Pierre Garcon wasn't the most high-profile free agent signing this offseason, but his move to San Francisco could be one of the best for Fantasy owners. Garcon left the Redskins for the 49ers on a five-year, $47.5 million deal, including $17 million guaranteed. He will be the No. 1 receiver in a Kyle Shanahan offense, which has been good for Fantasy players during Shanahan's days as an offensive coordinator, including Andre Johnson in Houston, Julio Jones in Atlanta and Garcon himself in Washington. In 2013, Garcon was the No. 1 receiver for the Redskins when Shanahan was calling plays, and he had 113 catches for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns on 184 targets. We don't expect Garcon to be that productive -- he's 30 now and will have questionable quarterback play with Brian Hoyer as the likely starter -- but he should be featured quite a bit. He's coming off a year in 2016 with 79 catches for 1,041 yards and three touchdowns on 116 targets, and he should come close to that production, if not exceed it. Garcon should be considered a sleeper with a late-round pick in all leagues.
Garcon failed to secure his only target in Friday's 27-17 preseason win over the Chiefs. Garcon is fully expected to open the season as one of the starting wideouts, so it wasn't surprising to see him play limited snaps in the opener. The veteran pass catcher is intimately familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme from their two seasons together in Washington, giving him an inherent advantage going into his first campaign out west. Garcon is likely to see more action in the 49ers' second preseason tilt against the Broncos.
The 49ers officially inked Garcon to a five-year contract Thursday. Aside from six games missed in his first season with the Redskins in 2012, Garcon has been a modicum of health in his other eight campaigns, missing five contests otherwise and none over the past four years. During that four-year span, he led the NFL in receptions once with 113 in 2013, received between 105 and 181 targets each season, and surpassed 1,000 yards on two occasions. On a sour note, he's topped out at six touchdowns in a given campaign, so his value is largely contingent upon a steady volume and avoiding the injury report. In San Francisco, he'll be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan, which should help Garcon sustain relevance in his third stop as a professional.
Garcon appears poised to sign with the 49ers, ESPN.com reports. In such a scenario, Garcon would be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan, who served as offensive coordinator during the wideout's first two seasons (2012 and 2013) in Washington. Garcon, who turns 31 in August, is coming off a 2016 season in which he recorded 79 catches (on 116 targets) for 1,041 yards and three TDs. His expected addition to the 49ers' receiving corps would provide a needed boost to a unit that bid adieu to Torrey Smith on Monday.
Garcon recorded four receptions for 96 yards in Week 17's loss to the Giants. The veteran wideout led the team in receiving Sunday, putting him over 1000 receiving yards on the season for the first time since 2013. His seventh season ends with 79 receptions for 1041 yards and three touchdowns. He will now enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. The wideout has proven to be a valuable cog in Washington's offense, but may not be as crucial to the team next season given the emergence of Jamison Crowder this year.
Garcon recorded four receptions for 94 yards in Saturday's win over the Bears. Garcon played a major role in a second-quarter drive, hauling in a 25-yard reception followed by a 46-yard one to help move the Redskins into scoring position. His 94 receiving yards were his second highest total this season. He could see an even bigger role next week if DeSean Jackson (jaw) is forced to miss extended time.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||Los Angeles Rams||32||25.25|
|10||11/12||New York Giants||13||21.29|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Rams||32||25.25|
|3 Year Avg||110||73||857||4||42||11.74||109|