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RED ZONE: Target Analysis – Week 10

Week 10 had five teams go over the 30-point mark and one team over 40. There were a few upsets and we had five games decided by three points or less.  Christian Kirk had himself a day, going off for three touchdowns as well as a rookie Darius Slayton. The rookie from Auburn went off, catching 10 balls for 121 yards and two scores. Slayton has a bye this week but could make for a decent flex play moving forward if available in your league.

Legend
Scoring Opportunities Player rushed/received and the play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5-yard line
RedZone Opportunities Player rushed/received and the line of scrimmage was inside the 20-yard line
Heart Breaks Player rushed/received 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 Chubb, Nick CLE 8 0 8 0 1
2 McCaffrey, Christian CAR 7 1 8 1 2
3 Gordon, Melvin LAC 2 1 7 1 0
4 Cook, Dalvin MIN 5 1 7 1 0
5 Hill, Brian ATL 1 1 6 1 0
6 Mixon, Joe CIN 1 0 4 0 0
7 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL 1 0 4 0 0
8 Carson, Chris SEA 2 1 4 1 1
9 Bell, Le’Veon NYJ 2 1 4 1 0
6 Jones, Aaron GBP 4 3 4 3 0

Aaron Jones, Green Bay

Jones ran well in this one, finishing with 93 yards on 13 carries and three scores on four red zone opportunities. His first score came with just under four minutes left in the opening quarter. Green Bay created pre-snap motion to give the illusion a jet sweep was coming, and Jones then took the delayed handoff and bounced his way into the end zone. Later in the second quarter with just over nine minutes left, Jones punched it in from the 2-yard line on a 2nd-and-goal opportunity. Jones would then score on the opening possession of the third quarter. He took a handoff from the 13-yard line and bounced it back inside and was able to coast into the end zone.  With his three scores on the afternoon, he is now tied with Christian McCaffrey for the league lead with 14 touchdowns on the year. 

Brian Hill, Atlanta

Devonta Freeman would leave this game in the third quarter with a foot injury, paving the way for Hill to takeover. Hill finished the day rushing 20 times for 61 yards, and on six red zone opportunities he scored one touchdown. His score came on the opening play of the fourth quarter from the 10-yard line. He slipped out of the backfield and made the catch as the defender was falling to the ground. Atlanta was able to run the ball at will on what was the league’s top rushing defense coming into the week. There is no updated information on Freeman at this time, just that he is going for an MRI. But if he is expected to miss any time, Hill might be worth a flier heading into the fantasy playoffs. He’s clearly the one who would get the work with backup Ito Smith on Injured Reserve already earlier this week. 

Wide Receiver

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Allen, Keenan LAC 1 0 3 0 0
2 Lazard, Allen GBP 3 0 3 0 0
3 Landry, Jarvis CLE 2 1 3 1 0
4 Beckham, Odell CLE 3 0 3 0 0
5 Moore, D.J. CAR 0 0 2 0 0
6 Crowder, Jamison NYJ 1 1 2 0 0
7 McKenzie, Isaiah BUF 0 0 2 0 0
8 Hill, Tyreek KCC 1 1 2 1 0
9 Washington, James PIT 2 1 2 1 0
10 Adams, Davante GBP 1 0 2 0 0

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City

The Kansas City/Tennessee game was a fantastic back-and-forth game that was entertaining until the very end. Patrick Mahomes made his return in this one and showed no ill effects from a dislocated knee cap. Hill would finish the day with 11 catches on 19 targets for 157 yards and one score. His score came in the third quarter with seven minutes on the clock. Hill took off on a slant route from the line of scrimmage and just outran the coverage to the corner of the end zone. Hill did get shaken up at one point in this one with what appeared to be a chest or collarbone type injury again, but he would ultimately return to action. Kansas City would go on to lose this game on a couple of special teams blunders, but the offense is firing on all cylinders.

James Washington, Pittsburgh

The third-year player from Oklahoma State was having a relatively quiet year until Sunday. Washington caught six balls on seven targets for 90 yards and scored one touchdown on two red zone opportunities. His first score came in the first quarter with just under a minute remaining. Mason Rudolph from the 3-yard line threw a jump ball in Washington’s direction and he was able to come down with it. The on-field awareness by Washington was great as he was able to come down in bounds with the ball as the play was upheld when reviewed. Washington is too boom-or-bust to be a consistent contributor, but with six teams on bye this past week, if you rolled the dice on Washington he came through for you.

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.