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RED ZONE: Target Analysis Week 5

Week 4 started everyone’s favorite time of the year, bye week problems. We had two teams on a bye, Washington and Carolina and this week we lose the Bears and Buccaneers. We all know the struggle of having to dig into our bench and start a player that we normally wouldn’t because we have a great player on a bye week. This week besides having the top players at each position in targets I decided to go a little deeper and find that one player who may help you fill your bye week needs.

WIDE RECEIVER RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES
Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities RedZone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps touchdowns Opps touchdowns
1 PIT 7 1 14 1 2
2 LAR 10 4 13 2 1
3 CIN 9 6 11 4 0
4 NOR 9 3 11 3 3
5 HOU 8 3 9 2 1
6 GBP 3 3 8 3 0
7 PHI 2 1 8 1 0
8 Boyd, Tyler CIN 3 2 7 1 0
9 DET 6 2 7 1 0
10 LAR 7 2 7 1 1
18  TEN 6 1 6 1 1

While there hasn’t been much change in the top 10, one name that stuck out to me in the top 20 is Corey Davis. I have spoken to many different people who have told me they were sick of Davis after the first three weeks and dropped him. Most people thought it was the fault of the Quarterbacks but that they didn’t think it was going to change. What a difference a week makes! With a healthy Mariota and not having to play in a ridiculous storm like he did week 1, Corey Davis had a great week. He had 9 catches for 161 yards and his first red zone score of the year. If you are one of the owners who was patient and kept him good for you. If he was dropped in your league and available I would put a waiver claim in for him and reap the benefits.

RUNNING BACK RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps touchdowns Opps touchdowns
1 NOR 18 8 38 7 2
2 LAR 15 6 26 6 2
3 OAK 9 3 18 3 1
4 LAC 10 5 17 5 2
5 CLE 13 6 15 6 1
6 NYG 10 3 14 2 2
7 KCC 12 4 13 4 1
8 Miller, Lamar HOU 7 1 13 1 1
9 BAL 8 3 13 3 0
10 JAC 8 3 13 2 2
11 ATL 4 1 12 1 0
12 WAS 5 3 12 3 0
13 TEN 2 0 11 0 0
14 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL 6 3 11 2 0
15 Michel, Sony NEP 3 1 11 1 0
46  Davis, Mike SEA 4 3 5 3 0

When you are looking for a bye week running back you have to look for a guy who takes an opportunity and runs with it (pun intended). That is exactly what Mike Davis did last week. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny have both been disappointing for Seattle. So with a lack of performance and injuries present Mike Davis with the opportunity to carve out a piece of the action what does he do with it? He goes out and score 3 touchdowns! If anything he established himself as a touchdown vulture and if he continues to outperform the other two backs we could be looking at a possible bell cow back. I grab him now and use him as a bye week replacement and then stash him and hope you get more.

TIGHT END RED ZONE OPPORTUNITIES

Rank Player Team Scoring Opportunities Redzone Opportunities Heart
Breaks
Opps touchdowns Opps touchdowns
1 IND 4 3 9 2 0
2 Kelce, Travis KCC 8 3 9 2 2
3 OAK 8 3 8 3 1
4 PHI 3 0 7 0 0
5 SFO 5 2 7 1 0
6 HOU 1 0 5 0 0
7 BAL 3 1 5 1 0
29 SEA 0 0 2 0 0

At first glance you may look at the numbers for Vannett and say that 2 targets with 0 touchdowns isn’t impressive. What isn’t in the numbers is the fact that Will Dissly is now out for the season and the Seahawks are going to be using Vannett more in the red zone. With the TE position there are so few good TE that if you have a bye week you are basically just putting a player in and hopping for the best. At least you know Vannett will now have an opportunity to be useful.

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.