Danny Woodhead Fantasy Workhorse?

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Published: June 26, 2013

Danny Woodhead fantasy San Diego’s Michael Gehlken of The Union-Tribune is a firm believer that RB Danny Woodhead is going to be a “big part” of the Chargers’ offense this year. ”Woodhead is just better in a lot of areas than Ryan Mathews.” Gehlken said.

Bold statement, but excuse me if I don’t break out the fantasy highlighter just yet.

The New England Patriots are a system that does an excellent job utilizing the talents of their personal. Bill Belichick has an solid track record of taking average or failed talent and turning them into productive pieces in his offense. In 2009, Danny Woodhead was wearing a Jets uniform where he rushed 15 times over 10 games. Woodhead was released by the Jets organization on September 14, 2010 and landed in New England just four days later. He slowly become a nice addition to the New England offense and signed with the Chargers this off-season. The former Patriots’ biggest season was in 2012 where he accumulated 747 total yards (301 rushing) and 7 total touchdowns.

Danny Woodhead isn’t a world beater. He has a small frame and is best suited in the slot position or getting the ball in open space. Being extremely quick has always been Woodhead’s greatest strength and the Chargers should be able to maximise his talents in mismatches throughout the year.

Danny Woodhead Career Stats

Year Team G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Tgt Yds TD
2009 Jets 10 15 64 4.3 0 8 14 87 0
2010 Patriots 14 97 547 5.6 5 34 44 379 1
2011 Patriots 15 77 351 4.6 1 18 31 157 0
2012 Patriots 16 76 301 4 4 40 55 446 3
Totals 56 265 1263 4.8 10 100 144 1069 4

Ryan Mathews is now teamed up with a great complement back that should give the Chargers a solid smash and dash combo. Fantasy owners have lost faith in Ryan Mathews, but he does have 25 pounds on Woodhead. The addition of Woodhead will help the offense stay on track and could even boost Mathews fantasy value by putting him in more scoring opportunities this season.

The new Chargers regime has made it clear that Mathews is a “bellcow back” capable of playing all three downs. Yet, clearly one of the biggest concerns for the Chargers this season is their offensive line. Adding a versatile player like Danny Woodhead now gives the Chargers offense one more thing opponents have to account for,  he will make plays but shouldn’t have too much value in fantasy football.

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