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2013's Distance Scoring Analysis

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by Matt Camp, Senior Writer

Published, 3/26/14

 

Whether your league awards bonuses for distance scoring or not, it’s definitely worth noting which players score longer TDs. The NFL is all about making plays, and longer plays (of course) mean more points. On the flip side, some players who scored a lot of longer TDs could be due for a serious TD regression next season.

 

Given that, we’ve analyzed all the key players from 2012 and have broken down the length of their TDs by distance for your review. For QBs, we’ve combined passing and rushing TDs, and for all the other positions, we’ve combined rushing and receiving TDs. In many cases, longer plays can be flukes, but there are many noticeable trends.

 

Quarterbacks

 

Rank

Player

Team

0-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40+

Total

1

Peyton Manning

Den

25

12

8

6

4

55

2

Drew Brees

NO

14

8

6

1

10

39

3

Andy Dalton

Cin

12

9

7

1

4

33

4

Philip Rivers

SD

12

10

6

1

3

32

5

Tony Romo

Dal

15

6

6

1

3

31

6

Matthew Stafford

Det

11

10

4

0

4

29

7

Ben Roethlisberger

Pit

14

4

4

2

4

28

8

Nick Foles

Phi

9

7

3

3

5

27

9

Matt Ryan

Atl

13

6

1

4

2

26

10

Russell Wilson

Sea

10

8

2

2

4

26

11

Tom Brady

NE

12

8

2

2

1

25

12

Cam Newton

Car

8

9

2

1

4

24

13

Ryan Tannehill

Mia

12

6

1

4

1

24

14

Carson Palmer

Ari

8

7

3

3

3

24

15

Andrew Luck

Ind

7

7

4

2

3

23

16

Alex Smith

KC

10

6

2

3

2

23

17

Colin Kaepernick

SF

8

7

2

1

3

21

18

Jay Cutler

Chi

10

6

0

2

1

19

19

Joe Flacco

Bal

12

5

1

0

1

19

20

Mike Glennon

TB

9

3

3

1

3

19

21

Eli Manning

NYG

5

2

8

1

2

18

22

Aaron Rodgers

GB

6

5

1

1

4

17

23

Robert Griffin

Was

9

3

1

0

3

16

24

Sam Bradford

Stl

10

3

0

1

0

14

25

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ten

4

4

1

1

4

14

26

Josh McCown

Chi

6

3

2

0

2

13

27

Chad Henne

Jac

5

5

2

0

1

13

28

Geno Smith

NYJ

5

2

2

1

2

12

29

EJ Manuel

Buf

4

2

1

2

2

11

30

Matt Cassel

Min

4

1

2

1

3

11

31

Jason Campbell

Cle

3

1

1

2

4

11

32

Matt Schaub

Hou

7

2

0

1

0

10

33

Case Keenum

Hou

5

0

1

0

3

9

34

Brandon Weeden

Cle

6

0

1

1

1

9

35

Jake Locker

Ten

3

2

1

1

1

8

36

Matt McGloin

Oak

3

2

2

0

1

8

37

Matt Flynn

Oak/GB

5

3

0

0

0

8

38

Kellen Clemens

Stl

4

1

0

1

2

8

39

Terrelle Pryor

Oak

3

1

0

1

2

7

40

Christian Ponder

Min

2

1

2

2

0

7

41

Brian Hoyer

Cle

3

1

0

0

1

5

42

Michael Vick

Phi

0

1

3

0

1

5

 

Peyton Manning (55) – There’s not much else to say about Manning’s record-setting season that hasn’t been said, but as it pertains to this article, Manning was the only QB to have at least 4 TDs in all five categories.

 

Drew Brees (39) – Brees drops from 44 TDs in 2012 to 39 in 2013, but he threw an astounding 10 TDs of 40+ yards, which is double the number thrown by the second-ranked QBs in that category. He was able to do so without a deep threat in Joe Morgan, although Kenny Stills did a fine job as a deep threat in his rookie season.

 

Andy Dalton (33) – It was another ugly finish for the Bengals, but Dalton managed to throw 2 more TDs than he did in 2012, although he had just 4 TDs of 40+ yards compared to a league-leading 7 in 2012. The addition of Tyler Eifert didn’t end up helping, as Dalton’s RZ TDs dropped from 24 to 21. We’ll be interested to see how much Dalton is reeled in under new OC Hue Jackson, who is known for having strong rushing attacks.

 

Philip Rivers (32) – Rivers boosted his TD total from 26 to 32 in 2013, as he adapted well to both a change in the scheme and a new top WR in Keenan Allen. Instead of the deep passing game, the Chargers went with a quicker, shorter passing attack and relied on the run a lot more, especially down the stretch. He’ll work with new OC Frank Reich, who was promoted from QB coach after last year’s OC, Ken Whisenhunt, departed for Tennessee. That should keep the offensive philosophy pretty similar to 2013.

