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2012's Distance Scoring Analysis

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Published, 3/28/13

 

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. 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

Drew Brees

NO

24

8

5

4

3

44

2

Aaron Rodgers

GB

18

7

9

3

4

41

3

Tom Brady

NE

22

6

5

1

4

38

4

Peyton Manning

Den

15

12

5

3

2

37

5

Matt Ryan

Atl

18

8

0

1

6

33

6

Andy Dalton

Cin

14

10

0

0

7

31

7

Russell Wilson

Sea

10

11

5

2

2

30

8

Tony Romo

Dal

6

9

8

2

4

29

9

Andrew Luck

Ind

16

4

1

2

5

28

10

Robert Griffin

Was

13

3

3

1

7

27

11

Cam Newton

Car

12

3

6

1

5

27

12

Josh Freeman

TB

12

8

3

0

4

27

13

Eli Manning

NYG

11

7

4

2

2

26

14

Philip Rivers

SD

8

10

2

4

2

26

15

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Buf

11

4

5

2

3

25

16

Joe Flacco

Bal

7

7

6

3

2

25

17

Ben Roethlisberger

Pit

15

2

1

2

4

24

18

Matthew Stafford

Det

13

6

3

0

2

24

19

Carson Palmer

Oak

12

2

3

2

4

23

20

Matt Schaub

Hou

11

3

2

2

4

22

21

Sam Bradford

Stl

13

1

1

4

3

22

22

Christian Ponder

Min

15

4

1

0

0

20

23

Jay Cutler

Chi

3

8

3

3

2

19

24

Colin Kaepernick

SF

6

3

2

2

2

15

25

Brandon Weeden

Cle

2

3

4

1

4

14

26

Ryan Tannehill

Mia

7

3

2

1

1

14

27

Michael Vick

Phi

7

3

1

0

2

13

28

Alex Smith

SF

4

4

3

0

2

13

29

Mark Sanchez

NYJ

6

4

2

1

0

13

30

Chad Henne

Jac

7

1

0

1

3

12

31

Jake Locker

Ten

3

3

2

1

2

11

32

Blaine Gabbert

Jac

6

0

0

1

2

9

33

Kevin Kolb

Ari

6

1

0

1

1

9

34

Nick Foles

Phi

1

4

1

0

1

7

35

Matt Hasselbeck

Ten

1

4

1

1

0

7

36

Matt Cassel

KC

2

2

2

1

0

7

37

Kirk Cousins

Was

1

1

0

0

2

4

38

Terrelle Pryor

Oak

3

0

0

0

0

3

39

Shaun Hill

Det

1

0

0

0

1

2

40

Brady Quinn

KC

2

0

0

0

0

2

41

Jason Campbell

Was

0

2

0

0

0

2

41

John Skelton

Ari

1

0

0

1

0

2

42

Thaddeus Lewis

Cle

1

0

0

0

0

1

43

Charlie Batch

Pit

1

0

0

0

0

1

44

Greg McElroy

NYJ

1

0

0

0

0

1

45

Kyle Orton

Dal

1

0

0

0

0

1

46

Colt McCoy

Cle

1

0

0

0

0

1

47

Matt Moore

Mia

1

0

0

0

0

1

48

Tyrod Taylor

Bal

1

0

0

0

0

1

49

TJ Yates

Hou

1

0

0

0

0

1

50

Brian Hoyer

Ari

0

0

0

1

0

1

51

Byron Leftwich

Pit

0

0

0

1

0

1

 

Drew Brees (44) – Even with the loss of Robert Meachem and the almost total disappearance of Devery Henderson, Brees’ TD distribution in 2012 was remarkably similar to that of 2011. He was helped by the transformation of Lance Moore into something of a deep threat, and all of Joe Morgan’s 3 TDs came from 30 yards and longer.

 

Aaron Rodgers (41) – Of Rodgers’ 41 TDs, 16 came from longer than 20 yards, actually an improvement over last year’s ratio (15 of 48). However, injuries to Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings made Rodgers’ season a little more inconsistent than we would have liked to see from him.

 

Tom Brady (38) – Four of Brady’s 38 TDs went for longer than 40 yards, but none of those 4 went to Brandon Lloyd, who was brought in to improve the verticality of the Patriot passing game. Lloyd has since been released. The Patriots will also need to replace the red-zone scoring of Wes Welker, but Danny Amendola should be more than capable.

