Pierre Garcon: Best Fantasy Options to Replace Injured Redskins Receiver

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Leonard Hankerson #85 of the Washington Redskins catches a 68-yard touchdown pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Pierre Garcon is not helping any fantasy owners when he is injured. If you are someone relying on production from the Washington Redskins receiver, it would be smart to pick up some of these players.

According to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times, Garcon is questionable for the upcoming game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Mike Shanahan: WR Pierre Garcon (right foot) is questionable. #Redskins

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) Sept. 28, 2012


If Garcon is unable to play, there are a number of players who can replace him and do well on Sunday. These men are available in a majority of leagues and should be productive for fantasy teams.


Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins

What better place to begin than with the man who actually will replace Garcon on the football field.

After Hankerson hauled in a 68-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III in Week 2, the second-year player got noticed by his quarterback. In the next game, the receiver was targeted seven times and caught four passes for 56 yards.

The Redskins do not have any consistent go-to receiver on the squad, but Hankerson is on pace to start getting a lot more looks, especially if Garcon continues to stay on the sidelines.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the worst pass defense in the NFL this season, so extra targets could equal a big game.


Ramses Barden, New York Giants

The Philadelphia Eagles have a significantly better secondary than the Carolina Panthers, but Eli Manning and the Giants will continue throwing the ball throughout the game.

This means the opportunity is there for Barden to have a repeat of his nine-catch, 138-yard performance.

Hakeem Nicks is once again expected to sit with a foot injury, so Barden will get plenty of looks opposite Victor Cruz. When he gets the opportunity, the 6'6" Barden will prove that last week was not a fluke.


Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

With 21 targets in the last two games, Hartline has established himself as the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

When the rookie is throwing the ball well, his receiver has a big game. Against the Oakland Raiders, Hartline finished with nine catches for 111 yards. However, Tannehill was erratic against the New York Jets and only connected with the fourth-year player for one catch.

The opportunities are there for Hartline to be productive, but fantasy owners need to be as patient as fans of the Dolphins for Tannehill to grow into the position.


Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals

It is rarely a good idea to start a receiver in fantasy who is exclusively a big-play threat, but Andrew Hawkins is proving himself this year.

He now has a 50-yard touchdown in back-to-back games after grabbing eight catches against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. In the team's last game, the Bengals even used him twice on rushes.

Hawkins is an elite talent, and the team is starting to get determined to get the ball in his hands whenever possible. It would be risky to start him on your fantasy team, but Hawkins also presents the opportunity for a big reward if he gets the opportunity. 


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