Scoutlook: Redskins' Wide Receivers (PREMIUM PREVIEW)
The Washington Redskins have a plethora of weapons for Robert Griffin III to throw to. Their receiving corps is headlined by point-per-reception monster Pierre Garcon and boom-or-bust free-agent acquisition DeSean Jackson. While the assumption is the presence of two topflight wideouts will diminish the production of both, the truth is the stars complement each other perfectly. Garcon is a high-volume, move-the-chains receiver, and Jackson is most effective when blowing the top off a defense. If utilized properly, the duo could head one of the most explosive aerial assaults in the NFL.
Garcon is coming off the most productive season of his six-year career by far. He emerged as RG3's go-to guy. The former sixth-round pick was targeted 184 times last season and totaled 113 receptions, 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. The Mount Union alum thrives off of underneath throws; he ranked first among all WRs with 795 short-pass receiving yards. When the pressure is on RG3, Garcon is his outlet.
The arrival of Jackson should only help Garcon's value by drawing away defensive attention. Garcon's current ADP (32.81) has him as the No. 12 WR off the board. While he has the potential to catch more than 100 passes again, a few extra red-zone targets could go a long way to increasing his fantasy value. Garcon could realistically finish the season as fantasy's No. 8 WR. Considering Jay Cutler's tunnel vision toward Brandon Marshall, Keenan Allen's potential sophomore slump, and Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb splitting targets, Garcon could easily surpass them. He is worth a mid-second-round pick in 12-team PPR leagues.
D-Jax will be the deep threat in Washington. He may be the best in the league at what he does, and the Redskins definitely need his special set of skills Last season, the Redskins totaled only 1,575 vertical yards, sixth-fewest in the NFL. The former Eagle finished the year fifth among wide receivers with 905 vertical yards. His eight vertical TDs led all WRs. Jackson's only real competition for deep targets are Andre Roberts, who will most likely be an afterthought much like he was in Arizona last season, and 35-year-old Santana Moss, whose best days are far behind him.
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