Now that there are a few weeks in the books, it is now time to start evaluating who is getting the ball when it counts the most; in the Red Zone. Each week I will break down the players with the most red zone action according to position, which will help readers in setting their lineups for the upcoming weeks. In "( )" are the year-to-date totals from each player listed, to determine if the recent activity by a given player is a trend or a one-week wonder. Although this should not be the ultimate answer to your start/sit dilemmas, red zone research should be added to your weekly planning to give you the ultimate edge over your competition.

 

Week 3 QB Red Zone Leaders (Five or More Attempts)

Name Att Cmp Yds TD
Matthew Stafford (DET) 10(20) 2 (9) 16(70) 2 (4)
Chad Henne (JAC) 10(16) 2 (4) 16(34) 0 (1)
Matt Ryan (ATL) 9 (21) 4 (10) 26(62) 2 (5)
Christian Ponder (MIN) 8 (14) 4 (6) 24(38) 0 (1)
Brian Hoyer (CLE) 8 (8) 4 (4) 35(35) 2 (2)
Drew Brees (NO) 8 (17) 3 (9) 28(55) 2 (3)
Tom Brady (NE) 7 (19) 3 (8) 29(55) 2 (4)
Robert Griffin III (WAS) 6 (16) 1 (8) 15(58) 0 (4)
Josh Freeman (TB) 6 (9) 0 (2) 0 (22) 0 (2)
Peyton Manning (DEN) 5 (15) 5 (13) 35(80) 3 (7)
Tony Romo (DAL) 5 (15) 2 (9) 10 (61) 1 (4)
Sam Bradford (STL) 5 (22) 2 (9) 10(70) 1 (6)
Aaron Rodgers (GB) 5 (19) 4 (14) 27(110) 1 (7)
Jay Cutler (CHI) 5 (16) 3 (8) 35(82) 1 (5)

 

Week 3 RB Red Zone Leaders Rushing Leaders (Three or More Attempts)

Name Att Yds TD
DeMarco Murray (DAL) 7 (9) 16(18) 1 (1)
Jamaal Charles (KC) 6 (8) 12(17) 1 (2)
James Starks (GB) 5 (9) 9 (25) 0 (0)
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) 5 (11) 10(16) 0 (2)
Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) 5 (9) 15(30) 1 (2)
Adrian Peterson (MIN) 5 (12) 17(19) 1 (2)
Joique Bell (DET) 5 (7) 24(27) 1 (3)
LeGarrette Blount (TB) 4 (4) 9 (9) 0 (0)
Fred Jackson (BUF) 4 (5) 6 (10) 0 (1)
Arian Foster (HOU) 4 (9) 16(30) 0 (1)
Bernard Pierce (BAL) 4 (8) 1 (15) 1 (2)
Michael Bush (CHI) 4 (4) 1 (1) 1 (1)
Matt Forte (CHI) 4 (10) 10(33) 1 (2)
Bilal Powell (NYJ) 3 (4) 8 (11) 0 (1)
Isaiah Pead (STL) 3 (3) 5 (5) 0 (0)
Jason Snelling (ATL) 3 (4) 2 (13) 0 (1)
Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL) 3 (4) 10 (9) 0 (0)
Johnathan Franklin (GB) 3 (3) 9 (9) 1 (1)
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) 3 (5) 3 (2) 1 (1)

 

Week 3 RB Red Zone Rec. Leaders (One or More Receptions)

Name Tar Rec Yds TD
Adrian Peterson (MIN) 1 (2) 1 (2) 3 (7) 0 (1)
Matt Forte (CHI) 1 (2) 1 (2) 11(14) 0 (0)
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) 3 (3) 1 (1) 11(11) 0 (0)
Johnathan Franklin (GB) 1 (1) 1 (1) 7 (7) 0 (0)
Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL) 2 (3) 1 (2) 8 (14) 0 (0)
Isaiah Pead (STL) 1 (3) 1 (1) 6 (6) 0 (0)
Jason Snelling (ATL) 1 (1) 1 (1) 7 (7) 1 (1)
Pierre Thomas (NO) 1 (4) 1 (4) 5 (11) 0 (0)
Stevan Ridley (NE) 1 (1) 1 (1) 8 (8) 0 (0)
Roy Helu (WAS) 1 (1) 1 (1) 15(15) 0 (0)
Marcel Reece (OAK) 1 (2) 1 (2) 16(25) 1 (1)
Danny Woodhead (SD) 1 (2) 1 (2) 8 (13) 0 (0)
Toby Gerhart (MIN) 1 (1) 1 (1) 9 (9) 0 (0)

 

Week 3 WR Red Zone Leaders (Two or More Targets)

Name Tar Rec Yds TD
Calvin Johnson (DET) 5 (8) 1 (3) 11(22) 1 (2)
Greg Jennings (MIN) 3 (3) 1 (1) 9 (9) 0 (0)
Pierre Garcon (WAS) 3 (5) 0 (2) 0 (11) 0 (1)
Cecil Shorts (JAC) 3 (3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Kenbrell Thompkins (NE) 3 (6) 2 (3) 21(25) 2 (2)
Harry Douglas (ATL) 2 (4) 1 (1) 9 (9) 0 (0)
Greg Little (CLE) 2 (4) 1 (1) -1 (-1) 0 (0)
Denarius Moore (OAK) 2 (5) 0 (2) 0 (5) 0 (1)
Brian Quick (STL) 2 (4) 0 (1) 0 (16) 0 (0)
Aaron Dobson (NE) 2 (3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
Stephen Burton (JAC) 2 (2) 1 (1) 5 (5) 0 (0)
Mike Williams (TB) 2 (4) 0 (1) 0 (17) 0 (1)
Andre Johnson (HOU) 2 (2) 1 (1) -1 (-1) 0 (0)
Dez Bryant (DAL) 2 (4) 1 (3) 2 (9) 1 (2)
James Jones (GB) 2 (4) 2 (4) 16(33) 1 (1)
Was Welker (NE) 2 (6) 2 (6) 14(28) 1 (4)

 

Week 3 TE Red Zone Leaders (Two or More Targets)

Name Tar Rec Yds TD
Jimmy Graham (NO) 5 (7) 2 (4) 23(37) 2 (3)
Jordan Cameron (CLE) 5 (9) 3 (5) 37(55) 3 (4)
Martellus Bennett (CHI) 3 (7) 1 (4) 7 (32) 0 (3)
Joseph Fauria (DET) 3 (4) 1 (2) 5 (6) 1 (2)
Delanie Walker (TEN) 2 (3) 1 (2) 0 (10) 0 (1)
Greg Olsen (CAR) 2 (4) 1 (2) 7 (20) 0 (1)
Zach Miller (SEA) 2 (4) 2 (3) 5 (14) 2 (2)
Antonio Gates (SD) 2 (3) 2 (2) 21(21) 1 (1)

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