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RB Danny Woodhead - San Diego Chargers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Woodhead should get a 4-5 week window of more work and predictability in his weekly stat line with Ryan Mathews out that long nursing a MCL injury in one of his knees. Woodhead has PPR RB2 upside and maybe more with his likely larger role in the red zone.

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Unfortunately, Ryan Mathews sprained the MCL in one of his knees last week, and is out for 4-5 weeks as a result. Look for Danny Woodhead (8/32/0 rushing with 4/28/0 receiving vs. Seattle last week) and Donald Brown (9/19/0 rushing with 3/10/0 receiving so far this season) to handle the bulk of the work in Mathews' absence. Last year Buffalo ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 128.9 yards rushing allowed per game, with 10 rushing scores given up over 16 games played. This is not a top rush D, folks. Matt Forte gained 17/82/0 rushing (with nine targets for 8/87/0 receiving) during the season premiere, while the Dolphins managed 21/80/0 rushing at Buffalo last week. So far this year the defensive front is much improved over the 2013 version, averaging 83 rushing yards allowed per game, with zero rushing scores allowed over two games. This looks like a tough matchup for Brown and Woodhead, but the passing matchup is great so don't overlook Woodhead as he is a dual threat and can post big games catching the football.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at ARI 6 5 0 1 1 6 0 0
2 vs SEA 8 32 0 5 4 28 0 0
3 at BUF PROJ-Dodds 9 * * 3 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Tremblay 9 * * 3 * * *
3 at BUF PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

The Charger usage in the running game was pretty predictable last season, but not as much in this season's opener. Whereas Woodhead typically entered the game on third down situations, he remained on the sideline for this game's first third down scenario (Donald Brown came on instead). Woodhead did come in on first down on the ensuing series of downs. Although he doesn't require a great deal of space to make plays happen, he almost didn't have a chance in this one. Often, there were defenders in the backfield ready to meet him just as he received the handoff. He will never be confused with a world-class sprinter, but once again he looked very quick and elusive with the ball in his hands. Early in the second half, he was given a handoff from the 6-yard line. With Ryan Mathews and now Donald Brown on the roster, it is curious that Woodhead continues to receive handoffs near the goal line. On the play, he stumbled coming around the edge and gained nothing. Of note, it was Woodhead who was on the field during San Diego's last gasp effort to get into field goal range in the final two minutes of the game.

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Latest News

Chargers | Donald Brown sees more touches (Sun Sep 14, 08:05 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown saw most of the snaps after RB Ryan Mathews (knee) went down in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with seven carries for 21 yards while also added three receptions for 10 yards. RB Danny Woodhead actually led the team with 32 yards on eight rushes, and he had four catches for 28 yards.

Our View: Neither back is more than a flex or a desperation RB2 against the Bills defense that slowed down a hot Dolphins running game today. Woodhead has more appeal, especially in PPR leagues.
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Chargers | Trio of RBs all involved early (Mon Sep 8, 10:51 PM) - San Diego Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown each saw action on the first three offensive plays from scrimmage in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Sept. 8.

Our View: We'll see Mathews as the lead back for the Chargers. So long as they can play with a lead, the Chargers will use Mathews as the hammer to soften up opponents. Woodhead gives the team a great change-of-pace back, and he could get more playing time if the gamescript unfolds where the team has to play from behind. Brown gives the team great veteran insurance in case Mathews gets banged up (again).
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Schedule

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