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If you're going to be a fantasy football champion, you have to know the ins and outs of the game.


One category or phrase you may see all the time is RZ. Whether you're tracking stats or checking your lineup feverishly during gameday, RZ is a constant abbreviation that means a lot for fantasy teams. 


So what does RZ mean in fantasy football? RZ means red zone, AKA when your team or player is within the 20-yard line heading into the end zone. 

The closer to the goal line, the better chance for a touchdown, which means more fantasy points for you. It's a very exciting feeling to see your player's name lit in red, knowing that you could be moments away from getting that illustrious touchdown to boost you to victory.


It's an extremely important stat in fantasy as the best players usually thrive in the red zone and the best offenses usually find themselves there. For example, the top five running backs in RZ touches this year are Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Ezekiel Elliott. In PPR scoring formats, those are the top five highest scoring running backs in football. 


It's an important stat to know when selecting players on the waiver wire or heading into next year's draft. You're always going to want a player who gets a ton of touches in the red zone as opportunity turns into points. 


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Dan O'Shea is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Dan O'Shea also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Doshea93. While the strategies and player selection recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and plater selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.