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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 7

With four teams on a bye this week and two of them being Pittsburgh and Green Bay, a lot of us have at least one, if not more, players on a bye this week. Let’s take a look at the red zone targets and pinpoint some replacement players we can plug into our lineups.’

WIDE RECEIVER RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES
Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities RedZone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 PIT 9 2 17 2 3
2 GBP 8 6 15 6 1
3 LAR 13 5 15 3 0
4 CIN 11 6 14 4 1
5 HOU 12 4 13 3 2
6 NOR 9 3 12 3 3
7 PIT 9 6 10 1 0
8 Landry, Jarvis CLE 6 1 9 1 1
9 CIN 5 4 9 3 0
10 NYG 5 4 9 2 1
18 TBB 9 5 8 4 0
43 DAL 4 2 5 2 0

For as bad as they are on defense, Tampa Bay has been very good in the passing game. Jameis Winston showed that he didn’t miss a beat last week by passing for 395 yards and four touchdowns. That is enough of a volume to warrant having the third receiving option on your team. Despite being behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson on the depth chart, Chris Godwin is leading the team in red zone targets and red zone touchdowns. Tampa Bay has a favorable matchup this week against Cleveland, and if he is available, Godwin makes for an interesting flex play.

It is hard to say what was more shocking, the fact that Dallas’ passing game finally showed up or the fact that it did it against the Jacksonville. The biggest part of this was the fact that Cole Beasley exploded for nine catches, 101 yards and two touchdowns. He did all of this on 11 targets and was a focal point in the passing game. Beasley is by far the best pass catcher in Dallas, and with a very important division game coming up against Washington, you should expect Beasley to again be Dallas’ No. 1 WR.

RUNNING BACK RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 LAR 30 12 48 12 4
2 NOR 20 8 40 7 2
3 LAC 16 9 25 9 3
4 NEP 12 4 22 3 1
5 PIT 19 9 21 8 2
6 NYG 15 6 20 3 2
7 OAK 10 3 20 3 1
8 Johnson, David ARZ 16 6 19 5 2
9 DAL 11 4 19 3 1
10 ATL 6 3 18 3 0
11 CLE 14 6 18 6 1
12 KCC 17 6 18 5 1
13 WAS 7 3 17 3 0
14 Collins, Alex BAL 11 5 17 5 0
15 Smallwood, Wendell PHI 4 2 15 2 1
40 Gore, Frank MIA 4 1 8 1 0

With Jay Ajayi now on Injured Reserve, Wendell Smallwood had six of his season-long 15 red zone opportunities last week. This is only going to get better as the season progresses and he is someone who you can count on not only this week but for the rest of the season. I would jump on him quickly if he is available in your league because it won’t be long until people realize that he is the best back to own in Philadelphia.

Kenyan Drake had another bad fumble and this time it nearly cost Miami the game. When that happens the coach is going to go with the more secure option at the running back position. That option is the ever-steady Frank Gore. His red zone targets are going to go up, and while he isn’t going to run for 100 yards every game, he will get you some touchdowns.

TIGHT END RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps Touchdowns Opps Touchdowns
1 IND 8 6 16 6 0
2 Cook, Jared OAK 11 3 12 3 1
3 PHI 5 2 12 2 0
4 KCC 9 3 12 2 2
5 HOU 6 0 10 0 1
6 DEN 5 0 8 1 0
7 SFO 6 2 8 1 0
30 TBB 3 2 3 1 0

Most people cannot afford to keep more than one tight end on their roster, especially one who was hurt and possibly missing for 2-4 games. Howard came back early and was able to have a fantastic game. I already talked about the volume that the Tampa Bay passing game brings and Howard is a natural beneficiary. If he hasn’t already been picked up in your league, put a claim in for him now.

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.