Jordan Reed is an interesting guy when it comes to fantasy. He is currently ranked in the top 10 in most formats, while also being outside of the elite pass-catching tight ends group.
Last season, the Washington Redskins were without a healthy 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year in Robert Griffin III. He was hardly the player he was in 2012; his passer rating dropped 20 points and his interceptions jumped from five to 12. This could be contributed to him not being 100 percent healthy following a torn ACL. Reed’s productivity for 2014 relies directly on if RG3 can return to his 2012 self.
Reed showed signs of being a top TE in games against the Chicago Bears (134 yards and one TD) and the Denver Broncos (90 yards on 14 targets). His season was cut short as he hit the Injured Reserve due to a concussion after Week 9.
In nine weeks of on-field action, Reed tallied 499 yards and three touchdowns. He showed signs of having the type of athleticism that can create mismatches in the defense. In a new offense under Jay Gruden, and also being surrounded by some new weapons, Reed will make the step and become a top fantasy TE.
On most websites, Reed is being drafted as the ninth TE and usually around the eighth round. That is an absolute steal for the numbers that I think he can get this year. I anticipate him to outscore Dennis Pitta, Greg Olsen and Jason Witten.
While his stock isn’t as high as it can be, I advise to reach for him and get him as your starting tight end, if you miss out on the elite TEs. Go ahead and even trade for him if you missed him in the draft. His production is something you don’t want to miss out on.