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Danny Woodhead | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Chadron State
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Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension through 2016.
Financial terms are not yet available, though Woodhead is currently scheduled to make $1.75 million this season. That figures to be bumped up. Heading into his age-29 campaign, Woodhead set new career highs with 76 catches and 106 carries in 2013. He'll remain the Bolts' primary passing-down back this season. Ideally, Woodhead is an RB3/flex in PPR leagues. Jul 22 - 6:31 PM

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Danny Woodhead rushed for 29 yards on nine carries and caught three passes for ten yards in San Diego's Divisional Round playoff loss.

With Ryan Mathews (ankle) severely limited, Woodhead took over as San Diego's primary back. Despite a bigger role than usual, Woodhead failed to generate big plays and the Chargers' offense was almost entirely ineffective, but mostly so on the ground. Under contract for $1.75 million in 2014, Woodhead will return to San Diego in a Sprolesian "passing back" role. He should remain a flex option in standard leagues, with low-end RB2 upside in PPR. Woodhead set career highs in catches (76) and TDs (8) in his first year under offensive mastermind Mike McCoy.
Jan 12 - 8:05 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed 15 times for 54 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 14 yards in the Chargers' Wild Card win.

Committed to a run-heavy game plan, the Chargers mixed and matched tailbacks Ryan Mathews, Woodhead, and Ronnie Brown early in Sunday's game. Woodhead got a goal-line carry toward the end of the first frame, executing from five yards out to give San Diego an early 7-0 lead. When Mathews re-tweaked a preexisting ankle injury in the third quarter, Woodhead took over as San Diego's primary back and performed more than capably, dodging defenders and squirting through small spaces. Expect fewer touches from Woodhead if Mathews is available for next week's Divisional Round matchup with the Broncos.
Jan 5 - 4:44 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed five times for 18 yards and caught seven passes for 42 yards in the Chargers' Week 17 win over Kansas City.

Woodhead was a PPR dynamo all season, but his role was scaled back down the stretch as the Chargers hitched their run-game wagon to bellcow Ryan Mathews. Woodhead remained an effective role player, but was less of a factor in fantasy leagues. He still finished his first regular season as a Charger with career highs in carries (106), catches (76), all-purpose yards (1,034), and touchdowns (8). Woodhead will be a better pick in points-per-reception leagues than standard next year. His six receiving touchdowns are going to be tough to sustain, but he can continue to rack up catches in a Sprolesian role.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:42:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for 52 yards in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Raiders, adding three catches for 16 yards.

Woodhead was used sparingly behind Ryan Mathews until the fourth quarter. He finished with just three targets and wasn't able to get anything going in the short passing game with Philip Rivers. Woodhead has been held under 70 total yards in three of his last four games. He could struggle for touches in a tough matchup against the Chiefs in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:03:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed nine times for 29 yards in San Diego's Week 15 win over the Broncos, adding one catch for 13 yards.

Woodhead took a backseat to Ryan Mathews, getting out-touched 30-10. Woodhead made his biggest impact in pass protection, throwing some big-time blocks. Woodhead remains the Chargers' preferred passing-down back, but no longer has exclusive rights to third downs over Mathews. Woodhead's standard-league FLEX appeal is on the wane with Mathews playing the best football of his career, though he remains an every-week option in PPR formats.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 12:18:00 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed seven times for 42 yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' Week 14 win over the Giants.

So much for his declining role. Woodhead had been playing fewer snaps and seeing fewer touches recently due to Ryan Mathews' outstanding play, but on Sunday they both got theirs in a dominant win. Mathews racked up a season-high 32 touches, while Woodhead made his 11 count. Woodhead will be a terrific flex/RB2 when the Chargers play the Broncos next in a game sure to have a high over-under.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 08:22:00 PM

Danny Woodhead played on 28-of-67 snaps in last week's loss to the Bengals.

