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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 15

Week 15 had some great individual efforts that may have single-handedly won matchups for people. We had an awesome running back performance from Arizona and a familiar receiver who had his best game of the season at the most critical time of the year. Another stud receiver may be trying to force his way to a new team this offseason. With en eye on the prize let’s dig into this week’s scoring report.

Legend
Scoring Opportunities Play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5-yard-line
Red Zone Opportunities The line of scrimmage was inside the 20-yard-line
Heart Breaks Play ended inside the 5-yard-line
All statistics in this report include plays that were nullified by penalty

Running Back

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL 5 2 7 2 0
2 Drake, Kenyan ARZ 5 4 7 4 0
3 Hyde, Carlos HOU 3 1 6 1 0
4 Boone, Mike MIN 3 2 6 2 0
5 Henry, Derrick TEN 4 0 5 0 1
6 Cook, Dalvin MIN 0 0 5 0 0
7 Sanders, Miles PHI 4 2 5 2 1
8 Singletary, Devin BUF 1 0 4 0 1
9 Ingram, Mark BAL 3 2 4 2 0
10 Barkley, Saquon NYG 2 2 4 2 0

Kenyan Drake, Arizona

Drake had himself a day Sunday against lowly Cleveland. He ran for 137 yards on 22 carries and scored four touchdowns while leading Arizona to a victory. Drake started his scoring spree on the opening drive of the game. From the 5-yard-line Kyler Murray ran the read option and tossed it to Drake after faking out the defenders; he took the pitch and was able to stroll into the end zone. Early in the second quarter, Drake would get his second score of the day as he took the hand-off from the 1-yard-line and churned through the middle of his offensive line until he broke the plane. Drake would keep it going late in the third quarter with just under two minutes left as he would take another hand-off from the 1-yard-line and corkscrew his way into the end zone. He would save his best for last though, as he would cap off an already awesome performance with his fourth score of the day. He took a hand-off from the 17-yard-line, hit the hole and was off to the races. Drake is clearly the lead dog in the backfield who can be a decent flex option if needed this week against Seattle.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia

The rookie from Penn State stepped up big time for Philadelphia, who came into this one with just three active receivers for the game. He ran for 122 yards and one score on 19 carries with a touchdown and caught all six of his targets for an additional 50 yards and another touchdown. His first score came off a pitch to the right side where Sanders got to the edge and hurdled into the end zone. His second touchdown came in the third quarter with six minutes on the clock. From the 15-yard-line, Carson Wentz made a nice scramble to keep the play alive, throwing a missile to Sanders in the back corner of the end zone. With all the injuries Philadelphia has on its roster Sanders has now proven that he can handle a full workload. It’s a shame he plays on Philadelphia who notoriously uses multiple backs, though, as Sanders is clearly the most talented runner on the roster.

 

Wide Receiver

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Samuel, Curtis CAR 4 1 5 1 0
2 Jones, Julio ATL 4 1 4 1 0
3 Lockett, Tyler SEA 2 1 4 1 0
4 Beckham, Odell CLE 2 0 4 0 1
5 Conley, Chris JAC 3 2 4 2 0
6 Ward, Greg PHI 2 1 3 1 1
7 Crowder, Jamison NYJ 3 2 3 2 0
8 Thomas, Michael NOS 1 1 3 1 0
9 Stills, Kenny HOU 2 2 2 2 0
10 Cole, Keelan JAC 0 0 2 0 0

Julio Jones, Atlanta

This past week was a vintage Julio Jones game. He took over from the start and never looked back. On the day he saw a whopping 20 targets and caught 13 balls for 134 yards and found the endzone twice. His first score came in the second quarter from the 5-yard-line. He ran a dig route and was able to make the catch and stay inbounds by dragging his toes before being forced out. Later in the fourth quarter, Jones made a grab to get Atlanta to the 5-yard-line. Then two plays later with seconds remaining in the game, Jones made a grab right at the goal line and as San Francisco was celebrating thinking it had made the stop, the referees ruled after a video review that Jones indeed broke the plane. Truly an amazing finish in this game and good to see Jones come through for those who needed him. Jones should feast again this week against a subpar Jacksonville secondary.

Odell Beckham, Cleveland

Beckham’s been a bust this year, there’s no other way to put it. Most thought his move to Cleveland would prove beneficial, playing with a quarterback who can actually get the ball downfield, but that hasn’t been the case at all this year. There have apparently been issues between him and Baker Mayfield since Day 1, and now there are rumors swirling that he’s been trying to shop himself to other teams before games. This should be the final straw for fantasy owners as he caught just eight passes for 66 yards against one of, if not the worst pass defenses in the league this year. Cleveland is a mess offensively who just simply can’t get the job done right now. Although Beckham is not totally to blame, his draft stock for next year is tanking and he may wind up on a few “DO NOT DRAFT LISTS” unless he gets his wish and ends up with a change of scenery.

About Nick Lemma

Being from New York Nick is loud and persistent. Known as the Hot-Headed Italian within his circle, his opinions are bold with facts and stats to back them up. While playing across multiple leagues and serving as commissioner of his hometown league for the past 12 years, he’s been consumed by football. Being a seasoned player, he’s had success in various formats and league setups. When he’s not reading or writing about football he can be found spending time with his wife and son.