For fantasy football purposes, Red Zone opportunities ate tremendously important. That is why I created this article series, to demonstrates which players are getting the most chances in that oh so coveted area of the field. This is Red Zone Report Week 7.
For the remainder of this article, the words “Red Zone” will be replaced with “RZ”.
Red Zone Rushing Attempts
As we enter Week 7, a pair of running backs hit the lucky number 7 of RZ rushing attempts during the previous game. They may not be Goliaths, but David Johnson and David Montgomery both got a lot of work in an all-important area of the field. On top of the 7 rushing attempts, both players received 1 RZ target during Week 6. With 8 RZ opportunities each, Johnson and Montgomery led the entire NFL.
Next on the list of week 6 RZ rushing attempts, are a few players with 5 apiece. That list includes Mike Davis, Darrell Henderson, Ronald Jones, and James Robinson. Among that group of running backs, Robinson was the only one who was targeted in the RZ; twice to be exact. That gave him 7 RZ opportunities, placing him just behind the Davids during Week 6.
Carries Inside the 5
In terms of scoring touchdowns, you will be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity than with a rushing attempt inside the 5-yard line. One of our Week 6 leaders in RZ work also led the way with carries from that area. David Johnson received 5 carries from inside the 5, to be exact.
Most of the players with multiple rushing attempts from inside the 5-yard line have all been mentioned already. D’Andre Swift saw 3 carries inside the 5, while the following players all had 2 during Week 6. That list includes Mike Davis, Ronald Jones, Alexander Mattison, Joe Mixon, and David Montgomery.
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Red Zone Targets
Only two players received 4 RZ targets during Week 6. They are T.J. Hockenson and Julio Jones. The list of players with 3 RZ targets is a little longer, including names such as A.J. Brown, D.J. Chark, Travis Fulgham, and Zach Pascal. While there were six players with 3 or 4 RZ targets, there is about double that amount of players with 2 RZ targets during Week 6.
In terms of quarterbacks, there were a few players with multiple RZ opportunities during Week 6. First, we have Cam Newton with a pair of RZ carries. Newton is actually the only quarterback to lead his team in total RZ opportunities so far this season. 13 RZ rushing attempts to be exact, with 6 of them coming inside the 5-yard line. Even though he missed a game, and his team already had their bye week, Newton still leads all signal-caller in RZ carries, as well as rushing attempt from within 5 yards of the goal-line.
As for the other quarterbacks with multiple RZ opportunities during Week 6, that list includes Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, and Carson Wentz. Like Newton, both Murray and Wentz received 1 of those carries inside the 5-yard line.
2020 Season So Far
Even though his team has already gone through their bye week, Derrick Henry still leads all NFL players in total RZ opportunities with 28. For those keeping track, Henry has had 27 RZ rushing attempts, including 7 inside the 5-yard line, as well as 1 RZ target.
Next on the list are Myles Gaskin and Darrell Henderson with 27 RZ opportunities each (22 carries, 5 targets for both). Following closely are Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, and Aaron Jones with 25 RZ opportunities apiece. Furthermore, Elliot leads the league in rushing attempts from inside the 5-yard line with 14 such touches. No other running back has more than 8.
Finally, the NFL league leader in RZ targets is tight end Jimmy Graham with 10.
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