Pierre Garcon Fantasy Football News 2018

We previously passed along multiple 49ers beat guys saying that WR Marquise Goodwin looked like the team's top wideout. Well, ESPN's Dan Graziano takes it a step further, saying, "The 49ers view him as their clear No. 1 wide receiver." We had already moved Goodwin up our WR rankings and Pierre Garcon down, and the gap in upside between them is likely even larger in Goodwin's favor. He should be the 1st 49ers wideout off the board in any fantasy format.

Few players have drawn more positive press than 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin early in training camp. Joe Fann of the team's official website tweeted this on Thursday: "I'm amazed by the development of Marquise Goodwin over the past year. His route running & hands are vastly improved. He's far more than raw athleticism. He looks like a bona fide No. 1 WR, and he's carrying himself as such." The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Grant Cohn have also said recently that Goodwin looks like the team's #1 WR. He's been consistently making big plays, while Pierre Garcon has gotten off to a slow start. Maybe that shouldn't come as a major surprise considering Garcon was on IR by the time QB Jimmy Garoppolo arrived last year. Goodwin, meanwhile, averaged 5.8 catches and 76.8 yards per game in Garoppolo’s 5 starts. We'll see if Garcon can gain some ground back over the next few weeks, but we've adjusted our projections for the 49ers' WRs.

49ers WR Trent Taylor underwent what HC Kyle Shanahan called a "minor" back surgery earlier this offseason. Taylor has been sidelined since but is expected to be ready "at or near the beginning of training camp," per Shanny. Taylor hauled in 43 of 60 targets (71.7%) for 430 yards and 2 TDs as a rookie last year. He faces stiff competition for playing time this season, though, with 2nd-round rookie Dante Pettis joining veterans Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin. We'll see how soon Taylor is able to get back on the field, but he's not worth a pick in fantasy drafts right now.

The 49ers selected Washington WR Dante Pettis with the 44th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He never reached 1,000 yards in 4 college seasons and didn’t jump off the tape to us. But Kyle Shanahan obviously likes him. Pettis was a stud return man at Washington and is considered 1 of the better route runners in this class. He’ll join Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin atop San Francisco’s depth chart.

We finally have some details on the neck injury that sent 49ers WR Pierre Garcon to IR in October. Per insider Matt Maiocco, Garcon suffered a "non-displaced fracture of the C-5 pedicle" in his neck. It's an injury that usually takes 8 weeks to recover from. Garcon is expected to be a full-go for the offseason program. He tallied 40 catches for 500 yards in 8 outings this past year -- none of those coming with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Garcon might again be a strong WR3 value in fantasy drafts this summer.

The Niners have placed WR Pierre Garcon on IR with the neck injury he suffered Sunday at Philadelphia. GM John Lynch said in a Thursday radio interview that Garcon will not be a candidate to return this season. That leaves Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson as the team's top 2 WRs. It's a passing game to avoid in fantasy. Garcon will be heading into his age-32 season in 2018, with a dead-cap number likely too big to make him a cut candidate. We'll see if the neck injury factors into any retirement consideration.

49ers WR Pierre Garcon (neck) did not practice on Wednesday. We still don't have any details on his injury, but he's clearly in danger of missing this weekend's game against the Cardinals. We'll see if Garcon is able to get on the field on Thursday.

49ers WR Pierre Garcon injured his neck in Sunday's loss to the Eagles and did not return. There wasn't an update from the team immediately afterward. We should get one tonight or tomorrow.

The 49ers have inked WR Pierre Garcon to a 5-year deal. HC Kyle Shanahan reportedly pushed hard for this one. The duo worked together for 2 years in Washington, the 2nd of which produced a huge 113-1,346-5 line for Garcon. The 30-year-old has remained productive and is coming off his 2nd career 1,000-yard campaign this past year. He looks like the clear #1 target in San Francisco's passing game. We'll see who's chucking him the rock, but volume alone will give Garcon a chance for at least WR3 production.

Washington WR Pierre Garcon drew a team-high 6 targets in Sunday's win over the Eagles, catching 5 of them for 59 yards and a TD. Garcon has proved to be the best bet for consistent volume, especially with TE Jordan Reed limited or out. He'll remain a solid PPR play the rest of the way in fantasy football lineups.

