Jordan Reed's Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook After Week 10

Jesse ReedCorrespondent INovember 7, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 15:  Jordan Reed #86 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against Brad Jones #59 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 15, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is quickly becoming a must-start fantasy tight end. 

The rookie out of Florida caught six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings. He cracked double-digit fantasy points for the second time in four weeks, and it was the third time in four games he scored at least nine points (ESPN standard scoring).

Granted, we're not looking at the next Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski here, but Reed is emerging as a top-10 fantasy tight end this season, and his arrow is still pointing way up.

After Thursday night's game, Reed had caught 44 passes for 487 yards and three touchdowns—ranking in the top 10 in receptions and yardage.

He's been getting more and more involved as a go-to receiver in Washington's offense, and Robert Griffin III has begun looking for him as a primary option in the middle of the field. 

For good reason, too. 

As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, Reed is catching 70 percent of passes thrown his way this season, which is the highest percentage for any receiver or tight end in the NFL:

Reed's ability to create mismatches in the middle has rendered Washington veteran Fred Davis expendable. Davis has only caught three passes this year and was the subject of more than a few trade rumors before the deadline. 

Washington clearly likes what he brings to the table, and the results speak for themselves. 

Given the sad state of affairs on Washington's defense (No. 30 in the NFL in total defense), it can be assumed that the Redskins will continue passing the ball late into the second half for the rest of the season—just as we've seen all year long. 

Reed's trade value is as high now as its been all year long. Unless you have another stud tight end on your team and you're desperate to get rid of Reed, you'd be smart to hang on to him and make him a weekly starter.

If you need a tight end, now is the wrong time to try to make a trade. Since his value has ticked up lately, savvy owners won't take anything less than another starter in return. 


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