Week 11 Red Zone Risers and Fallers: Players With Scoring Potential

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Trade deadlines are upon us in many fantasy leagues and the playoffs loom. As always, finding players with scoring potential is essential to victory. That's why we parse through the stats to find great values at the skill positions. Just like targets are the lifeblood of a receiver's value in PPR leagues, red zone touches are the most relevant factor to consider for standard leagues.

In this article each week, we'll identify red zone risers and fallers who could see their fantasy value impacted by usage in the most critical area of the field. RotoBaller's Red Zone Sleepers tool is a great way to get an edge on the competition by identifying players with greater scoring opportunities.

Let's take a look at which players could be touchdown risers or fallers in fantasy football for Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season, based on red zone opportunities.

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Red Zone Risers

 

 

RUNNING BACK

Isaiah Crowell (RB, CLE) - 23.9% Red-zone touch%

Isaiah Crowell is fresh off of his best game of the 2017 season, cashing in for his second touchdown of the season, and now has a touchdown in two consecutive games. Crowell, who is averaging 3.7 yards per rush this season, is averaging 5.7 yards per rush over the last two weeks and has even become a part of the passing game, grabbing nine receptions over the last three games. He is nursing a shoulder injury that he got in the game against the Lions on Sunday and lost a fumble against the Vikings in Week 8 as well. Still, he is an underrated top-25 RB this season and seems to be trending upward.

WIDE RECEIVER

Jarvis Landry (WR, MIA) - 25.7% Red-zone touch%

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry leads all wide receivers in red zone touches this season and will continue to be the focal part of the Dolphins offense. Landry has also cashed in on five of his nine red zone attempts this season, showing that he makes the most of the Dolphins' attempts inside the 20. The biggest issue for Landry owners is that the Dolphins only have 35 red zone plays this season, by far the worst in the league (the 49ers have 51). Even though the team may continue to struggle, they have a favorable matchup against Tampa Bay in Week 11.

TIGHT END

Jimmy Graham (TE, SEA) - 21.8% Red-zone touch%

Putting Jimmy Graham on here is almost a given. He has two games with multiple touchdowns in his last three games and all six of his touchdowns have come in the last five games. Graham leads the NFL in red zone touches for TEs. While the Seahawks' 78 red zone attempts are not impressive, he does lead the team in red zone touch%. The Falcons are next on the schedule for the Seahawks, and while Atlanta has the fourth-best defense against TE, his usage rate keeps him as an elite option.

 

Red Zone Fallers

RUNNING BACK

Damien Williams (RB, MIA) - 5.7% Red-zone touch%

Kenyan Drake has broken out with more yardage in the Miami backfield over the last two weeks (196 to 100) in this newly created committee situation. Williams' only saving grace is that he would have more red zone touches as the bigger back. The stats, unfortunately, show that Drake has more touches in the red zone this season (8.6%), making Williams look like a poor option. The Buccaneers are on the schedule next for the Dolphins, and while the team allows the 10th-most points to fantasy RB, it might be wise to look elsewhere than Williams.

WIDE RECEIVER

Brandin Cooks (WR, CLE) - 3.4 % Red-zone touch%

Brandin Cooks ranks 10th in the NFL with 637 yards, averages 16.3 yards per catch, and has been targeted at least eight times in four of his last five games; that being said, he could do a lot more. While the Patriots lead the NFL with 147 red zone appearances, Cooks has only been targeted five times, grabbing one touchdown catch. Cooks only has three touchdowns this season and is looking to improve on his statistics against a Raiders defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points per game to wideouts over the past month

TIGHT END

Charles Clay (TE, BUF) - 6.3% Red-zone touch%

Charles Clay returned from a month-long absence last week, catching two of three targets for 13 yards while playing 60 percent of the offensive snaps, and has not been able to maximize his red zone opportunities this season. While the Bills have a middle of the road 79 red zone attempts this season, Clay only has five targets and two red zone touchdowns. Clay and the Bills will play the Chargers this week and Clay should be on the bench against the league's second-best defense against TE.

 

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