 

Peyton Manning (37) – Peyton had 5 TD passes of 30 yards or longer despite his diminishing deep ball arm strength, but it really helps that he has a big-play threat in Demaryius Thomas who can take a rocket screen to the house. His already elite red-zone efficiency might well improve with the addition of Wes Welker in 2013.

 

Matt Ryan (33) – Ryan has 10 TD passes of 40 yards or more the last two seasons combined. While Julio Jones caught all 4 of his long ones in 2011, he didn’t have any of the 6 in 2012.

 

Andy Dalton (31) – The good news: Dalton led the NFL with 7 TD passes of 40 or more yards (A.J. Green caught 3 of them). The bad news: he had 0 TD passes between 20 and 39 yards.

 

Russell Wilson (30) – Wilson throws one of the more accurate deep balls in the game but he was very dangerous in the red zone, completing 21 of his 30 TD passes within 20 yards. Percy Harvin should only help that.

 

Tony Romo (29) – The Cowboys’ red-zone struggles have been a huge part of their inconsistency over the last few seasons, and it continued in 2012. Only 15 of Romo’s 29 TD passes came in the red zone, a 52% ratio. It was the lowest ratio of any QB with 15 or more TD passes.

 

Andrew Luck (28) – Luck had 5 TD passes of 40 or more yards. Electric rookie T.Y. Hilton caught 4 of those. Hilton and Luck should continue to be one of the better deep-ball combos in the NFL in 2013.

 

Robert Griffin (27) – We know Griffin’s legs were a big reason for his success as a rookie, so it’s not surprising to see that 7 of his 27 scores came on the ground, which was second only to Cam Newton’s 8 rushing TDs. Griffin was also tied with Andy Dalton for most TD passes of 40+ yards.

 

Cam Newton (27) – Although the number dropped from his rookie season, Newton still lead all QBs with 8 rushing TDs in 2011. That accounted for more than a third of his TDs in his second year.

 

Josh Freeman (27) – Outside of a hot streak in the middle of the season, Freeman was a disappointment in 2012. While he has the ability to run around a bit, every one of his TDs came through the air. 20 of his 27 TDs happened in the red zone.

 

Eli Manning (26) – Injuries all around him and inconsistent play hurt Manning and the Giants last season. While 18 of his 26 scores came in the red zone, the lack of a downfield passing game was noticeable, as evidence by just 4 scores going over 30 yards.

 

Philip Rivers (26) – Rivers was a tough watch last year and while the loss of WR Vincent Brown hurt, he did get some help from the addition of WR Danario Alexander. Rivers did most of his damage in the red zone, where 18 of his 26 TDs took place.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (25) – The Bill offense dealt with major injuries at both WR and RB in 2012 and with a gunslinger like Fitzpatrick, any major blow hurts what was already a thin margin of error. 15 of his 25 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Joe Flacco (25) – We know how great Flacco was in the playoffs, but the regular season was a different story. He finished among the middle of the pack with 25 scores, 3 of which came on the ground. Despite his big arm, only 5 of Flacco’s TDs went for at least 30 yards.

 

Ben Roethlisberger (24) – Injuries limited Big Ben to 13 games in 2012 and a change in offensively philosophy didn’t go over so well. The rapport with TE Heath Miller was one of the few bright spots and certainly helped Ben get 17 TDs in the red zone.

 

Matthew Stafford (24) – Stafford may have had another big year in terms of yardage, but his TD numbers were way down. It really hurt WR Calvin Johnson and the team’s downfield passing attack, as Stafford had just 2 TDs of at least 30 yards. His flukiest number may have been the 4 rushing TDs, as Stafford isn’t known to be a scrambler.

 

Carson Palmer (23) – With a terrible defense and shaky offense, Palmer ended up being one of the top QBs in terms of garbage time in 2012. He also had 6 TDs that went at least 30 yards.

 

Matt Schaub (22) – The Texans didn’t ask much of Schaub and he didn’t give them much, either. However, the team had a willingness to throw it downfield, which explains why he hit 6 TDs of at least 30 yards, including 4 that went for 40+ yards.

