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Fantasy spin: Pierre Garcon

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By William Del Pilar

Pierre Garcon let the world know by tweet (@PierreGarcon85) that he is signing with the Redskins. The team feels Santana Moss is at the end of his career, and it needed someone to stretch the field as Moss could not do so. Garcon will be the team's No. 1 receiver. Is he a No. 1 fantasy receiver? 

Despite a down season for the Colts, Garcon had a career year, going 70-947-6 on 134 targets — a per-game average of 4.4 catches for 59.2 yards and 0.4 TDs on 8.4 targets in 16 games. He also turned down the Colts' overtures to keep him in Indianapolis.

He'll enter as the team's No. 1 WR, but with an unknown at QB, his value won't be fully known until after free agency and the NFL draft. There's a chance Robert Griffin III could be the starter, but fantasy owners would rather have a veteran, as a rookie could bring disastrous fantasy results.

Garcon produced last year with Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter at QB, but all those players had experience at an NFL level. Even Painter, after learning from Manning for two preseasons, was not thrown into the fire right away last year. A rookie would set Garcon's fantasy value back with only one training camp, a new offense and stronger competition than he faced in college. View Garcon as a No. 3 or flex-option fantasy receiver until we see who his QB is.

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