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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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Danny Woodhead needs surgery on his fractured fibula and ankle and will be lost for the rest of the season.
With Ryan Mathews (knee) out 3-4 more weeks, the Bolts will keep Donald Brown in a workhorse role. They could turn to UDFA Branden Oliver as Woodhead's passing-back replacement, and perhaps promote Marion Grice from the practice squad. Woodhead's loss is a blow to San Diego's passing game, but Oliver showed some Sprolesian flashes in the preseason. Woodhead will turn 30 next January. The Chargers signed him to a new three-year deal late this summer. Sep 22 - 4:45 PM

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A source tells FOX Sports that Danny Woodhead will likely need season-ending surgery on his ankle.

Woodhead reportedly suffered a severe high ankle sprain with a fractured fibula during Sunday's Week 3 win at Buffalo. It's an underrated and major loss for the Chargers, especially with Ryan Mathews (knee) expected out another 3-4 weeks. Look for more heavy volume for Donald Brown, with Branden Oliver mixing in as well.
Sep 21 - 6:18 PM

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Danny Woodhead (ankle) would undergo further testing on Sunday night.

Woodhead was carted off the field after his first carry of the Chargers' Week 3 game. His ankle was caught up under a tackler's arm on the play, and he was quickly ruled out for the day. The Chargers have not given an official diagnosis, but the injury looked to be severe.
Sep 21 - 4:32 PM

Danny Woodhead was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury against the Bills.

Woodhead's ankle bent awkwardly underneath him as he was tackled on his first carry of the game. He is out for the rest of the game. Donald Brown and rookie Branden Oliver will see extensive work with Woodhead sidelined.
Sep 21 - 1:14 PM

RB Danny Woodhead has been listed as the starting running back for the Chargers against the Bills Week 3.

Donald Brown is expected to take over most of Ryan Mathews' (knee) early-down work, but Woodhead should have a big role as well. Brown is the still the superior fantasy play, but both players are startable in every format.
Sep 21 - 12:07 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego suggests Danny Woodhead's role may not change much despite Ryan Mathews' multi-week knee injury.

Specifically, beat reporter Michael Gehlken anticipates Donald Brown "absorbing the bulk" of Mathews' old early-down work, while Woodhead "remain(s) in a role fairly similar to the one he currently occupies." Woodhead has led San Diego's backfield snaps in each of the first two weeks, but only has 18 touches to show for it. The superior fantasy bet will be Brown, although Woodhead will certainly be on the radar as a flex option in PPR leagues.
Sep 15 - 2:17 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for 32 yards in San Diego's Week 2 win over the Seahawks, adding four catches for an additional 28 yards.

A typical day at the office for the Chargers' change-of-pace/passing-down back, though his role could be expanding with Ryan Mathews awaiting an MRI on his knee. Were Mathews to miss time, we'd expect Donald Brown to carry the mail on early downs, but for Woodhead to exceed the 11.4 touches he averaged in 2013. He'd be an RB3 in standard leagues, and legit RB2 in PPR formats.
Sep 14 - 7:53 PM

Danny Woodhead managed five yards on six carries in the Chargers' Week 1 loss to the Cardinals.

Woodhead caught his lone target in the passing game for a six-yard gain. It was a disappointing night from Woodhead, with the Cardinals playing Larry Foote and Kevin Minter at inside linebacker. Foote, however, was a one-man wrecking crew. Better days are ahead for Woodhead, but he's merely a FLEX option.
Sep 9 - 2:17 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed for 16 yards on four carries and caught two passes for 11 yards in Sunday's third preseason game against the 49ers.

Woodhead worked in on third downs and in passing situations behind Ryan Mathews. After three preseason contests, Woodhead has totaled 89 yards on 16 touches. He'll fill the role as the Chargers' passing-down back again this season. Woodhead is merely a FLEX option but could offer RB2 production in PPR formats.
Aug 24 - 6:02 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3Branden Oliver
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Donald Brown
3RB1Donald Brown
2Branden Oliver
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Seyi Ajirotutu
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
K1Nick Novak