches last year, so an increase will be most welcome.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Jun 4th 10:08pm EDT

Pierre Garcon is now playing as a 'Z' receiver, while DeSean Jackson is now the 'X' receiver. (Source: Washington Times)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon used to line up on the left, but will not be split out wide to the right. This is an effort to get Garcon the rock, according to reporter Mike Jones. He caught a staggering 45 fewer passes last year than he did in 2013. Regardless, Jackson is still the best Redskins' wide receiver to own and Garcon is merely a WR3.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Wed, Apr 1st 3:59pm EDT

Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden spoke about Pierre Garcon saying, "I think we can get his numbers up a bit." Gruden also said, "We missed him. With three quarterbacks playing, there was never any ideal situation, and that hurt all the receivers. Moving forwards we get some stability at the quarterback position, you'll see all the numbers go up for all the receivers hopefully. A lot of people would rather just hand it off, but I think, we need to spread it out and be diverse in what we do and get these guys these touches. These guys work extremely hard. For us not to give them opportunities to make plays down the field is silly." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: DeSean Jackson took a huge chunk out of Pierre Garcon's value, but having three different quarterbacks all start at least three games each didn't help either. The entire offense lacked chemistry last season. Garcon's biggest dip in production was on third down, which is likely where the Redskins will use him as a security blanket this season. He was only targeted 15 times on third down in 2014, resulting in a mere five catches. Jordan Reed got more chances on third down than Garcon despite missing so much time last season. Even Andre Roberts received more third down opportunities. Expect the team to try to get Garcon 70-80 catches this season, especially since he has typically been productive after the catch on third downs since coming to Washington.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Feb 9th 5:29pm EST

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has a $9.7 million cap hit in 2015. The Redskins are expected to try and restructure his contract, or possibly trade him if Garcon's camp doesn't cooperate with the team. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Cutting Garcon would result in a cap penalty of $4.4 million, so that's unlikely to happen. Garcon still lead the team in receptions and targets for 2014, despite looking like he disappeared for stretches, so the team likely still values him as their main receiver. With that being said, Garcon should stay in Washington for 2015, but a pay cut would likely be required for that to happen after his lackluster 2014.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 3:55pm EST

Washington Redskins' wideout Pierre Garcon caught four passes for 61 yards on five targets during their Week 16 win against the Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the Cowboys' weak passing defense, the inconsistency of QB Robert Griffin III puts Garcon off the fantasy radar for Week 17.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 12:01pm EST

Redskins' WR Pierre Garcon was targeted seven times for four catches and 36 yards, after getting nine catches for 95 yards last week.

Fantasy Impact: QB Robert Griffin III was the man under center for most of the game and WR DeSean Jackson returned from injury and was active, so it further goes to show that Garcon has little starting value when Jackson is healthy, no matter who is under center. Garcon hasn't scored a TD in seven games and there's no reason for that to stop against the Eagles in Week 16.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 1:13pm EST

Redskins' WR Pierre Garcon caught nine passes for 95 yards on a team-high 11 targets during the team's shutout loss to the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: At least the team managed to do what coach Jay Gruden promised they would, and that's get Garcon more involved. With DeSean Jackson out, getting the ball to Garcon became that much more essential, since he is now their best playmaking receiver. Garcon will try to keep it going against the Giants in Week 15.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 12:48pm EST

After reviewing game film from Sunday's loss and seeing the very tough catches Garcon was asked to make on his limited targets. Head coach Jay Gruden affirmed that Garcon's lack or production needs to be addressed. Gruden said, "We've got four games left and we have to try to get him the ball out in space where he can run, because his whole dynamic is running with the ball in his hands after the catch." (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: QB Colt McCoy has given the team an offensive spark, but Garcon didn't get spark to his own production. Out of the nine targets to Garcon (most of which were off-target passes), Garcon only hauled in three of those for a measly nine yards. The wideout has 49 catches this season and is on pace to finish with 65 catches, which isn't bad. When you consider that 65 catches is only 57 percent of the 113 catches he had last season for 1,346 yards, then it speak volumes to just how much Garcon's role in the offense has faded. The team will look to get him back on track against the Rams in Week 14.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 6:54pm EST

