Receiving stats in the red zone come down to three positions, with running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends all-seeing targets. You can either see all positions or use the tabs to highlight a specific position. From left to right you are going to want to start with the player and their overall games played and total touchdowns. After that will be their total red zone stats, which feature everything from inside the 20-yard line and in. You can see how many snaps and the snap percentage a player receives while inside the red zone, as not all players get utilized inside the 20-yard line. If you are looking for fantasy football, you are going to want higher numbers in these columns to show you how often they are out there.
The red zone is broken out into two areas, as it is only 20 yards. Inside the 10-yard line might tell a different story for an offense as they might go to a more specific player like a big-bodied tight end. For example, Houston used Darren Fells often inside the ten-yard line as he had four touchdowns inside the ten. Fells was one of the more efficient red zone players, which might catch some people off guard given he isn't a household name. All of these stats are broken out by production and then volume. You don't see as much volume compared to rushing or passing attempts, so efficiency is pretty key here.
Why Red Zone Efficiency Is Important For Receivers
Targets inside the red zone are not going to be as high as passing attempts for a quarterback or rushing attempts for a running back. We often focus on volume, but efficiency is extremely important for wide receivers and tight ends in the red zone. Over the last five years, no player has had over 30 red zone targets in a season, and very few even cross the 25 target mark. When other positions don't have enough volume, you have to bank on efficiency. That is the case here and there are plenty of examples to look at within 2019 numbers. Now of course the top volume guys are usually going to produce, but let's look at Travis Kelce who had 19 targets in the red zone, but caught only 36% of passes and had just two touchdowns. Not ideal for someone needing touchdowns to produce.
Sorting by touchdowns, you might notice some names that barely saw any targets but produced big touchdown numbers. Marvin Jones for example had just 14 targets in the red zone last season, and eight touchdowns. More than 50% of his targets turned into touchdowns, which is not something you usually see. You can find some negative and positive regression candidates by sorting through these numbers, but overall you are going to find efficient names. Those mismatch type tight ends or wide receivers will be up there, or you might get a James White who does well with his red zone touches and turns them into points.
Receiving stats in the red zone is a big part of player success in fantasy football. You are going to want players who see targets, but also are producing on those targets. You have three positions competing for targets, with running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. Factoring in there are also rushing attempts for quarterbacks and running backs, you are not going to see 50+ targets throughout a season. That is why you should be focusing on players who make the best of their red zone numbers, using receptions and touchdowns. As mentioned above, efficiency is important for receivers.
When looking at this page, you can see it being broken down by inside the 20-yard line and the ten-yard line. The number of targets used in each is going to be telling for how they are used in their red zone offense. The percentage stats for targets and receptions are going to be in comparison to all of the players within the red zone. That way you can gauge how they are used within their team and compare to other positions. For example, you can see the percentage difference between Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. When teams have quite a few receiving options, this is going to be the best way to see how they are used.
How Teams Break Out targets In The Red Zone
With all teams being built differently, some might have different red zone options at each position. For example, teams with big red zone threats for tight ends, they might pick up a bulk of the targets on their team. For example, Travis Kelce and George Kittle create mismatches for opposing offenses and they will use them in a red zone because of that. Teams with big red zone threats for wide receivers will use them as well. You are going to get a mix and match approach from some teams as well. They may not have a true threat or just simply like to spread the ball around. A receiving back can be used in the red zone as well, such as a Duke Johnson or Alvin Kamara. Every team is going to operate differently, so figuring out their game plan is important.
All of these targets are going to be broken out differently, which is why it is important to have an understanding of where the targets go on a team. Using the target percentage is going to be the easiest way to figure out how often a target is being used in the red zone. Those top options are usually seeing over 20% of the targets. Being inside the 15-20% range is still solid, but getting less than 15% of the targets while in the red zone is not all that appealing. With injuries being a big factor in the NFL, teams will have to rotate their targets around when injuries occur. That can be the case when teams lost a big red zone threat and have to make do with surrounding options.
Who Led The League In Red Zone Receiving Touchdowns?
Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints and Marvin Jones both led the league in red zone touchdowns with eight. Thomas had eight touchdowns on 16 red zone catches, while Jones had eight touchdowns on ten receptions. Jones saw eight fewer targets.
Who Led The League In Red Zone Receiving Targets?
Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks led all players in red zone targets with 23. He caught 74% of them, going for 144 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Lockett saw 28% of Seattle’s targets, which was ahead of DK Metcalf.
What Are Red Zone Receiving Stats?
Red zone receiving stats are any stat recorded while inside the opponent's 20-yard line. Any position that has a receiving target in this area of the field will fall into those categories. You can see volume and efficiency stats.
Who Had The Most Red Zone Receiving Yards?
With 145 receiving yards, Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints led all players in receiving yards while in the red zone. He had 145 receiving yards inside the 20-yard line and 15 yards inside the ten-yard line.
Who Had The Most Red Zone Receptions?
With 17 receptions, Tyler Lockett saw the most red zone receptions among all NFL players. This no surprise given Lockett also saw the most targets inside the red zone and produced monster numbers in 2019. Lockett caught 17 of his 23 targets.
What Is Target Percentage In Red Zone?
The target percentage in the red zone is the number of targets a player gets out of the total number of targets in the red zone by a team. This is a percentage to show how often a player is getting the ball in comparison to the rest of the offense.
What Is Reception Percentage In Red Zone?
The reception percentage in the red zone is showing you the percentage of reception a player gets in comparison to other players on a team. For example, a tight end might have 30% of the touches in the red zone, while two other wide receivers combine for 70%.