2013 Fantasy Football Bust: WR Pierre Garcon
Garcon is currently being drafted as a WR2 in most formats and the veteran is even being drafted as a number one option in deeper leagues. Looking at his statistics from last year, though, he was just mid-level option at best last year. In 10 games, Garcon caught 44 balls for 633 yards and a measly four touchdowns. He was ranked 28th in the league with just 63.3 yards per contest and it was a completely mediocre performance.
Washington was first in the NFL in rushing the ball and averaged 169.3 yards per game. RB Alfred Morris was a workhorse for the team and head coach Mike Shanahan is slowly transitioning the squad into a running team. Now mix in Robert Griffin III’s propensity to run with the ball and the passing game is likely to suffer. Garcon won’t receive tons of targets in Washington simply because the team won’t be taking tons of shots downfield.
Garcon has also missed significant time throughout his entire career. He missed two games in 2008, two games in 2009, two games in 2010, and six games last season due to injury. He had off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder, and while he may look healthy in camp, I would rather pick a guy who wasn’t on the operating table this summer.
I would grab Torrey Smith, DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings, and Anquan Boldin all before Garcon in drafts. Garcon is worth drafting as a WR3 this fantasy season, but drafting him as a WR2 is a bit risky in my opinion.