A big factor in determining fantasy football production is touchdowns. Ths purpose of this article is to identify which players have the most chances at getting the football close to the end zone, and thus the best chances at scoring a touchdown. Here is Red Zone Report Week 9.
A Red Zone Opportunity is any rushing attempt or target that a player receives within 20 yards of an opponent’s end zone. Special attention will be paid to carries from inside the 5-yard line.
For the remainder of this article, the words Red Zone will be replaced with RZ.
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In week 9, Devin Singletary had 5 RZ carries, compared to 4 for Frank Gore. However, 3 of Gore’s runs came inside the 5-yard line, while Singletary only had 2 in that area. No Bills player saw multiple RZ targets in week 9, as Cole Beasley, John Brown, Dawson Knox and Isaiah McKenzie got 1 each.
Kalen Ballage received 3 RZ rushing attempts in week 9, while Mark Walton had 1. Both RBs each had 1 of those attempts inside the 5-yard line and each got 1 RZ target. Preston Williams led the way with 3 RZ targets, while DeVante Parker only had 1.
New England Patriots
James White took 5 RZ carries, including 2 from inside the 5-yard line. Rex Burkhead saw the only other Patriots RZ rushing attempt in week 9. Furthermore, White had 1 RZ target but was still behind Julian Edelman who saw 4. Other RZ targets went to Mohamed Sanu with 2 as well as Phillip Dorsett and Ben Watson who received 1 RZ target apiece.
New York Jets
Le’Veon Bell got the Jets only RZ carry in week 9 a low-mark for a player that is pacing his team in every category of RZ opportunities. Instead, it was Jamison Crowder leading the way in RZ opportunities with 4 targets. Ryan Griffin and Vyncint Smith each had 1 RZ target s well.
Lamar Jackson led the Ravens in week 9 RZ opportunities with 5 rushing attempts, including 3 from inside the 5-yard line. Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram combined for Jackson’s RZ opportunities, as Ingram got 3 RZ carries, with 2 inside the 5 while Edwards received 2 RZ runs with 1 from inside the 5. Only 2 RZ targets for the Ravens in week 9, 1 going to Nick Boyle and the other to Hayden Hurst.
On the season so far, Ingram leads the team in total RZ opportunities (23) and carries from inside the 5-yard line (10). Otherwise, Mark Andrews currently paces the Ravens in RZ targets with 9 in 2019.
Nick Chubb saw 5 RZ carries, with 1 of those attempts coming from inside the 5-yard line. Dontrell Hilliard and Baker Mayfield each had 1 RZ run, but Mayfield’s came inside the 5. Jarvis Landry led the way in week 9 with 3 RZ targets. Antonio Callaway was the only other Browns player to see multiple RZ targets at 2. Meanwhile, Odell Beckham, Demetrius Harris, Rashard Higgins and Ricky Seals-Jones each received 1 RZ target.
Jaylen Samuels took over as the primary RZ weapon with 4 rushing attempts and 3 targets. 1 of his carries also happened to be inside the 5-yard line. Trey Edmunds saw 2 RZ caries with 1 coming inside the 5. Other than Samuels, Vance McDonald was the only Steelers player to receive multiple RZ targets during week 9. In fact, McDonald led the team in that category with 4, while Diontae Johnson, Roosevelt Nix and Nick Vannett saw 1 RZ target each.
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Deshaun Watson was the only Texans players who saw multiple RZ rushing attempts in week 9. He had 2, with 1 coming inside the 5-yard line. Otherwise, DeAndre Hopkins, Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson each received 1 RZ carry, with Johnson’s coming inside the 5. Hopkins and Darren Fells split the only 2 Texans targets in the RZ from week 9.
Leonard Fournette received the Jaguars only RZ carry during week 9. C.J. Board not only led the team in week 9 RZ opportunities, but he saw his first 2 RZ targets of the season. Otherwise, D.J. Chark, Chris Conley and Seth DeValve got 1 RZ target apiece.
