I am now looking at dropping Garcon and adding Hartline or Avery.
A guy on my hockey team is a podiatrist, so I sent him this injury report from a few days ago and asked his opinion (specifically, whether Garcon will be an effective player this year or will his injury continue to hamper / linger):
Garcon not close to 'full speed'
News: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters Monday wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who sat out Week 6 after a setback Friday with a lingering foot injury, is not dealing with turf toe, but rather a capsule under the second toe, which is painful after practicing. "That toe is quite sore. He's not close to anywhere near full speed. It's just a little painful," Shanahan said. "He's got a chance to come back and help us down the stretch. Hopefully it's sooner rather than later."
Analysis: Shanahan said Garcon wanted to play Sunday against the Vikings, but he made the call to sit him because he doesn't want to lose him for the season. It seems as though Garcon will be treated as week to week again, which is very upsetting for Fantasy owners. Garcon is a risky Fantasy play until he proves healthy and productive. Unless his status dramatically improves leading up to Week 7 at N.Y. Giants, then Fantasy owners should plan to use a healthier alternative.
Here was his opinion:
It all depends on how bad it is. This is a plantar plate problem and if there is a tear of the plate he won't be back at full speed any time soon and if he plays it will only get worse.
If it is not a tear there is a moderate chance he will be back at full speed in 2-4 weeks.
Then I spoke with him last night and he reiterated, basically, that even if it's not a tear and he does come back within that 2-4 week timeframe (which means Week 9 at earliest and Week 11 at worst), he won't be operating at the same speed.
For a player like Garcon, where it's more about his all out speed rather than crafty routing, this is in my mind going to hamper him all year. He was already at best a high end WR3 (in my view) before this, now he's down with waiver wire material (at least in my 10-team league).
Yahoo Non-PPR (6pt rushing /receiving TD - 4pt passing TD)
Start 2QB 2RB 3WR 1Flex 1TE 1K 1D
QB: Stafford, Wilson, Bridgewater, RG3
WR: VJax,MiFloyd, Colston, Garcon, Gordon
RB: Forte, McCoy, Bush, Crowell, Sims, CJ