 

Tony Romo (31) – Romo’s TD total rose up to 31 in 2013, but we saw a bit of a drop in his long TDs, as he threw just 4 TDs of 30+ yards after doing so six times in 2012. Miles Austin battled injuries once again and other than a decent run in the middle of the year, Terrance Williams didn’t do much to contribute in place of Austin. Also, Dez Bryant played through back issues. New passing game coordinator Scott Linehan regularly had his QBs throwing 20+ yards 70-85 times a season, so Romo may have a chance to hit more long TDs.

 

Matthew Stafford (29) – A bad finish to the season overshadowed a bounce-back year for Stafford, at least in the TD department. He jumped from 24 in 2012 to 29 in 2013, including 4 TDs of 40+ yards. Stafford has had just 6 TDs of at least 30 yards over the last two seasons, but we hope that changes under new OC Joe Lombardi, who spent the last five seasons as the QB coach for a strong, aggressive, and efficent passing attack in New Orleans.

 

Ben Roethlisberger (28) – With 28 TDs, Big Ben sees an increase of total TDs over 2012, and he continued to hit the long ball, connecting six times on 30+ yards, despite Mike Wallace departing for Miami. His red-zone TDs rose from 17 to 18.

 

Nick Foles (27) – Foles manages to finish 8th at the position with 27 TDs, despite starting just 10 games. He was among the best in long TDs, throwing 8 of at least 30 yards, including 5 TDs of 40+ yards. He did this without Jeremy Maclin and actually boosted the value of Riley Cooper while helping DeSean Jackson post the best numbers of his career in the first year under Chip Kelly, who was clearly able to make his offense work at the pro level.

 

Matt Ryan (26) – With Julio Jones missing most of the season and Roddy White battling his way through multiple injuries, it wasn’t surprising to see Ryan’s TDs numbers drop off a bit from 33 to 26 in 2013, yet he still managed 6 TDs of at least 30 yards.

 

Russell Wilson (26) – Wilson finished 2012 as a low-end starter, but he wasn’t quite so high in 2013, although it didn’t matter in the big picture, since the Seahawks brought home a Lombardi Trophy. He hit more big TDs in 2013, jumping from 4 TDs of 30+ yards to 6 in 2013.

 

Tom Brady (25) – Brady took one of the biggest tumbles down the leaderboard, throwing for just 25 TDs compared to 38 in 2012. He had just 5 TDs of 20+ yards after doing that 10 times in 2012. Of course, it didn’t help to have Rob Gronkowski for just seven games and Danny Amendola for just 12 games.

 

Cam Newton (24) – While Newton still managed to be a reliable fantasy starter, his TDs dropped from 27 to 24. However, he posted another solid year on the long-range TDs, with 4 from 40+ yards after throwing 5 in 2012. We’ll see if he’s able to do the same in 2014 with an entirely new receiving corps.

 

Ryan Tannehill (24) – Tannehill made one of the biggest jumps, going from 14 TDs as a rookie to 24 in 2013. While he certainly struggled with the consistency of his deep ball, he still hit on 5 TDs of at least 30 yards. We’d expect him to keep throwing downfield under new OC Bill Lazor if he creates the same kind of explosive plays Chip Kelly did when Lazor worked under him as the QB coach in Philadelphia last year.

 

Carson Palmer (24) – A change in location didn’t hurt Palmer, as he went for 24 TDs with the Cardinals after hitting on 23 with the Raiders in 2012. For the second straight season, Palmer had 6 TDs of at least 30 yards and he might be able to improve on that if the Cardinal OL continues to get better.

 

Andrew Luck (23) – Injuries to WR Reggie Wayne and TE Dwayne Allen didn’t help Luck in his second season and certainly contributed in his drop in TDs from 28 as a rookie to 23 in 2012. We can only hope the receiving corps will be healthier and the Colts do a better job protecting Luck.

 

Alex Smith (23) – Smith returned to a starting role with a new team in 2013 and had a decent, but typically average, season with 23 TDs, including 5 TDs of 30+ yards despite a disappointing season from Dwayne Bowe.

 

Colin Kaepernick (21) – Kaepernick threw 15 TDs in 2012, his first experience as a starter, but that number rose to just 21 in 2013, despite his getting the full season under center. While he can certainly be blamed for some of the struggles, not having WR Michael Crabtree for two-thirds of the season made things much tougher.

 

Jay Cutler (19) – Multiple injuries limited Cutler to just 11 games, yet in a new, aggressive offense, he still matched his 2012 total of 19 TDs, although surprisingly just 3 of those went for at least 30 yards even with Alshon Jeffery developing into a big threat on the outside.

 

Joe Flacco (19) – Fresh off a Super Bowl victory and a new contract, Flacco wasn’t able to recreate the magic in 2013 and saw his TD number drop from 25 to 19. The long ball just wasn’t working for the Ravens, as he hit on only 1 TD of at least 30 yards after doing so five times in 2012. The hope is that new OC Gary Kubiak will help fix Flacco and this offense, using more play-action to take shots down the field.