 

Sam Bradford (22) – Another year, another new system for Bradford, but still a shaky receiving corps. He didn’t have his best receiver, Danny Amendola, for the whole year, so Bradford had to make due with a relatively inexperienced group. Thanks to deep threats like WR Chris Givens, he was able to hit for 7 TDs of 30+ yards.

 

Christian Ponder (20) – The deep ball didn’t play much of a factor for the Vikings. Incredibly, 19 of Ponder’s 20 TD passes came in the red zone. The loss of Percy Harvin will also hurt Ponder’s red-zone efficiency, although Greg Jennings can help offset that.

 

Jay Cutler (19) – The Bear offense was pretty boring and Cutler never played himself into a starting fantasy role. Even with the addition of WR Brandon Marshall, Cutler finished 23rd at the position in TDs and had just 11 RZ TDs.

 

Colin Kaepernick (15) – Kaepernick’s low TD total can be attributed to him getting the starting job past the halfway point of the season, but he still managed to score 5 times with his legs.

 

Brandon Weeden (14) – Weeden’s rookie season was average at best and with a lack of options in his receiving corps, it’s not that surprising to see him with such a low TD total, although having Josh Gordon helped him throw 4 TDs of 40+ yards.

 

Ryan Tannehill (14) – Tannehill didn’t have a lot to work with as a rookie in 2012, so his low TD was to be expected. He ended up with just 2 TDs of at least 30 yards. Tannehill scored a pair of TDs on the ground, but wasn’t doing much running until the second half of the season.

 

Michael Vick (13) – The Eagles moved away from Vick at the end of the season, so in 10 games, he managed just 13 TDs, only one of which came on the ground.

 

Alex Smith (13) – A concussion knocked Smith out in Week Ten and he never regained his starting job. Before giving way to Colin Kaepernick, Smith had 13 TDs in 9 starts.

 

Mark Sanchez (13) – Sanchez’s 2011 fantasy numbers were somewhat inflated by 6 rushing TDs. We figured it was a fluke and that was proven true, as he failed to score a rushing TD. 10 of 13 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Jake Locker (11) – Locker’s shoulder issues limited him to just 11 games and when you factor in a coordinator change late in the season, he didn’t have much of a chance to excel in 2012. Even with his scrambling ability, only 1 of his TDs came on the ground.

 

Blaine Gabbert (9) – Gabbert’s second season didn’t go much better than his first, but only lasted 10 games after a shoulder injury landed him on the IR. He ended up with just 6 RZ TDs.

 

Kevin Kolb (9) – Kolb ended up playing in just 6 games last season before multiple injuries kept him out for the rest of the season. 7 of his 9 TDs came in the red zone.

 

Running Backs

Rank

Player

Team

0-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40+

Total

1

Arian Foster

Hou

14

3

0

0

0

17

2

Adrian Peterson

Min

8

1

0

0

4

13

3

Alfred Morris

Was

9

2

0

2

0

13

4

Doug Martin

TB

6

0

0

1

5

12

5

Marshawn Lynch

Sea

6

2

2

1

1

12

6

Stevan Ridley

NE

11

1

0

0

0

12

7

Trent Richardson

Cle

7

2

1

1

0

12

8

Michael Turner

Atl

8

2

0

0

1

11

9

Ray Rice

Bal

8

0

1

1

0

10

10

Frank Gore

SF

7

0

2

0

0

9

11

Mikel Leshoure

Det

9

0

0

0

0

9

12

C.J. Spiller

Buf

1

3

0

1

3

8

13

Reggie Bush

Mia/Det

1

4

2

0

1

8

14

Shonn Greene

NYJ/Ten

7

1

0

0

0

8

15

Andre Brown

NYG

8

0

0

0

0

8

16

Darren Sproles

NO

5

1

1

1

0

8

17

DeAngelo Williams

Car

1

2

0

1

3

7

18

Danny Woodhead

NE/SD

3

4

0

0

0

7

19

Mike Tolbert

Car

7

0

0

0

0

7

20

Chris Johnson

Ten

1

2

0

0

3

6

21

Jamaal Charles

KC

0

2

0

1

3

6

22

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Cin

6

0

0

0

0

6

23

Ahmad Bradshaw

NYG

4

2

0

0

0

6

24

Matt Forte

Chi

4

2

0

0

0

6

25

David Wilson

NYG

1

2

0

0

2

5

26

LeSean McCoy

Phi

4

1

0

0

0

5

27

Felix Jones

Dal

2

2

1

0

0

5

28

Mark Ingram

NO

3

1

1

0

0

5

29

Michael Bush

Chi

5

0

0

0

0

5

30

Beanie Wells

Ari

3

1

0

1

0

5

31

Bryce Brown

Phi

2

1

0

0

1

4

32

Shane Vereen

NE

3

0

0

0

1

4

33

Willis McGahee

Den

4

0

0

0

0

4

34

Knowshon Moreno

Den

4

0

0

0

0

4

35

Steven Jackson

Stl/Atl

4

0

0

0

0

4

36

LaRod Stephens-Howling

Ari

4

0

0

0

0

4

37

DeMarco Murray

Dal

3

1

0

0

0

4

38

Fred Jackson

Buf

3

1

0

0

0

4

39

Daniel Thomas

Mia

4

0

0

0

0

4

40

Bilal Powell

NYJ

3

1

0

0

0

4

41

Jackie Battle

SD

4

0

0

0

0

4

42

Darren McFadden

Oak

2

0

0

0

1

3

43

Vick Ballard

Ind

1

2

0

0

0

3

44

Joique Bell

Det

1

1

1

0

0

3

45

Delone Carter

Ind

3

0

0

0

0

3

46

Jamie Harper

Ten

3

0

0

0

0

3

47

Jorvorskie Lane

Mia

3

0

0

0

0

3

48

Maurice Jones-Drew

Jac

1

0

0

0

1

2

49

Chris Ivory

NO

0

0

1

0

1

2

50

Jonathan Dwyer

Pit

1

1

0

0

0

2

51

Isaac Redman

Pit

2

0

0

0

0

2

52

Pierre Thomas

NO

2

0

0

0

0

2

53

Brandon Bolden

NE

2

0

0

0

0

2

54

Jonathan Stewart

Car

1

1

0

0

0

2

55

Ben Tate

Hou

2

0

0

0

0

2

56

Kendall Hunter

SF

1

1

0

0

0

2

57

Jacquizz Rodgers

Atl

2

0

0

0

0

2

58

DuJuan Harris

GB

1

1

0

0

0

2

59

Jacob Hester

Den

2

0

0

0

0

2

60

Ryan Grant

GB

2

0

0

0

0

2

61

Rashad Jennings

Jac

2

0

0

0

0

2

62

Shaun Draughn

KC

2

0

0

0

0

2

63

LeGarrette Blount

TB

1

1

0

0

0

2

64

Evan Royster

Was

2

0

0

0

0

2

65

Chris Rainey

Pit

1

1

0

0

0

2

66

Anthony Dixon

SF

2

0

0

0

0

2

67

Kevin Smith

Det

2

0

0

0

0

2

68

Lance Ball

Den

1

1

0

0

0

2

69

Michael Robinson

Sea

1

1

0

0

0

2

70

Jed Collins

NO

2

0

0

0

0

2

71

Mike Goodson

Oak/NYJ

0

0

0

0

1

1

72

Justin Forsett

Hou

0

0

0

0

1

1

73

Armando Allen

Chi

0

0

0

0

1

1

74

Bernard Pierce

Bal

0

1

0

0

0

1

75

Peyton Hillis

KC

1

0

0

0

0

1

76

Marcel Reece

Oak

0

1

0

0

0

1

77

Ryan Mathews

SD

0

1

0

0

0

1

78

Ronnie Hillman

Den

1

0

0

0

0

1

79

Tashard Choice

Buf

0

1

0

0

0

1

80

Cedric Benson

GB

1

0

0

0

0

1

81

Rashard Mendenhall

Pit/Ari

0

1

0

0

0

1

82

Donald Brown

Ind

0

1

0

0

0

1

83

Montario Hardesty

Cle

1

0

0

0

0

1

84

James Starks

GB

0

0

1

0

0

1

85

Montell Owens

Jac

1

0

0

0

0

1

86

Cedric Peerman

Cin

1

0

0

0

0

1

87

Lamar Miller

Mia

0

1

0

0

0

1

88

Toby Gerhart

Min

1

0

0

0

0

1

89

John Kuhn

GB

1

0

0

0

0

1

90

Dion Lewis

Phi

0

1

0

0

0

1

91

Baron Batch

Pit

1

0

0

0

0

1

92

Vonta Leach

Hou

1

0

0

0

0

1

93

Leon Washington

Sea/NE

1

0

0

0

0

1

94

Stanley Havili

Phi

1

0

0

0

0

1

95

Anthony Allen

