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How Efficient Are WR’s and TE’s In The Redzone?

What is the absolute best thing a wide receiver can do for you fantasy team, or their real football team? Score touchdowns, obviously. In order to score touchdowns, a player must be efficient in the redzone. That means converting a high % of their targets into touchdowns, as well as not making mistakes such as dropping the ball or incorrectly running their route in that crucial area of the field. We don’t have access all of that information, but we can look at what every player with 10 or more targets did with said targets. The TD% number found in the chart is simply touchdowns divided by targets, providing a clearer picture of efficiency.

Player T ▾ C Pct Yds TD TD %
Eric Decker 23 16 69.60% 144 11 0.4782608696
Brandon Marshall 23 13 56.50% 121 8 0.347826087
Marques Colston 22 16 72.70% 156 9 0.4090909091
A.J. Green 22 11 50.00% 71 8 0.3636363636
Demaryius Thomas 21 9 42.90% 78 6 0.2857142857
James Jones 19 14 73.70% 125 11 0.5789473684
Julio Jones 19 11 57.90% 108 7 0.3684210526
Darren Sproles 19 14 73.70% 87 5 0.2631578947
Roddy White 19 8 42.10% 72 4 0.2105263158
Heath Miller 19 12 63.20% 64 7 0.3684210526
Mike Williams 19 8 42.10% 39 6 0.3157894737
Vincent Jackson 18 10 55.60% 119 5 0.2777777778
Victor Cruz 18 10 55.60% 66 6 0.3333333333
Larry Fitzgerald 18 8 44.40% 47 2 0.1111111111
Rob Gronkowski 17 10 58.80% 73 8 0.4705882353
Mike Wallace 17 10 58.80% 62 3 0.1764705882
Hakeem Nicks 17 6 35.30% 59 1 0.0588235294
Calvin Johnson 17 6 35.30% 50 2 0.1176470588
Tony Gonzalez 16 12 75.00% 85 8 0.5
Jimmy Graham 16 8 50.00% 62 7 0.4375
Jeremy Maclin 16 8 50.00% 55 3 0.1875
Reggie Wayne 16 7 43.80% 42 4 0.25
Wes Welker 15 12 80.00% 82 5 0.3333333333
Kyle Rudolph 15 12 80.00% 70 8 0.5333333333
Steve Johnson 15 6 40.00% 65 2 0.1333333333
Martellus Bennett 15 7 46.70% 48 4 0.2666666667
Sidney Rice 14 7 50.00% 70 4 0.2857142857
Anthony Fasano 14 9 64.30% 58 5 0.3571428571
Lance Moore 14 7 50.00% 58 4 0.2857142857
Dez Bryant 14 9 64.30% 51 4 0.2857142857
Steve Smith 14 4 28.60% 34 2 0.1428571429
Jermaine Gresham 13 9 69.20% 80 4 0.3076923077
Brandon Lloyd 13 9 69.20% 79 2 0.1538461538
Jason Witten 13 7 53.80% 64 3 0.2307692308
Miles Austin 13 5 38.50% 54 2 0.1538461538
Kendall Wright 13 7 53.80% 52 3 0.2307692308
Marcedes Lewis 13 7 53.80% 43 4 0.3076923077
Golden Tate 12 9 75.00% 62 4 0.3333333333
Ronnie Brown 12 10 83.30% 56 0 0
Brandon Myers 12 8 66.70% 55 4 0.3333333333
Denarius Moore 12 8 66.70% 55 4 0.3333333333
Percy Harvin 12 8 66.70% 55 3 0.25
Greg Olsen 12 6 50.00% 55 3 0.25
Andrew Hawkins 12 8 66.70% 51 2 0.1666666667
Donnie Avery 12 5 41.70% 51 3 0.25
Danny Amendola 12 8 66.70% 47 3 0.25
Aaron Hernandez 12 7 58.30% 40 4 0.3333333333
Louis Murphy 12 4 33.30% 30 1 0.0833333333
Donald Jones 11 7 63.60% 57 3 0.2727272727
Dennis Pitta 11 6 54.50% 56 4 0.3636363636
Domenik Hixon 11 5 45.50% 46 2 0.1818181818
Justin Blackmon 11 6 54.50% 35 3 0.2727272727
Jordy Nelson 11 6 54.50% 30 4 0.3636363636
Joel Dreessen 11 6 54.50% 25 4 0.3636363636
Owen Daniels 11 3 27.30% 24 3 0.2727272727
Cecil Shorts 11 4 36.40% 20 2 0.1818181818
Brian Hartline 11 1 9.10% 17 0 0
Kenny Britt 11 4 36.40% 14 3 0.2727272727
Rod Streater 11 3 27.30% 11 1 0.0909090909
Torrey Smith 10 7 70.00% 88 5 0.5
Antonio Gates 10 7 70.00% 86 6 0.6
Dallas Clark 10 8 80.00% 68 4 0.4
Brandon Pettigrew 10 5 50.00% 62 3 0.3
Michael Crabtree 10 5 50.00% 43 5 0.5
Darrius Heyward-Bey 10 6 60.00% 27 2 0.2
Tony Scheffler 10 4 40.00% 23 1 0.1

Quick Notes

-Eric Decker and James Jones did the most with what they got. They both posted unsustainable catch percentages inside the 20 and touchdown percentages that are pretty unlikely to repeat.

-MIke Crabtree scored on 50% of his redzone targets. Just think about that. Without that his knee injury, we’d be talking about a WR that had a real shot of finishing top 5.

-Sadface Tony Scheffler.

-Tony Gonzalez, always the model of consistency, got 16 redzone targets and scored 8 touchdowns. I like looking at data like this because alot of the time they are able to confirm what our eyes see, or tell us that what we think we are seeing isn’t actually happening.

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