 

Mike Glennon (19) – He didn’t earn the starting job out of training camp but had it for most of the season, so the 19 TDs as a rookie were decent enough. He did so without the services of WR Mike Williams for much of the season, as he was limited to just six games by a torn hamstring.

 

Eli Manning (18) – Nothing went right for Manning and the Giants in 2013, which followed a disappointing 2012 campaign. Manning went from 26 TDs to just 18 last season, including just 3 TDs of at least 30 yards. With new OC Bob McAdoo looking to run more of an up-tempo offense, we hope Manning will be able to turn things around, although there are certainly questions in the receiving corps outside Victor Cruz.

 

Aaron Rodgers (17) – A broken collarbone caused Rodgers to miss seven games, although it still may have been tough to match the 41 TDs he threw in 2012. However, he did match the 4 TDs of at least 40 yards, despite playing a lot less, but it helps when he has great receivers like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

 

Robert Griffin (16) – Griffin’s 2013 season was a nightmare compared to his great rookie performance, as he was rushed back from a torn ACL suffered in January. He had just 16 total TDs compared to the 27 he threw in 2014, with a big drop coming on TDs of 40+ yards from 7 in 2012 to just 3 in 2013. After two years under the Shanahans, Griffin will work with new HC Jay Gruden, who could have Griffin be more active as a passer with some West Coast concepts.

 

Sam Bradford (14) – A torn ACL cut Bradford’s season short, and it was actually off to a decent start. However, all but one of his TDs came between 1-19 yards, so there wasn’t anything happening downfield. With improvement needed on the OL and more development needed in the receiving corps, we hope Bradford can be better in 2014 with another year under OC Brian Schottenheimer.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) – As one of the better backups in the league, Fitzpatrick was called into action yet again, filling in for an injured Jake Locker. He was actually among the league leaders with 4 TDs of at least 40 yards.

 

Josh McCown (13) – McCown did a fantastic job stepping up when Jay Cutler went down and was actually a solid fantasy starter when under center for a Bear offense that provided plenty of production. Two of his 13 TDs went for 40+ yards.

 

Chad Henne (13) – Once again, Henne took the starting job away from Blaine Gabbert early in the season but was hardly impressive, as he had just 1 TD of at least 30 yards.

 

Geno Smith (12) – Smith had his ups and downs as a rookie with a terrible receiving corps, so it’s not surprising to see him toward the bottom of this list. He did have 3 TDs go for at least 30 yards.

 

EJ Manuel (11) – Manuel battled knee issues at the start, middle, and end of the season, so his rookie year was a lost one, but he did have 4 TDs of 30+ yards in just 10 games.

 

Matt Cassel (11) – Cassel was in and out of the lineup for the Vikings but was clearly their best starting option. And while he doesn’t have the biggest arm, 3 of his 11 TDs went for 40+ yards. If Cassel gets a fair chance to start, he’ll play under Norv Turner, who had the Browns ranked 11th in passing despite starting three different QBs, none of whom are considerably more talented than Cassel.

 

Matt Schaub (10) – Schaub’s drop in play was a severe one last season, as he ended up losing his starting job for the first time in his Texan tenure. He was pretty useless for fantasy, as he wound up with just 1 TD of more than 19 yards.

 

Case Keenum (9) – Keenum took over for Matt Schaub, but couldn’t hang onto the starting job, although his willingness to go deep led to 3 TDs of at least 40 yards.

 

Brandon Weeden (9) – While the Browns opened the season with Weeden under center, he’d eventually lose the starting job to Brian Hoyer and returned to the lineup only due to other injuries. Six of his 9 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Jake Locker (8) – Another season, another injury-plagued year for Locker, who flashed but couldn’t stay on the field in 2013. His 8 TDs were spread all over the field, as only 4 came in the red zone. If Locker gets another chance to prove himself in 2014, he’ll have help from new HC Ken Whisenhunt, who along with Charger HC Mike McCoy, installed more of a quicker passing offense with emphasis on the run in San Diego that helped Philip Rivers have a bounce-back 2013 season.

 

Matt McGloin (8) – McGloin may not have been drafted, but he got his chance to start with the Raiders evaluating all QBs on the roster. Five of his 8 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Terrelle Pryor (7) – Pryor, like all the Raider QBs, got his chance to start, and while he was a very raw player, he still hit on 3 TDs of at least 30 yards.

 

Christian Ponder (7) – It was another disappointing season for Ponder, thanks to injuries and inconsistent play. Three of his 7 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Brian Hoyer (5) – We saw only glimpses of Hoyer in 2013, so it’s tough to make much of what he did before going down with a torn ACL. Four of his 5 TDs came in the red zone. If Hoyer gets a chance to start, he’ll do so under new OC Kyle Shanahan, who will have some emphasis on the run based on his past of producing 1000-yard rushers.

 

Michael Vick (5) – Vick opened the season as the starter, but he would eventually lose the job to Nick Foles and only got it back for a short time when Foles was battling a concussion. In the little we saw of Vick, he had just 1 TD of 30+ yards.

 

Running Backs

 

Rank

Player

Team

0-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40+

Total

1

Jamaal Charles

KC

14

1

0

2

2

19

2

Marshawn Lynch

Sea

12

2

0

0

0

14

3

Knowshon Moreno

Den

10

0

2

1

0

13

4

Matt Forte

Chi

9

1

0

0

2

12

5

LeSean McCoy

Phi

6

1

0

1

3

11

6

Adrian Peterson

Min

7

2

0

0

2

11

7

Eddie Lacy

GB

10

1

0

0

0

11

8

Chris Johnson

Ten

3

3

1

1

2

10

9

DeMarco Murray

Dal

9

1

0

0

0

10

10

Fred Jackson

Buf

8

1

1

0

0

10

11

Frank Gore

SF

8

0

0

1

0

9

12

Zac Stacy

Stl

7

0

0

0

1

8

13

Donald Brown

Ind

4

2

0

1

1

8

14

Le'Veon Bell

Pit

8

0

0

0

0

8

15

Joique Bell

Det

7

1

0

0

0

8

16

Danny Woodhead

SD

5

2

1

0

0

8

17

Giovani Bernard

Cin

4

1

2

1

0

8

18

Alfred Morris

Was

5

0

0

1

1

7

19

Reggie Bush

Det

2

3

0

1

1

7

20

LeGarrette Blount

NE

4

0

0

2

1

7

21

Stevan Ridley

NE

6

1

0

0

0

7

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Cin

7

0

0

0

0

7

23

Ryan Mathews

SD

5

1

1

0

0

7

24

Steven Jackson

Atl

6

0

1

0

0

7

25

Mike Tolbert

Car

6

1

0

0

0

7

26

Bobby Rainey

TB

4

0

0

0

2

6

27

Rashad Jennings

Oak

5

0

0

0

1

6

28

Daniel Thomas

Mia

6

0

0

0

0

6

29

Maurice Jones-Drew

Jac

5

0

0

0

0

5

30

Darren McFadden

Oak

5

0

0

0

0

5

31

Pierre Thomas

NO

4

0

1

0

0

5

32

DeAngelo Williams

Car

0

1

1

0

2

4

33

Michael Bush

Chi

2

1

0

0

1

4

34

Marcel Reece

Oak

0

2

1

0

1

4

35

Andre Ellington

Ari

1

1

0

1

1

4

36

Ray Rice

Bal

4

0

0

0

0

4

37

Ben Tate

Hou

2

1

1

0

0

4

38

Montee Ball

Den

4

0

0

0

0

4

39

Roy Helu

Was

2

2

0

0

0

4

40

Shonn Greene

Ten

3

0

1

0

0

4

41

Knile Davis

KC

1

3

0

0

0

4

42

Trent Richardson

Cle/Ind

4

0

0

0

0

4

43

Darren Sproles

NO

2

1

1

0

0

4

44

Jacquizz Rodgers

Atl

2

2

0

0

0

4

45

Shane Vereen

NE

4

0

0

0

0

4

46

James Starks

GB

0

1

1

2

0

4

47

Andre Brown

NYG

2

0

1

0

0

3

48

Brandon Bolden

NE

3

0

0

0

0

3

49

Chris Ivory

NYJ

2

1

0

0

0

3

50

Matt Asiata

Min

3

0

0

0

0

3

51

Kendall Hunter

SF

1

1

1

0

0

3

52

Jordan Todman

Jac

2

0

1

0

0

3

53

Chris Polk

Phi

1

1

0

1

0

3

54

Toby Gerhart

Min

0

1

0

0

1

2

55

Bryce Brown

Phi

1

0

0

0

1

2

56

CJ Spiller

Buf

0

0

0

1

1

2

57

Edwin Baker

Cle

2

0

0

0

0

2

58

Ahmad Bradshaw

Ind

2

0

0

0

0

2

59

Peyton Hillis

NYG

2

0

0

0

0

2

60

Lamar Miller

Mia

1

1

0

0

0

2

61

Bernard Pierce

Bal

2

0

0

0

0

2

62

Joseph Randle

Dal

2

0

0

0

0

2

63

Arian Foster

Hou

2

0

0

0

0

2

64

Doug Martin

TB

1

0

0

0

0

1

65

Bilal Powell

NYJ

1

0

0

0

0

1

66

Mark Ingram

NO

1

0

0

0

0

1

67

David Wilson

NYG

1

0

0

0

0

1

68

Khiry Robinson

NO

1

0

0

0

0

1

69

Johnathan Franklin

GB

1

0

0

0

0

1

 

Jamaal Charles (19) – Charles’ tremendous 2013 season did feature some long TD runs (4 of at least 30 yards), but unlike years past, he didn’t have anyone stealing touches from him near the goal line, which is why he was able to score 14 times inside the 10 after not scoring at all there in 2012. The jump in TDs from 6 to 19 was certainly a result of a bigger workload under new HC Andy Reid, which we expect more of in 2014, although Knile Davis could see more touches in his second season.