Redskins' WR Pierre Garcon caught three passes for a whopping nine yards during the team's blowout loss to Indianapolis in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact: Nobody can even feel good about Garcon as a flex play anymore. He is solely waiver-wire fodder at this point. Do not keep him on your roster any longer.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 10:51am EST

With the benching of Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy, there is some hope that Redskins WR Pierre Garcon can get some productivity. Garcon will benefit not only from more confident QB play, but possibly the return of LT Trent Williams as well. Garcon also had five catches for 87 yards and a score in McCoy's first appearance this season.

Fantasy Impact: It's far too early to rely on Garcon given his disappointing season to date. Keep an eye on his targets and stats the next couple of weeks to see if he will be a viable fantasy option down the stretch.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 9:30pm EST

Washington Redskins' wideout Pierre Garcon caught three passes for 34 yards on four target during the team's loss to San Francisco. He also threw one incomplete pass as well.

Fantasy Impact: Garcon continues to get phased out the offense. He hasn't been targeted more than six times since Week 3. DeSean Jackson's presence wasn't expected to take away from Garcon's value, but the team has all but forgotten about him since Jackson's acquisition. Garcon at this point is an end-of-the-roster bench WR. Another game like this, and you would be totally justified in dropping him, if you have not already.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Nov 22nd 6:49pm EST

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon has had a down year following a career-best campaign in 2013. Garcon is playing a different role under HC Jay Gruden than he did under the Shanahan regime. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Owners who bet on Garcon as the leading Redskins weapon in an offense that is stacked with skill position talent must be sorely disappointed with Garcon's lack of production. Garcon is clearly the number two WR option (at best) in Washington and is not getting the targets he has over the past two seasons. Consider Garcon a bench player until his production improves - something that may not happen in 2014.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 7:59pm EST

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught one of his two targets for six yards in Washington's Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay. None of the Redskins receivers had a good game, but Garcon's was especially poor as he struggled to get open and didn't receive many looks from Robert Griffin III.

Fantasy Impact: For many owners, this will be the final straw. Garcon should be benched in fantasy until he has at least two consecutive productive outings. He is no longer the top option on his own team and certainly shouldn't be relied upon for production in fantasy.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Nov 15th 7:17pm EST

Pierre Garcon and the Redskins are eying a very favorable matchup in Week 11. The Redskins, at home, face a Tampa Bay defense that is ranked 28th against the pass. Robert Griffin III is healthy and has had an extra week of practice reps with Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed.

Fantasy Impact: Garcon has been a disappointment in 2014, but has a chance to be a strong WR3 in Week 11. Making the case even stronger is the fact that the Bucs top corner, Alterraun Verner is doubtful for the game.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 1:46pm EST

Redskins' WR Pierre Garcon caught three passes for 15 yards on 5 targets during Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: Pierre Garcon is a risky play moving forward, no matter who is under center for the team, just based on the general inconsistency the 'Skins have at the QB position. He is someone worth starting every week as a high-end WR3, but just beware that he could alternate between good and bad games.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 10:31am EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon has been frustrated with a lack of targets in recent weeks and that frustration boiled over at halftime of Washington's Week 8 win over Dallas. In Washington's last five games, Garcon has been targeted only 24 times, compared to 31 targets in the first three weeks of the season. Following the game, HC Jay Gruden said, "I know the receivers were a little frustrated. I know Pierre was frustrated because there were so many things we felt we were leaving on the table. I ... put out some fires.” (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon should benefit from the anticipated return of QB Robert Griffin III in Week 9. Griffin and Garcon have shown excellent chemistry over the past two seasons. In 2013, Garcon even broke a nearly 30-year old team record for receptions in a single season. Patience is prudent with Garcon. He deserves a roster spot, but not necessarily a start in Week 9. Owners should assess his targets after RG3 completes a game or two.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 7:55pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught five of his six targets for 87 yards, including a 70 yard touchdown as the Redskins defeated the Titans. Garcon showed electrifying speed on the touchdown catch outrunning two Titans defenders who had good angles to make a tackle.