The Broncos were the only team that played in week 9 and did not record a RZ opportunity.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Melvin Gordon got 5 RZ rushing attempts in week 9, with 1 of those coming inside the 5-yard line. Austin Ekeler also figured in the RZ ground game, with 3 carries, including 2 inside the 5. Gordon saw 1 RZ target, but it was Hunter Henry who led the Chargers in that category with 2. Furthermore, Justin Jackson and Mike Williams had 1 RZ target each.
Josh Jacobs led the NFL in week 9 RZ opportunities with 9. That was 8 rushing attempts, including 4 from inside the 5-yard line, and 1 RZ target. Zay Jones and Hunter Renfrow tied for the Raiders led in RZ target with 2 apiece. Also, Foster Moreau received 1 RZ target.
Through 9 weeks of this season, Elliott leads the NFL in total RZ opportunities with 43. He also paces the Cowboys in carries from inside the 5-yard line with 9. Jason Witten has 9 targets on the season, tops on the team.
New York Giants
Saquon Barkley saw 7 RZ rushing attempts, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line, and 1 RZ target. Golden Tate led the Giants in week 9 RZ targets with 3, while Evan Engram and Bennie Fowler each received 2. Other RZ targets went to Rhett Ellison, Cody Latimer and Darius Slayton who saw 1 each.
Jordan Howard received 3 RZ carries, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line. Miles Sanders got the only other Eagles week 9 RZ run, in addition to 1 RZ target. Dallas Goedert saw the only other RZ target.
David Montgomery received all 3 of his week 9 RZ carries inside the 5-yard line. Tarik Cohen also had 2 RZ runs, with 1 coming inside the 5. Mitch Trubisky kept the football 1 time in the RZ and also threw 1 pass attempts in that area to Cordarrelle Patterson.
J.D. McKissic paced the Lions in week 9 RZ opportunities with 2 carries and 1 target. Ty Johnson received 1 RZ rushing attempt and it came inside the 5-yard line. Logan Thomas led the team with 2 RZ targets in week 9. Other RZ targets went Danny Amendola, Kenny Golladay, Jesse James and Marvin Jones each saw 1.
Green Bay Packers
Jamaal Williams received 2 RZ targets in week 9, the only Packers RZ opportunities.
Dalvin Cook had 4 RZ carries during week 9, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line. Alexander Mattison got the only other Vikings RZ run in week 9. Kyle Rudolph led the team with 3 RZ targets, while Irv Smith with 2 was the only other Vikings player to see multiple RZ targets. Otherwise, Ameer Abdullah and Stefon Diggs each had 1 RZ target.
Christian McCaffrey had most of the Panthers week 9 RZ opportunities. To be exact, he saw 4 RZ rushing attempts, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line, and 1 RZ target. Curtis Samuel led the team in RZ targets with 2, while D.J. Moore had 1 for himself.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones received 2 RZ carries, while Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale had 1 each. Ogunbowale’s run came from inside the 5-yard line. Once again, Mike Evans led the Buccaneers in week 9 RZ targets with 2. Meanwhile, Anthony Auclair, Tanner Hudson, Scott Miller and Breshad Perriman saw 1 RZ target apiece.
It was a week of evenly spread out RZ opportunities, where no Cardinals players had multiple attempts. Kenyan Drake and Kyler Murray each saw 1 RZ rushing attempt, with Drake’s coming inside the 5-yard line. As for RZ targets, Charles Clay, KeeSean Johnson, Christian Kirk and Maxx Williams all had 1 each.
San Francisco 49ers
Tevin Coleman received both of the 49ers week 9 RZ carries. As for RZ targets, George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Emmanuel Sanders each saw 2 RZ targets. Otherwise, Kendrick Bourne and Ross Dwelley had 1 apiece.
Chris Carson got all 3 of the Seahawks week 9 RZ rushing attempts, and 2 of them came from inside the 5-yard line. Meanwhile, Tyler Lockett led the entire NFL in week 9 RZ targets with 5. Other RZ targets went to Jacob Hollister and David Moore with 2 each and D.K. Metcalf with 1.