Running Back (RB) Red Zone Rushes

For a running back, getting touches inside the red zone is an important factor in scoring touchdowns, or generating fantasy points. A starting running back who sees touches between the 20’s may not see touches inside the red zone. Bigger goal-line backs will take over that role, leading to more touchdowns than the possible starting back. With touchdowns being the ultimate goal, finding backs who rack up red zone rushing attempts is where we need to start. We can look at it on a week-to-week basis, a weekly average, or in a season total. Backs who see over two red zone attempts a week will often be at the top of the charts for touchdowns. Anything higher, you are looking at elite backs in elite offenses. Anything less, you are looking at backs involved in poorer offenses, or are not build to be a goal-line back.

NAME RTG TEAM DEPTH Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Total Avg TD
Doug Martin
77
OAK 1 1 2 4 3 2 6 7 25 1.9 3
Todd Gurley
93
LAR 1 5 10 3 2 12 5 6 4 3 2 3 6 1 62 4.8 15
Peyton Barber
63
TB 1 3 1 1 1 4 1 2 5 4 5 2 29 2.2 4
Saquon Barkley
80
NYG 1 3 4 3 1 1 1 6 8 3 5 1 39 3 5
Chris Carson
77
SEA 1 3 1 4 4 1 2 3 4 22 2.2 4
Josh Adams
67
PHI 1 1 1 2 6 4 1 15 1.5 1
Jordan Howard
87
CHI 1 1 2 3 1 3 3 4 3 4 24 1.8 5
LeGarrette Blount
85
DET 1 4 3 3 1 2 6 4 23 1.8 4
Chase Edmonds
65
ARI 2 1 1 3 5 0.4 2
Carlos Hyde
84
JAX 3 1 2 5 6 1 2 2 3 22 1.8 5
Derrick Henry
87
TEN 2 1 2 4 3 3 6 3 6 29 2.2 7
Ezekiel Elliott
90
DAL 1 3 3 3 3 2 5 2 3 3 4 35 2.7 5
James Conner
71
PIT 6 2 2 2 5 5 4 3 4 2 1 3 33 2.8 9
Sony Michel
76
NE 1 2 3 6 6 4 2 4 3 6 36 3.6 4
Spencer Ware
80
KC 1 1 1 1 4 1 3 1 12 0.9 2
Theo Riddick
86
DET 2 1 1 1 1 3 7 0.6 0
Aaron Jones
77
GB 1 2 3 2 4 3 2 2 18 1.6 6
Corey Clement
78
PHI 2 2 2 4 3 1 1 1 2 16 1.5 2
David Johnson
91
ARI 1 1 3 5 5 2 4 1 2 1 24 1.8 6
James Develin
78
NE 4 1 2 1 4 0.3 4
Jeffery Wilson
65
SF 1 1 2 2 5 1.7 0
LeSean McCoy
89
BUF 1 1 3 3 1 5 3 2 1 19 1.6 1
Royce Freeman
72
DEN 2 3 2 2 1 1 5 2 16 1.5 4
Alfred Blue
76
HOU 2 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 2 13 1 2
Austin Ekeler
82
LAC 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 15 1.2 2
Alvin Kamara
90
NO 1 4 4 8 5 6 3 3 5 1 4 1 2 46 3.5 10
Adrian Peterson
80
WAS 1 7 1 4 1 4 2 2 1 1 3 1 27 2.1 5
Chris Ivory
78
BUF 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 9 0.8 1
Darren Sproles
85
PHI 3 2 1 3 1 1
Deandre Washington
73
OAK 3 6 1 7 1 0
Frank Gore
74
MIA 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 1 13 1 0
Justin Jackson
66
LAC 2 1 1 2 0.3 1
Jalen Richard
75
OAK 2 1 1 1 1 3 7 0.5 0
Kalen Ballage
69
MIA 3 1 1 0.1 0
Kenyan Drake
83
MIA 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 12 0.9 3
Lamar Miller
86
HOU 1 4 2 2 4 1 2 4 2 2 1 1 2 27 2.2 3
Mike Davis
75
SEA 3 4 3 2 1 1 3 1 15 1.4 3
Mark Ingram
84
NO 2 3 2 2 1 6 1 1 5 21 2.3 5
Nick Chubb
74
CLE 1 1 3 2 5 1 3 1 2 18 1.4 5
Phillip Lindsay
69
DEN 1 4 3 3 1 2 2 1 4 1 1 3 25 1.9 6
Rex Burkhead
80
NE 3 1 1 0.2 0
Rashaad Penny
78
SEA 2 1 2 3 2 1 9 0.8 2
Rod Smith
65
DAL 2 2 1 1 4 0.3 0
Tarik Cohen
85
CHI 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 11 0.8 1
TJ Yeldon
77
JAX 2 2 3 5 1 1 12 0.9 1
Wayne Gallman
75
NYG 2 1 1 1 1 1 3 8 0.6 0
Zach Zenner
72
DET 3 1 2 3 0.6 1
Ameer Abdullah
81
MIN 3 0 0 0
Alex Armah
62
CAR 3 1 1 1 1 4 0.3 2
Alex Collins
80
BAL 7 3 1 2 2 3 1 2 4 3 21 2.1 7

For a running back, getting touches inside the red zone is an important factor in scoring touchdowns, or generating fantasy points. A starting running back who sees touches between the 20’s may not see touches inside the red zone. Bigger goal-line backs will take over that role, leading to more touchdowns than the possible starting back. With touchdowns being the ultimate goal, finding backs who rack up red zone rushing attempts is where we need to start. We can look at it on a week-to-week basis, a weekly average, or in a season total. Backs who see over two red zone attempts a week will often be at the top of the charts for touchdowns. Anything higher, you are looking at elite backs in elite offenses. Anything less, you are looking at backs involved in poorer offenses, or are not build to be a goal-line back.