Woodhead finished with just seven carries and two catches on three targets. The decreased usage has become something of a trend as he's averaged only 29.0 snaps and 9.0 touches across the last four games. In the seven games before that, he was at 36.7 snaps and 14.2 touches a day. Woodhead is still a RB2 candidate in PPR formats, but the floor is getting lower as his volume decreases.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 08:50:00 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed seven times for 22 yards in San Diego's Week 13 loss to the Bengals, adding two catches for just 13 yards.

Today was just the third time all season that Woodhead was held to fewer than four catches, but second in three weeks. He got out-touched 19-9 by a gimpy Ryan Mathews (hamstring), and out-gained 92-35. The 35 yards from scrimmage were Woodhead's fewest since Week 1. With four games to go, Woodhead is on pace for 1,027 yards from scrimmage, and 81 catches. He'll be a PPR RB2 for the fantasy playoffs, and solid FLEX option in standard leagues.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 07:59:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed six times for 25 yards with one touchdown and caught four passes for 45 yards with another touchdown in Sunday's Week 12 win at Kansas City.

Woodhead's role wasn't as big as expected. He didn't garner very many early-down carries at all, even after Ryan Mathews (hamstring) left in the third quarter. But he did get the call on a three-yard touchdown run out of a shotgun set and caught at least four balls for the ninth time in 11 games. Still, we can expect a big bump in touches against the Bengals next week if Mathews is sidelined. Woodhead remains a major PPR asset.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed five times for 21 yards and added two catches for 16 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Miami.

Woodhead was a strangely a non-factor in the passing game, even losing a couple third-down reps to Ronnie Brown. The Chargers didn't even try to get him singled up on a linebacker as they have so often this year. Expect far more chances at Kansas City in Week 12 as the Chargers won't be able to run the ball and they could be playing from behind for much of the day. Woodhead remains a strong PPR asset.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 07:54:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed six times for 27 yards in San Diego's Week 10 loss to the Broncos, adding four catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Woodhead's seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was of the "hard-earned" variety, as he took a number of big hits as he fought his way to the goal line. Woodhead is averaging just 3.73 yards on his 59 carries this season, but is now up to 53/408/4 as a receiver. He remains a strong FLEX option with more upside in PPR leagues than standard formats.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 08:38:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed seven times for 21 yards and caught nine passes for 77 yards in Sunday's Week 9 overtime loss to the Redskins.

Woodhead remains a focal point of the Chargers offense week in and week out. If the defense is in man coverage, they split Woodhead out and let him burn a linebacker. Against zone, he finds holes over the middle and makes things happen. He even got a goal-line chance in this game, but didn't convert. Still Woodhead is on pace for 1,168 total yards, 98 receptions and eight touchdowns. With the Chargers figuring to trail against the Broncos in Week 10, he's a strong flex candidate -- with monstrous PPR upside.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 06:45:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed nine times for 29 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 47 yards in the Chargers' Week 7 win over Jacksonville.

Woodhead matched his season average of 13 touches per game, and punched in a goal-line score in the first quarter from two yards out to make his day worthwhile in fantasy football. Playing the old Darren Sproles role for Philip Rivers, Woodhead has settled in as an every-week starter in PPR leagues. He's a week-to-week flex option in standard formats. The Chargers have a Week 8 bye. Keep Woodhead locked onto rosters during the off week.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 04:13:00 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed for 36 yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 47 yards in Week 6 versus the Colts.

It was a normal day at the office for Woodhead. The nine carries matched a season-high, which he has now done three times. Colts linebackers struggle in coverage, and Woodhead took advantage of that on a couple of third-down pickups. The 5-foot-8 diminutive back squirted through a couple of tight creases in the run game, as well. Woodhead saw a couple of red-zone carries but failed to find the end zone for the first time since Week 3. He remains a solid PPR RB3/flex.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 12:20:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3Donald Brown
4Marion Grice
5Kerwynn Williams
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Ryan Mathews
FB1David Johnson
2Zach Boren
WR11Keenan Allen
2Vincent Brown
3Seyi Ajirotutu
4Torrence Allen
5Javontee Herndon
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
3Tevin Reese
4Dontrelle Inman
5Micah Hatfield
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4Jake Byrne
5Ryan Otten
K1Nick Novak