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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 Oct 5): Even with offensive line woes, Woodhead was finding ways to break off multiple big plays. He is persisting in low RB1 range in PPR leagues, with the generous Steelers defense up next.

Week 5: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs DET 42 12 42 2 7 4 20 0 0 18.2
2 at CIN 32 7 36 0 6 6 68 0 0 10.4
3 at MIN 34 5 11 0 4 3 32 0 0 4.3
4 vs CLE 36 8 54 0 4 4 84 0 0 13.8
5 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs CLE (8 / 54 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)

Woodhead had a monster game, and is right on the precipice of leading the running back committee for San Diego. While Melvin Gordon has more natural running ability, it's tough to deny who the more effective rusher has been so far through the first quarter of the season. Running against the same defense as Gordon and behind the same offensive line as Gordon, Woodhead gained 92 MORE yards from scrimmage on two less touches. Granted, Woodhead's day featured a 61-yard catch and run, but even WITHOUT his biggest play of the day, Woodhead still badly out-produced Gordon. Perhaps most importantly, when the game was on the line late in the fourth quarter, it was Woodhead and not Gordon who saw all of the action. As usual, Woodhead did a terrific job of making defenders miss nearly every time he made a reception or took a handoff out of the backfield. Now it should be noted that part of the positive yardage in this game was due to the Cleveland defense being fooled, as he often had a ton of running room without a defender anywhere near him. In the second half, he took a short dumpoff out of the backfield, followed a block downfield by Dontrelle Inman, and was off to the races for 61 yards. On the eventual game-winning drive, Woodhead had four of the team's six offensive touches, totaling 28 yards in the process (including a 19-yard run up the gut that put the team in field goal range).

2015 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Woodhead started off the second series of the game, and played on most third down situations. Early on, he had a very nice 22-yard catch and run on a crossing route. The defender attempted to force a fumble from behind, but Woodhead covered up well. Despite the Chargers trailing throughout the afternoon, Woodhead wasn't able to make much of a dent in the stat sheet. That's normally when he does very well, because every play is conceivably a passing down which is Woodhead's specialty. With the Chargers suffering a couple of injuries to offensive lineman, the near future doesn't look very bright for anyone in the San Diego running game.

2015 Week 2 vs CIN (7 / 36 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec)

Woodhead and Melvin Gordon shared the running back duties much as they did in Week 1. Woodhead played primarily on short yardage and passing downs, while Gordon handled the majority of the other carries. As usual, Woodhead did a tremendous job of squeezing every last yard out of each of his rushes and receptions. He does an outstanding job of reading his blocks and moves exceptionally well in tight spaces. He also constantly shows surprising power by keeping his feet moving and breaking tackles to consistently move the pile forward, and the San Diego rushing attack looks light years ahead of where they were at this point a year ago when both Ryan Mathews and Woodhead were injured and/or struggling.

2015 Week 1 vs DET (12 / 42 / 2 rush, 7 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

Woodhead looks fully recovered from last year's leg injury, and actually had 16 touches in this game as opposed to 17 for "starter" Melvin Gordon. Woodhead looks to have a regular role as the pass-catching back as well as getting most goal line duties. He converted two such goal line handoffs - once with a wide open lunge up the middle where he went in untouched, and once with a caravan of blockers escorting him in from a yard out, after a Stevie Johnson reception put the ball down on the 1-yard line. Interestingly, he came off the field for a third down play that put Melvin Gordon into the game.


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