Jordan Reed occupies a huge chunk of fantasy real estate. Most of that, of course, is due to his general dynamism – he’s a certified stud. A threat both in open space and the red zone, he’s averaged 5.9 receptions, 63.0 yards, and 0.65 touchdowns per game since 2015. That extrapolates to a wild 94-1,008-10 line over 16 games, which puts him toward the front of the pack in terms of tight ends with overall-TE1 upside – if he can stay healthy.
That if is enormous, though, and it occupies the rest of his huge fantasy implications: Reed has missed 18 of 64 games over his 4-year career. Most troublingly, his injury history stems mostly from nagging, long-term concerns. In fact, he's already in limbo as training camp kicks off, with specialists studying a toe injury and no return timetable set. Fantasy drafters who prioritize him highly are in extreme boom-or-bust territory. For that reason, Reed owners need to tread carefully when managing his risk – and have contingency plans on the brain.