Bal

1

0

0

0

0

1

96

Jason Snelling

Atl

1

0

0

0

0

1

97

Mewelde Moore

Ind

1

0

0

0

0

1

98

Will Johnson

Pit

1

0

0

0

0

1

99

Henry Hynoski

NYG

1

0

0

0

0

1

100

Chris Pressley

Cin

1

0

0

0

0

1

101

Alex Green

GB

0

0

0

0

0

0

102

Daryl Richardson

Stl

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Arian Foster (17) – It came as more of a surprise when Foster didn’t score, so seeing him lead RBs in TDs isn’t a surprise. While 2 of his scores came through the air, none of them went for at least 20 yards.

 

Adrian Peterson (13) – Peterson was an absolute monster when it came to yardage and besides being money inside the 10, he also ripped off 4 TD runs of at least 40 yards.

 

Alfred Morris (13) – As if it wasn’t enough for Morris to kill the Shanahanigans in Washington, he also kept himself in the mix at the goal line, which isn’t easy when you share a backfield with QB Robert Griffin. He scored 9 times inside the 10 and also had a pair of scores that went for 30+ yards.

 

Doug Martin (12) – While he had to battle LeGarrette Blount for goal-line touches early in the season, the Bucs realized the error of their ways and made sure Martin was getting the ball when the end zone was in sight. Martin also led all RBs with five TDs runs of 40+ yards.

 

Marshawn Lynch (12) – Lynch might be a bruising back you think of as a player who does most of his work near the goal line, but 4 of his 12 TDs came from at least 20 yards out.

 

Stevan Ridley (12) – Only Arian Foster scored more TDs inside the 10 than Ridley, who score 11 of his 12 TDs there and never had a TD outside the 20.

 

Trent Richardson (12) – Despite battling injuries for much of his rookie season, Richardson kept his fantasy value up by scoring. 7 of his 12 TDs came inside the 10, but had also had two scores from the 20-39 range.

 

Michael Turner (11) – If Turner didn’t find the end zone, his fantasy value would have been non-existent. He scored in bunches down the stretch with 8 of 11 scores coming inside the 10.

 

Ray Rice (10) – Although Bernard Pierce came on late in the season, Rice didn’t have much to worry about when it came to sharing the rock. He found the end zone 8 times inside the 10 with only one of his scores coming as a receiver.

 

Frank Gore (9) – The 49ers tried to keep Gore fresh by rotating other backs into the mix, but they didn’t do much to hurt his TD total. He score 7 of 9 TDs inside the 9, but had a pair of scores from the 20-29 range.

 

Mikel Leshoure (9) – Leshoure’s first season wasn’t spectacular, but he was the Lions’ go-to guy near the goal line. Every one of his TDs came inside the 10 and we doubt that changes much in 2013.

 

C.J. Spiller (8) – With Fred Jacksonin and out of the lineup due to injuries, Spiller’s role increased in 2012. His big-play ability was evident, as he was one of only six RBs with at least 3 TDs of 40+ yards.

 

Reggie Bush (8) – Bush’s second season with the Dolphins wasn’t bad, but it could have been better. His lack of role in the passing game led to just 2 receiving TDs and he had just 1 score of 40+ yards.

 

Shonn Greene (8) – The Jet offense was one of the worst all season, so opportunities weren’t always there for Greene, especially at the goal line. Considering Greene is nothing more than a decent power back, it’s no surprise 7 of his 8 TDs came inside the 10.

 

Andre Brown (8) – While he filled in as a starter for the Giants when Ahmad Bradshaw was banged up, Brown also played the role of vulture. All 8 of his TDs came inside the 10.

 

Darren Sproles (8) – We know Sproles is the most active back in the league when it comes to the passing game, so seeing him score 7 of 8 times through the air is hardly surprise. However, just 1 of his TDs went for at least 30 yards.

 

DeAngelo Williams (7) – The Panther backfield was extremely frustrating in 2012 and when you have to battled Jonathan Stewart, Cam Newton, and Mike Tolbert for looks near the goal line, TDs have to be found in other places. 3 of Williams’ 7 TDs went for at least 40 yards.

