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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
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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

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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

Chargers coach Mike McCoy confirmed Danny Woodhead is back to 100 percent after fracturing his ankle and fibula last Week 3.

"He looks the way (he did) the snap before he went down," McCoy said at Chargers minicamp. Woodhead could play a larger role than most anticipate this season behind rookie Melvin Gordon, whose limitations involve pass blocking and receiving. Woodhead should be very involved in San Diego's passing game.
Jun 8 - 11:14 PM

Danny Woodhead said he's "not even thinking about" his injury anymore.

Woodhead said he feels "really, really good." He suffered a nasty ankle injury early last season but that's well in the past. He'll participate in the team's offseason program without any restrictions. The 30-year-old should safely return as the Chargers' passing-down specialist this season.
Apr 19 - 11:53 AM

Danny Woodhead (fractured fibula/ankle) is "ahead of schedule" and on track to make a "full recovery."

The injury was a bad one, but happened early enough last year that Woodhead should have a chance to participate in OTAs. An oft-used passing-down back in Mike McCoy's offense, Woodhead could be a value pick late in 2015 PPR drafts. We've seen Woodhead last until the 20th (last) round of early MFL10s.
Mar 7 - 4:36 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:45:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 06:18:00 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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:32:00 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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 01:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Danny Woodhead
3Branden Oliver
4Donald Brown
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Branden Oliver
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Melvin Gordon
FB1David Johnson
WR11Keenan Allen
2Stevie Johnson
3Dontrelle Inman
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Jacoby Jones
WR31Stevie Johnson
TE1Ladarius Green
2John Phillips
3Antonio Gates
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Johnnie Troutman
C1Chris Watt
2Trevor Robinson
3J.D. Walton
RG1D.J. Fluker
RT1Joseph Barksdale
2Kenny Wiggins
K1Josh Lambo