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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 16

Week 16 and the fantasy season is in the books for most people out there, time flies when you’re winning.  If you’re still playing in Week 17 best of luck to you this weekend, go get that hardware!


Scoring Opportunities Play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5 yard line
RedZone Opportunities The line of scrimmage was inside the 20 yard line
Heart Breaks Play was more than 5 yards down the field and the play ended inside the 5 yard line
All statistics in this report include plays that were nullified by penalty


Running Back



1 Mack, Marlon IND 3 1 6 1 0
2 Hyde, Carlos HOU 1 1 5 1 0
3 Mixon, Joe CIN 4 0 5 0 1
4 Lindsay, Phillip DEN 3 1 5 0 1
5 Kamara, Alvin NOS 3 3 5 2 0
6 Michel, Sony NEP 1 0 4 0 0
7 Peterson, Adrian WAS 1 1 4 1 0
8 Freeman, Devonta ATL 2 2 4 2 0
9 Gurley, Todd LAR 2 2 4 2 0
10 Thompson, Darwin KCC 0 0 4 0 0

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Kamara hasn’t been good this year, there’s simply no other way to put it.  He rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns and added six catches on seven targets for another 30 yards on Sunday. Kamara showed up for this one in a matchup where not much was expected of him.  His first score came on the opening drive of the second half from the Titans 40 yards line.  He took the handoff from Brees and hit the hole untouched and turned on the afterburners and he was off to the races.  Later in the third quarter, it looked like he would get in again on a handoff from the five-yard line, but after video review, he was ruled down at the one.  The Saints would go back to him on the very next play and he was able to punch it in.  He now has four touchdowns on the year which have all come in two games.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals

This was a great spot for Mixon, who’d been on a roll coming into this week.  It came out late in the week that he may have been battling some type of “bug” which could have contributed to his lackluster performance.  The Dolphins are one of the worst teams in the league defending the run, but Mixon managed just 50 yards on 21 carries while adding 2 catches for an additional 23 yards.  With 13 minutes left in the opening half, the Bengals had a first and goal from the five-yard line.  Mixon took the ball on three straight handoffs but failed to get in the end zone as the Bengals settled for a field goal.  This was the type of game it was for him, as he couldn’t really get going. With their loss, the Bengals locked up the first overall pick in next year’s draft, but the Bengals are more than one pick away from being a decent football team. 


Wide Receiver



1 Samuel, Deebo SFO 3 1 4 1 0
2 Sims, Steven WAS 4 2 4 2 0
3 Erickson, Alex CIN 1 0 3 0 0
4 Thomas, Michael NOS 3 2 3 2 1
5 Williams, Mike LAC 1 0 3 0 0
6 Adams, Davante GBP 1 0 3 0 0
7 Boyd, Tyler CIN 4 2 3 1 0
8 Sutton, Courtland DEN 2 0 3 0 0
9 McLaurin, Terry WAS 0 0 2 0 0
10 Golladay, Kenny DET 1 1 2 1 0

Steven Sims, Washington Redskins

Sims has come alive the past two weeks with scores now in back-to-back games.  He finished this one with six catches on a team-high 10 targets for 64 yards and two scores.  His first touchdown came on what was a broken play where Haskins made an escape from the pocket to keep the play alive and found Sims cutting to the back corner of the end zone for the touchdown.  Later in the third quarter, Sims ran a ridiculous route making a juke move on a fly route from the eight-yard line and was wide open for his second touchdown on the afternoon.  It’s been a lost season for the Redskins, but they have some decent receiving options moving forward with McLaurin and Sims who can provide a good return in the right matchup.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Boyd has emerged as a viable WR1 this year in the absence of A.J. Green.  The Bengals will have a new look next year with the first overall pick most likely being Joe Burrow and with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green on their way out.  Boyd finished the day grabbing nine balls for 128 yards and two touchdowns.  Boyd’s first score came from just outside the red zone with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.  He beat Nik Needham one-on-one and was able to make the catch and dive into the end zone for the score.  Later in the fourth quarter with 30 seconds left on the clock, Boyd ran an out route from the three-yard line and made the catch as the ball was breaking the plane for the score.  He’s only 13 yards away from back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.


Tight End



1 Smith, Kaden NYG 2 2 3 2 0
2 Olsen, Greg CAR 3 0 3 0 0
3 Kittle, George SFO 2 1 2 1 0
4 Akins, Jordan HOU 0 0 2 0 0
5 Andrews, Mark BAL 3 2 2 1 0
6 Kelce, Travis KCC 1 1 2 1 0
7 Knox, Dawson BUF 2 1 2 0 0
8 Gesicki, Mike MIA 3 2 2 1 0
9 DeValve, Seth JAC 1 0 1 0 0
10 Hentges, Hale WAS 1 1 1 1 0

Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Andrews continues to get it done week after week.  He finished the day with 93 yards on six catches and scored two touchdowns.  The Ravens were trailing late in the second quarter when Lamar Jackson found Andrews on a seam route down the middle of the field.  He was wide open and took it to the house for the score.  The Ravens weren’t done yet though, as they would strike again a minute later and it was Andrews from the 19-yard line with 15 seconds left in the half.  He ran a route down the middle of the field, through his defender off with a fake to the inside and was able to go up and make the grab in the end zone.  Andrews now leads all tight ends with 10 touchdowns on the year and is second overall in receiving touchdowns to only Kenny Golladay.  He will be a hot target at a shallow position heading into fantasy drafts next year.

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.