2017 NFL Fantasy Football Red Zone Report: Week 7
Matthew Selz reviews the red zone data from NFL Week 7 in an effort to help you make the right fantasy football lineup decisions for standard and PPR leagues.
Injuries are really starting to show their effects at this point and key players keep dropping like flies seemingly. In Week 7 we saw some resurgent performances from stud fantasy players, and some unlikely go-to targets as well. This was also a big week for fantasy tight ends as several recorded scores on their red zone looks. As we do every week #FANation, let’s start looking at the red zone producers.
Cooper Kupp - Kupp led all of football this week with five targets going his way from Jared Goff. The problem for Kupp was that he only caught one of the passes, though it did go for a score. The Rams wideout is now just one target off the league-lead of 12 and has three games this year with multiple targets. He is also six targets ahead of the next closest on his team and garnering 33% of all red zone targets Goff has had.
Julio Jones - Julio looked like the force that he is expected to be week in and week out in Week 7. Jones put together a four-target game from inside the 20 and caught two of the passes; his first red zone catches of the year, including one for a touchdown. Prior to the game against the Patriots, he hadn’t seen any balls thrown his way since Week 3, though that includes an injury and bye week. He is always a WR1 option but it’s nice to see him getting some looks at the critical part of the field.
Dez Bryant - It was another multiple-target week for Dez as he was thrown at four times by Dak. Bryant was able to haul in all four catches including one score with three coming inside the 10-yard line. Not only do the four targets on Sunday bring his season-total to 12, tied for the league-lead, but it brings his share of team targets to 38.7% overall, second in the league. A further look shows that he leads the league in target share inside the 10 at 57.1% of attempts going his direction.
Jimmy Graham - The big tight end in Seattle posted his biggest target week of the season, inside the 20 that is. Russell Wilson looked his way four times against the Giants, three times inside the five, completing one of them for a one-yard TD. Graham, like the others in this section, leads his team in targets and share percentage, though his is 23.5% since Wilson likes to spread it out.
Jordan Reed- Now that his injuries seem to be behind him, he is shining through like his talents should allow. Three targets on Monday is the most he’s seen in a game thus far and caught two of them for two trips to the end zone. Reed is clearly one of the most talented tight ends in the league, but injuries have sapped him of that talent from time to time, including the start of this year, but now that’s he’s good to go, Kirk Cousins will continue to go his way.