Week Seventeen Analysis: While Pierre Garcon has not scored in either of the last two weeks, he's topped 80 yards in four of the last five and the Skins are on a six-game winning streak. They face Dallas this week in the NFC East title game on Sunday night, so there's plenty of motivation going in. When Garcon met up with Dallas on Thanksgiving he registered 86 yards and a score on only four catches. There's plenty of big play ability here against a Cowboys team that has allowed eight touchdowns to enemy wideouts in the last five weeks.
Week Sixteen Analysis: The Redskins are now 7-1 in games in which Pierre Garcon plays. While that might not help you with your fantasy team, this might. Garcon has caught 23 of his 35 balls while the Redskins have been tied or leading a game and this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles have spent most of the last eight games at a deficit. Not only that, the Eagles have allowed a wide receiver to score in nine straight games and allowed multiple passing touchdowns in seven out of their last eight games. Garcon, who has topped 85 yards and scored in three of his last four, almost seems a lock to do that again this week in Philly, regardless of quarterback.
Week Fifteen Analysis: In his seven career games as a member of the Washington Redskins, Pierre Garcon has made quite an impression. Garcon has had over 85 yards and a touchdown in four games and what's even more remarkable is that Washington is 6-1 in games that Garcon has played. It will be interesting to see how Garcon fares this week when he matches up with Joe Haden and the Browns. You can't simply take the Browns' season passing stats as gospel. With Haden in the lineup the Browns are allowing 140 yards per game to wide receivers, without him opposing wideouts were averaging 219 yards per game. By all accounts, Haden will be matched up tightly on Garcon this week, while a rookie quarterback, either Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins will be tossing him the rock. If Griffin plays he should stay at this rank, but if Cousins gets the nod drop him significantly in the rankings.
Week Fourteen Analysis: Since returning from his "turf toe, but not the toe" injury, Pierre Garcon has put up some great numbers. In the last two weeks Garcon has scored in each game and had yardage totals of 93 and 106 yards. He's a hot hand right now so it's hard not to play him against the Ravens this week. Baltimore has been much better against the pass since the return of Terrell Suggs to the pass rush. Over the last five weeks only three wide receivers have scored a touchdown and no player has topped 90 receiving yards against the Ravens. However, Suggs tore his biceps muscle last week and is questionable for this week's game. Meaning RG3 should have plenty of time in the pocket to get the ball to Garcon down the field.
Week Thirteen Analysis: Jordy Nelson's 61-yard reception last week showed just how vulnerable the Giants secondary is, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. The Giants have allowed more passing touchdowns of 30 or more yards than any other team in the league. And Pierre Garcon just happens to have a skill set that matches up perfectly against the Giants' break-but-don't-bend brand of defense. This season, Garcon has been a meaningful participant in four games, but has touchdowns of 59 and 80 yards. And this despite playing hurt in pretty much all of them. Since the beginning of 2010, only four players have more touchdown receptions of 30 or more yards than Garcon's eight.
Week Thirteen Add: Many of us dropped Pierre Garcon after 11 frustrating weeks of waiting for his foot to finally heal. Apparently, it's healed. He zipped to the zone on a short pass that he turned into a 60-yard touchdown, displaying his top-end speed. Robert Griffin is aching for competent receivers, and Garcon immediately becomes his go-to receiver. Garcon led the team in targets, receptions, yards, and touchdowns last week. He's got four favorable matchups left on the docket, and only one tough one. You can break the bank on this one, folks. If you've got $40-50 left, I'd spend it here, and hope he stays healthy.
Week Eight Drop: Maybe your team is undefeated. Or maybe you have one loss. You're headed to the playoffs. In that case, great, you can afford to wait out Pierre Garcon's absurd, mysterious foot injury. For the rest of us, we need wins now, and we have bye week issues. Doctors have told Garcon that his foot will not heal without rest, so it looks like he'll miss every game between now and the Redskins' week 10 bye. So a week 11 return is the earliest we'll see him. Who knows when he'll return, and who knows how productive he'll be after he gets back.
Week Two Analysis: According to the Dark Lord of Fantasy Football, Pierre Garcon's injury is "kind of like when you have turf toe, but it's not the toe." Thank you for that incoherent update, Mike Shanahan. Garcon's dramatic 88-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III was surely one of the Week 1 highlights, but beyond that catch, Garcon connected for only three other catches for 21 yards. Maybe there's something to this turf-toe-that's-not-the-toe-injury. If Garcon can make his way on to the field on Sunday, he faces a friendly defensive matchup in St. Louis. The Rams secondary continued their generous ways, allowing an NFL-high 346 passing yards in Week 1 to Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
Week One Analysis: Coming off of his best year as a pro, with the worst quarterbacking he's ever had, there seems to be a lot of upside for new Redskin, Pierre Garcon. Garcon accumulated an astounding 947 receiving yards last season with guys like Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky chucking the ball in his direction in Indy. An upgrade to Robert Griffin III at quarterback, who's a deceptively good thrower, will serve Garcon well. His eight catches for 100 yards and a Sportscenter-worthy flip into the end zone in the preseason, lead most everyone to believe that this will be a solid connection all year. The first week opponent, the New Orleans Saints allowed the third-most yards and the sixth-most receptions to opposing wide receivers last season. The Saints also lost their top cover corner, Tracy Porter, in the offseason, clearing the path for the RG3 to PG breakout party to begin.