The final week of the 2022 NFL regular season is here, and if I’m being honest, there are some players in this week’s Red Zone Report that I didn’t expect to be writing about, including Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy, Atlanta rookies Tyler Allgeier and Desmond Ridder, and a Seattle tight end not named Noah Fant. Many seasonal fantasy football leagues aren’t playing in Week 18, so the information below may be more useful for your Week 18 daily fantasy football lineups. Regardless of whether it’s for NFL DFS or seasonal Week 18 action, there’s key information for you in this article. 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
Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers
Overall, Purdy has been purdy good in the red zone this year, going 9-for-13 with a 4:1 TD/INT ratio. The Mr. Irrelevant of this year’s draft has earned the trust of his teammates and coaching staff alike, as San Fran hasn’t been as run-heavy as one might expect in the red zone, especially given that Purdy was the last pick of the draft and didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the preseason. Over the last two weeks, he’s 6-for-8 with two touchdowns in the red zone, and San Fran RB’s have accounted for 11 red zone carries. He may not be the quarterback of the future, but he’s stepped up in a big way for San Francisco this season.
Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons
Ridder has gotten better each week, let’s start with that. His completion percentage and quarterback rating has increased with each passing start, showing growth as an NFL quarterback. Sure, he has yet to throw a touchdown pass, but he also hasn’t thrown an interception, and he has just one turnover. However, as we all know, Atlanta is very run-heavy, and that is even more so the case in the red zone with Ridder. However, Ridder hasn’t exactly done a lot to warrant more red zone usage. He’s 4-for-10 overall in the red zone, and inside the 10-yard line, he’s just 1-for-6, good for a 16.67 completion percentage.
Red Zone Rushing
Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons
Allgeier has been a revelation here in the fantasy playoffs, as he has accumulated at least 95 total yards in three straight games, including two scores on the ground. He’s dominated the red zone work, totaling 12 red zone carries over the last three weeks, outpacing Cordarrelle Patterson’s eight in that span. Both of his rushing scores have come inside the 10-yard line, and for the season as a whole, he’s averaging 3.5 YPC in the red zone. He’s been darn good for Atlanta this season, and if your league is still playing in Week 18, albeit a tough matchup against Tampa Bay, you almost have to trot him out there, especially if Tampa Bay is resting key starters..
Brian Robinson, Washington Commanders
Robinson didn’t get his first red zone carry until Week 6, and for the entire 2022 season, Robinson only has two fewer red zone carries than Antonio Gibson. Over the last two weeks, albeit Gibson missing one game, Robinson has eight red zone carries to Gibson’s two. Robinson has 20+ carries in three of his last four games, and while he may not see the positive touchdown regression to close out the season, he should be a prime candidate for a boost in touchdowns in 2023, assuming that he remains the RB1 and Washington properly addresses its quarterback situation.
Red Zone Receiving
Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
Christian Watson may be getting all the shine and scoring touchdowns, and while Lazard hasn’t scored since Week 9, he’s been relatively consistent for fantasy managers. Lazard has just one fewer red zone target than Watson over the last three weeks, and in fact, all of Lazard’s red zone targets have come inside the 10-yard line. Watson has the speed and ability to make the long exciting plays, but Rodgers has an affinity for Lazard especially as the team draws closer and closer to the goal line.
Colby Parkinson, Seattle Seahawks
Only in Seattle does Geno Smith outperform Russell Wilson in 2022, and Colby Parkinson becomes a somewhat impactful name in fantasy football. Over the last two weeks, Parkinson has caught eight of 11 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. Beyond that, Parkinson’s role in the red zone has been solid, as he leads the Seattle tight ends in red zone targets (6) over the last four weeks! In fact, that is tied with DK Metcalf for the team lead during that stretch! The volatility is sky high here, but he’s getting work in the red zone, and especially for a tight end, those are the money targets.
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