By Jacob Troxell, special to Breaking Burgundy
Sunday night was the offensive explosion Redskins fans were waiting for. Kirk Cousins had his best game of the year, throwing for 375 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. All his receivers had a ball and caught plenty of them in the 42-24 rout of the Green Bay Packers. It was the Redskins’ first 40-point game in more than a year.
Both Pierre Garcon and Jamison Crowder had 100-yard performances. DeSean Jackson returned from injury to gain over 50 yards himself, and all three had a touchdown. That meant at least 11 fantasy points for each in standard scoring leagues, but can they put up similar fantasy numbers in Dallas on Thanksgiving?
Cousins has improved at punching the ball in the end zone of late, throwing seven touchdowns in his last three games, the most in any three-game stretch this season. So which of his wideouts are primed for a feast on Turkey Day?
Redskins Thanksgiving Day wide receiver rankings
1. Pierre Garcon
Garcon was so amped up Sunday night that he ripped up a cheesehead and rightfully so as it was the nine-year veteran’s first 100-yard receiving game since September 2014. Garcon has led the team in targets (17) and receiving yards (197) through the last two weeks. He also played the most snaps (52) of any Redskins wide receiver against the Packers and has been on the field for more plays than any other Washington pass catcher since Week 6. He may not be the downfield threat Jackson or Crowder are, but his consistency and volume are desirable for any fantasy owner.
2. DeSean Jackson
Jackson looked good in his return from a shoulder injury, catching four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. Jackson has not received double-digit targets since Week 1, but he remains an elusive, big-play threat on every snap. Some of the snaps that Crowder was receiving in Jackson's absence have been reclaimed by the veteran and make him a solid WR2 this week.
3. Jamison Crowder
Crowder, like Jackson and Garcon, is a WR2 this week, but Crowder is on the lower end following Jackson’s recovery. In Crowder’s last three games, additional targets came his way while tight end Jordan Reed and Jackson were out, but with the Redskins’ receiving corps now completely healthy and tight end Vernon Davis more involved as well, Crowder may not have the same successful fantasy outputs in the coming weeks. Although he did connect with Cousins for 102 yards and one touchdown -- he nearly had a second -- Crowder’s three targets tied a season-low. His 41 snaps were his lowest total since Week 5. He is a talented, versatile receiver who will certainly stay in the mix, but you should be a little more hesitant to start him this week.
Each one of these three had sub-50-yard games against Dallas in Week 2, but the Redskins’ offense is in sync now more than it has been all season, and the Dallas Cowboys' secondary has not been the unit carrying this team to a 9-1 record.
Not so different from the Packers’ secondary is the Cowboys' as it is allowing only two fewer passing yards per game (264) than Green Bay (266). In Week 2, Cousins threw for 364 yards but completed just 60.9 percent of his passes and struggled in the red zone, throwing just one touchdown and a fourth-quarter interception as the result of staring down his intended receiver, Garcon.
Despite the subpar Week 2 showing, these three wideouts are all starter-worthy thanks to the Redskins’ hot aerial attack, which is averaging 301 yards per game, third-best in the NFL. But do consult my Thanksgiving Day WR rankings below before setting your lineups Thursday afternoon.
Full Thanksgiving Day wide receiver rankings:
The top 10 receivers in this list are all playable, WR1 or WR2 starts.
1. Antonio Brown, PIT
2. T.Y. Hilton, IND
3. Stefon Diggs, MIN
4. Pierre Garcon, WSH
5. Donte Moncrief, IND
6. Dez Bryant, DAL
7. DeSean Jackson, WSH
8. Cole Beasley, DAL
9. Jamison Crowder, WSH
10. Eli Rodgers, PIT
11. Golden Tate, DET
12. Terrance Williams, DAL
13. Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN
14. Adam Thielen, MIN
15. Phillip Dorsett, IND
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