The Washington Redskins had hoped before this season to pair rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III with a shiny new wide receiver in free-agent acquisition Pierre Garcon, and while it hasn't gone quite according to plan, it looks like the team may have Garcon back for the stretch run.
After missing six of 10 games this season with a foot injury, Garcon returned to action in a very limited fashion in last week's win over the Philadelphia Eagles, catching three passes for five yards, but as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the team is confident that the fifth-year pro will make a bigger dent going forward.
“I have no doubt. He can definitely contribute more,” Shanahan said of Garcon, whom Washington signed in the offseason to a five-year, $42.5 million contract to be their leading wideout. “But that’s not really up to him. That’s more up to the coverages that he gets and the looks that happen, and Robert going through the progressions. We called a few plays for him that didn’t go for him, but it depends on how they play it, but that’s really like that for any guy on our team.”
Garcon's remaining fantasy owners are certainly hoping that Shanahan is right.
After Garcon caught four passes for 109 yards and a touchdown back in Week 1, many fantasy owners thought they'd hit pay dirt, but Garcon also hurt his foot in that game, and given that it's bothered him ever since, the 26-year-old has landed on many waiver wires.
If Garcon is on your roster, then unless you're beyond desperate this certainly isn't the week to start him, as not only is he likely looking at a limited snap count but the Dallas Cowboys have not been a favorable fantasy matchup for wide receivers in 2012.
Should Garcon play fairly well on Thanksgiving, he'll get a nice long break to continue getting healthy before the Redskins host the New York Giants, at which point he may be worth a roster spot or even a start in some leagues.
Until then, leave him out of fantasy lineups. You'll be thankful you did.