The forecast for tonight's Packers-Redskins game calls for 17-18 mph winds with gusts of 40+. That's certainly bad news for Ks Mason Crosby and Dustin Hopkins. We also made slight adjustments down to our projections for both passing games.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is "likely" to miss Week 11. "Not good," a source said of Jackson's rotator cuff injury. Jamison Crowder and Pierre Garcon will serve as Washington's top 2 WRs for however long D-Jax is out. Those guys will be more attractive fantasy plays next week against the Packers than today against the Vikings.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) won't play against the Vikings on Sunday, a source tells insider J.P. Finlay. HC Jay Gruden refused to rule D-Jax out earlier Thursday, but it's possible he was playing games or that Jackson's diagnosis changed. Either way, he needs to be on fantasy benches. Jackson's absence figures to mean a few extra targets for Jamison Crowder, Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed.

Washington WR DeSean Jackson missed practice for the 2nd straight day Thursday, as he deals with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he can get back onto the field Friday and what HC Jay Gruden says about the situation heading into the weekend. Jackson's absence would help the target outlooks for WR Pierre Garcon and WR Jamison Crowder -- especially with TE Jordan Reed also not yet cleared.

Redskins insider Mike Jones has WR Josh Doctson (Achilles) opening the season on the PUP list in his latest 53-man roster projection. That'd cost the rookie the first 6 games. Doctson missed most of the spring and all of training camp so far with first a foot and then an Achilles injury. Last we heard, he was still in a walking boot. Perhaps Doctson carves out a role later on this year, but he won't be an early-season fantasy factor. DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder will open as Washington's top 3 WRs.

ESPN's John Keim told colleague Mike Clay that WR Josh Doctson is "unlikely to work much in 3-WR sets" this season. His rookie-year role will be as a backup to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Those 2 will operate primarily as the outside receivers, and Washington likes Jamison Crowder in the slot. Doctson won't be useable in fantasy football if he's 4th on the depth chart. We wouldn't rule out the possibility that he takes over Garcon's spot later in the season, though.

The Redskins selected WR Josh Doctson with the 22nd pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. The biggest knock on Doctson is that he’s relatively old, turning 24 in December. But he checks every other box. The TCU product tallied 143 catches, 2,344 yards and 25 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He averaged a ridiculous 7.9 catches, 132.7 yards and 1.4 TDs per game in 2015 before missing the final 3 outings with a broken left wrist. Then he blew up the Combine, posting a 4.50-second 40 time and 41-inch vertical at 6’2, 202 pounds. It earned him a SPARQ score in the 94th percentile among WRs. That size and athleticism — plus Doctson’s high-end ball skills — give him a good shot to be an immediate contributor, especially in the red zone. He’ll likely slot in as Washington’s #3 WR this season, although he could push Pierre Garcon out of the starting lineup. Garcon and DeSean Jackson are both free agents next offseason, so Doctson should definitely be starting by 2017.

Redskins HC Jay Gruden said Wednesday that "it’s important for us to be healthy come playoff time" and hinted at resting starters in Sunday's season finale against the Cowboys.  “Number one, it’s the health of our football team with these injured guys who are legitimately injured and can’t play," he said. "Then, from there, we’ll have to figure out the able bodies that we have — personnel groupings will be adjusted — and then throughout the course of the game, we’ll make adjustments depending on the situation.”  We're not expecting WR DeSean Jackson or TE Jordan Reed to play much, if at all, this weekend.  QB Kirk Cousins, RBs Alfred Morris and Matt Jones and WR Pierre Garcon also seem unlikely to play the full game.  Try to avoid Washington players in Week 17 fantasy lineups.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. He didn’t practice at all this week after suffering a setback last Thursday. Washington has a Week 8 bye. Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder will continue to serve as the top 2 WRs this weekend.

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Bucs this weekend, according to ESPN's Britt McHenry.  D-Jax appeared close to a return last week but suffered a setback with that hammy in Thursday's practice.  His absence will again leave Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder as Washington's top 2 WRs.


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