What a great week of football we experienced last week. We are beginning to see some trends in the NFL and that includes some red zone trends. Let’s begin by looking at the Top 10 wide receivers in red zone targets so far this year.
|Scoring Opportunities||The 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 for more than 5 yards down the field and the play ended inside the 5 yard line|
|All statistics in this table include plays that were nullified by a penalty|
|Rank||Player||Team||Scoring Opportunities||RedZone Opportunities||Heart
When we look at the red zone targets so far this year the first name that stands out is JuJu Smith-Schuster. He has 9 targets in the red zone and they all came in week 2 but only managed to score on one of those targets. JuJu is a great wide receiver and if he continues to get this kind of volume he is going to score a lot of touchdowns. On the other hand if it doesn’t begin to translate into scores, Big Ben could start looking to his many other options in the red zone. It is something we want to monitor going forward, but if I was a betting man, get ready for some big numbers for JuJu.
On the other end of the spectrum is Michael Thomas. He has turned 7 red zone targets into 3 scores and is having a great year. The Saints have been moving the ball up and down the field and the primary beneficiary is Thomas who has both the size and athletic ability to be a great red zone threat.
Some other names to keep an eye on are Quincy Enunwa and Devin Funchess. Both are getting a lot of targets in the red zone but haven’t converted them into points. The same goes for Cooper Kupp. Unlike Schuster neither one of these wide receivers has a lot of competition for targets and both should be valuable assets going forward. If you can trade for one of these two you will be pleasantly surprised.