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.
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.