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WR Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins

5-11, 210Born: 8-8-1986College: Mount UnionDrafted: Round 6

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Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Washington gave the Cowboys' secondary fits last week - Kirk Cousins threw 41/53 for 449 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions with zero sacks taken during the contest. It was Cousins' second time over 400 yards passing over the last four contests played, and he's also slung 21/30 for 375 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (vs. Green Bay) during that time frame. Cousins has gone three straight games without an interception thrown, and has 20 TD passes this year vs. just seven picks. Whew! He's hot, folks. Jordan Reed played through a shoulder injury at Dallas, and wound up with 12 targets for 10/95/2 receiving (but he looks iffy for Week 13 - keep an eye on his practice participation later in the week), while DeSean Jackson took the top off the defense multiple times with eight targets for 4/118/1 receiving Jamison Crowder (10 for 8/88/0) and Vernon Davis (seven for 5/68/0) were both heavily involved in the attack at Dallas, as well. In fact, Crowder has 24 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns over the last four games - he's on a roll along with Cousins going into Week 13. The Cardinals' vaunted pass defense (currently second in the NFL averaging 195.1 net yards allowed per game, with just nine passing scores handed out over 11 games) gave up 26/34 for 244 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception (with three sacks generated for -25 yards) to Matt Ryan and company last weekend. Sam Bradford threw 20/28 for 145 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions against the Cardinals two games ago, while taking two sacks for -24 yards. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Arizona has averaged 20.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-least in the NFL); and 27 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-most); but just 2.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (least in the NFL). This is a solid unit that fell short in Atlanta. The Washington pass defense has to travel to the desert for this game - advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs MIN 51 0 0 0 10 6 81 0 0 8.1
11 vs GB 52 0 0 0 7 6 116 1 0 17.6
12 at DAL 52 0 0 0 4 4 43 0 0 4.3
13 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
13 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
13 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon wasn't as effective in this game as the previous one even with the terrific day Kirk had passing. Pierre had a total of four receptions and his longest being twenty seven. Pierre fell right back into his normal possession receiver type role and managed to move the chains. Kirk did miss him in the back of the end zone for a potential touchdown which has happened on a few occasions this season.

2016 Week 11 vs GB (7 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon had his biggest game of the season as he totaled six catches but caught a seventy yard reception for a touchdown. Pierre generally isn't a deep threat but facing a Packers team devoid of cornerback help he found his opportunity. Pierre's game was typical to thriving in the short passing game but then he made a double move at the line of scrimmage to take a fly route straight up field where Kirk connected with him for the huge touchdown score. Pierre's deep shot opportunities won't be plenty but this shows he still has dangerous speed to threaten a secondary down field.

2016 Week 10 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon saw a few more looks in this game as he totaled six catches. Some of the looks were due to DeSean's absence but he didn't see a massive uptick. Per usual, Pierre was a steady safety valve and chain mover for Washington in this game. His longest reception went for seventeen yards. He was missed in the red zone by Kirk again as he found himself open for a potential touchdown but Kirk was unable to find him. Pierre is perfect for Washington's short passing game attack but without capitalizing on the red zone opportunities it puts a cap on his production.

2016 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon had another game of five or more catches. This had much to do with the high volume of passing for this game but nonetheless he was involved. It was still a typical possession receiver type of day for Pierre as he often caught short passes. His ability to gain yards after the catch is a key element because of Kirk's penchant for short to intermediate passes. His longest reception went for twenty-three yards and he often broke tackles with each reception. Pierre's biggest catch of the day came when he helped keep a drive alive to help Washington secure their second touchdown of the game. Kirk missed Pierre for a potential touchdown in the third quarter as the red zone miscues continue. It should be noted that Kirk is looking for Pierre when they are in scoring range but inaccuracies keep hindering Pierre's productivity.

2016 Week 7 vs DET (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon wasn't as involved this game as he only had two catches on four total targets. He has been busy with Jordan Reed out but this game wasn't his day.

2016 Week 6 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon had one of his more productive games of the year as he led the team in catches and yards. Four of his six catches resulted in first downs a he constantly kept the chains moving. He had an opportunity for a touchdown but Kirk misfired out of the back of the end zone when Pierre had his man beat. Pierre's longest reception went for twenty-two yards and he displayed the physicality in his route running that Washington loves. Pierre is the consistent possession receiver that fluctuates in volume weekly due to the abundance of weapons in Washington.

2016 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon had one his better receiving days against the Ravens. He had five catches and also scored the only offensive touchdown for Washington. Pierre ran right pass the cornerback up field for a twenty yard strike down the sideline. Pierre also had two critical third down conversions in the third and fourth quarter that kept drives alive. The winds forced more short throws where Pierre is often the beneficiary.

2016 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon had another one of his typical games as a chain mover. He only had four catches but two of them resulted in first downs. Pierre never receives a high volume of catches or targets but his ability to break tackles after the catch is helpful in Washington's offense. Kirk did miss Pierre once in this game on a potential touchdown in the red zone as they couldn't connect on a slant route.

2016 Week 3 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon played his usual role against Washington of mainly being a possession receiver. Garcon had five catches but none of them were highly impactful in totality. He had a twenty yard gain that he and Kirk can continue to build on but Pierre won't be called upon much to make the big plays in the passing game.

2016 Week 2 vs DAL (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon wasn't very busy in this game as he only recorded two catches. Neither catch made much of a difference but it should be noted that he had a red zone target. However, Kirk misread the coverage and Pierre didn't even have a chance at the ball. Pierre often gets frustrated with his opportunities but having an inconsistent quarterback will make for these types of days.

2016 Week 1 vs PIT (6 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon had a quiet day even though he recorded six catches. His longest went for sixteen yards but the Steelers secondary made sure to keep everything in front of them and rally to the ball. None of Pierre's catches were very impactful to the offense but a few did help move the chains for first downs. He didn't record a catch in the first half but started to find his groove coming out after halftime. He was not targeted in any of their red zone trips as many times he has been the second option behind Jordan Reed.

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Schedule

13@ Arizona Cardinals
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15vs Carolina Panthers
16@ Chicago Bears
17vs New York Giants