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RB Danny Woodhead - San Diego Chargers

5-7, 195Born: 1-25-1985College: Chadron StateDrafted: ---

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Summary

Danny Woodhead had been a productive role-player for the Patriots for the three seasons preceding 2013, but he had his best season last year with the Chargers. Woodhead is a versatile back who can run inside effectively despite his small size (or perhaps because of it, if his diminutive stature makes him harder for defenders to find), but is at his best in the open field. He is a tough, smart runner who earned the coaches' trust last season, getting playing time in important situations and even leading the team in goal-line opportunities. While Woodhead finished 2013 as a top-twenty fantasy RB, however, his role in the offense this season is less certain. It is possible that Ryan Mathews will grow into more of a workhorse back, and will not come out of the game as often on third downs, around the goal line, or in the two-minute drill. It is also possible that Donald Brown, not Danny Woodhead, will be Mathews' primary backup. Finally, there is a small chance that rookie Marion Grice, whose skills are similar to Woodhead's, will earn the third-down role at Woodhead's expense. Woodhead is a dependable, versatile running back whom the Chargers' coaches grew to trust last season, but with the increased competition for playing time this season, consider Woodhead more of a borderline RB3-RB4 in standard leagues this season, rather than the solid RB2 he was last year. Danny Woodhead, a free-agent acquisition last season who came over from the Patriots, proved to be an extremely versatile weapon on offense. Woodhead is short, but well built, and was used occasionally as an inside runner, even at the goal line. But his greatest asset is his quickness in space, and he is a savvy receiver out of the backfield. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 36, 20, 32, 34, 36, 37, 38, 38, 38, 38, 39, 39, 40, 40, 41, 41, 44, 45
Overall Redraft - 98, 59
RB Redraft PPR - 31, 18, 20, 21, 25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 44, 45
Overall Redraft PPR - 79, 48, 54, 56, 59
RB Dynasty - 38, 27, 34, 41, 43, 45, 45, 64

Stats and Projections

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2011 NE 15 77 351 1 33 18 157 0
2012 NE 16 76 301 4 55 40 446 3
2013 SD 16 106 429 2 87 76 605 6 2
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 50 * * 60 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 65 * * 55 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 70 * * 60 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 63 * * 61 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 97
RB: 37
Overall-PPR: 93
RB-PPR: 35

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2014 Schedule

1@ Arizona Cardinals
2vs Seattle Seahawks
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Jacksonville Jaguars
5vs New York Jets
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Kansas City Chiefs
8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs