Running Back (RB) Red Zone Targets

With running backs being even more versatile than ever before, pass-catching backs have emerged over the last decade or so. They play an important role in the offense, but have also evolved into being red zone receiving threats. Now this isn’t going to be a high volume category like red zone rushing attempts, or any other stat, but it does show another dimension to the position. Premium backs will tend to average .5 to 1 red zone targets per game on the season. Targets can be a great stat to look at, but we also want to see what backs are the most efficient with their targets. The Catch% column guides you to the more efficient backs that make the most out of their targets, which translate into touchdowns. Finding running backs that work in the passing game and get rushing attempts will hold a higher correlation to racking up touchdowns.

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 Catches Catch % TD
Melvin Gordon
87
LAC 1 1 3 5 1 2 1 13 1.1 8 61.5% 3
Todd Gurley
93
LAR 1 2 1 3 2 3 2 2 1 3 19 1.4 9 47.4% 3
Alvin Kamara
90
NO 1 5 7 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 25 1.7 21 84% 3
James White
85
NE 2 2 1 2 4 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 22 1.4 16 72.7% 7
Nyheim Hines
75
IND 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 10 0.6 9 90% 2
Saquon Barkley
80
NYG 1 1 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 15 0.9 11 73.3% 3
Tarik Cohen
85
CHI 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 3 14 0.9 11 78.6% 4
Alfred Blue
76
HOU 1 1 1 2 5 0.3 3 60% 0
Alex Collins
80
BAL 1 1 1 1 1 4 0.4 2 50% 1
Bilal Powell
81
NYJ 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Corey Grant
74
JAX 1 1 2 0.4 2 100% 0
Derrick Henry
87
TEN 1 1 1 2 0.1 2 100% 0
Duke Johnson
82
CLE 3 1 1 2 1 1 2 8 0.5 6 75% 3
Dion Lewis
88
TEN 2 1 2 2 2 9 0.6 7 77.8% 1
Frank Gore
74
MIA 2 1 1 1 3 0.2 3 100% 1
Giovani Bernard
82
CIN 2 1 1 2 0.2 1 50% 0
Ito Smith
65
ATL 2 1 1 2 4 0.3 3 75% 0
Jay Ajayi
88
PHI 1 1 2 0.5 1 50% 0
Jalen Richard
75
OAK 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.3 3 60% 0
Kerryon Johnson
71
DET 1 1 1 1 2 1 6 0.6 3 50% 1
Marshawn Lynch
87
OAK 1 2 1 1 5 0.8 4 80% 0
Peyton Barber
63
TB 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.3 2 40% 1
Ronald Jones II
75
TB 2 1 1 2 0.2 1 50% 0
Rod Smith
65
DAL 1 1 0.1 1 100% 0
Roc Thomas
65
MIN 3 1 1 2 0.4 0 0% 0
Ty Montgomery
82
BAL 1 1 1 3 0.2 0 0% 0
Wendell Smallwood
74
PHI 3 1 1 3 1 6 0.4 4 66.7% 1
Ameer Abdullah
81
MIN 4 1 1 0.1 1 100% 0
Alex Armah
62
CAR 0 0 0 0% 0
Austin Ekeler
82
LAC 2 1 1 1 1 1 5 0.4 4 80% 1
Aaron Jones
77
GB 1 2 1 1 4 0.3 2 50% 0
Alfred Morris
75
SF 0 0 0 0% 0
Adrian Peterson
80
WAS 1 1 1 3 0.2 2 66.7% 1
Brandon Bolden
73
MIA 4 1 1 0.1 1 100% 1
Benjamin Cunningham
71
CHI 0 0 0 0% 0
Brian Hill
73
ATL 3 1 1 0.1 0 0% 0
Byron Marshall
65
WAS 4 1 1 0.2 1 100% 0
Boston Scott
67
PHI 5 0 0 0 0% 0
Brandon Wilds
66
JAX 0 0 0 0% 0
CJ Anderson
79
LAR 2 1 1 2 0.2 2 100% 0
Cameron Artis-Payne
69
CAR 0 0 0 0% 0
Chris Carson
77
SEA 1 1 1 1 3 0.2 3 100% 0
Corey Clement
78
PHI 4 1 1 2 0.2 2 100% 0
Chase Edmonds
65
ARI 2 0 0 0 0% 0
CJ Ham
63
MIN 5 0 0 0 0% 0
Carlos Hyde
84
JAX 1 1 1 2 0.1 0 0% 0
Chris Ivory
78
BUF 2 0 0 0 0% 0
Christian McCaffrey
88
CAR 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 4 2 1 2 16 1 14 87.5% 5
Christine Michael
77
IND 17 0 0 0 0% 0
CJ Prosise
77
SEA 4 0 0 0 0% 0

With running backs being even more versatile than ever before, pass-catching backs have emerged over the last decade or so. They play an important role in the offense, but have also evolved into being red zone receiving threats. Now this isn’t going to be a high volume category like red zone rushing attempts, or any other stat, but it does show another dimension to the position. Premium backs will tend to average .5 to 1 red zone targets per game on the season. Targets can be a great stat to look at, but we also want to see what backs are the most efficient with their targets. The Catch% column guides you to the more efficient backs that make the most out of their targets, which translate into touchdowns. Finding running backs that work in the passing game and get rushing attempts will hold a higher correlation to racking up touchdowns.