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Danny Woodhead | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/25/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 200
College: Chadron State
Contract: view contract details

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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. Nov 22 - 8:28 PM

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Danny Woodhead rushed six times for 33 yards and caught 6-of-10 targets for 78 yards and one touchdown in the Chargers' Week 9 loss to the Bears on Monday night.

In the absence of Keenan Allen, Woodhead became an even bigger part of the passing offense, finishing tied for second with Stevie Johnson in targets behind Antonio Gates' 11. It was basically those three doing all the work for Philip Rivers, especially after Malcom Floyd left with an early shoulder injury that might cost him the rest of the season. Woodhead is locked into a significant role and has RB1 upside weekly with the way he's being featured in the red zone. His touchdown catch came from 14 yards out on a busted coverage on the Chargers' first possession. Woodhead and the 2-7 Chargers get the Chiefs in Week 11 coming out of their bye.
Nov 10 - 12:16 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed three times for nine yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for 36 yards in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to the Ravens.

Sunday's tilt with Baltimore had all the appearances of a "Woodhead Game" going in, but the Chargers instead stayed committed to feeding Melvin Gordon, who piled up 23 touches to Woodhead's five, with Branden Oliver mixing in for six. Woodhead is always a big part of the Chargers' offense, but his touch counts can be a bit hit or miss depending on week-to-week game plans. He'll remain an RB2 in PPR leagues in Week 9 against the Bears, while being more of a flex option in standard formats.
Nov 1 - 5:39 PM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects Danny Woodhead to continue to dominate red-zone looks.

Woodhead was losing red-zone touches to Melvin Gordon earlier this season, but Gordon's fumbles quickly ended that trend. Woodhead has nine red-zone looks the last two weeks, and he scored two touchdowns in garbage time last week against the Raiders. Woodhead's touchdown upside makes him a solid RB2 even in standard scoring.
Source: ESPN
Oct 31 - 10:21 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed five times for 26 yards and caught 11-of-12 targets for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 7 loss to the Raiders.

Woodhead was a dud until garbage time, where he exploded as San Diego's primary means of chain movement and touchdown scoring. He was left uncovered by the Raiders' defense on both of his fourth-quarter TD catches. With the Chargers' running game stuck in neutral -- to be kind -- expect Woodhead to remain San Diego's lead back in terms of snaps moving forward. The Chargers get the Ravens next, where Woodhead will be a fantasy RB2.
Oct 25 - 7:42 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed seven times for eight yards and caught 5-of-7 targets for 63 yards in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Packers.

He took on a bit of an expanded role after Melvin Gordon was benched for his two first-half fumbles. Woodhead was the go-to back in the red zone and got a couple looks at the goal line on the final drive, but was unable to put the Chargers in the end zone. He got a carry from the three-yard on second down and was targeted in the flat on fourth down. If the Chargers are going to reduce Gordon's role, Woodhead's should expand. He'll be an RB2 next week against Oakland.
Oct 18 - 8:56 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed four times for 10 yards and caught 5-of-7 targets for 66 yards in the Chargers' Week 5 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.

He did all of his damage in the first half, rushing for just nine yards on three carries after the break and failing to reel in his lone target. Melvin Gordon was used heavily in the second half and even out-targeted Woodhead 9-6 in the pass game after entering the game with six targets total the first four weeks. Woodhead's big 31-yard gain came on a screen pass to the right. He'll be a strong PPR option as an RB2 in the Chargers' road date with the Packers in Week 6.
Oct 13 - 12:41 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for 54 yards and caught 4-of-4 targets for 84 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Browns.

Woodhead's highlight was a 61-yard catch and run play deep into Browns territory in the third quarter. Despite the Chargers' first-round selection of Melvin Gordon, Woodhead's role in San Diego's offense has been consistent week to week. He's an RB2 option in PPR leagues, and a workable flex play in non-PPR formats in the right matchups. The Chargers will face the Steelers in Week 5.
Oct 4 - 7:32 PM

Danny Woodhead caught 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards in San Diego's Week 3 loss to the Vikings, rushing four times for four yards.

