Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has asserted himself as the team’s clear No. 2 option in the passing game behind superstar wideout Pierre Garcon, and Reed should be able to have a huge game tonight against the New York Giants. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Reed will indeed play today despite being officially listed questionable on the injury report, but there really wasn’t any doubt that Reed would play; this is just confirmation.
Reed was able to get in plenty of practice this week, and his concussion was only expected to be a one-week absence (he missed the Monday night game last week against the San Francisco 49ers). Both Reed and Mike Shanahan were optimistic on Reed’s status, and he was cleared with ease yesterday. But despite being cleared, Reed was only a “most likely” (still excellent odds) and not a “guarantee” to play today, because there is always the worry of a setback when concussions are involved.
This report from Schefter confirms that Reed hasn’t suffered any setbacks, and the Florida Gators product will be out there tonight against the Giants beyond any sort of reasonable doubt. Reed has 499 receiving yards this season, and fantasy owners absolutely have to start him today; it would be crazy not to. He’s always a must-start, and he’s a major must-start this week against a porous Giants pass defense that doesn’t do well against TEs. Plus, this Redskins-Giants rivalry tilt should be a shootout given how week the Redskins secondary is, so Reed should have a very good performance tonight.