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.
Last week I took a look at red zone performances through the first quarter of the season. This week, we are back for a look at how players performed in the red zone in Week 5.
Running Back Red Zone Opportunity
One of the curses of chasing after the Rams’ backfield was having to navigate a running back by committee. The Rams selected running back Cam Akers in the second round of this year’s draft, but have leaned heavily on second-year back Darrell Henderson thus far.
In addition to working around Akers and Henderson, Malcolm Brown had yet another Week 1 outburst and was a hot waiver wire target heading into Week 2.
Through the first five games, Akers has appeared in only three matchups due to a rib injury. During Akers’ absence in Weeks 3 and 4, Henderson emerged to handle 51% of the team’s rushing attempts. Prior to Week 5, Henderson was averaging 11.1 PPR/gm with two top-12 finishes.