 

Marshawn Lynch (14) – As you might expect, Lynch did almost all of his damage near the goal line. Twelve of his 14 TDs came inside the 10, while the other two came between 10-19 yards. That’s a bit of a difference from the 8 TDs he had in the red-zone in 2012.

 

Knowshon Moreno (13) – Moreno had a fantastic 2013 season and managed to score 13 times, including 10 TDs inside the 10-yard line, despite battling for touches with Montee Ball down the stretch.

 

Matt Forte (12) – Forte’s struggles in short-yardage and goal-line situations have been well-documented, but he turned things around, with 9 TDs inside the 10 in 2013. He did that just four times in 2012 and didn’t have a score of more than 19 yards compared to 2 TDs of at least 40 yards this past season.

 

LeSean McCoy (11) – Not only was McCoy productive in the red zone (7 TDs), but he also had 4 TDs of at least 30 yards, including 3 TDs of 40+ yards. He scored just 5 TDs in all of 2012 with none coming outside the red zone. Clearly, he was the featured option in the Eagle offense under HC Chip Kelly.

 

Adrian Peterson (11) – Even with some injuries down the stretch, Peterson still found the end zone seven times inside the 10 and had two scores of 40+ yards. That’s a slight drop-off from his 8 TDs inside the 10 and 4 TDs of 40+ yards.

 

Eddie Lacy (11) – Despite missing time early in the season due to a concussion and battling an ankle injury down the stretch, Lacy was one of 10 RBs to score double-digit TDs, including 10 TDs inside the 10. He carried a heavy workload than expected with Aaron Rodgers missing seven games, so while he may not get as many carries in 2014, we do expect him to be a little more efficient if he doesn’t have to carry the offense every week.

 

Chris Johnson (10) – Johnson remains a frustrating player, but he was able to jump his TD total from 6 in 2012 to 10 in 2013, including 3 scores of at least 30 yards.

 

DeMarco Murray (10) – The Cowboys may not have shown much commitment to the run, but Murray was busy in the red zone, as all of his TDs came inside the 20. It was a big jump from the 4 TDs he scored in 2012, all of which also came in the red zone.

 

Fred Jackson (10) – With C.J. Spiller dealing with an ankle injury for most of the season, Jackson stayed active, even though he battled issues of his own. He was the team’s go-to guy in the red zone, with 9 of his 10 TDs coming inside the 20. By comparison, Spiller scored just twice and both were runs of 40+ yards.

 

Frank Gore (9) – Gore remained the main ballcarrier for the 49ers, and while he may be slowing down a bit, he was still solid near the goal line, scoring 8 of his 9 TDs inside the 10. He also matched his total of 9 TDs from 2012 with no real competition for touches behind him.

 

Zac Stacy (8) – Stacy ended up taking over the starting job within the first month of his rookie season and never looked back. Seven of his 8 scores came inside the 10. He played a bigger role than expected when the team lost Sam Bradford to a torn ACL just seven games into the season.

 

Donald Brown (8) – Injuries to Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw, combined with the ineffectiveness of Trent Richardson, gave Brown a chance to actually contribute after looking like a complete bust for years, and he responded with 6 of his 8 TDs coming in the red zone.

 

Le’Veon Bell (8) – A foot injury delayed Bell’s rookie debut, but he settled in nicely as the starter with all of his scores coming inside the 10. The lack of explosive plays may be a concern in the future, however.

 

Joique Bell (8) – Bell was a versatile contributor for the Lions in 2013, both as a pass-catcher and in short-yardage, which explains why 7 of his 8 TDs came inside the 10. Reggie Bush scored 7 TDs, including 5 in the red-zone, but also had a pair of scores go for at least 30 yards.

 

Danny Woodhead (8) – Woodhead was part of a strong tandem with Ryan Mathews, but it was Woodhead who led the backfield with 8 scores, including 7 in the red zone. Mathews was also busy in the red zone, scoring 6 of his 7 TDs inside the 20. The shorter passing game with more emphasis on the run down the stretch certainly worked out well for Woodhead and Mathews.

 

Giovani Bernard (8) – Bernard may not have hit 100 rushing yards in any game as a rookie, but he still managed to score 8 times, including 5 times in the red zone. That was one more than BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who scored all of his TDs inside the 10. The two should be busy once again, especially Bernard, in new OC Hue Jackson’s offense.

 

Alfred Morris (7) – Morris saw TDs vultured away by Roy Helu, Robert Griffin, and even Darrel Young, but he still managed to score 5 of his 7 TDs inside the 10. Hopefully, in new HC Jay Gruden’s offense, Morris will get more chances and that should come if Griffin and the offense as a whole, improve.

 

Reggie Bush (7) – While Joique Bell was a little more active than we expected, Bush still had a fine season, including 2 TDs of at least 30 yards. While he did manage 5 TDs in the red-zone, Bell did that 8 times, all inside the 10.

