Red Zone Report: Week 2 – Joshua Kelley’s Role Defined, Drew Sample Volume King
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Image Credit: Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Joshua Kelley.

This season, Zachary Krueger will use the RotoViz Screener Tool to evaluate player red-zone opportunity. Understanding how teams deploy their red-zone personnel, and who they give red-zone opportunities to, can offer a valuable edge over your opponents. This weekly Red Zone Report aims to give you that exact edge.

In a lot of ways, Week 1 was one of the trickiest starts to a season for fantasy managers. Due to the limitations placed on members of the media and no preseason, 2020 started with a lot of uncertainties.

Everything about predicting player usage or touch shares hinged solely on our thoughts and knowledge of how teams operated in the past. It’s hard to forget the shock that came with Myles Gaskin dominating the Miami backfield in Week 1, or Joshua Kelley seeing double-digit touches out of the gate and vulturing a touchdown from Austin Ekeler.

Fortunately, we now have two weeks of information to dissect. While what we know (or think we know) isn’t crystal clear, confidence builds as trends are realized.

With two weeks of red-zone data to sift through, here are some trends that arose from Week 2.

Running Back Red Zone Opportunity

PLAYER TEAM OPP EP PPR
Ezekiel Elliott DAL 9 16.6 9.3
Nick Chubb CLE 7 14.3 14.1
Christian McCaffrey CAR 6 9.8 13.9
Derrick Henry TEN 6 4.5 1.4
Jonathan Taylor IND 6 4.6 8.2
Alvin Kamara NO 7 11.8 16.8
James Conner PIT 6 9.8 8.4
Josh Jacobs LV 5 5.7 0.7
Todd Gurley ATL 5 3.1 1.3
Joshua Kelley LAC 4 5 0.1
Joe Mixon CIN 4 6.7 0.5
Kenyan Drake ARI 4 3.3 1
Miles Sanders PHI 4 6.1 7.4
Aaron Jones GB 5 6.3 15.8
Chris Carson SEA 4 4.1 9.6
Frank Gore NYJ 3 2 0
Kareem Hunt CLE 4 7.0 14.8
Kerryon Johnson DET 3 4.9 7.2
Leonard Fournette TB 5 6.7 9.9
Mark Ingram BAL 5 5.7 2.3
Dalvin Cook MIN 2 5.1 8.4
Darrell Henderson LAR 3 4.5 6.5
Devin Singletary BUF 2 1.5 1.2
Ito Smith ATL 2 4.4 0.4
Jordan Howard MIA 2 5.7 6.2
Malcolm Brown LAR 2 2.7 0.3
Myles Gaskin MIA 2 1.1 1.1
Austin Ekeler LAC 2 2.1 3.5
Boston Scott PHI 1 0.6 0.2
Cam Akers LAR 1 0.7 0.5
Chase Edmonds ARI 1 0.6 0.5
Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC 1 0.7 0.4
C.J. Ham MIN 1 1 0.4
Devontae Booker LV 1 0.6 0.1
Dion Lewis NYG 2 4.6 7.5
D'Andre Swift DET 1 0.8 0.5
Giovani Bernard CIN 2 2.2 1.7
Gus Edwards BAL 1 1.9 0.2
Josh Adams NYJ 1 0.3 0
Jerick McKinnon SF 1 0.6 7.6
Jeremy McNichols TEN 1 0.6 0.3
Jalen Richard LV 1 0.7 8
James Robinson JAC 2 2.4 9.3
Jordan Wilkins IND 1 0.5 0.1
Matt Breida MIA 1 0.7 1.1
Melvin Gordon DEN 3 3.4 8.9
Rex Burkhead NE 2 2.4 2.2
Ronald Jones TB 1 1 6.7
Raheem Mostert SF 1 0.6 -0.2
Sony Michel NE 1 1 0.2
Tarik Cohen CHI 1 0.5 0.1
Tevin Coleman SF 2 3.0 2.2
Alex Armah CAR 1 1.4 2.4
Alec Ingold LV 1 4 7.3
Chris Thompson JAC 2 4.2 8.4
David Johnson HOU 1 2.1 0
Jakob Johnson NE 1 4.4 7.1
Jamaal Williams GB 0 1.2 2
Kyle Juszczyk SF 1 1.5 1.4
LeSean McCoy TB 2 1.9 1.6
Mike Davis CAR 1 2 1.2
Patrick Ricard BAL 1 4.4 7.1
Reggie Gilliam BUF 1 4.4 7.1

As previously mentioned, rookie running back Joshua Kelley played the role of vulture to Austin Ekeler in Week 1. Kelley punched in a touchdown from five yards out early in the fourth quarter, capping a rookie debut that featured a rushing line of 12/60/1 and 12 PPR points.

In that game, Kelley saw four red-zone opportunities to Ekeler’s three, which is a trend that continued in Week 2.

Last week against the Chiefs, Kelley saw 25 opportunities to Ekeler’s 20, while also outworking him in the red zone.

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