Pierre Garcon Injury: Redskins WR Is Worth Fantasy Risk Despite Ailing Foot

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Wide receiver Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins celebrates a 24- 22 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers September 30, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. ( Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon appeared destined for great things this season after a brilliant performance in the opening game when he had 109 yards on four catches. 

However, it was also in that game that Garcon injured his foot. Since that date, he has been very limited in what he can do on the field. The 26-year-old was even forced to miss two games as a result, and has left fantasy owners to scramble for replacements until they can be sure about what they are getting from him. 

Garcon did return in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was largely ineffective due to the lingering effects of the injury. He had just one catch for 20 yards—hardly the kind of numbers that make you excited for what is to come. 

Don't get down for too long, fantasy players, as there is hope on the horizon. For starters, Garcon reportedly went through a full practice on Wednesday. 

#Redskins injuries: Out: B. Meriweather. DNP: C. Griffin. Limited: A. Robinson, B. Banks, E. Royster. Full: T. Williams, P. Garçon.

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 3, 2012

Last week, Garcon was practicing on a limited basis. So the progress he is making is very encouraging. 

In addition to what Garcon is doing, the Redskins also have the benefit of going up against an Atlanta Falcons defense that has looked vulnerable in games against capable starting quarterbacks. 

Yes, Peyton Manning threw three interceptions in one quarter against that defense, but he rebounded nicely for 241 yards and a touchdown. 

Last week, Cam Newton—a quarterback whose skills are comparable to Robert Griffin III—had 215 yards passing and two touchdowns. 

This is a flawed Falcons secondary that can be picked apart under the right circumstances. Garcon is the best weapon on the outside that Griffin has, and he appears to be as close to 100 percent as he has been since the start of the season. 

Fantasy owners should be more than willing to let Garcon get back in the lineup this weekend and see if he can rack up the points like he did four weeks ago. It is a risky proposition, though not as dangerous as it might have seemed a few days ago.