 

LeGarrette Blount (7) – Blount really didn’t have much fantasy value until down the stretch, but while 4 of his 7 TDs came inside the 10, he also had 3 TDs of at least 30 yards.

 

Stevan Ridley (7) – Ridley’s fumbling issues limited his touches in the second half of the season, but he still found the end zone 7 times in the red zone. LeGarrette Blount matched Ridley with 7 TDs, including 4 inside the 10.

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (7) – As you might expect, Green-Ellis got plenty of chances in short-yardage and goal-line situations. All 7 of his TDs came inside the 10. Giovani Bernard did have 5 red-zone TDs, including 4 inside the 10. We could see a little more of Bernard in new OC Hue Jackson’s offense, but unless Green-Ellis completely falls apart, he should be busy, as well.

 

Ryan Mathews (7) – Mathews had his most consistent year in 2013 and was able to play 16 games for the first time. Six of his 7 TDs came in the red zone. Even with Danny Woodhead scoring 8 times, including 7 in the red-zone, the reliance on the run game made Mathews very important, especially down the stretch, and that should continue in 2014.

 

Steven Jackson (7) – Jackson got banged-up early in the season, but he came back and was a solid contributor, scoring 6 of 7 TDs inside the 10. Hopefully, a healthier Julio Jones and Roddy White will improve a passing game that struggled last season and open up more lanes for Jackson.

 

Mike Tolbert (7) – In a stat that will surprise absolutely no one, all of Tolbert’s TDs came in the red zone, including 6 inside the 10.

 

Bobby Rainey (6) – With both Doug Martin and Mike James landing on the IR, Rainey took over the starting job and managed 4 TDs inside the 10 and 2 scores of at least 40 yards.

 

Rashad Jennings (6) – Jennings had a chance to prove himself once again in his first year with the Raiders and got that opportunity with Darren McFadden battling injury yet again. Jennings scored 5 of 6 TDs inside the 10.

 

Daniel Thomas (6) – Thomas never really had fantasy value, and was clearly a headache for Lamar Miller owners with all of his TDs coming inside the 10. We’ll see if the Dolphins show commitment to either back in 2014 or possibly add a veteran to compete for the starting job.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew (5) – Jones-Drew was able to stay fairly healthy in 2013 after an injury-plagued 2012 season, but between a shaky offense and his slowing down, it shouldn’t be that surprising to see all of his scores coming inside the 10.

 

Darren McFadden (5) – McFadden battled through injury yet again in 2013, and even when he returned, Rashad Jennings remained in the mix and continued to start. All of McFadden’s TDs came inside the 10, as he rarely showed the burst and speed we’ve seen in the past.

 

Pierre Thomas (5) – Thomas was the most reliable fantasy back for the Saints, although that’s not saying much, as evidenced by his low TD total and 4 of 5 TDs coming inside the 10.

 

DeAngelo Williams (4) – Even with Jonathan Stewart missing time for various injuries, Williams still had to battle Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton for goal-line carries, which would explain why he didn’t score inside the 10 and 3 of his 4 scores came outside the red zone.

 

Michael Bush (4) – Other than a random long TD, Bush did his work in the red zone, scoring 3 of his 4 TDs there in an otherwise disappointing season with the Bears.

 

Marcel Reece (4) – Despite another injury to Darren McFadden and a new contract, Reece still didn’t get many chances, but he did have a couple of scores outside the red zone.

 

Andre Ellington (4) – The Cardinals found a nice option in Ellington, as he proved he could score from anywhere on the field, as evidenced by 2 scores inside the red zone and 2 scores of at least 30 yards.

 

Ray Rice (4) – Rice was one of the biggest disappointments of the 2013 season and with all of his scores coming inside the 10, he didn’t help anyone out looking for bonuses for long TDs. Injuries were a problem for Rice and it’s not like Bernard Pierce looked any better, so we hope new OC Gary Kubiak can rejuvenate his career after his worst season.

 

Ben Tate (4) – Tate stepped up for an injured Arian Foster, but battled broken ribs in the second half and was limited to just 4 TDs, 3 of which came in the red zone.

 

Montee Ball (4) – The Broncos rolled with Knowshon Moreno for much of the season, but while Ball had some ball security problems, he still managed to convert 4 TDs inside the 10.

 

Roy Helu (4) – Helu was nothing more than a vulture in 2013, scoring 3 of his 4 TDs in the same game, which drove Alfred Morris owners nuts. Helu didn’t score outside the red zone.

 

Shonn Greene (4) – Greene got his chances in near the goal line, playing in a tandem with Chris Johnson, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see 3 of his 4 TDs come inside the 10.

 

Knile Davis (4) – The Chiefs stuck with Jamaal Charles as their lone back for much of the season, but Davis got more chances down the stretch and all of his scores came in the red zone.

 

Trent Richardson (4) – Whether it was with the Browns or Colts, Richardson disappointed in a big way and couldn’t even outscore Donald Brown, as Richardson scored just 4 times, all inside the 10.

