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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 1

Week 1 is in the books and there are plenty of things to discuss after opening kickoff weekend. There is always a lot of buildup heading into the first week. Everyone is anxious to see if their offseason work and research paid off. There are quite a few surprises to discuss within the data below.

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

All data provided by FantasySharks.com from the Target and Scoring Opportunity Report.

Running Backs

RANK PLAYER TEAM SCORING OPPORTUNITIES REDZONE OPPORTUNITIES HEART

BREAKS

OPPS TDS OPPS TDS
1 Williams, Damien KCC 3 2 8 2 0
2 Jacobs, Josh OAK 2 2 8 2 0
3 Edwards, Gus BAL 4 0 7 0 0
4 Ingram, Mark BAL 3 2 5 2 0
5 Brown, Malcolm LAR 3 2 5 2 0
6 Carson, Chris SEA 3 2 5 2 0
7 Mack, Marlon IND 2 1 4 0 1
8 McCaffrey, Christian CAR 4 2 4 2 1
9 Henry, Derrick TEN 3 2 4 1 0
10 Barkley, Saquon NYG 2 0 4 0 1

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams

The stat that jumps off the page is Malcolm Brown finishing with five red zone opportunities and finding his way into the end zone for two scores. If I am a Todd Gurley owner this is a little worrisome, especially because Brown’s first score was directly after a take away by the Rams defense and Gurley was on the bench and resting. Brown was the one who got the first crack and eventually punched it in on the second attempt. On Brown’s second touchdown, he was used almost exclusively on the drive before cashing in. At this point, Brown is the clear handcuff to Gurley and should be picked up if not owned already, whether you own Gurley or not. Gurley out-snapped Brown 54-21, but it was Brown who had the touches in the red zone. The odd man out here seems to be rookie Darrell Henderson, who only played two snaps on the afternoon.

Damien Williams, Kansas City Chiefs

If you invested in Williams this year, chances are you were worried coming into the week after the Chiefs signed LeSean McCoy. Williams got eight red zone opportunities on the day, which was good for the top spot this week among all running backs while converting one for a touchdown. Williams ran his lone score in after Jacksonville was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, giving the Chiefs first and goal from the 1-yard line. Williams had his second touchdown nullified by a holding penalty which would have put him over the 20-point mark for the day in points per reception (PPR) leagues. McCoy did get on the field, but Williams still played more snaps Sunday, finishing with 45 while McCoy saw 20. The one who suffered the most was the rookie Darwin Thompson, who played only one snap.

Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders

Jacobs was good in his debut Monday night as well as the Raiders offensive line, who controlled the line of scrimmage. Jacobs had eight red zone opportunities and converted two for touchdowns. His first score came in the second quarter with about four minutes left. He made a leap over his offensive line from the 2-yard line to punch it in. His second score was in the fourth quarter with about 12 minutes left on the clock when he kept his legs churning and was able to find the end zone from the 4-yard line for his second score of the night. It was an overall impressive game from the Raiders and Jacobs. 

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.