Hello Rotoworlders! I have some target info below here that I’ve been saving for a rainy day. We’ll start with this season’s red zone targets. I’m a big fan of players who get said targets and get said touchdowns that convert into said fantasy points and then into soon to be said championships. So let’s get into the red zone! (that’s what she said)
Wide Receivers (Red Zone Targets):
A.J. Green leads all receivers in targets from inside the 20 yard line, but your true red zone king is one James Jones. He’s caught a whopping 56% of his red zone targets for a touchdown. Marques Colston, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Vincent Jackson round out the top five proficient red zone scorers this season.
Hakeem Nicks has been the least efficient with 17 red zone targets and just one touchdown for a pitiful 6% touchdown rate. Larry Fitzgerald isn’t far behind with an 11% rate, but he also has Larry, Moe and Curly throwing to him. But probably the most interesting is Calvin Johnson who has just 14 red zone targets all season and has only caught two for touchdowns. I think it’s time Mr. Stafford learned some fundamentals.
Tight Ends (Red Zone Targets):
Tony Gonzalez is still a monster in the red zone, and well, pretty much everywhere else. It’s amazing that he’s going to retire while still at the top of his game. His 50% touchdown rate is only topped by Kyle Rudolph who also has 446 less yards and 39 less receptions. Of course it does beg the question, what could Rudolph do if Ponder had his head on straight? He was able to catch 13 of the 15 targets, the best in this group.
Martellus Bennett, like fellow Giant Hakeem Nicks, is having trouble securing his targets for touchdowns. We might want to start pointing our pointy finger at Eli Manning. Heath Miller leads all tight ends with 20 targets and has been a pleasant surprise all season.
Jason Witten is going to break Tony Gonzalez’s record for most receptions in a year, but only has two lousy touchdowns on 134 targets, only 12 of those in the red zone. That’s probably not enough, but he’s still only converting 17% of those into touchdowns.
Running Backs (Red Zone Targets):
Any talk of running back targets usually has Darren Sproles in the lead and so it is. His ability is clear in the fact that he scored five touchdowns on his 16 targets. And you can tell that Old Man Ronnie Brown is lacking in that same ability, when he is the only other running back with double digit red zone receptions and has zero touchdowns. Wait, didn’t Sproles used to play for the Chargers?
Last season Ray Rice finished with 5 targets in the red zone and had one touchdown from those targets. I was sure I was going to find completely different information when I looked that one up! So Rice’s 9 targets are actually quite a bit better than last season.
LeSean McCoy continues to be one of the more dynamic players in the league and if his team wasn’t in such flux and he didn’t get hurt, he would have been a top back once again. There’s no reason to sleep on him next season.