Fantasy Impact: It is encouraging to see signs of life from Garcon who has generally been a disappointment in 2014. With Robert Griffin III expected to return in the near future, Garcon may rebound in the second half of the season.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 11:19am EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon led the Redskins in receiving in 2013, breaking Art Monk's 29-year old single season record for receptions in the process. Through six games in 2013, Garcon had 40 catches, 466 yards and 2 TD receptions. This year he has 30-309-2. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon's drop in productivity is the result of a number of contributing factors. The team has added another quality target in DeSean Jackson. Kirk Cousins has been erratic and hasn't established good chemistry with Garcon. The offensive line has also struggled to give either Redskins passer time to throw. Don't give up on Garcon yet. RG3 is expected back within two weeks and his numbers may rebound.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 8:07pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon had another disappointing outing in Week 6 in a 30-20 loss to Arizona. Garcon caught three of his four targets for only 31 yards and a TD.

Fantasy Impact: With Jordan Reed returning to the offense, there won't be enough balls to go around. Garcon has to be considered a disappointment this season. Perhaps his numbers will rebound when Robert Griffin III returns to the lineup. Until then, consider Garcon a WR2 or WR3 depending on the size of your league and the number of WR starters utilized.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 3:07pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon was kept in check by the Seahawks in the team's 27-17 Week 5 loss. Garcon was held to two catches for 23 yards on only three targets.

Fantasy Impact: The stars were aligned against Garcon this week. He played with an inexperienced and pressured QB against arguably the top pass defense in the NFL. Garcon is still a quality pass receiving option, but is no longer producing as a consistent WR2. For Garcon and the Redskins to be at their best, the running game must click to keep defenses off balance.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 4:27pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught two of his six targets for only 28 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Giants. Facing a depleted secondary, there were high hopes for the Redskins receivers entering the contest. Poor pass protection and inconsistent play from QB Kirk Cousins led to overall poor production in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: It won't get any easier for Garcon and the Redskins in Week 5, as the team faces the Seahawks in a Monday night contest. While the team will have extra rest and time for game planning, they appear to be thoroughly overmatched against a stingy and talented Seattle defense.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 5:15pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught 11 of 16 targets for 138 yards and a TD in the team's Week 3 loss to Philadelphia. Garcon was definitely in sync with QB Kirk Cousins and delivered after two weeks of subpar production.

Fantasy Impact: He's baaack. Garcon looked like a WR1 against the Eagles. With Cousins on a roll, Garcon is primed for another strong performance on Thursday night against the Giants.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 1:57pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught only one of four targets on Sunday for 12 yards. It was a quiet day for Garcon who may have suffered slightly from the injury to starting QB Robert Griffin III. Although Cousins looked very good, the bulk of his completions were to players he routinely practices with: TE Niles Paul and WRs Ryan Grant and Andre Roberts.

Fantasy Impact: Look for Garcon to get on the same page with Cousins in the weeks ahead. The Redskins have a tough matchup at Philadelphia in Week 3, so temper your expectations a bit.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 7th 6:07pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garçon caught 10 balls for 77 yards on 12 targets in Sunday's loss to Houston. Garçon will again be a focal point for the Redskins passing game. However, without better offensive line play, the team's air attack will continue to struggle.

Fantasy Impact: Garçon should be primed for a better outing in Week 2, facing a Jaguars defense that yielded 322 yards through the air to the Eagles in Week 1.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 24th 12:35am EDT

The good news is that Redskins WR Pierre Garcon caught both passes targeted for him in Saturday night's loss to the Ravens. The bad news is that he averaged two yards per reception. Ouch.

