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RED ZONE TARGET ANALYSIS: Week 11

When I began researching this article, a few players stood out to me because of their production last week. So instead of putting the top players from the last few weeks I wanted to focus on players who stood out just last week. We are nearing the end of the bye weeks but we should be stocking up on players for a playoff run. If you are in a league like me that locks transactions after a certain week, now is the time to load your bench up. Nothing is worse than watching a promising season go south because you have an injury and can’t pick anyone up to replace them.

WIDE RECEIVER RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES
Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities RedZone Opportunities
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 NOR 3 2 5 2
2 NYG 2 2 5 2
3 ATL 3 1 4 1
4 JAC 3 0 4 0
5 LAR 3 1 3 1
6 BUF 3 1 3 1
7 GBP 2 2 3 1
8 LaFell, Brandon OAK 0 0 3 0
9 ARZ 0 0 2 0
10 DET 1 1 2 1

Over the last two weeks Dede Westbrook has seven red zone opportunities while scoring one touchdown. You have to think that with that many opportunities he is going to start converting them into touchdowns. The receiver position has been a wide open competition all year for Jacksonville and it looks like Westbrook has emerged as the red zone specialist for them.

I wrote about Zay Jones a few weeks ago and he has continued as the top wide receiver for Buffalo. I will admit that the expectations should be tempered a bit given the quarterback situation in Buffalo but he is still getting opportunities despite the poor quarterback play. The other thing to consider is the fact that he has a soft schedule heading into the fantasy playoffs. I look at him as an injury stash going into the playoffs. Brandon LaFell is the new No. 1 wide receiver in Oakland and similar to Jones he will get his opportunities. Looking at his schedule, it is very favorable heading down the stretch.

The final player who stood out is Christian Kirk. His workload has continued to increase as the season has progressed and he is getting a lot of red zone targets. I like Kirk as a playoff stash but also as a player to hold onto if you are in a keeper or dynasty league. At some point this year or next he will be the No. 1 wide receiver for Arizona.

RUNNING BACK RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities  
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 DAL 5 2 7 2  
2 NYG 2 0 7 0  
3 TEN 2 0 6 0  
4 TEN 3 2 6 2  
5 ATL 5 0 6 0  
6 NOR 4 2 6 2  
7 JAC 5 2 6 2  
8 McCoy, LeSean BUF 4 3 5 2  
9 SFO 3 2 5 2  
10 DET 2 2 5 2

The question that lingers about the Tennessee running backs is this. Is the production Week 10 due to offensive talent or a very bad New England defense? My opinion is that the truth lies somewhere in between. Lewis and Henry both need to be productive if the Tennessee offense is going to have any success. Both players should be owned in all leagues if not already. The other thing to look at is how bad New England looked on defense. It has gotten to the point that if you have a player facing New England, that player is a must start. Down the stretch New England has Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Jets. Stash any player available from these teams and hide them on your bench.

TIGHT END RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 ATL 3 1 4 1
2 Ertz, Zach PHI 2 2 3 2
3 NOR 2 1 2 1
4 IND 3 3 2 2
5 KCC 0 0 1 0
6 TEN 1 1 1 1
7 LAR 1 1 1 1

The loss of Cooper Kupp is going to be a hard one to overcome for the Los Angeles Rams. He was a great possession receiver for them but also a nice safety valve for Jared Goff when he was getting pressured. The player who can step up and fill that safety valve role for the Rams is Tyler Higbee. Higbee is a solid receiver and is going to see his opportunities increase down the stretch. He provides a nice big target in the red zone and can be used as a starting tight end in all formats.

About Michael Carline

Mike is an avid fantasy football player and competes in keeper leagues that are open year round. He is an elementary school teacher by trade so we can only assume that he must also have the patience of a Saint. We hope you enjoy his viewpoint.