 

Danny Woodhead (7) – Trusting Woodhead to provide consistent fantasy production is hard to do, but only Darren Sproles scored more TDs through the air, as Woodhead tied LeSean McCoy for second among RBs with 3 receiving TDs.

 

Mike Tolbert (7) – The king of vultures moved addresses from San Diego to Carolina to make an already crowded Panther backfield even more frustrating for fantasy owners. Of course, all 7 of his TDs came inside the 10.

 

Chris Johnson (6) – 2012 seemed to be an all-or-nothing season for Johnson, as evidenced by 3 of his 6 TDs going for at least 40+ yards. All 6 of his scores came on the ground.

 

Jamaal Charles (6) – Charles had a fantastic season coming off a torn ACL, but with the rest of the Chief offense operating at nowhere near the same level, Charles had to create his own opportunities. He didn’t score inside the 10, but had 3 TDs of at least 40 yards.

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (6) – Green-Ellis didn’t really get going for the Bengals until the second half of the season, but was the only back the team could trust near the goal line. He scored all 6 of his TD inside the 10.

 

Ahmad Bradshaw (6) – Another injury-plagued season made Bradshaw a frustrating player to have on your roster, but when you add in Andre Brown vulturing TDs, it made things that much worse. Brown outscored Bradshaw 8-6 and Bradshaw didn’t have a score of at least 20 yards.

 

Matt Forte (6) – Forte’s struggles at the goal line may have been part of the reason for the Bears’ signing of Michael Bush. All 5 of Bush’s TD came inside the 10 while Forte scored 4 times inside the 10. Forte didn’t have a score of at least 20 yards and had only 1 receiving TD.

 

David Wilson (5) – The Giants refused to put their trust in Wilson until late in the season, but by then it was too late to show him a lot of fantasy love. However, his home-run ability was on full display all year and it led to 2 TDs of at least 40+ yards.

 

LeSean McCoy (5) – A struggling Eagle offense and concussion issues made 2012 a disappointing year for McCoy. He didn’t have a TD that went for at least 20 yards, but only Darren Sproles had more receiving TDs, as McCoy scored 3 times through the air.

 

Felix Jones (5) – We were long past putting our trust in Jones heading into 2012 and even with DeMarco Murray battling injuries yet again, Jones didn’t light it up. 4 of his 5 TDs came inside the 20, 2 of which came through the air.

 

Mark Ingram (5) – Ingram was able to stay healthy enough to play in every game, but with a crowded Saint backfield, expecting Ingram to see a lot of touches is wishful thinking. It was actually surprising to see that 2 of his 5 TDs came from outside the 10.

 

Michael Bush (5) – Bush was brought into Chicago to help out in short-yardage, an area Matt Forte’s struggled in his whole career. The Bear offense wasn’t anything special, including Bush, who scored all 5 of his TDs inside the 10.

 

Beanie Wells (5) – Another year of injuries in addition to playing for a horrible Cardinal offense actually has us surprised that Wells found the end zone five times and even more surprising he scored one TD of at least 30 yards.

 

Bryce Brown (4) – It took concussion issues for LeSean McCoy to get Brown on the field, but he managed to make some noise late in the season with 4 TDs, including 1 40+-yard TD.

 

Shane Vereen (4) – Vereen might have gotten his TD production through the air in the postseason, but only 1 of his TDs came as a receiver in the regular season. In fact, his 3 rushing TDs all came inside the 10.

 

Willis McGahee (4) – Leg injuries limited McGahee to 10 games in 2012, but with Tim Tebow out of the picture, all 4 of his TDs came inside the 10, although that number was also probably hurt by a much better passing attack, especially in the red zone.

 

Knowshon Moreno (4) – The Broncos didn’t ask really anything of Moreno until Willis McGahee went down with multiple leg injuries, but he did a fine job when called upon, as evidenced by all 4 of his TDs coming inside the 10.

 

Steven Jackson (4) – In 2012, Jackson proved he still had something left in the tank, but as we’ve seen for most of his time in St. Louis, opportunities to score have been few and far between. He scored 4 times, all from inside the 10.

