Drop Pierre Garcon in fantasy football, because the Washington Redskins' receiver may not suit up again in 2012.
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com:
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported Sunday that the Washington Redskins wide receiver could be shut down for the remainder of the season if his plantar plate tear doesn't improve by the end of his team's Week 10 bye, which is next week.
Garcon might need surgery if the injury doesn't heal with rest, and surgery definitely would end his season.
This is certainly a tough break for the struggling Redskins, and especially since Washington fields a rookie quarterback in Robert Griffin III. Nonetheless, Garcon must get dropped in fantasy football with this concern.
The fantasy postseason is nearing fast, and starting players that possess greater potential impact are required. Otherwise, missing out on the playoffs will occur down the stretch.
Minimal Production When Healthy
Take away Garcon's 88-yard touchdown against the New Orleans Saints and the guy hasn't done too much when on the field this season. Excluding that scoring reception, Garcon's totals are 65 yards on seven catches with no touchdowns.
For as explosive of a player as Garcon has proven to be, his impact was more important to Washington's offense than numbers. Unfortunately, numbers are what drive fantasy football, because the Redskins were 2-1 when Garcon lined up out wide.
Defenses just geared coverage schemes to adjust as Garcon's pattern developed as well, since he only received 12 targets between all three games. After all, this is a guy who caught 70 balls and was given 134 targets in 2011.
This year he was the focus of opponents to isolate Washington's aerial assault, and if anything, that assisted the rest of coach Mike Shanahan's offense.
RG3's Other Weapons
For one, Washington has to be a run-oriented team since that has always been Shanahan's approach. The difference with Washington this year is RG3's mobility, Alfred Morris and veteran Santana Moss stepping up.
Also, tight end Logan Paulsen has become a big target and Josh Morgan is gaining confidence.
Now, factor in Garcon getting bracketed when on the field and RG3 had no choice but to look elsewhere. Not to mention Griffin's mobility also affected any potential impact from Garcon during the season's first half.
Provided that Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson can make a stronger impact, Washington will present nice depth offensively. And everyone will need to raise their level of play anyway if Garcon remains out.
Redskins' Remaining Schedule
In terms of what is left, Washington does not face a cakewalk schedule by any means. For starters, five divisional contests reside in the Dallas Cowboys (twice) and Philadelphia Eagles (twice) and a home contest versus the New York Giants.
The Cowboys desperately need to rack up some victories for an outside shot at the postseason. So, even with a healthy Garcon, the passing game will struggle because of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne (lest we forget about DeMarcus Ware's pass-rushing threat).
And although the Eagles have not gotten much from its front seven this season, guys such as Trent Cole and Jason Babin are still capable of applying pressure. We can also expect the same from New York.
Other games come against the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
Despite each having a solid pass rush, neither have proven consistency at stopping the pass or run. Those would be the only contests where Garcon could make a strong fantasy impact; however, he would have also been zeroed in by defenders such as Ed Reed and Joe Haden.
Combine all the elements and it's safe to drop Garcon from fantasy football. Receiver depth is crucial, but then again healthy players are even more vital.
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