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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 Nov 23): Woodhead faded after a similar RB1 run in 2013, and the offense is fading with him right now. The mounting injuries to the whole offense and the team starting to pack it in might be too much for Woodhead to overcome.

Week 12: at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Chargers offensive line is a shambles due to multiple key injuries - and their rushing totals showed it last week. 25/52/0 rushing as a team, and three points scored by the entire offense. Danny Woodhead had 6/7/0 rushing and 1/9/0 receiving; Melvin Gordon managed 15/37/0 rushing and 1/12/0 receiving in the game vs. Kansas City. That's it. The Jaguars' rush D is ranked ninth in the NFL averaging 94.7 yards allowed per game, with nine rushing scores given out to date. Over the past four weeks, they are averaging 19.8 fantasy points allowed to opposing backs (12th-most in the NFL). Last week, Tennesee managed 26/104/1 rushing against this unit. Given the dire situation on the Chargers' offensive line, we suggest steering clear of this entire offense until they show they have addressed the multiple problems - there aren't many fantasy points to be had here.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at BAL 25 3 9 0 3 2 36 0 0 4.5
9 vs CHI 40 6 33 0 10 6 78 1 0 17.1
11 vs KC 33 6 7 0 2 1 9 0 0 1.6
12 at JAX 34 4 8 0 6 6 39 0 0 4.7
12 at JAX PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 5 * * * *
12 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 6 * * * *
12 at JAX PROJ-Bloom * 7 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs KC (6 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

The pattern for the Chargers for most of this season has been to try and force feed the ball to Melvin Gordon early on. Then, after they fail to establish the run, they take to the air for the entire second half and Woodhead piles up catches and yards in the process. The pattern held form in terms of Gordon's struggles early on, but the part where Woodhead sees lots of action in the second half never came to fruition. He never got going on the ground, and they threw just two passes in his direction (although the one he caught was a crossing route where he came close to picking up a first down). When the soon-to-be-written obituary for the 2015 Charger season is written, one of the most curious aspects of the struggles will be why Woodhead didn't get more work.

2015 Week 9 vs CHI (6 / 33 / 0 rush, 10 / 6 / 78 / 1 rec)

Woodhead continues to be the biggest playmaker in the San Diego offense. He seems to pick up first down yardage every time he touches the ball, and he just plays at a speed in tight spaces like few others ever have. He did have two pretty uncharacteristic drops in this game, but made up for it (at least the first time) by converting the ensuing play anyway. He had an early touchdown when he somehow snuck out of the backfield and got absolutely wide open in the front left corner of the end zone, resulting in Philip Rivers' only touchdown pass of the game. And Woodhead added a big gain on a third and 1 handoff late in the first half. As has been the theme for ost of the season, the Chargers continue to try and involve Melvin Gordon in the gameplan to get him going. And Gordon responds with a meager YPC average and limited skills in the passing game. Meanwhile, on two fewer touches, Woodhead outgained Gordon by 55 yards from scrimmage.

2015 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

In a game that was close throughout, Woodhead saw shockingly little action. Starter Melvin Gordon had 23 touches and totaled 61 yards. Even third-string rusher Branden Oliver had six touches that went for 34 yards. Yet Woodhead's five touches resulted in 45 yards, a far more efficient rate than either of the other two. It looks like Woodhead simply has another gear that neither of the other two have in tight spaces; and with the state of the San Diego offensive line and its inability to block anyone, most of these plays occur in tight spaces. With the Chargers driving downfield to try and tie or win the game late in the fourth quarter, Woodhead was the one entrusted to fulfill the running back duties, which is telling. But the team seems pretty intent on giving more touches to the rookie Gordon, even at the expense of the more effective rusher.

2015 Week 7 vs OAK (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 12 / 11 / 75 / 2 rec)

Near the end of the third quarter, Woodhead had only played sparingly and had done less than just about every other skill position guy on San Diego. By the end of the game, he had led the Chargers in receptions, gone over 100 total yards, and scored twice. It was a testament to just how quickly he can pile up the catches and yards, that nearly all of his fantasy production came in the fourth quarter. In fact, he compiled eight receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns on San Diego's final two drives alone. Those sort of numbers in such a small timeframe really illustrate just how quickly he went from a bad game to an incredible one. So while owners don't want to have to rely on garbage time, this Charger team looks like they may have a few more games on the docket where they'll play a significant portion of the game in catch-up mode. Both touchdowns were wide open receptions, one to the right corner and one to the left where there wasn't a Raider defender in sight. A lot of attention was being paid to the middle of the field, allowing Woodhead to slip out to the edges on both occasions. He was fortunate on the second touchdown, because wide receiver Keenan Allen appeared to have scored earlier on the possession. He was flagged for offensive pass interference, which looked to be a bad call. Shortly thereafter, Woodhead got in instead.

2015 Week 6 vs GB (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)

Woodhead didn't get a ton of action in the early going, as Melvin Gordon dominated some of the early rushing work and then the team fell behind by a large margin. But when he did get work, he turned third downs into first downs and moved the chains far better than Gordon did. In this game, Gordon fumbled the ball twice, resulting in a larger share of the workload for both Woodhead and Branden Oliver. One would assume that Gordon will get his regular workload back next week, assuming he can get the fumbling issues under control. As for Woodhead's performance in this one, it's sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the Chargers got the ball to the 5-yard line late in the game and had a perfect setup with 1st down and goal to go. And they trusted Woodhead enough to give him two handoffs and one passing target through the air, out of the four plays they ran. But on the other hand, not one of those three plays resulted in a touchdown. So while the activity is nice, the end result left quite a bit to be desired.

2015 Week 5 vs PIT (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Woodhead was minimally as a runner, but looked explosive on his targets. The Chargers offense didn't spend much time in the red zone, where Woodhead is heavily used and at his most dangerous.

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.


Latest News

Chargers | Danny Woodhead has seven touches (Sun Nov 22, 09:55 PM) - San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead ran six times for just seven yards in the Week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Woodhead also added one reception for nine yards.

Our View: Woodhead was barely used as the Chargers offense failed to get the offense to turn over. The depletion of weapons and offensive line health issues might be too much for this offense to overcome with the playoffs clearly off of the table.
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