 

Darren Sproles (4) – Sproles struggled to get on any kind of run in 2013 and also battled injury, so it was a bit disappointing to see 3 of his 4 TDs come inside the red zone, as he’s been known to bust a long one.

 

Jacquizz Rodgers (4) – Rodgers hasn’t had much fantasy value in his career and it looked like he could change that with Steven Jackson missing significant time, but he ended up scoring all 4 of his TDs in the red zone.

 

Shane Vereen (4) – Vereen was one of the better pass-catching backs in 2013 and if not for a wrist injury early in the season, he would have likely had big numbers across the board. Luckily, he picked up right where he left off and proved to be a solid red-zone contributor, with all of his TDs coming inside the 10.

 

James Starks (4) – Starks ended up being the handcuff to Eddie Lacy, who was one of just 10 RBs to score double-digit TDs, so we got to see a fresher, quicker Starks score 3 of his 4 TDs outside the red zone.

 

Andre Brown (3) – Brown missed significant time after going down in the team’s final preseason game and was battle other issues after returning, so he didn’t get a lot of chance and scored 2 of 3 TDs inside the 10.

 

Brandon Bolden (3) – Bolden never had fantasy value and was nothing more than a vulture, with all of his scores coming inside the 10.

 

Chris Ivory (3) – Ivory and Bilal Powell split time in the Jet backfield, which was part of one of the worst offenses in the league, so there weren’t many chances for Ivory to score. All of his TDs came in the red zone.

 

Kendall Hunter (3) – Hunter did a fine job spelling Frank Gore from time to time, but he never had much fantasy value and scored just twice in the red zone.

 

Jordan Todman (3) – The Jaguars tried to get Todman a little more involved to keep Maurice Jones-Drew fresh for the whole season, which led to Todman scoring 2 of his 3 TDs in the red zone.

 

Toby Gerhart (2) – Both Gerhart and Adrian Peterson battled injuries late in the season, so Gerhart didn’t even have a chance to get more touches with AP banged- up, which would explain just 1 RZ score in 2013.

 

C.J. Spiller (2) – Spiller’s ankle problems lingered throughout the season and Fred Jackson was the go-to guy near the goal line (8 TDs inside the 10), but Spiller did exhibit his big play ability with a pair of scores going for 30+ yards. He’s the type of player who needs long TDs because he doesn’t get a lot of goal-line work.

 

Edwin Baker (2) – Baker got some chances down the stretch with the Browns in evaluation mode and was able to score twice inside the 10.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw (2) – Before going on the IR with a neck injury, Bradshaw had a pair of TDs inside the 10, as the team lost Vick Ballard after the opener.

 

Peyton Hillis (2) – Hillis was signed by the Giants during the season after multiple injuries in their backfield and did what he usually does, scoring twice inside the 10.

 

Lamar Miller (2) – Miller looked like a breakout candidate in 2013, but the Dolphins refused to commit to him or Daniel Thomas, leaving Miller with just a pair of RZ scores. Miller is the more talented player, but the team needs to commit to him if he’s going to have a chance at being a reliable fantasy option, which we hope comes under new OC Bill Lazor.

 

Bernard Pierce (2) – The Raven backfield was a mess in 2013, as both Pierce and Ray Rice disappointed. Pierce’s only 2 TDs came inside the 10.

 

Joseph Randle (2) – Randle didn’t rise up the depth chart as quickly as the Cowboys – or we – thought he would, but got some chances with DeMarco Murray banged-up for a short time. He had a pair of TDs inside the 10.

 

Arian Foster (2) – Foster’s season was cut short by a back injury, and after being a TD machine in previous seasons, he scored inside the 10 twice for his only scores of the year.

 

Doug Martin (1) – A shoulder injury landed Martin on the IR in his second season and limited him to just 1 TD inside the 10.

 

Bilal Powell (1) – We thought Powell had a chance to be a decent flex option, but as part of a split with Chris Ivory in a bad offense, he had just a single score, which came inside the 10.

 

Mark Ingram (1) – The Saint backfield wasn’t great for fantasy, and while we saw some of Ingram, it wasn’t enough for legit fantasy value, as he ended up with just 1 TD inside the 10.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Rank

