Pierre Garcon: Players to Add If Redskins' WR Sits on Sunday

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

A foot injury is preventing Pierre Garcon from helping out the Washington Redskins or fantasy teams around the country.

According to ESPN, the receiver is doubtful for the team's upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coach Mike Shanahan explained, "He went through drill work, still a little sore, but he didn't take any reps in team so unless he can go before the game, we'll list him there."

Garcon had a big opening game with 109 yards and a touchdown. However, fantasy owners will need to replace him with an effective player to help them win their Week 3 matchup.

Fortunately, there are a number of receivers available in most leagues that can help you win right away.


Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

It is unlikely Hartline will be able to replicate his nine-catch, 111-yard performance from last week, but he has made himself the go-to target for Ryan Tannehill.

He was targeted 12 times against the Oakland Raiders, compared to only six by teammate Davone Bess. Once a young quarterback gets comfortable with a receiver he can trust, he will continue looking in that direction throughout the season.

Hartline has not reached the end zone yet this year, but that should come soon if he keeps racking up the catches like he has.


Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

The secret is now out on Danny Amendola, who finished the last game with 15 catches. As teams start to defend the No. 1 target, spaces will open up for Gibson. The fourth-year player from Washington State already has a touchdown in each of the first two games.

In the upcoming game against the Chicago Bears, the Rams will need to throw the ball to be successful. With quarterback Sam Bradford getting back on track, there will be plenty of passing yards to go around. 


Aldrick Robinson, Washington Redskins

With Garcon likely out of the game, Robinson will be the player the Redskins look to as a replacement. In Week 1, the youngster totaled 52 yards and a touchdown, but he is only owned in two percent of ESPN leagues.

As he gets more comfortable with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, those numbers should only increase. Robinson is a consistent target from close and deep, unlike teammate Leonard Hankerson who is an all-or-nothing type of player.

He should also take away some playing time from Josh Morgan after his immature play cost the team the game.

If you are in a tough spot for a receiver, Robinson is a decent player to choose.