Though he's been as highly targeted as ever,
The Redskins are turning to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins in an effort to get their offense going Week 15 at Atlanta, but judging by Cousins' inaccurate and inefficient fourth-quarter performance against the Chiefs last week, it might not make much of a difference.
For what it's worth, the matchup is a favorable one for Garcon. The Falcons rank 20th against the pass, allowing 245.8 yards per game, and have given up the third-most touchdown passes. With all the targets he gets, Garcon is a candidate to score any given week, but if you've been frustrated by his lack of production in recent weeks, this matchup, favorable as it may be, may not be enough to get him going.
Clearly, you could do much, much worse than him in Fantasy, particularly points-per-reception leagues, but of the three CBSSports.com Fantsay Football analysts, only Nathan Zegura is willing to include Garcon in his top 24 wide receivers for this week, ranking him 13th.
Coming off three straight games with less than 70 receiving yards,
In fairness, few of those targets were on target. Quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled with his accuracy on a snowy day, frequently overthrowing his intended targets. He had an especially bad miss on a deep ball to Garcon near the end zone in the third quarter.
Despite Garcon's lack of production in recent weeks, which may simply be a product of the Redskins' struggles as a whole, he remains the go-to guy in the passing game, getting double-digit targets in seven straight games. He'll look to make better use of those targets with a favorable matchup Week 15 at Atlanta.
Though he's been targeted as much as usual and hauled in his share of passes,
In Week 14, Garcon will face a Chiefs defense that technically ranks only 21st against the pass, allowing 249.0 yards per game, but two recent matchups against the Broncos' Peyton Manning have influenced that ranking. The Chiefs have a good pass rush and an opportunistic secondary, which together could give a mistake-prone quarterback like Robert Griffin III fits.
And his struggles would likely trickle down to his top wide receiver. With all the targets he gets, you probably couldn't justify sitting Garcon in Fantasy, but you shouldn't expect a big resurgence this week either.
Targeted a team-high 12 times, Garcon achieved a milestone Week 13. He now has 980 receiving yards, surpassing the previous career high of 947 he set with the Colts in 2011.
Garcon plays the Chiefs in Week 14.
Despite spending a season-plus in the NFC East, Redksins wide receiver
The Giants have shored up their pass defense recently, allowing just 13.2 Fantasy points per game over the last five, but Garcon has torched them before. Garcon racked up eight receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown the last time he saw the Giants on the schedule.
The Giants have not allowed a wide receiver to score over the last five games, and Garcon has just one touchdown in that same span himself. Still, the Redskins throw the ball his way a ton, and he is averaging 90.6 yards over the last five games. This isn't the greatest matchup, but Garcon will be looking to repeat his past success, and should be started in most Fantasy formats for Week 13.
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