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by Brandon Niles

BAL RB Danny Woodhead - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

In 2015, Danny Woodhead tied with Theo Riddick for the most receptions in the league by a running back. His 80 catches for 755 yards and 6 touchdowns in the passing game made him a quality fantasy back in PPR formats, and he added 336 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Baltimore was terribly inconsistent last year in the run game, so Woodhead has a great opportunity to become the primary pass-catching back for the Ravens, while also contributing in the run game as a change-of-pace option.

Fantasy Downside

At 32 years old and coming off an ACL tear, Woodhead may lose a step in his return. Woodhead is also no threat to become an every-down back, as he’s only carried the ball over 100 times in a season once during his eight-year career. The Baltimore offense is inconsistent in fantasy production as well, and Terrance West will get a lot of work on first and second down.

2017 Bottom Line

Woodhead could be a steal with an ADP in the eighth round in PPR leagues. Joe Flacco’s running backs combined to catch 118 passes last season, and Kyle Juszczyk took his 37 receptions to San Francisco in free agency. With Kenneth Dixon out for the season, Woodhead has tremendous upside and high receiving potential, making him a legit RB2 in PPR formats.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Danny Woodhead - Week 2, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Jacksonville
Even with a pretty nice game from Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead didn't disappoint owners who played him in Week 1. He ran 16 times for 89 yards and added five catches for 31 yards and a TD. Before last week's game, Woodhead had struggled against the Chiefs. Also worth noting is Gordon got just six touches in the second half despite scoring two TDs earlier in the game.

Woodhead is 15th on our PPR RB list with a favorable matchp against the Jags, who are just 24th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. He should obviously be in lineups. With no Keenan Allen at WR, Woodhead looks like he could be a more consistent fantasy point getting going forward. Woodhead doesn't have a red matchup (unfavorable) until Week 13 against Tampa Bay so that's another thing owners should keep in mind. He did struggle last year in a matchup against Jacksonville, collecting just four rushes for eight yards and six catches for 39 yards.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Danny Woodhead - Week 1, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Kansas City
Danny Woodhead comes into this season after hauling in 81 passes for 756 yards and six TDs in 2015. He's again poised to be one of the better PPR backs thanks to his pass-catching abilities. Owners who used the Zero-RB approach and grabbed Woodhead as their RB2 are hoping for more of the same in 2016, however, it may be a tough go in Week 1.

Woodhead and the Bolts travel to KC in Week 1. The Chiefs rank third in allowing fantasy points to RBs, so it's not a great matchup for Woodhead. Also factor in Woodhead's numbers against the Chiefs last season. In two games he combined for 9 carries for 12 carries to go along with a combined 4 receptions for 17 yards. It's going to be hard to bench Woodhead on Week 1. He's still a low end RB2 play in PPR leagues, but if you have someone you feel safer with, owners may want to go with another option.

by Bob Harris

SD RB Danny Woodhead - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
While first-round pick Melvin Gordon struggled through a rough rookie season, Danny Woodhead became the first Chargers running back to lead the team in catches (80), receiving yards (755) and touchdowns (six) (and he also topped the 1,000-yard mark from scrimmage). He's the ultimate security blanket for quarterback Philip Rivers, who was constantly in panic mode behind a decimated offensive line last season. With Ken Whisenhunt returning as offensive coordinator after two years away, expect the versatile Woodhead to remain an integral part of the Chargers offense, especially on third downs.

Fantasy Downside
Woodhead was working with the first-team offense in OTAs, but his role and touches will definitely be dependent upon Gordon's recovery from micro-fracture knee surgery. And while he isn't without value in standard scoring leagues, Woodhead only scored in five games and is clearly better suited to PPR formats.

2016 Bottom Line
Even assuming Gordon emerges as the back the Chargers were hoping for when drafting him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Woodhead's role has been plenty consistent (outside of 2014 when he suffered a season-ending broken ankle in Week 3). It's also worth noting that he posted stats similar to last season in 2013, during Whisenhunt's last season as play caller in San Diego (106 carries for 429 yards and two touchdowns and 76 catches for 605 yards and six touchdowns). He did so even with Ryan Mathews getting 285 carries (and 1,255 rushing yards). It's hard to find a better value play at the RB position in PPR formats.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Danny Woodhead - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Denver

Danny Woodhead was heavily involved last week with 11 carries for 55 yards and eight catches for 53 yards. In PPR leagues, that was a solid 18-point effort which included no TDs. Donald Brown had 14 carries and a TD but collected just 17 yards.

So, that means Woodhead is the better option, however it's not a great matchup for owners in Week 17 as the Broncos come in fourth in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Still, we see Woodhead as a lower-end RB2 option just from a workload perspective. This is one of those weeks where a TD would sure help out his fantasy totals. As for next year, ideally the team would like to find a back to carry the early down load while mixing in Woodhead and using him more in the passing game. He should still have PPR value next season.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Danny Woodhead - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Oakland

Danny Woodhead didn't produce a lot of yards, but had four TDs to really make anyone's fantasy day who stuck him in their lineup. While it was a great matchup, Woodhead was more a RB3 option last week, yet he produce three receiving TDs on six catches for 50 yards while adding 10 rushing yards and a rushing TD. It was his first TD of any kind since Week 9 before the bye. His 14 touches were the most since collecting 16 in Week 7.

In fact, after the bye, Woodhead wasn't doing much of anything until this past week. Those who survived without playing Woodhead last week, now have something to think about for Week 16 against the Raiders. The Raiders are 19th in allowing fantasy points to RBs and Woodhead comes in as a mid-range RB2 option this week.

by Scott Pagel

SD RB Danny Woodhead - Week 15, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Miami
The struggles for Danny Woodhead continued in Week 14. He had three rushes for five yards and three catches for eight yards. His drop in production has been since the Week 10 bye. Since then, he's averaging only seven touches per game. Over the first nine games, it was closer to 12 touches per game. Woodhead is no longer a trusted option even in what is a nice matchup against the Dolphins, who are 30th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. Even in PPR rankings, Woodhead is only a high-end RB3 play only.

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