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Touchdowns (TDs) – 2020 Honorable Mention

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After reviewing Touchdowns (TDs) – 2020 Regular Season (rushing & receiving, top 61 players with 7 Touchdowns (TDs) or more) for the 2020 Regular Season I wanted to go beyond that to see some deeper names that should be on our radar for the 2021 Fantasy Football season. This week I look at the top 62-114 players with at least 5 Touchdowns (TDs) (rushing & receiving). Touchdowns (TDs) 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) – Honorable Mention!

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 the top 62-114 players scoring at least 5 Touchdowns (TDs) list includes: 18 running backs, 24 wide receivers, 8 tight ends and 3 quarterbacks.

The scarcity in which you find those 11 non-running backs and non-wide receivers is an opportunity to get that type of production at another position. The 11 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
Teddy Bridgewater500
Justin Herbert5N/AN/A
Carson Wentz
(12 games)

It will be very interesting to see how these 3 quarterbacks do in 2021. Their previous years don’t give us much to rely on consistency just yet for Touchdowns (TDs) but all 3 are set to be starters in 2021 so there will be some opportunity to start a trend. I would think that Herbert would be the most likely to replicate his Touchdowns (TDs) success as it seems the younger the quarterback the more likely the run game is still part of their game. As quarterbacks age it seems they become more and more of a pocket passer even as the more younger talent coming into the league are of the running variety. It just seems hard to have that combination last for years and years at the position. So my bet is on Herbert to improve or match his rushing and receiving Touchdowns (TDs) production in 2021.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Tight Ends

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Mike Gesicki650
T.J. Hockenson62N/A
Hayden Hurst621
Logan Thomas610
Trey Burton506
Eric Ebron5314
Tyler Higbee532
Irv Smith
(13 games)

I feel pretty good with Gesicki’s consistency here and can see him getting a little over a handful of Touchdowns (TDs) in 2021. Hockenson and Higbee do look to be trending in the right direction for 2021 and will be fun to watch them improve upon 2020 numbers. Smith does look destined for bigger numbers after stepping into a primary tight end role in Minnesota for 2021. Very curious to see how Thomas and Hurst do in 2021 after nice showings in 2020.

The list below are your Top 10 wide receivers and Top 10 running backs within the top 62-114 players (who had 6 Touchdowns, noting 14 games or less played in the regular season) with Touchdowns (TDs) in the 2020 Regular Season.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Wide Receivers

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Keelan Cole631
Brandin Cooks626
Jamison Crowder
(12 games)
Tee Higgins6N/AN/A
DeAndre Hopkins6711
Christian Kirk
(14 games)
Isaiah McKenzie612
David Moore625
Tim Patrick601
Allen Robinson674
Marquez Valdes-Scantling622
Greg Ward610

Higgins is the rookie to crack this list! I imagine we will see more of the same and probably better in 2021. You sure like the relative consistency from Hopkins, Crowder and Robinson! Does the upward trend for Cole, Kirk and Valdes-Scantling continue in 2021?

Touchdowns (TDs) – Running Backs

Name2020 Touchdowns2019 Touchdowns2018 Touchdowns
Giovani Bernard603
Rex Burkhead
(10 games)
James Conner
(13 games)
Gus Edwards622
Leonard Fournette
(13 games)
Wayne Gallman631
Darrell Henderson60N/A
Kyle Juszcyk611
Christian McCaffrey
(3 games)
Jerick McKinnon605
Miles Sanders
(12 games)

Conner, Fournette, Burkhead and Sanders do have some consistency here. I highly doubt a healthy McCaffrey doesn’t get back to double digit Touchdowns (TDs) in 2021. Edwards looks like a guy that has sneaky Touchdowns (TDs) production and with 1 less running back to share carries with he may well hold some good value in 2021 alongside Dobbins who is project for the larger share of touches.

Touchdowns (TDs) – Honorable Mention – 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 Touchdowns (TDs) – Honorable Mention list. Touchdowns (TDs) can swing a fantasy season and if you are able to have those players that will see more Touchdowns (TDs) in the season 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!

I did take note while completing this exercise that .50 Touchdowns (TDs) per game was a pretty decent average for the players to attain. In 2020 players such as Miles Sanders, Robert Woods, Mark Andrews, Stefon Diggs, Darren Wallers and J.K. Dobbins all met or were above this per game mark. So as you go through the season and you see that average line up for someone it could be worth a pickup if you think that average will continue through the 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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