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 the Red Zone Report Week 12.
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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New England Patriots
Sony Michel had the majority of the Patriots week 12 RZ opportunities to himself. All 5 of those opportunities were RZ carries. Rookie N’Keal Harry led the way in RZ targets with 2 while Julian Edelman and James White received 1 each.
New York Jets
Both Le’Veon Bell and Bilal Powell got 2 RZ rushing attempts, while Sam Darnold only had 1. Darnold’s run, however, came from inside the 5-yard line. Bell tied Demaryius Thomas for the Jets lead in week 12 RZ targets with 2 apiece. Also, Powell, with 1 RZ target, equalized Robby Anderson, Jamison Crowder and Ryan Griffin in that category.
Gus Edwards out carried Mark Ingram in the RZ 4-2. However, Ingram had 1 of his runs inside the 5-yard line. Ingram also saw 1 RZ target but was still behind Marquise Brown who led the NFL in week 12 RZ targets with 6. Willie Snead and Andre Roberts got 2 and 1 RZ targets respectively.
Nick Chubb led the way with 6 RZ carries and 1 RZ target. 1 of those runs came from inside the 5-yard line. Kareem Hunt was the only other Browns player to see a RZ rushing attempt during week 12. Hunt also had 2 RZ targets but was behind Jarvis Landry who led the team with 3. Rashard Higgins and Ricky Seals-Jones each had 1 RZ target.
Tevin Jones saw 1 RZ target, the only RZ opportunity for the Steelers in week 12.
Leonard Fournette had the majority of the Jaguars RZ opportunities in week 12 with 6 carries, including 3 from inside the 5-yard line, and 2 targets. Other RZ targets went to D.J. Chark and Keelan Cole with 1 each.
Derrick Henry saw 3 RZ rushing attempts in week 12. Jonnu Smith figured in both the air and ground game with 1 RZ carry and 1 RZ target. Throwing him the football, Ryan Tannehill also saw 1 RZ carry. Meanwhile, Dennis Kelly and Adam Humphries each received 1 RZ target.
The Broncos did not have any RZ opportunities during week 12.
Like their AFC West rivals, the Raiders had 0 RZ opportunities in week 12.
New York Giants
Saquon Barkley got 3 RZ carries in week 12, including 1 from inside the 5-yard line. That was exactly half of the Giants RZ opportunities as Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Kaden Smith each received 1 RZ target.
During week 12, David Montgomery received 2 RZ rushing attempts, while Mitchell Trubisky had 1. All 3 of those caries came from inside the 5-yard line. Anthony Miller led the Bears in week 12 RZ targets with 3 followed closely by Allen Robinson with 2. Meanwhile, Tarik Cohen and Jesper Horsted each got 1 RZ target.
Green Bay Packers
Qadree Ollison had all 4 of the Falcons RZ rushing attempts, and 3 of them came from inside the 5-yard line. Calvin Ridley led the team in week 12 RZ targets with 2, while Russell Gage and Julio Jones received 1 each.
Christian McCaffrey led the NFL in total RZ opportunities during week 12 with 11. 8 were rushing attempts, with 3 coming inside the 5-yard line. Alex Armah saw the Panthers only other RZ carry in week 12, and it came inside the 5. McCaffrey and D.J. Moore tied for the Panthers lead in RZ targets with 3 apiece. The remaining RZ targets were evenly split between Greg Olsen, Ian Thomas and Jarius Wright who each saw 1.
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara took the Saints only RZ rushing attempt in week 12. Meanwhile, Jared Cook had half of the team’s RZ opportunities to himself with 3 RZ targets. Other Saints players to receive targets in the RZ were Tre’Quan Smith and Michael Thomas who saw 1 apiece.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones got 3 RZ carries, with 1 coming inside the 5-yard line. TJ Logan received the only other Buccaneers RZ run, and it also came inside the 5. Chris Godwin led the team in week 12 RZ targets with 2, while O.J. Howard, Ronald Jones, Scott Miller and Vita Vea had 1 each.
Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers
Tevin Coleman had the majority of the 49ers RZ opportunities in week 12. Coleman saw 2 RZ rushing attempts, with 1 coming inside the 5-yard line, and 2 RZ targets. Raheem Mostert received the team’s only other RZ carry during week 12. As for other RZ targets, George Kittle and Jeff Wilson each had 1.