Fantasy Impact: One has to assume that despite the horrific dress rehearsal, the Redskins will look better when they open the regular season at Houston. They certainly can't look much worse. Garcon likely won't match his 113 receptions from 2013, but he should still be the lead WR in a talented group.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 10:17am EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon was held without a reception in Monday's game against the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: Garcon and the Redskins receivers have all recognized that there likely won't be enough balls for all of them to log 1,000 receiving yards in 2014. Don't be concerned about the lack of production from Garcon. When the regular season starts, Garcon will again be the go-to receiver for Robert Griffin III. His ceiling numbers are not as high as his 2013 production, but he may come close.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 5:00pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon returned to practice on Saturday after missing the team's preseason opener Thursday night. Garcon remained on the field after practice concluded, catching extra balls from the ball machine. (Source: Todd Dybas via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon is a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 and should again be the Redskins leader in receptions. He has missed some time with a tight hamstring in camp, but expect him to be ready to roll opening weekend.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Wed, Aug 6th 2:56pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon will miss the team's preseason opener against the Patriots on Thursday night with a hamstring injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: There must be something in the water in Richmond, with both Garcon and DeSean Jackson nursing injuries. Jackson still has a chance to play, but Garcon will miss the game.

 

By Eric Snyder, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 8:28pm EDT

Pierre Garcon sat out of Tuesday's practice with the Patriots due to lingering soreness in his hamstring. He first sat out of practice on July 28 as a precaution, and this seems to be for the same reason. Garcon said, "If it were a game today, I would have been able to play." (Source: CSNWashington.com)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon's words are encouraging to fantasy owners. This hamstring issue seems to be a minor concern, though it is wise to keep monitoring the situation moving forward. Continue to treat him as a top 15 receiver, pushing top 10 in PPR leagues.

 

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 1:17am EDT

Garcon (hamstring) practiced in the the team's initial drills on Wednesday after leaving Monday's practice with a sore hamstring. He did not participate in any team drills.. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Garcon and his coach aren't worried, so neither should you. Continue to rank Garcon as you normally would.

 

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Jul 28th 7:05pm EDT

Redskins WR Pierre Garçon tweaked his hamstring early in Monday's practice and sat out the remainder of the session. (Source: CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Garçon should be fine for Wednesday's practice and sat out only as a precaution. However, a hamstring injury has the potential to linger and is easily reaggravated. Continue to treat Garçon as a low-end WR1 or high-end WR2 for the 2014 season.

 
WalterFootball | Aug 4th
Garcon will be switching positions with DeSean Jackson this year from the X receiver to the Y receiver, which means he'll run more intermediate routes and should see a lot more targets than he did last season. That also fits his make up as a physical receiver who gets yards after the catch. Washington isn't a team I'll be targeting often, but Garcon should have value at his ADP.
Breaking Football | Aug 3rd
There's nothing wrong with Garcon. His QB held him back in 2014 and may do so again
The NY Times | Aug 3rd
Targets and receptions plummeted in the Jay Gruden offense as he finished 54th amongst receivers.
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RotoBaller | Jul 26th
BALLER MOVE: Target in Late Rounds as WR4 ANALYSIS: After a disappointing 2014 season, Pierre Garcon‘s draft day value will likely take a substantial hit. This could be good news for savvy fantasy owners who will likely be able to nab him in the later rounds and get a wide receiver with some upside for cheap.... Read More
RotoBaller | Jul 18th
After a disappointing 2014 season, Pierre Garcon‘s draft day value will likely take a substantial hit. This could be good news for savvy fantasy owners who will likely be able to nab him in the later rounds and get a wide receiver with some upside for cheap. Let’s be realistic, he won’t duplicate his breakout... Read More
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