2019 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
Melvin Gordon
90
LAC 1 2 5 1 5 7 20 3.3 4
Nick Chubb
84
CLE 1 3 4 2 8 2 5 7 33 3.7 5
Dalvin Cook
87
MIN 1 3 1 4 2 2 5 6 4 4 6 37 3.7 9
Christian McCaffrey
92
CAR 1 4 2 6 4 2 6 4 5 33 3.7 7
Aaron Jones
81
GB 1 3 3 3 7 1 1 4 22 2.2 11
Alexander Mattison
71
MIN 2 1 4 1 4 2 6 1 4 23 2.3 1
Brian Hill
73
ATL 1 4 4 0.8 0
Chris Carson
88
SEA 1 4 3 3 3 7 1 5 3 4 33 3.3 4
Joe Mixon
87
CIN 1 2 3 2 1 2 1 1 2 4 18 2 0
Jamaal Williams
77
GB 2 4 1 4 9 1 1
Le'Veon Bell
93
NYJ 1 1 3 1 4 11 1.2 2
Ezekiel Elliott
96
DAL 1 3 5 5 3 2 10 8 2 3 41 4.6 6
Josh Jacobs
73
OAK 1 8 4 3 6 1 8 3 33 3.7 7
Kalen Ballage
72
MIA 1 3 2 2 1 3 3 14 1.6 2
Marlon Mack
84
IND 1 4 1 3 2 4 3 1 3 3 24 2.7 2
Devonta Freeman
88
ATL 2 1 3 2 3 2 11 1.2 0
Derrick Henry
85
TEN 1 4 2 1 3 5 1 3 2 2 23 2.3 7
David Johnson
89
ARI 2 3 2 1 1 4 4 2 17 2.1 2
Frank Gore
79
BUF 2 4 1 5 1 4 2 17 1.9 2
Jonathan Williams
65
IND 4 2 2 1 0
Mark Ingram
87
BAL 1 5 2 4 2 3 2 3 3 2 26 2.9 8
Peyton Barber
75
TB 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 1 2 16 1.8 4
Todd Gurley
95
LAR 1 4 2 3 3 9 5 2 28 3.5 6
Austin Ekeler
80
LAC 2 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 15 1.5 3
CJ Ham
70
MIN 3 1 1 0.1 0
Damien Williams
79
KC 1 4 1 2 3 1 11 1.4 2
Giovani Bernard
80
CIN 2 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.6 0
Jaylen Samuels
65
PIT 2 2 2 1 4 1 10 1.4 1
Kenyan Drake
78
ARI 1 1 1 3 1 1 7 0.9 1
Kareem Hunt
89
CLE 2 1 1 1 0
Latavius Murray
81
NO 2 1 2 8 5 1 17 1.9 3
Matt Breida
84
SF 3 1 1 2 1 5 0.6 0
Nyheim Hines
78
IND 2 1 1 2 0.2 0
Ronald Jones II
77
TB 1 3 4 3 1 1 2 1 15 1.7 4
Tony Brooks-James
74
PIT 6 1 1 0.5 0
Trey Edmunds
60
PIT 3 2 1 3 0.8 0
Ty Johnson
70
DET 2 3 1 1 5 0.6 0
Wayne Gallman
72
NYG 2 1 1 3 1 6 0.7 2
Ameer Abdullah
75
MIN 4 1 1 0.1 0
Alex Armah
62
CAR 3 1 1 0.1 1
Alvin Kamara
88
NO 1 1 1 5 1 3 11 1.6 1
Alfred Morris
74
ARI 2 0 0 0
Adrian Peterson
85
WAS 1 3 2 2 2 1 2 12 1.5 1
Austin Walter
76
NYG 5 0 0 0
Brandon Bolden
73
NE 4 1 2 4 0.5 2
Bilal Powell
77
NYJ 2 0 0 0
Boston Scott
67
PHI 3 1 1 0.2 1
Benny Snell Jr.
76
PIT 5 2 2 0.3 0
CJ Anderson
81
DET 1 2 2 1 0
Corey Clement
73
PHI 6 0 0 0

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.