Danny Woodhead Fantasy News

Titans plan to use a committee at running back
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:34am

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

It will be running back by committee for the Titans. Shonn Greene returns, along with Jackie Battle and Leon Washington. Dexter McCluster was signed the first day of free agency, and though he was primarily a receiver/returner for much of his time with the Chiefs, the Titans plan to line him up at running back. More help is needed, however. Although there aren't any great free-agent options left, the Titans are likely to pick a running back in the May 8-10 draft. Fresh legs are desired.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but we're not expecting Woodhead-type numbers. The Titans are not likely to be as good on that side of the ball as the Chargers were in 2013. McCluster may be usable as a spot starter in PPR formats.

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Titans moving towards a RBBC
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:10pm

Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson's contract that calls for him to earn $8 million in salary this year clearly has been an obstacle to him staying in Tennessee. But even if the contract wasn't an issue the Titans probably would want to purge Johnson. The reason? New coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to spread around playing time and touches between multiple running backs. His plan is to have a running back by committee. Johnson is the type of player who demands the football and never would be happy as a role player. A trade or release, subsequently, is coming.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt ran the Chargers' offense last season, so it's conceivable that he plans to use Shonn Greene in the Ryan Mathews role and Dexter McCluster in the Danny Woodhead role.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:11pm

Union-Tribune San Diego - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee was asked about new RB Donald Brown.

"Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Ryan Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason."

Fantasy Impact:

Last year's RB3, Ronnie Brown, rarely saw 5-10 touches so those are going to have to come from somewhere. Ryan Mathews began to get hot and get over 20 carries a game in the second half last year, but like Acee points out, Mathews wasn't healthy in the playoffs, perhaps as a result of that. Brown's fantasy value likely will be a handcuff to Mathews, but it looks like he's going to be used to prevent wear and tear on Mathews too. Danny Woodhead may also lose a carry or two, but will still be a factor in the passing game.

Ryan Mathews is still San Diego's 'bell cow' RB
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Even with the signing of Donald Brown to a three-year, $10.4 million deal that includes $4 million of guaranteed money, Telesco said that Ryan Mathews still is San Diego’s every-down running back.

“We know Ryan is our bell cow,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better.”

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews finished as the #12 RB in standard formats, which is the second time in three seasons that he has posted RB1-type numbers. He'll be a risk/reward pick in 2014 given his injury history. He is currently going in the middle of the 5th round and will be a nice value there if he can stay healthy.

Titans consider RB to be Dexter McCluster's primary position
Thursday, March 13, 2014, 1:13pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he thinks of McCluster more as a running back, but with the capability of doing many things. Look for him to be a passing target out of the backfield and from the slot as the offense plays up his mismatch potential.

“He has a body of work for four years now that you have evidence of what he can do,” Whisenhunt said. “He has lined up in the backfield and had success, he’s lined up in the slot and had success. He’s been a very good returner in the league. Those are three pretty strong components of a resume right there. I know he is versed in all of those things, and how he fits specifically … we’ll see.”

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Whisenhunt does want McCluster to play a similar role as Danny Woodhead did in San Diego in 2013. McCluster carried the ball 114 times for 516 yards (4.5 YPC) in 2011, and at this point the Titans are only expected to have Shonn Greene as competition for carries. He could be an intriguing late-round pick, especially in PPR formats.

Titans may use Dexter McCluster in a Danny Woodhead role
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:59am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN discusses the potential role of Titans WR Dexter McCluster:

In Dexter McCluster, Tennessee gets a player who will be cast in a role for which many of us thought Darren Sproles would be a great fit.

I imagine he will be like Danny Woodhead was for Ken Whisenhunt last season in San Diego, when Whiz was offensive coordinator and Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards and was very much an extension of the running game as a pass-catcher.

McCluster is a listed as receiver, not a running back. Like Woodhead, McCluster is 5-foot-8. At 170, he’s 30 pounds lighter than Woodhead.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster may fill Woodhead's role in the passing game, but it's highly doubtful that he'd hold up to 75-100 carries in the running game given his slight frame. Woodhead is an underrated runner and does a good job of avoiding and absorbing contact without getting injured. McCluster's ceiling is probably as a flex type in PPR formats.

Chargers sign RB Donald Brown
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:28pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Donald Brown is signing with the Chargers, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a strange signing considering the Chargers already have Ryan Mathews (who played well in 2013) and Danny Woodhead. Brown will likely serve as depth behind Mathews. He'll hold handcuff value this summer.

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Ryan Mathews re-aggravates ankle injury
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:03pm

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed much of the second half of Sunday's win after re-aggravating his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews did not play during much of the third and fourth quarter while the Chargers were in clear drain-the-clock mode. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown handled rushing duties with Mathews sidelined. He finished with 15 touches for 64 yards.

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:19pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wearing a protective boot on left foot in locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews left the game but was able to come back. The Chargers play the Chiefs in Week 17 and if Mathews can't go, Danny Woodhead would likely see an increased role with Ronnie Brown also mixed in.

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McCoy: Ryan Mathews has a chance to play in Week 13
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:41pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Per Chargers HC Mike McCoy, RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) has a chance to play in Week 13.

Fantasy Impact:

We still consider him doubtful since he re-injured his hamstring, but we'll monitor his practice reps this week ahead of Sunday's game. The Chargers play in the late round of games. Danny Woodhead would be a great start if Mathews is sidelined, while Ronnie Brown would likely see an expanded backup role.

Ryan Mathews aggravates hammy
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 7:40pm

Union-Tribune San Diego - [Full Article]

Chargers running back Ryan Mathews aggravated a right hamstring injury, forcing his third-quarter exit. He had 14 carries for 53 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. It's his second goal-line score in three games.

No timetable was given for his absence or that of any Charger.

Fantasy Impact:

Ronnie Brown mostly picked up the slack with six carries and Danny Woodhead also had six, which has pretty much been the norm for him. Brown would probably see more work if Mathews misses time, but Woodhead's value would also increase and could end up with the bigger role.

Brady: Shane Vereen's role 'hugely important'
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:18am

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

After learning from Kevin Faulk and then Danny Woodhead, Patriots RB Shane Vereen has moved into the role of third-down back very nicely.

“Since the middle of last year, he has really emerged and developed into that role,” Tom Brady said. “I think the best part is he really understands the importance and magnitude of that role and takes a lot of pride in it. It’s a hugely important part of our offense.”

Fantasy Impact:

Vereen had 21 touches back in Week 1, and he registered nine touches (including eight catches) in Week 11, playing 47% of the snaps. He projects to be a low-end RB2 the rest of the way, but has more value in PPR formats.