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Danny Woodhead | Running Back | #39

Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Chadron State
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The Chargers "hope" to re-sign free agent Danny Woodhead.
Woodhead missed almost all of 2016 with a torn ACL, but the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in mid-January that his recovery was "six weeks ahead of schedule." Now 32 years old and coming off significant knee surgery, Woodhead should be cheap to retain. Melvin Gordon established himself as a capable every-down back in 2016, so Woodhead would likely return to a reduced role. Jan 30 - 12:35 AM

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury.
Jan 17 - 2:17 PM

Danny Woodhead has a torn ACL and is done for the season.

Melvin Gordon became an every-down back following Woodhead's injury, so this will be a major boost to Gordon's fantasy outlook. It's a downgrade for San Diego's offense, however, particularly after already losing Keenan Allen to an ACL tear of his own. Behind Gordon, next up on the depth chart is UDFA Kenneth Farrow, although they did claim Andre Williams off waivers at final cuts.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Woodhead out, Melvin Gordon should be a near monopoly in the San Diego backfield. He's likely to see north of 18-20 touches barring devastatingly poor game flow, and while the Chargers offensive line isn't elite by any means, it appears to be much stronger than last season. The Colts have struggled with Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick and C.J. Anderson through two weeks.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 02:22:00 PM

Danny Woodhead exited the Chargers' Week 2 game against the Jaguars with a possible knee injury.

Woodhead's right leg was caught underneath him on a big hit from Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He immediately dropped the ball and stayed down on the turf for several minutes before being helped off. It did not appear as if he could put any weight on his right leg before riding a cart to the locker room. The Chargers will know more after Woodhead undergoes an MRI on Monday.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:55:00 PM

Danny Woodhead chewed up 89 yards on 16 carries and secured five-of-seven targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

Woodhead was a bright spot on an otherwise miserable afternoon for the Chargers. Melvin Gordon certainly had his moments but Woodhead was the more consistent of San Diego’s two running backs, ripping off 51 yards on six carries in the first half and beginning the third quarter with a highlight-reel run of 21 yards. The Chiefs left Woodhead wide open for his four-yard touchdown in the second quarter. With Keenan Allen out for the year, Woodhead is going to have a big role in the Chargers’ passing game. He can be employed as an RB2 in PPR leagues next week against the Jaguars.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:02:00 PM

Danny Woodhead caught 1-of-2 targets for 25 yards in Sunday's regular season dress rehearsal.

Woodhead "added" three rushes for zero yards. The real news is that Woodhead's direct backup, Branden Oliver, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon. The league's premier pass-catching back, Woodhead is a legitimate RB2 in PPR leagues, and solid bench option in standard formats.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 03:30:00 PM

Danny Woodhead (ankle) said he is back to 100 percent.

Woodhead suffered a scare when he sprained his ankle during minicamp, but he is fully healthy heading into camp. "It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time," he said. "I feel great going into the season." A factor in both the pass game and red zone, Woodhead is a solid RB2 in PPR formats.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 12:45:00 PM

Danny Woodhead suffered an ankle injury in minicamp, but will be ready for training camp.

It's only notable because Woodhead missed the majority of 2014 with a severe ankle/foot issue. It's unclear if the injury is to the same leg. Provided he stays healthy, Woodhead will be an RB2 in PPR leagues.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed five times for 11 yards and caught 8-of-10 targets for 51 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Broncos.

With Keenan Allen missing the second half of the season on I.R., Antonio Gates suspended the first four weeks and hobbled many others, and Stevie Johnson banged up late in the year, Woodhead actually ended up leading the team in catches (80), receiving yards (755), and touchdowns (six). He also added 336 yards and three more touchdowns on 98 carries. For a while there, Woodhead was an every-week RB1 before he tailed off a bit in November/December. He caught fire again late in the year and will turn 31 later this month. Woodhead has another year left on his contract and will be back as the passing complement to Melvin Gordon next season.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 01:01:00 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed 11 times for 55 yards in the Chargers' Week 16 loss to the Raiders, adding eight receptions for 53 additional yards.

The Chargers spent much of the first three quarters brick-walling with Donald Brown before finally handing over the keys of the backfield to Woodhead. He immediately got things moving, sparking the Bolts' offense and saving fantasy owners who started him as their RB2. It was a great night, but one Woodhead will be unlikely to build on in Week 17 against the Broncos' league-best defense.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 12:44:00 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed for ten yards and a touchdown on eight carries and caught 6-of-6 targets for 50 yards and three touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 15 whipping of the Dolphins.

All but phased out of the Chargers' offense in recent weeks, Woodhead saw a bump in playing time with Melvin Gordon (knee) shelved in the second quarter. Woodhead dominated on his red-zone chances and accounted for a whopping 24 of the Chargers' 30 points in a game they won 30-14. Gordon did not return and is uncertain to play in Week 16 against the Raiders. If Gordon can't go, expect another strong fantasy effort from Woodhead, who would figure to share playing time with Donald Brown.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 07:49:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed three times for five yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for eight yards in the Chargers' Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

Woodhead hasn't been a difference maker for weeks now and continues to be out-touched by Melvin Gordon in the San Diego backfield. He had an opportunity to catch a touchdown on the final play of the game, but the end-zone shot bounced off Woodhead's hands as the clock struck zeroes. Woodhead will be tough to trust next week at home against the Dolphins.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:45:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed three times for ten yards and caught 3-of-7 targets for 24 yards in the Chargers' Week 13 loss to the Broncos.

The Chargers continued to try to force the issue with Melvin Gordon, who amassed 13 touches before losing a fumble and wasn't seen again. Woodhead was lightly used and his targets were frequently sniffed out by speedy Broncos second-level defenders. Woodhead has devolved into a low-end flex option in PPR leagues ahead of a Week 14 date with Kansas City.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 07:41:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed four times for eight yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 39 yards in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Jaguars.

He was stopped inside the five-yard line a couple of times, once as a runner and once catching a pass and getting dropped immediately at the goal line. Woodhead is still clearly the running back of choice in the red zone for the Chargers. He'll be an RB2 next week in a divisional tilt with the first-place Broncos.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed six times for seven yards and caught just one of two targets for nine yards in the Chargers' Week 11 loss to the Chiefs.

This game actually set up pretty well for Woodhead, who is accustomed to doing most of his damage when the Chargers are in catch-up mode. Unfortunately the garbage time explosion Woodhead owners were hoping for never materialized as most of Philip Rivers’ targets went to Javontee Herndon and Stevie Johnson. Woodhead’s workload seems to fluctuate from week to week. Just in his last four games, Woodhead has seen anywhere from five to 16 touches. He’ll be an RB2 next week against Jacksonville.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Mike Bercovici
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3Kenneth Farrow
4Andre Williams
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Kenneth Farrow
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
FB1Derek Watt
WR11Keenan Allen
2Dontrelle Inman
3Stevie Johnson
4Geremy Davis
5Da'Ron Brown
WR21Tyrell Williams
2Travis Benjamin
3Isaiah Burse
4Javontee Herndon
5Jeremy Butler
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
5Jake McGee
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
3Tyler Johnstone
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Kenny Wiggins
3Brett Boyko
C1Matt Slauson
2Max Tuerk
RG1D.J. Fluker
2Spencer Pulley
3Donavon Clark
RT1Joe Barksdale
2Tyreek Burwell
K1Josh Lambo