The Green Bay Packers picked up a huge win on Thanksgiving, as they went to Detroit and knocked off the Lions, 29-22. Quarterback Jordan Love had a big game, as he threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
One of those scoring passes went to Jayden Reed, who had four catches, 34 yards, and one touchdown. Reed has been a consistent part of the Packers’ offense the last five games, and now fantasy football managers have to ask the question: Is it time to sign Reed off the waiver wire?
Should Jayden Reed Be a Fantasy Waiver Wire Add in Week 13?
It has been an up-and-down season for the Packers offense, but Green Bay has started to show some signs of life on that side of the ball.
In the last two games, Love has averaged 295 yards while throwing for five touchdowns and zero interceptions. A big part of his struggles early in the year was his expected go-to receivers battling injuries, and he had to develop relationships with new guys. Love has worked through those growing pains, and with those key targets now back, the entire offense is clicking.
Reed especially is playing his best football, as he has 20 catches for 266 yards and two touchdowns in the past five games. He has been targeted 28 times during this stretch, showing he has gained some trust from Love. Considering these numbers, is that enough for fantasy managers to sign him this week?
My answer is no, Reed shouldn’t yet be signed. Christian Watson is back and healthy and has put together productive performances in the last two games.
Watson and Romeo Doubs are both capable of putting together monster games, and they are going to continue to be more dynamic the more they get on the field.
Another issue in signing Reed this week is that the Packers’ next opponent is the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have one of the elite defenses in the NFL, especially when it comes to stopping the pass. Kansas City is currently ranked fourth against the pass (170.8 yards) and has made things very difficult for opposing quarterbacks all year. To expect any wide receiver to have a big game against the Chiefs is a tall order at the moment.
Am I totally against having Reed on your team? No, as I think he does have some potential in deeper leagues or in a potential Flex scenario. But, this isn’t the week I expect him to have a big game. When you are looking at receivers, one of the most important things to keep an eye on is the opponent they are going up against.
Reed is a talented receiver, but I’m of the conviction there are players on the waiver wire of equal upside who aren’t going up against a great defense in Week 13. Look at the matchups and try to pinpoint the receivers going up against weaker units.
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