In this article, we shall take a look at all of the red zone opportunities for fantasy football players. The Red Zone is any part of the field that is 20 yards or closer to an opponent’s end zone. Naturally, the closer you are to the scoring zone, the better your chances are of scoring. So there is a certain amount of importance in red zone opportunities for fantasy football. Here is the Red Zone Report Week 2.
A Red Zone opportunity is either a rushing attempt or a pass target. Special attention will be paid to carries received in the 5-yard line. Red Zone will be referred to as RZ for the remainder of the article.
RB Frank Gore got 4 RZ rushing attempts, including 3 inside the 5-yard line. Part of the reason that it was so many was the fact that RB Devin Singletary left the game with an injury. The rookie did get 1 RZ carry before exiting, however. Furthermore, QB Josh Allen also had a RZ rushing attempt himself. As for RZ targets, WR Zay Jones and WR Isaiah McKenzie each saw 1.
The Dolphins were one of 2 teams without a RZ opportunity in week 2.
New England Patriots
RB Sony Michel had 6 RZ carries to himself, including 2 from inside the 5-yard line. RB Rex Burkhead had 2 RZ rushing attempts as well. QB Tom Brady and FB James Develin each had 1 RZ carry, both of which were inside the 5-yard line. Looking at RZ targets, newcomer WR Antonio Brown led the way with 5. Behind him, RB James White saw 2, while WR Phillip Dorsett and WR Julian Edelman received 1 each.
New York Jets
RB Joe Mixon had all 3 of his RZ carries inside the 5-yard line. Also, RB Giovani Bernard ran 1 time in the RZ, but not inside the 5. There were some RZ targets and it was WR Tyler Boyd leading the way with 2. TE Tyler Eifert, WR Alex Erickson and WR Auden Tate each saw 1 RZ target.
RB James Conner and RB Jaylen Samuels both had 2 RZ carries and 1 RZ target. The only difference was that one of Conner’s carries came inside the 5-yard line. As for other RZ targets, it was TE Vance McDonald with the most at 2. WR Diontae Johnson and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster each saw 1.
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RB Carlos Hyde received 2 RZ rushing attempts, including 1 inside the 5-yard line. QB Deshaun Watson also got a RZ carry inside the 5. But, he used his arm as well, and specifically his TEs. Jordan Akins and Darren Fells were each targeted once inside the RZ.
RB Derrick Henry had both of the Titans RZ rushing attempts, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line. WR Darius Jennings and TE Jonnu Smith each had a conventional RZ target. In a trick play, OL David Quessenberry got a RZ target, which he hauled in for a TD.
There was only 1 RZ carry to be had and it was given to RB Phillip Lindsay. Adding to the value of that touch, it was inside the 5-yard line. Lindsay also saw 2 RZ targets, but that did not lead the Broncos. That distinction went to WR Emmanuel Sanders who was targeted 3 times in the RZ. WR Courtland Sutton had 2 RZ targets, while RB Royce Freeman, WR DaeSean Hamilton and TE Troy Fumagalli each saw 1.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
RB Austin Ekeler saw 3 RZ carries, all within the 5-yard line. RB Justin Jackson got 2 RZ rushing attempts, but neither were as close to the end zone as Ekeler’s. Once again, WR Keenan Allen received 2 RZ targets, the same number as WR Mike Williams in week 2.
After leading the league in week 1 RZ opportunities, RB Josh Jacobs had to settle for only 4 RZ carries. As for RZ targets, WR Ryan Grant, WR Hunter Renfrow, TE Darren Waller and WR Tyrell Williams each received 1.
RB Ezekiel Elliott received 5 RZ rushing attempts, including 3 inside the 5-yard line. RB Tony Pollard and QB Dak Prescott each got 1 RZ carry, with Prescott’s coming inside the 5. Pollard also had a RZ target but he did not lead the team in that regard. That distinction belongs to TE Jason Witten who saw 3 of them. Other players targeted in the RZ include WR Randall Cobb, WR Amari Cooper, WR Michael Gallup and TE Blake Jarwin who all received 1 apiece.
New York Giants
QB Carson Wentz led the way for Eagles RZ carries with 2 attempts inside the 5-yard line. RB Jordan Howard and RB Miles Sanders each received 1 RZ rushing attempt in week 2. The Eagles preferred to pass in the RZ with TE Zach Ertz leading the league with 6 targets inside the 20. WR Mack Hollins had 3 RZ targets while WR Nelson Agholor saw 2 and RB Darren Sproles got 1.
In his return to the field, after an inactive week 1, RB Adrian Peterson received 3 RZ carries, with 2 coming inside the 5-yard line. WR Steven Sims and RB Chris Thompson each got 1 RZ rushing attempt. As for RZ targets, WR Terry McLaurin paced the team with 5. Next, RB Wendell Smallwood saw 2 RZ targets, while WR Trey Quinn, WR Paul Richardson got one each. This is on top of both Peterson and Thompson getting RZ targets as RBs.
RB David Montgomery received all 5 of his RZ carries inside the 5-yard line. WR Taylor Gabriel got the only other Bears RZ rushing attempt in week 2. The team only threw the ball 1 time inside the 20-yard line. TE Trey Burton was the recipient of that RZ target.
The Lions were the 2nd team without a RZ opportunity in week 2.
Green Bay Packers
RB Aaron Jones saw 3 RZ carries, including 1 inside the 5-yard line. He also received 2 RZ targets. That tied WR Geronimo Allison for the team lead in week 2. Other players who were involved in the RZ passing game were WR Davante Adams and RB Jamaal Williams, who each got 1 target.
New Orleans Saints
RB Alvin Kamara had most of the Saints RZ opportunities in week 2. It ended up being 1 RZ carry and 1 RZ target for Kamara. Otherwise, WR Michael Thomas got the only other RZ target in this game for New Orleans.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB David Johnson saw 2 RZ rushing attempts, with 1 coming inside the 5-yard line. RB Chase Edmonds got the only other Cardinals RZ carry in week 2. As for RZ targets, WR Larry Fitzgerald led the way with 3. Other players to receive targets inside the 20-yard line include WR Damiere Byrd with 2 as well as TE Charles Clay, WR Michael Crabtree, WR Christian Kirk who all had 1 each.
Los Angeles Rams
After not participating in Rams RZ opportunities in week 1, RB Todd Gurley got involved with 4 RZ carries, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line. RB Malcolm Brown also had 2 RZ rushing attempts, 1 of which came inside the 5. QB Jared Goff also contributed in the RZ running with 1 attempt, also inside the 5. TE Gerald Everett received the only other Rams RZ run. Everett also got 3 RZ targets which led the team in week 2. Other players to get RZ targets were WR Robert Woods with 2, as well as WR Brandin Cooks, TE Tyler Higbee and WR Cooper Kupp who each had 1.
San Francisco 49ers
After being inactive in week 1, RB Jeff Wilson paced the team with 5 RZ carries, including 2 from inside the 5-yard line. RB Raheem Mostert received the only other RZ rushing attempt which also came inside the 5. On top of that Mostert got a RZ target. Other players to get RZ targets were WR Deebo Samuel, WR Richie James and TE George Kittle who saw 1 each.
TE Will Dissly was the only Seahawks player to get any RZ action in week 2 with 2 targets.