It remains to be seen if Woodhead will be active or inactive tomorrow, but it appears he is set to make his return after catching three passes in the first quarter of Week 1 before going down with a hamstring injury. If he is active, check back after noon eastern tomorrow to see where Senior Editor John Paulsen has Woodhead ranked.
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:00pm
Ravens RB Terrance West (calf, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 11. The inactive list for the Ravens should be interesting. It appears that West is healthy enough to play, and Danny Woodhead is also working his way back, so West could conceivably be a healthy scratch. If he’s out, it’s a bump for Alex Collins, who is his primary competition for carries.
Collins has been a delightful surprise this year and has rushed for 70+ yards in 4-of-8 games this season, with a season-high 18 carries and 113 yards in Week 8 versus the Dolphins. However, he has yet to score a touchdown this season. For Week 11, we have Collins ranked as our No. 29 RB in standard leagues and our No. 31 RB in PPR leagues.
Woodhead is expected to practice Tuesday and perhaps we'll have more information at that point. Zrebiec also said Woodhead has been practicing sporadically the last few weeks, but not a lot—mostly individual stuff. Even if he plays, owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh said there is optimism surrounding the offense with the return of running backs Danny Woodhead (hamstring) and Terrance West (calf). Both will practice this week before players are given four days off for the bye. Woodhead, in particular, provides the biggest matchup problem for defenses and can provide a boost on third downs, which has been a trouble spot for Baltimore.
"I see an identity to this offense," Harbaugh said. "I understand the identity. I understand where we're going as an offense. I have a good feel for what we're trying to accomplish. I can look at it and see where we're going to build. I'm excited about it."
Perhaps based on that comment, Woodhead will be a big part of the offense. Woodhead was injured in Week 1, and played only six snaps, but touched the ball on four of them, which included three catches for 33 yards. If you can afford to stash him, now may be a good time to grab him.
Zrebiec added in tweets that both Woodhead and West could practice this week. Woodhead won't be back until at least Week 11, after the team's bye. Zrebiec, in yet another tweet, said Harbaugh feels Collins deserves more chances, so he seems to be the safest option to own right now in the Ravens backfield.
It was only two seasons ago that Javorius "Buck" Allen looked like the Ravens’ long-term answer as a third-down back. The 2015 fourth-round pick caught 45 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns and added 514 rushing yards and a touchdown in 16 games as a rookie.
Danny Woodhead is now on IR, and for at least eight weeks, Allen get his shot once again.
“Buck has really good skills in the pass game and protection, too,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday. “Buck is definitely going to step up and get an opportunity. It’s his role. It’s his role to fill. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.”
Allen had 21 carries last week in a game the Ravens had well in hand in the second half, but Allen did not have any receptions. We can likely chalk that up to just game flow in a 20-0 win. That should change in weeks to come, and somebody has to catch passes on this team, after 300 targets did not return from last year and Woodhead was the team's leading pass catcher in Week 1 when he got hurt early. Consider Allen a low-end flex consideration in PPR leagues in Week 2.
Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:01pm
Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (ankle, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 2. Earlier in the week, Campanaro’s name was floated by Joe Flacco as a possible replacement for Danny Woodhead. Now it looks like he may not be able to play against the Browns. Javorius Allen is safe to dial up as a RB3/flex, especially in PPR formats.
Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:01pm
Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (thigh) was removed from the injury report Friday. Woodhead was placed on IR so he can return in Week 10. Javorius Allen gets the biggest bump, but QB Joe Flacco suggested that Mike Campanaro as a possible replacement for Woodhead.
Thursday, September 14, 2017, 6:44pm
Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (thigh) was removed from the injury report Thursday. Woodhead was placed on IR so he can return in Week 10. Javorius Allen gets the biggest bump, but QB Joe Flacco suggested that Mike Campanaro as a possible replacement for Woodhead.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:48pm
Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (thigh) did not practice Wednesday. Woodhead is out for at least a month. Javorius Allen gets the biggest bump, but QB Joe Flacco suggested that Mike Campanaro as a possible replacement for Woodhead.
One potential replacement for Woodhead's role as the catalyst out of the backfield might surprise you.
"Hopefully, we have some guys that can step up and hit some plays," quarterback Joe Flacco said after Sunday's 20-0 win. "Mike Campanaro is one of those quick little guys that can do stuff on the side."
Michael Campanaro is a somewhat out-of-the-box suggestion because he is a wide receiver who has lined up in the slot for a majority of his four-year NFL career. But this makes sense when you consider Campanaro has a similar build to Woodhead, possesses excellent lateral agility and shows awareness of how to find holes in the defense. He would just have to move to the backfield, where he has some familiarity as a running back during his high school days.
By moving Campanaro into Woodhead's position, the Ravens can utilize a player who's extremely shifty and can make defenders miss with his sharp cuts. Baltimore likes to get the ball in Campanaro's hands because it uses him as a punt returner and runs the occasional jet sweep with him.
A 96th-percentile SPARQ athlete (per PlayerProfiler.com, who also shows Julian Edelman as his top comparable), the 26-year-old Campanaro had 12 receptions from 2014-16. The conventional wisdom is that Javorius Allen will get most of Woodhead's receiving role, but owners in deep PPR leagues could take a flier on Campanaro and see what happens.
It's a big blow to the Ravens offense and for owners who targeted Woodhead as a PPR option in their league. Allen will likely be a highly-targeted free agent option as a result. A more defined timetable for Woodhead is expected to come out on Tuesday according to reports.
RB Danny Woodhead has suffered a hamstring injury and his return is doubtful.
Related players: Javorius Allen
The injury happened on the opening drive and he was eventually carted off, according to reports. Woodhead battled a previous hammy injury so it could be the same one. Allen should end up getting more time as long as Woodhead is out and could very well have some fantasy value.
Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:40pm
Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (thigh) took full practice reps all week. Woodhead is expected to play. He’s a good option in PPR formats and a solid play in standard league, though it remains to be seen how many touches he’ll see sharing the backfield with Terrance West.
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