TD’s (Touchdowns) – 2019 Regular Season

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I continue to look back at the 2019 Regular Season and those statistics that I utilize most. True to the site name, my Targets and TD’s pages for 2019. Last time I reviewed the Targets – 2019 Regular Season and this week I will do the same for the TD’s (Touchdowns) – 2019 Regular Season. For this review I am going to stick with the rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2019 (that I use for my TD’s page). Passing touchdowns are a different aspect that will primarily effect the quarterback position. I imagine I will look at those in the future.

Touchdowns are a significant driver of fantasy football success as most leagues will reward the rushing and receiving touchdowns with 6 points! That is a quick extra 60 rushing yards, 12 more catches in half point per reception leagues, 6 more catches in full point per reception leagues! (all depending on your leagues settings of course) A quick boost to accumulating the needed points to win your weekly fantasy football game each week. Compared to Targets, Touchdowns are less consistent and predictable for the most part from year to year. Although if you find a trend or opportunity for those players getting the touchdowns you will have the edge! This week let’s look at TD’s!

TD’s (Touchdowns)

With such a category as touchdowns (receiving & rushing) the majority of the players we will come across are going to be running backs and wide receivers (they are your primary ball catchers and runners). Of the top 50 players with touchdowns from the 2019 regular season the list includes 24 running backs, 19 wide receivers, 3 tight ends and 4 quarterbacks. The scarcity in which you find those 7 non-running backs & non-wide receivers is an opportunity to get that production at another position. The 7 non-wide receivers on the list are below (with this year and last year touchdown figures to compare). It may be wise to keep these names at the ready come the 2020 Fantasy Football season if they find themselves with similar opportunities.

Quarterback – TD’s
Name2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Josh Allen98
DeShaun Watson85
Taysom Hill72
Lamar Jackson75

Lamar Jackson accomplished a lot this season and captured the MVP with the production he was able to put up this year, so seeing him as a leader in touchdowns isn’t that surprising. DeShaun Watson who has that duel threat ability too, made some incredible plays all season long. I have lasting images of that first round playoff game against the Buffalo Bills to remind me how video game like Watson was. Josh Allen (the other quarterback in the Bills at Texans playoff game referenced before) did make some stellar plays himself but I do feel he is a little more under the radar (unless you are an avid Buffalo Bills fan). Taysom Hill has had his fair share of highlights in New Orleans, it will be interesting to see if he gets more of those opportunities in the upcoming NFL season.

Tight End – TD’s
Name2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Mark Andrews103
Jared Cook96
Darren Fells73

The tight ends on the list above did surprise me. Mark Andrews (not as surprised here as the others) was a favorite target of that highly explosive offense the Baltimore Ravens had. While Jared Cook stayed above his 6 or more TD’s mark from 2018 by finding a great connection with Drew Brees. Darren Fells also struck me as an under the radar tight end especially if he keeps his rapport with Deshaun Watson and matches or bests his 7 touchdowns in 2019.

When looking at the following tight ends: Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle, Darren Waller and Austin Hooper I was surprised that none made the top 50 list for touchdowns! They are very highly targeted tight ends (who did make the top 50 targeted list on my last post Targets – 2019 Regular Season) that just may have better touchdown luck in 2020. I would keep those names in mind too for next years fantasy football season.

The lists below were probably on some championship fantasy football teams. They are your top 10 wide receivers & top 10 running backs for touchdowns in 2019 (including all players tied for the last spot on the list, with this year and last year touchdown figures to compare).

Wide Receiver – TD’s
Name2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Kenny Golladay115
Cooper Kupp106
Chris Godwin97
A.J. Brown9N/A
Marvin Jones95
Devante Parker91
Michael Thomas99
D.J. Chark80
Mike Evans89
Amari Cooper87
Tyler Lockett810
Darius Slayton8N/A
Running Back – TD’s
Name2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Christian McCaffrey1913
Aaron Jones199
Derrick Henry1812
Mark Ingram157
Todd Gurley1421
Ezekiel Elliott149
Dalvin Cook134
Austin Ekeler116
Raheem Mostert101
Chris Carson99
Melvin Gordon914

It sticks out that the top 10 running backs got more touchdowns than the top 10 wide receivers. Something to keep in mind maybe when you are debating between a running back or wide receiver in your 2020 fantasy football drafts. Interestingly enough the only players to score double digit touchdowns in 2019 and in 2018 were running backs Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry and Todd Gurley. I’m curious to see how these running backs do in 2020.

At the end of the day (or season) the best ability is availability. Plenty of players aren’t available all season long. Their production can sometimes be missed on year end stat sheets. Do you pick all the highlighted touchdown players in the first few rounds of your 2020 drafts? Probably not. Although when you compare them to others around their average draft position, I would tend to lean towards the player that is getting more touchdowns than not. Feel free to reference the Targets and TD’s pages to see who has gotten the looks and end-zone appearances through the 2019 regular season.

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