Fantasy Football 2013: Jordan Reed Is a Top-10 Tight End for Rest of Season

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Fantasy Football 2013: Jordan Reed Is a Top-10 Tight End for Rest of Season
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Jordan Reed of the Washington Redskins is a top-ten fantasy football tight end for the remainder of the 2013 NFL season. This rookie tight end has been an elite fantasy football tight end for the past three weeks, and his productivity has been on an upward trend throughout the season.

In the first seven weeks of the NFL season, this 6’3”, 225-pound third-round draft pick from the University of Florida has established himself as Robert Griffin III’s most reliable pass-catcher.

Reed leads the league in receptions per target (83.9 percent) for tight ends with at least 10 total targets, according to Pro Football Focus metrics (subscription required). In stark comparison, Washington’s top-three targeted wide receivers have failed to exceed 65 percent in receptions per target for the season.

Simply put, if Griffin throws a catchable ball to Reed, then it will be caught. Moreover, this developing trust between Griffin and Reed will only lead to more targets for the tight end in the future.

Throughout the season, Reed’s fantasy value has gradually increased from week to week.

In the five games Reed has played this season, he did not play in 50 percent or more of offensive snaps until Week 6. He has since played well over half of Washington’s offensive snaps.

He is currently thirteenth among tight ends in receiving yards (298) for the season, and is second for the most yards since Week 6 (192).

Additionally, since Week 6, only three tight ends have scored more fantasy points than Reed: Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas and Jason Witten.

Also, only three tight ends have scored more fantasy points per snap in that same time, according to Pro Football Focus metrics: Joseph Fauria, Vernon Davis and Dallas Clark.

His most impressive performance to date was in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears. He had a 100 percent completion rate on nine targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. This performance made him the week’s highest scoring fantasy football tight end (19.4 points) by a margin of six points in standard scoring.

Reed’s fantasy value will only continue to rise throughout the rest of the season. Seven of his final 10 regular season matchups are against defenses that are twentieth or worse against tight ends for fantasy scoring, according to ESPN.com fantasy football statistics.

Because of Reed’s impressive skill set, increased playing time, remaining schedule and recent elite fantasy production, he should be owned in all fantasy football leagues. If he maintains his current level of production, he is an unquestionable top-ten fantasy tight end for the rest of the season.

Yet, Reed is still available in most leagues. He is owned in only 57.2 percent of ESPN leagues, 38.6 percent of NFL.com leagues and 70 percent of Yahoo leagues.

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