 

LaRod Stephens-Howling (4) – Stephens-Howling hadn’t had many chances to run the ball before 2012, but injuries at the RB position forced the Cardinals to turn to him as their lead back for a short time. While he was always considered a big-play back, all of his TDs came inside the 10.

 

DeMarco Murray (4) – Another season of injuries limited Murray’s fantasy value, but he didn’t get much help from a shaky Cowboy OL either. 3 of his 4 TDs came inside the 10 and his other didn’t even go for more than 20 yards.

 

Fred Jackson (4) – Besides battling with C.J. Spiller for touches, injuries set Jackson back for the second straight season. In his 10 games, he didn’t have a TD of at least 20 yards.

 

Daniel Thomas (4) – Thomas seemed to be in the doghouse a little too often for the Dolphins, but he seemed to hang around just enough to be a factor at the goal line. All of his TDs came inside the 10.

 

Jackie Battle (4) – The Chargers’ use of Ryan Mathews was a bit perplexing, especially when it came to getting someone like Battle involved. He took over the Mike Tolbert role, scoring 4 times inside the 10.

 

Bilal Powell (4) – The Jet offense was a struggle to watch and their ground-and-pound offense never really got going, although Powell’s role did increase in the second half of the season. Despite having a capable short-yardage back in Shonn Greene, Powell scored 3 of his 4 TDs inside the 10.

 

Darren McFadden (3) – Between an awful OL, a bad offense, and injuries, McFadden drove fantasy owners nuts again in 2012. He didn’t have Michael Bush vulturing TDs from him, but scored just twice inside the 10 with his only other TD going for 40+ yards.

 

Vick Ballard (3) – Ballard didn’t get a grasp on the lead role until about the halfway point of last season and even then he wasn’t getting most of the touches near the goal line. The Colts finally came to their senses down the stretch, but it was probably too late, as Ballard finished the season with just 3 TDs.

 

Joique Bell (3) – While Mikel Leshoure was the team’s best option at the goal line, the Lions still found ways to get Bell involved and he proved he could score even when he wasn’t at the goal line.

 

Maurice Jones-Drew (2) – A foot injury limited Jones-Drew to just six games, so his 2 TDs during that span aren’t really much to go off of, although 1 did go for at least 40 yards.

 

Jonathan Dwyer (2) – Dwyer found himself as the lead guy in the Steeler RBBC last season, but with little explosion or burst, it shouldn’t be surprising to see that neither of his TDs went for at least 20 yards.

 

Pierre Thomas (2) – Relying on the Saint backfield has always been tough from a fantasy standpoint and while Thomas is always an old standby as a flex option, his 2 TDs didn’t help his fantasy value much.

 

Jonathan Stewart (2) – Although Stewart held the starting job for most of the season until he got injured yet again, a crowded backfield limited his scoring opportunities. Stewart came in behind Cam Newton, Mike Tolbert, and DeAngelo Williams when it came to TDs and only 1 of his scores came inside the 10.

 

Ben Tate (2) – Injuries and a lack of a consistent role saw Tate have very little fantasy value in 2012 and with Arian Foster scoring a league-leading 17 TDs, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see Tate end up with just 2 TDs, both of which came inside the 10.

 

Kendall Hunter (2) – Before going down for the season after 11 games, Hunter was used as a change-of-pace/backup option to Frank Gore. However, that didn’t give him many chances to score, as evidenced by just 2 TDs.

 

Jacquizz Rodgers (2) – The Falcons probably hoped for more from Rodgers in 2012, but with just 2 TDs, he was a disappointment. Fantasy owners were probably driven nuts by Rodgers lack of chances near the goal, as Michael Turner scored 8 times inside the 10.

 

DuJuan Harris (2) – Harris didn’t come on until late in the season, which explains why he scored only 2 TDs, but he should have a chance to do much more in 2013 if he can hang in there as the starter.

 

Bernard Pierce (1) – While Pierce made some noise in the playoffs, it was clear he was far behind Ray Rice, even as the #2 RB on the depth chart, so it wasn’t surprising to see him score just twice.

 

Ryan Mathews (1) – 2012 was a disastrous season for Mathews between injuries and losing touches to both Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle. We can only hope he scores more than once in 2013.

 

Ronnie Hillman (1) – It took some time for Hillman to pick up the Bronco offense, and even with the injuries to Willis McGahee, he didn’t get a chance to do much, which is why he scored just once.