The Chargers were playing catch up from the first quarter on, but still couldn't get Woodhead involved. The Vikes were caving in Philip Rivers' line, leaving him little time for screens. Woodhead got out-touched 15-7 by Melvin Gordon. Woodhead has been out-gained and out-touched by Gordon twice in three weeks, but is averaging four catches per game. He remains on the RB2 borderline in PPR leagues, and will be a FLEX in standard formats against the Browns' porous run defense in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 5:59 PM

Danny Woodhead rushed 7 times for 36 yards and caught 6 passes for 68 yards Week 2 against the Bengals.

Woodhead only had three touches at halftime as Melvin Gordon dominated proceedings, but he was the back of choice with the Chargers in catch-up mode in the second half. Woodhead again showed his worth to the offense, fighting for extra yards on third downs and proving himself Philip Rivers' most reliable receiving option in the second half. Woodhead's receiving ability will keep him in the RB2 conversation in PPR leagues, and he will be a solid FLEX play in standard leagues next week against the Vikings.
Sep 20 - 4:46 PM

Danny Woodhead received six red-zone carries to Melvin Gordon's zero in the Chargers' Week 1 win over the Lions.

Woodhead was also targeted twice in the red zone, while Gordon wasn't at all. This is worrisome for Gordon owners, as he needs red-zone and goal-line carries to have any sort of fantasy success since he also doesn't play on passing downs. For now, at least, Woodhead is the fantasy back to own in San Diego; the coaching staff trusts the veteran and even allowed him to tote the rock from the one-yard line Sunday when he capitalized for 62 total yards and two TDs on 16 touches.
Sep 16 - 11:22 AM

Danny Woodhead rushed 12 times for 42 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 20 yards in the Changers' Week 1 win over the Lions.

Woodhead only saw one less touch than rookie Melvin Gordon, and he dominated snaps inside the red zone. His first touchdown was a nine-yard draw, and his second score came from the one-yard line late in the game. Woodhead saw more red zone opportunities than Ryan Mathews when healthy in 2013, and Mathews was a more established back than Gordon. The Chargers trust Woodhead close to the end zone, and he will be a touchdown threat every week. He will be a RB3/FLEX even in standard formats against the Bengals next week.
Sep 13 - 7:12 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Michael Gehlken expects Danny Woodhead to remain "a cog" for the Chargers "on third down and in the passing game."

Woodhead missed most of last season with a severe ankle/fibula fracture, but was healthy at OTAs and by all accounts looked sharp. Although the Chargers invested a top-15 pick into Melvin Gordon, the rookie is expected to focus on early downs while Woodhead fills his usual "Sproles Role" for Philip Rivers. Woodhead caught 76 balls in 2013, finishing as a top-13 PPR back.
Jul 23 - 11:11 AM

Danny Woodhead appeared "fast and healthy" during OTAs and minicamp.

Per ESPN's Eric Williams, Melvin Gordon "proved a better pass catcher than expected, and he will be used in the passing game." But make no mistake -- Woodhead is the team's primary third-down, two-minute and possibly even red-zone back. He's just one year removed from a 76-catch, eight-touchdown season.
Jun 29 - 8:30 AM

Danny Woodhead has been one of the "pleasant surprises" for the Chargers during offseason workouts.

Woodhead is back to 100 percent after breaking his leg and ankle in Week 3 last season. He has flashed "quickness and elusiveness" at OTAs, setting himself up for a major role as the Chargers' passing back -- a role in which he caught 76 balls in in 2013. Melvin Gordon profiles as an early-down back for now.
Jun 15 - 10:38 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Donald Brown
GLB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Malcom Floyd
2Dontrelle Inman
WR21Stevie Johnson
2Javontee Herndon
3Tyrell Williams
WR31Dontrelle Inman
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
LT1Chris Hairston
2King Dunlap
LG1Orlando Franklin
C1Trevor Robinson
2J.D. Walton
RG1D.J. Fluker
RT1Joseph Barksdale
2Kenny Wiggins
3Tyreek Burwell
K1Josh Lambo