Welcome into the Week 12 edition of Redzone Risers and Fallers for the 2021 season. This is a brand new series for our site, and uses the redzone touches information that is freely available on our site. The reason for adding this tool, and making it available is its importance in helping you make better decisions when it comes to your roster. This week, and going forwards, we are going to also include fallers who have had decreased usage recently.
The idea is that if a player is starting to be used in the redzone more, then the opportunity to score is increased and you want to add them to your roster. If the opposite happens, you might look to sell that asset.
Now, in this series, we aren’t going to look at big-name players on the whole. That is to say, Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara are expected to be used in and around the redzone. That is unless they start stop being used, in which case they will be included in the fallers.
Week 12 Redzone Risers
Alexander Mattison (RB, MIN) 21% RZ Touches
Mattison has seen a decent number of touches in the redzone, and that number is only set to increase with Dalvin Cook suffering a shoulder injury. The Vikings offense is predicated on the ball being moved on the ground. Given the number of touches he has had in the offense when Cook was available, Mattison has every chance of having big performances in the next few weeks, which has made him a popular waiver add this week.
D'Onta Foreman (RB, TEN) 9% RZ Touches
I’m not going to lie, this Titans offense isn’t exactly the same unit it was when it had Derrick Henry leading the charge. But you can’t ignore a starting RB in a run-first offense. This backfield isn’t settled, but there are signs that it is going to be Foreman that is the guy to have. With him having just over half of the touches last week, I’d look to pick him up for my bench at least.
Austin Walter (RB, NYJ) 8% RZ Touches
This is a name that I’m sure isn’t known about too much. Now, the Jets offense isn’t exactly the most potent in the league, so there isn’t going to be massive upside week to week. But, in the first full week without rookie Michael Carter it was Walter that saw the majority of the redzone opportunities. I’m not expecting that to continue, but if you are in real need of an RB (and who isn’t) then he is going to be a free agent. You could pick him up as a speculative piece.
Laviska Shenault (WR, JAX) 10% RZ Touches
Shenault has been a headache to own for fantasy this season. Just when he starts looking like you can use him reliably, he has a poor performance. But, he does still get used in and around the redzone. At some point, even on this offense, that has to translate to TDs. Doesn’t it?
Kenny Golladay (WR, NYG) 5% RZ Touches
Golladay’s move to the Giants hasn’t worked out has it? I didn’t expect it to be great, but injury has really derailed his debut season for them. Last week Golladay had one of his best performances, and was looked at in the redzone, which hadn’t really been the case up to then. If you are a dynasty owner, there are signs that things could be turning.
Cameron Brate/ Rob Gronkowski (TE, TB) 10/ 6% RZ Touches
The Tampa Bay offense is potent, but you didn’t need me to tell you that. Gronkowski was a leading target for Tom Brady, before getting injured. In that time, Brate found himself on the field. The thing is, that even with Gronk now back, Brate is still in the rotation and more importantly, used in the redzone.
Week 12 Redzone Fallers
Najee Harris (RB, PIT) 37% RZ Touches
I wouldn’t normally take one week and run with it, but I wanted to highlight Harris as a faller this week. The Steelers offense has stalled the past few weeks, as the cracks on their offensive line have grown. As a result, Harris just can’t be trusted to be the same level he was at the start of the season. That’s all this is, a pump the brakes.
Jamison Crowder (WR, NYJ) 13% RZ Touches
At this point, I feel Crowder is droppable unless you are in a massively deep league. The Jets offense is evolving, with Elijah Moore taking a larger role in the offense. With the limited upside of the Jets offense as a whole, and the targets being more widely distributed, Crowder just doesn’t have the appeal anymore.
Noah Fant (TE, DEN) 10% RZ Touches
The past few weeks, I’ve been disappointed with the performances of Fant. He just hasn’t been getting the targets that were expected for him, and that includes the redzone. Instead, the team have been sharing opportunities between Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams. Fant doesn’t have the same appeal he did at the start of the season at the moment, making him fall from being an every-week starter, even with the TE landscape being what it is.