 

Rashard Mendenhall (1) – Mendenhall took some time to return from a torn ACL and battled other injuries, which put him in a RBBC in Pittsburgh and limited him to just 1 TD.

 

 

Wide Receivers

Rank

Player

Team

0-9

10-19

20-29

30-39

40+

Total

1

James Jones

GB

6

5

2

1

0

14

2

Eric Decker

Den

5

6

1

0

1

13

3

Dez Bryant

Dal

3

1

4

1

3

12

4

A.J. Green

Cin

5

3

0

0

3

11

5

Brandon Marshall

Chi

3

5

1

2

0

11

6

Victor Cruz

NYG

4

2

2

0

2

10

7

Demaryius Thomas

Den

2

4

2

1

1

10

8

Michael Crabtree

SF

3

2

2

1

1

10

9

Marques Colston

NO

5

4

1

0

0

10

10

Julio Jones

Atl

3

4

0

3

0

10

11

Mike Williams

TB

6

0

0

0

3

9

12

Mike Wallace

Pit/Mia

2

1

1

1

3

8

13

Santana Moss

Was

3

0

2

1

2

8

14

Torrey Smith

Bal

2

3

2

0

1

8

15

Vincent Jackson

TB

1

4

3

0

0

8

16

Randall Cobb

GB

2

1

3

2

0

8

17

TY Hilton

Ind

1

1

0

1

4

7

18

Cecil Shorts

Jac

2

0

0

1

4

7

19

Jeremy Maclin

Phi

2

1

2

0

2

7

20

Jordy Nelson

GB

3

1

1

0

2

7

21

Roddy White

Atl

3

1

0

1

2

7

22

Golden Tate

Sea

1

3

1

1

1

7

23

Sidney Rice

Sea

1

3

1

1

1

7

24

Danario Alexander

SD

1

1

1

3

1

7

25

Denarius Moore

Oak

4

0

2

1

0

7

26

Wes Welker

NE/Den

5

0

0

0

1

6

27

Stevie Johnson

Buf

1

1

3

0

1

6

28

Miles Austin

Dal

0

2

3

1

0

6

29

Lance Moore

NO

3

1

0

2

0

6

30

Josh Gordon

Cle

0

0

1

1

3

5

31

Darrius Heyward-Bey

Oak

2

0

0

1

2

5

32

Calvin Johnson

Det

1

1

2

0

1

5

33

Andre Roberts

Ari

3

1

0

0

1

5

34

Antonio Brown

Pit

3

1

0

0

1

5

35

Justin Blackmon

Jac

3

0

0

1

1

5

36

Malcom Floyd

SD

3

1

1

0

0

5

37

Reggie Wayne

Ind

4

0

0

1

0

5

38

Brandon Gibson

Stl/Mia

2

1

1

1

0

5

39

Brandon Stokley

Den

1

1

1

2

0

5

40

Andre Johnson

Hou

1

1

0

0

2

4

41

Pierre Garcon

Was

1

1

0

0

2

4

42

Andrew Hawkins

Cin

1

1

0

0

2

4

43

Titus Young

Det

2

0

0

0

2

4

44

Brandon LaFell

Car

1

0

2

0

1

4

45

Donald Jones

Buf/NE

2

1

0

0

1

4

46

Kevin Ogletree

Dal

0

2

1

0

1

4

47

Nate Washington

Ten

0

1

1

1

1

4

48

Steve Smith

Car

1

1

2

0

0

4

49

Percy Harvin

Min

2

2

0

0

0

4

50

Greg Jennings

GB

4

0

0

0

0

4

51

Greg Little

Cle

2

1

1

0

0

4

52

Kendall Wright

Ten

1

2

1

0

0

4

53

Mohamed Sanu

Cin

2

2

0

0

0

4

54

Austin Pettis

Stl

4

0

0

0

0

4

55

Brandon Lloyd

NE

1

1

1

1

0

4

56

Kenny Britt

Ten

3

0

0

1

0

4

57

Larry Fitzgerald

Ari

2

0

0

2

0

4

58

Anquan Boldin

Bal/SF

0

1

1

2

0

4

59

Leonard Hankerson

Was

1

0

0

0

2

3

60

Aldrick Robinson

Was

1