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Touchdowns (TDs) – 2020 Regular Season

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Touchdowns 2020 Season Targets and TDs Fantasy Football

After Targets, my other favorite statistic to use in optimizing my fantasy football lineups is Touchdowns (TDs). So in a similar fashion to what I recently did with Targets (Targets – 2020 Regular Season & Targets – 2020 Honorable Mention), I would like to look back and see who the best players were to get the Touchdowns (TDs) (rushing & receiving) in the 2020 Regular Season. Touchdowns are a significant driver of fantasy football success as most leagues will reward the rushing and receiving touchdowns with 6 points! They are also one of the more tricky statistics to use or even predict.

If you do find a trend or opportunity for those players getting the Touchdowns (TDs) you will have an edge! Let’s not waste the offseason and wait around for the next Fantasy Football season. Let’s look back at the past to help prepare for the future. This week I review Touchdowns (TDs)!

Touchdowns (TDs)

With such a category as Touchdowns (TDs) (rushing & receiving) 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). In the 2020 Regular Season 61 players scored 7 Touchdowns (TDs) or more. Of these top 61 players scoring Touchdowns (TDs) in the 2020 regular season the list includes: 23 running backs, 24 wide receivers, 8 tight ends and 6 quarterbacks.

The scarcity in which you find those 14 non-running backs and non-wide receivers is an opportunity to get that type of production at another position. The 14 non-running backs and non-wide receivers on the list are below along with their last few years history of Touchdowns (TDs). It may be wise to keep these names at the ready when the 2021 Fantasy Football season starts if they find themselves with similar opportunities.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Quarterbacks

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Cam Newton1304
Kyler Murray114N/A
Josh Allen998
Taysom Hill972
Lamar Jackson775
Ryan Tannehill741

Allen, Hill and Jackson return to the list from last year! Murray and Tannehill seem to be slowly improving each year in this category. Will Cam be back here in 2021’s recap?! It will be interesting to see. I do feel confident that both Allen and Jackson will continue with their averages from the last few years into 2021.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Tight Ends

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Travis Kelce11610
Robert Tonyan1111
Jonnu Smith933
Darren Waller930
Jimmy Graham832
Mark Andrews7103
Jared Cook796
Rob Gronkowski7N/A3

Andrews and Cook return from the same list last year! While Kelce and Waller arrive on the scene after just 6 and 3 Touchdowns (TDs) last year. Smith, Graham, Tonyan and Gronk all greatly improved upon most recent seasons in regards to Touchdowns (TDs). Cook looks to be the most consistent over recent years and he currently isn’t on a team! Kelce, Andrews, Waller and Gronk are how I initially see these rankings line up for next season.

The above names I would imagine were on many playoff and probably championship fantasy football teams in 2020. They were players that consistently saw Touchdowns (TDs) for their teams and we know you can’t have wins without Touchdowns (TDs)!

The list below were probably on some championship teams too, as they are your Top 10 wide receivers (9 Touchdowns or more) and Top 10 running backs (10 Touchdowns or more) with Touchdowns (TDs) in 2020.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Wide Receivers

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Davante Adams18513
Tyreek Hill17713
Adam Thielen1479
Mike Evans1389
A.J. Brown129N/A
Chase Claypool11N/AN/A
Tyler Lockett10810
D.K. Metcalf107N/A
Marvin Jones995
Calvin Ridley9710
JuJu Smith-Schuster937

Brown, Lockett and Jones are back on this list again this season! Crazy to think that no one on this list scored double digit Touchdowns (TDs) last year! Claypool is the only rookie to crack this list! You gotta like the relative consistency from Hill, Evans, Thielen, Lockett, Jones and Ridley!

Touchdowns (TDs) – Running Backs

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Alvin Kamara21618
Dalvin Cook17134
Derrick Henry171812
Nick Chubb12810
Josh Jacobs127N/A
Jonathan Taylor12N/AN/A
Antonio Gibson11N/AN/A
Kareem Hunt11314
Aaron Jones11199
Kenyan Drake1084
Melvin Gordon10914
David Montgomery107N/A
James Robinson10N/AN/A
D’Andre Swift10N/AN/A
Jeffery Wilson1050

As it did last year, it sticks out that the top 10 running backs got more touchdowns than the top 10 wide receivers. Henry, Jones and Gordon are back on this list again from last year! Taylor, Gibson, Robinson and Swift are representing the rookies on this list! Does Henry continue with double digit Touchdowns (TDs) in 2021?! You feel confident with the likes of Henry, Jones and Gordon. While Kamara and Cook really only had 1 down year each recently for Touchdowns (TDs).

Touchdowns (TDs) – Final Word

Always interesting how the Touchdowns (TDs) shake out each season. This year we added a few more Quarterbacks and Tight Ends to this top list. Touchdowns (TDs) can swing a fantasy season and if you are able to have those players that will see more Touchdowns (TDs) I feel you will have an edge. The above lists could be some names to keep in mind as you do your offseason review, ramp up for drafting your 2021 team or have trades to make now as you prepare for next year’s fantasy football season!

Do you pick all these highlighted players in the first few rounds of your 2021 drafts? Probably not. Although when you get to comparing them to others around their average draft position, I would tend to lean towards the player that is getting more Touchdowns (TDs) than not.

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