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RED ZONE: Target Analysis

Week 9 was lighter than usual on the scoring, but we still have a few key names to keep an eye out for on the report this week. We had four teams score 30 or more points and one team that went over 40. We have some new names on the report, some that could make an impact on your rosters moving forward and some situations that are worth monitoring.

Legend
Scoring Opportunities Player passed and the play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5-yard line
RedZone Opportunities Player passed and the line of scrimmage was inside the 20 yard line
Heart Breaks Player passed for 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

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Barkley, Saquon NYG 4 0 9 0 0
2 Jacobs, Josh OAK 7 2 9 2 0
3 Samuels, Jaylen PIT 2 0 7 0 1
4 Gordon, Melvin LAC 3 2 7 2 0
5 White, James NEP 5 1 6 1 1
6 Mack, Marlon IND 1 0 5 0 0
7 Singletary, Devin BUF 3 1 5 1 1
8 McCaffrey, Christian CAR 3 3 5 2 0
9 Chubb, Nick CLE 2 0 5 0 0
10 Gore, Frank BUF 3 0 4 0 0

Josh Jacobs, Oakland

The first-round pick from Alabama is making a strong case for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019. Jacobs ran for 120 yards on 28 carries and had nine red zone opportunities with two touchdowns. Jacobs capped off Oakland’s first drive with a touchdown. He took a hand off from the 2-yard line and was able to bounce it outside to find the end zone. Later in the second quarter, Jacobs took a pitch and went airborne and got hit as he leaped into the end zone. Jacobs has been a force this year and has made Oakland relevant again. In the early stages of his career, he appears to have the makings of a generational player.  

Devin Singletary, Buffalo

Buffalo finally decided to feed Singletary the ball and he came through for 95 yards on 20 carries and added three catches for 45 yards. On his five red zone opportunities, he was able to get in the end zone once, which was the icing on the cake. There was a point in the second quarter where Buffalo had 1st and goal from the one yard-line and ran the same play three times in a row handing the ball to Frank Gore, who was continuously stuffed. This was troubling to see if you had Singletary in your lineup, as he didn’t get a single touch to score the touchdown. Instead, Josh Allen would ultimately punch it in on a 4th and goal. Other than that goal-line blunder, Singletary was heavily used throughout the afternoon and would eventually find pay-dirt late in the fourth quarter. He took a handoff on a quarterback read, in which Allen delayed the handoff just enough to freeze the defense. The game was out of reach at that point, but it put a nice touch on the day. Buffalo should forget about trying to get Frank Gore touches and keep Singletary involved as he is clearly the better back.

Wide Receiver

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Lockett, Tyler SEA 3 2 5 2 0
2 Crowder, Jamison NYJ 3 1 5 1 1
3 Edelman, Julian NEP 3 0 4 0 1
4 Landry, Jarvis CLE 2 1 3 1 0
5 Williams, Preston MIA 3 2 3 2 0
6 Tate, Golden NYG 1 0 3 0 1
7 Cobb, Randall DAL 1 1 2 1 0
8 Golladay, Kenny DET 3 1 2 0 0
9 Evans, Mike TBB 2 1 2 1 1
10 Samuel, Curtis CAR 2 1 2 1 0

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

Williams has been a great find for Miami this year as an undrafted rookie. On the year he has 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the team in targets last week. He caught five balls on nine targets for 72 yards and saw three red zone opportunities on the day, scoring two touchdowns. His first score came in the second quarter from the 12-yard line. Ryan Fitzpatrick found him in the back of the end zone alone, without a defender within 5 yards. It was an obvious blown coverage situation and Miami was able to capitalize. In the closing minutes of the first half, from the 5-yard line, Fitzpatrick threw a quick strike to Williams through a tight window with defenders closing in on him. Williams suffered a knee injury in this one and had to exit the game in what was becoming his best game of the year. An MRI has revealed he will be out for the year. A bad break for the undrafted rookie, but there is talent here so he might be worth a stash in keeper leagues.

Jamison Crowder, New York Jets

Crowder has been the leading receiver for the Jets this year, but that’s not saying much. On five red zone opportunities, he scored one touchdown (his first score of the year). Crowder was targeted early and often in this one and the Jets looked like they were going to have a huge offensive day. His touchdown came on the opening drive of the game which featured him almost exclusively. From the 12-yard line, Darnold found a wide-open Crowder in the end zone. After starting the game moving the ball at will against a bad Miami secondary, the Jets offense fell flat. Crowder is worth taking a shot on for the next few weeks as the Jets have five average to below-average matchups coming up. They will face the Giants, Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati and then Miami again. Those are great matchups for a receiver who has the trust of his quarterback. 

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.