On March 9, Pierre Garcon signed a five-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, worth $47.5 million.
Originally, it was believed the Washington Redskins would either keep DeSean Jackson or Garcon. But because Jackson could earn more outside of Washington, it seemed like the Redskins would try to retain Garcon. However, the brass in D.C. never reached out to the veteran after the 2016 NFL season was over. That led him to sign with San Francisco.
It’s true the 49ers are still rebuilding, but the 30-year old receiver has had success in the past under new head coach Kyle Shanahan. When Shanahan was the offensive coordinator for Washington in 2013, Garcon posted a 113-1,346-5 stat line. That was the first 1,000-yard season of his career.
And while it seems unlikely Kirk Cousins will play outside of Washington in 2017, Garcon and Cousins could still reunite in 2018. But what about his 2017 Fantasy Football value?
Let’s jump right in and look more at the Fantasy implications of Garcon signing with the 49ers…
Pierre Garcon Signs With The 49ers
Garcon’s value would be better if he had Cousins as his starting quarterback instead of Brian Hoyer.
But Hoyer still looked competent in four starts last season with the Chicago Bears.
And when Hoyer locked on to a receiver in 2016, they had a strong Fantasy performance. In Week 3, tight end Zach Miller posted a 8-78-2 stat line. In Week 4, Eddie Royal was Hoyer’s favorite target, and he caught seven passes, recorded 111 receiving yards, and caught a touchdown pass.
In Week 5, Cameron Meredith burst out of nowhere with a 9-130-1 stat line. He followed that up in Week 6 with 11 receptions and 113 receiving yards.
And because Garcon is the best receiver on the team, Hoyer will likely target him early and often.
So does this make Garcon worth drafting in 2017 Fantasy Football leagues?
Should I Draft Pierre Garcon?
When I looked on FantasyFootballCalculator.com, I was shocked to find Garcon wasn’t being drafted in standard or PPR drafts.
Maybe this is because Fantasy players thought Garcon was going to stay in Washington, but they weren’t sure what was going to happen to Cousins. The other explanation could be Fantasy players don’t trust Hoyer and think Garcon’s value will decline in San Francisco.
It could also be that Garcon only caught three touchdowns last season, and Fantasy players don’t believe he has much left in the tank.
Regardless of why Fantasy players aren’t drafting Garcon right now, it’s a mistake. Even the best receiver on a bad team is worth targeting, and Hoyer has shown he can be a capable game manager.
For a receiver who could catch 70-80 passes and finish with a 1,000-yard season, I will gladly add him to all of my lineups in my 2017 Fantasy Football drafts.
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