It’s time to part ways with Pierre Garcon if he misses a second consecutive game this weekend. You may not be willing to make a move after his four-catch, 109-yard performance in the team’s opening week win over the New Orleans Saints.
Those same Saints were torched by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers the following week. 88 of Garcon’s 109 yards also came on a slant he took to the house.
He certainly has big-play potential, but how much is that potential limited by a lingering foot issue that decreases the athletic edge he has over his opponents?
However, even when completely healthy a season ago, Garcon was only a WR2 option at best for much of the season. His six touchdowns all came during three games, two coming from each. He also only eclipsed 100 yards during those exact same three games.
What does this mean? He was inconsistent and flashed brilliance at times, but was average at best throughout the other 13 games of the season.
Current Status and Injury Concerns
Garcon was unable to practice during full team drills this week due to soreness in his injured foot. The injury is “nagging” Garcon more than the team originally thought it would, according to a report by ESPN Radio 980’s Chris Russel on Thursday (via Twitter).
Mike Shanahan on Garcon: "I never know for sure. You just gotta keep your fingers crossed. It is nagging him more than I thought it would."— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 20, 2012
How many games will Garcon play in 2012?
Garcon played all of 2011 for the Indianapolis Colts, but was banged up throughout the year. Prior to last season, he hadn’t played a full season in his five-year NFL career. He missed two games in 2009 and two more in 2010.
Seeing a pattern?
He’s already missed one game, may miss another on Sunday and sat out the majority of the team’s Week 1 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Pierre Garcon’s value will never be higher. Fantasy players, for the most part, will see his opening-day performance and be willing to part with a comparable player at wide receiver or another position.
The current hype around rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III may also not get any higher than it currently is right now. That will help you as you’re exploring trade options this weekend.
Make sure to move him quickly before any negative reports come about his foot and status for Week 4 during practice next week.
Who to Target in Trade
Target a running back to increase your depth at the position or try to acquire a more reliable and effective receiver. It may be hard to do, but there’s undoubtedly someone out there who’s thin at wide receiver and may be willing to make a sacrifice to get a player with Garcon’s potential.
Several intriguing trade options at wide receiver include Roddy White and Miles Austin. Both receivers have been outshone by the hype machines of Julio Jones and Dez Bryant, but are capable of and playing at high levels.
For running back targets, Alfred Morris is a good option. Robert Griffin III will not likely be able to keep up with his current rushes-per-game attempts the more the season wears on him. If you’re able to convince someone to swap the Redskins teammates, don’t miss your chance.
Mike Hoag is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the Cleveland Browns and the NFL for the site.