Red Zone Report Week 10
As fantasy football managers continue to try and score big points, they often find the highest upside in players who score touchdowns. The best area of the field to get into the end zone is as close as possible to the goal-line. That is why Red Zone carries and targets are so important. The purpose of this Red Zone Report Week 10, is to showcase which players have received the most opportunities in the Red Zone.
For the remainder of this article, the words “Red Zone” will be replaced with “RZ” for brevity.
Red Zone Rushing
For most of the Week 10 leaders in total RZ opportunities, their inclusion on this list would have been unthinkable meer months ago. But here we are. James Robinson paced all players with 6 RZ rushing attempts during Week 10. The rookie UDFA has commanded a workhorse role for the Jaguars this season, with no signs of slowing down.
Next is Cam Newton with 5 RZ carries in Week 10. Entering the season we were unsure of his health. But Newton has remained capable of handling goal-line duties and the Patriots have really embraced that role. Newton is the only QB who leads his team in total RZ opportunities.
Alongside Newton during Week 10, with 5 total RZ opportunities, are two polar opposites in terms of RB value. Kalen Ballage and Alvin Kamara both received 4 RZ rushing attempts and 1 RZ target. The list of names with 4 RZ carries in Week 10 includes Dalvin Cook, Gus Edwards, Taysom Hill, Josh Jacobs, and Alexander Mattison. Interesting to note that Vikings players received that workload. It demonstrates the type of RB-heavy game-plan that Minnesota has become famous for.
Carries Inside the 5
I mentioned Cam Newton’s goal-line usage earlier. That continued during Week 10 with 4 rushing attempts from inside the 5-yard line. With a total of 12 such carries on the season, Newton is tied for 2nd in the entire NFL. One of the players at that 12-mark plateau is Dalvin Cook. In Week 10, he received 3 rushing attempts from inside the 5-yard line. As did Gus Edwards. Perhaps surprisingly, Edwards now has more carries from inside the 5 than all other Ravens combined. With only 5 such attempts on the season, Edwards has barely surpassed J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram with 2 each. With Ingram’s potential return, a consistent volume in the goal role may be difficult for Edwards to maintain.
Red Zone Targets
However, there were other players that tied the three renowned receivers with 3 RZ targets. One of those was Mike Williams. That is hardly a shock considering his size and draft stock. By doubling his season-long RZ target count to 6, Williams is now tied for the team lead alongside Keenan Allen.
A pair of unexpected sources also saw 3 RZ targets in Week 10. One was Williams’ teammate Donald Parham, while the other was Richie James. Speaking of teammates, River Cracraft and Trent Taylor were fellow 49ers that saw 2 RZ targets apiece during Week 10. Same with the Broncos as Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick both saw multiple looks inside the 20-yard line. By doing so, Patrick is now tied at the top of the team in RZ targets. Furthermore, four Seahawks each received 4 RZ targets. They were Jacob Hollister, D.K. Metcalf, David Moore, and Greg Olsen.
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Aside from Cam Newton, who has already been somewhat of a focus throughout this article, there are other signal-callers getting RZ carries. In Week 10, Lamar Jackson had 3 RZ rushing attempts. However, as mentioned in the previous Red Zone Report, none of those runs are coming close to the goal-line.
On the contrary, Josh Allen, Teddy Bridgewater, Nick Mullens, and Russell Wilson all had only 1 RZ carries each, but every single one of them came inside the 5-yard line. Kyler Murray also received 1 RZ run, but it came further away from the goal-line. However, unlike Jackson, Murray does have carries inside the 5 to his credit this season. Out of his 12 RZ rushing attempts, 5 came from inside the 5-yard line. Murray is 3rd at the QB position in both total RZ carries and runs inside the 5, showing a better RZ profile than Jackson.
2020 Season So Far
A recurring statement from the previous article, but Todd Gurley currently has the league lead in total RZ opportunities. With 42, he holds a six-chance lead over Josh Jacobs. With the Falcons about to enter their bye week, it will be interesting to see if Gurley still sits atop the NFL in total RZ chances. Alvin Kamara also closely lingers with 33 RZ opportunities on the season.
Ezekiel Elliott is narrowly holding on to the titles of most carries inside the 5-yard line in 2020. By remaining dormant in that category during Week 10, Elliot is susceptible to lose that crown during his bye.
There is a four-way draw for the league lead in RZ targets. Davante Adams, Travis Kelce, Calvin Ridley, and Darren Waller each have 13 RZ so far in 2020. With a couple of players among that group on their bye weeks, it will be interesting to see who is pacing the NFL next week.
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