The tight end position is often an inconsistent one in fantasy football land. It seems as if every season the elite guys are elite, but a handful of guys come out of nowhere to become fantasy relevant.
Could Jordan Reed be one of those guys to emerge?
That still remains to be seen, but an emergence in Week 6 is very, very possible. Reed hasn’t stepped out on the field in two weeks. He missed Week 4’s contest against the Raiders with a thigh injury, and then the Redskins had a bye during Week 5. However, he is back on track at practice and is expected to suit up for Sunday night’s NFC East showdown against the Cowboys. When healthy, Reed has easily been the best tight end on this roster. Fred Davis hasn’t been remotely relevant ever since joining Washington. And on the season, Davis has caught just three balls, and has surrendered playing time to Reed, a rookie. Speaking of Reed, I think he has some major sleeper potential this week against the Cowboys. This unit has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and have surrendered 18.26 points per contest. Last week, they were absolutely torched by Denver’s tight end Julius Thomas for nine catches for 122 yards and two scores. Antonio Gates also posted over 100 receiving yards and a score, all while hauling in double-digit passes. While Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has never featured his tight ends in the offense all that much, Washington should have to throw the ball quite a bit in this contest, which gives Reed solid volume. Their defense is currently on pace to allow one of the largest yardage totals in the history of the game, and this game has all the signs of a shootout.
Reed, meanwhile, has looked strong three games into his rookie year. He’s seen a solid 15 targets, has the build of a wide receiver and can make plays after the catch. If you just recently lost Owen Daniels (who was just placed on short-term injured reserve), and couldn’t manage to land Garrett Graham on the waiver wire, Reed is a nice option for this week, at least.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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