I can’t believe the NFL regular season is almost over. It feels like yesterday we were breaking down Week 2, and now we are already into Week 16! Crazy! Anyways, we’re going to take a look at which running back in Indy is more fantasy friendly with Jonathan Taylor on the IR, as well as the most targeted receiver in the red zone in recent weeks for Tom Brady and the Bucs. From red zone passing, to rushing, to receiving, we’ll take a look at some notable numbers from the season thus far that can help your fantasy football teams down the stretch. Using the red zone report here at Fantasy Alarm, here are the key numbers and notes to know for fantasy football in this week’s red zone analysis.
NFL Red Zone Report
Red Zone Passing
Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
You have to love this Cincinnati offense. Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have combined for 10 rushing attempts in the red zone over the last two weeks, but that doesn’t phase me. Sure, that’s a good chunk, but Burrow is 9-for-15 with five touchdowns during that stretch! This offense is humming at the moment, and the red zone volume is going to be there. This is such a fantasy friendly offense, and it should continue to be as such, and Burrow’s touchdown floor is quite high. Burrow has at least one red zone touchdown pass in six of his last seven games, and multiple scores in three of his last five.
Baker Mayfield, Los Angeles Rams
Inside the 20s, Mayfield hasn’t been all that great, nor has the volume been there, which is the bigger piece of information here. Cam Akers has three rushing attempts over the last two weeks, whereas Mayfield is only 4-for-6 (1 TD) through the air. Simply put, Mayfield isn’t good, and he’s a low-end QB2 the rest of the way, as his fantasy floor is simply too low to consider. Was the Week 14 win a great story? Absolutely. However, the overall stats aren’t that great.
Red Zone Rushing
Zack Moss, Indianapolis Colts
Well, if there were any questions about who would be used in the red zone in Jonathan Taylor’s absence, I think we found our answer. Zack Moss saw eight red zone carries last week, whereas Deon Jackson registered just three (1 target). Moss may not be the most efficient runner overall, but it’s hard to ignore his juicy matchups the rest of the way, with matchups against the Chargers, Giants, and Cowboys to round out the season. In PPR formats, Jackson will be more lucrative due to his passing game work, but Moss will be the workhorse on the ground the rest of the way, especially in the 20s.
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles
Sanders has been regularly used in the red zone, and the rushing scores have followed. Now, with Jalen Hurts out, there’s quite a large number of red zone carries available. Guess who is going to be the primary benefactor of that? If you guessed Sanders, you are absolutely right. Sanders has multiple red zone carries in each of the past four weeks, and has four rushing scores to show for it. With Hurts out for at least one game, he’ll be the main rusher in the red zone, as if there were any questions about that.
Red Zone Receiving
Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gage has six red zone targets over the last two weeks, most notably with five coming last week. Will Gage be the WR1 in the red zone the rest of the way? No, and he needs to cut back on the drops from last week to ensure that he continues to receive targets. However, he has a locked in role in this team’s passing attack, and with all of the rushing woes on the ground, it will be on the back of Tom Brady to air it out. His fantasy floor is incredibly low, however, so keep that in mind. Prior to his Week 15 performance, he had just three catches for 33 yards with one touchdown over the two games prior.
K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings
Would you believe me if I told you that over the last two weeks that K.J. Osborn led the Vikings’ receivers in red zone targets? He has five targets during that span, whereas Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have three each. Yes, he just had the monster game in the insane comeback against Indy, but he now has four touchdowns on the season, two of which have come in the past two games. Osborn has a fantasy friendly schedule the next couple of weeks, and his increased red zone usage could be quite profitable for fantasy football managers in pursuit of their league’s trophy.
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- Fantasy Football Running Back Handcuff Grid
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- 2022 NFL Injury Report
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