Player

Team

0-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40+

Total

1

Demaryius Thomas

Den

4

3

1

4

2

14

2

Dez Bryant

Dal

9

1

0

2

1

13

3

Calvin Johnson

Det

4

3

2

0

3

12

4

Brandon Marshall

Chi

6

3

1

2

0

12

5

AJ Green

Cin

3

1

3

0

4

11

6

Eric Decker

Den

4

3

2

1

1

11

7

Larry Fitzgerald

Ari

3

3

2

0

2

10

8

Wes Welker

Den

8

1

1

0

0

10

9

Marvin Jones

Cin

3

6

1

0

0

10

10

Jerricho Cotchery

Pit

6

2

2

0

0

10

11

Josh Gordon

Cle

1

0

1

2

5

9

12

Antonio Brown

Pit

0

1

2

2

4

9

13

DeSean Jackson

Phi

1

2

1

2

3

9

14

Riley Cooper

Phi

2

2

0

1

3

8

15

Jordy Nelson

GB

2

4

0

0

2

8

16

Keenan Allen

Pit

3

3

1

0

1

8

17

Eddie Royal

SD

3

3

2

0

0

8

18

Alshon Jeffery

Chi

2

1

1

0

3

7

19

Cordarrelle Patterson

Min

3

0

0

2

2

7

20

Vincent Jackson

TB

3

1

1

1

1

7

21

Anquan Boldin

SF

2

4

1

0

0

7

22

Marlon Brown

Bal

4

3

0

0

0

7

23

Emmanuel Sanders

Pit

5

0

0

0

1

6

24

Julian Edelman

NE

4

1

1

0

0

6

25

Rueben Randle

NYG

2

0

3

1

0

6

26

Kenny Stills

NO

0

0

0

1

4

5

27

Tavon Austin

Stl

1

1

0

0

3

5

28

Andre Johnson

Hou

3

0

0

0

2

5

29

TY Hilton

Ind

1

1

1

0

2

5

30

Golden Tate

Sea

2

1

0

0

2

5

31

Terrance Williams

Dal

1

1

1

0

2

5

32

Ted Ginn

Car

1

0

1

1

2

5

33

Pierre Garcon

Was

4

0

0

0

1

5

34

Brandon LaFell

Car

1

2

1

0

1

5

35

Michael Floyd

Ari

0

2

1

1

1

5

36

Mike Wallace

Mia

1

1

1

1

1

5

37

Denarius Moore

Oak

3

0

0

1

1

5

38

Marques Colston

NO

2

1

2

0

0

5

39

Doug Baldwin

Sea

1

3

0

1

0

5

40

Dwayne Bowe

KC

2

1

1

1

0

5

41

Victor Cruz

NYG

0

2

0

0

2

4

42

Greg Jennings

Min

1

1

0

0

2

4

43

Rod Streater

Oak

0

2

0

0

2

4

44

Tiquan Underwood

TB

1

0

1

0

2

4

45

Jermaine Kearse

Sea

0

1

1

0

2

4

46

Justin Hunter

Ten

0

1

0

1

2

4

47

Randall Cobb

GB

2

0

0

1

1

4

48

Aaron Dobson

NE

0

2

0

1

1

4

49

Torrey Smith

Bal

3

0

1

0

0

4

50

Steve Smith

Car

2

2

0

0

0

4

51

Kenbrell Thompkins

NE

1

3

0

0

0

4

52

Earl Bennett

Chi

2

2

0

0

0

4

53

Austin Pettis

Stl

3

0

0

1

0

4

54

Brian Hartline

Mia

1

1

0

2

0

4

55

Marquise Goodwin

Buf

0

0

0

0

3

3

56

James Jones

GB

2

0

0

0

1

3

57

Robert Woods

Buf

1

1

0

0

1

3

58

Jerrel Jernigan

NYG

0

0

2

0

1

3

59

Nate Washington

Ten

1

0

0

1

1

3

60

Cecil Shorts

Jac

2

0

1

0

0

3

61

Brandon Gibson

Mia

2

1

0

0

0

3

62

Stevie Johnson

Buf

1

2

0

0

0

3

63

Jeremy Kerley

NYJ

0

2

1

0

0

3

64

Leonard Hankerson

Was

1

1

1

0

0

3

65

Jarrett Boykin

GB

2

0

1

0

0

3

66

Andre Caldwell

Den

1

1

1

0

0

3

67

Sidney Rice

Sea

0

1

1

1

0

3

68

Roddy White

Atl

1

0

0

2

0

3

69

Jarius Wright

Min

0

0

1

2

0

3

70

Aldrick Robinson

Was

0

0

0

0

2

2

71

Julio Jones

Atl

1

0

0

0

1

2

72

Da'Rick Rogers

Ind

1

0

0

0

1

2

73

Jacoby Jones

Bal

0

1

0

0

1

2

74

Lance Moore

NO

0

1

0

0

1

2

75

Andre Roberts

Ari

0

1

0

0

1

2

76

Reggie Wayne

Ind

1

1

0

0

0

2

77

Kendall Wright

Ten

1

1

0

0

0

2

78

Harry Douglas

Atl

1

1

0

0

0

2

79

Mike Williams

TB

1

1

0

0

0

2

80

DeAndre Hopkins

Hou

1

0

1

0

0

2

81

Mike Brown

Jac

1

0

1

0

0

2

82

Dexter McCluster

KC

1

0

1

0

0

2

83

David Nelson

NYJ

2

0

0

0

0

2

84

Griff Whalen

Ind

1

1

0

0

0

2

85

Mohamed Sanu

Cin

2

0

0

0

0

2

86

Kris Durham

Det

1

1

0

0

0

2

87

Santana Moss

Was

2

0