| Running Back, San Diego Chargers
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|College: Chadron State
Ht: 5’8” Wt: 200 DOB: 1985-01-25 Age: 30
||NE | NYJ
|A pleasant surprise in 2010 as a late training camp addition after being cut by the Jets, Woodhead saw his touches and production drop in New England last season. After registering 131 touches for 925 yards and six touchdowns in 2010, he posted just 95 touches for 508 yards and one score in 2012. With Shane Vereen expected to be healthy after several nagging injuries ruined his rookie season and Joseph Addai added in free agency, Woodhead has plenty competition for the teamís pass receiving role out of the backfield. He isnít expected to get consistent touches this season and that makes him a borderline RB5 on your fantasy squad.
|Melvin Gordon disappoints in first NFL action -- Fri Aug 14 3:30 pm --|
Rookie RB manages just 11 yards on six carries
|Melvin Gordon's mediocre training camp continued Thursday night in San Diego's 17-7 preseason win over Dallas. Taking the field with the starters, Gordon had six carries for just 11 yards. Though San Diego punched it in for a touchdown on the opening drive, the Chargers did so via Danny Woodhead as Gordon watched from the sidelines. After Gordon and Woodhead took a seat, second-year back Brandon Oliver shined with 10 carries for 53 yards and a score. For the heralded rookie out of Wisconsin, the slow start was more of the same: Gordon in camp has not assumed the confident, downhill approach that defined him in college, instead appearing to wait too long for his blocks before being stuffed for small gains. "I definitely have a lot of work to do," he said afterward. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The rookie RB is being taken 29th overall on average in 12-team, standard scoring drafts. While Gordon's underwhelming performance thus far should be cause for concern, it doesn't mean you should avoid him completely. Drafting a rookie is always risky, but the Chargers will likely be patient with Gordon. He should see upwards of 200 touches, virtually guaranteeing him plenty of fantasy value.
|Woodhead expected to be key cog again -- Thu Jul 23 6:50 pm --|
Career-high 76 catches in 2013
|San Diego missed Danny Woodhead last season after he suffered a broken fibula on his first carry of the third game of the season. He is a cog to what the Chargers do on third down and the passing game, catching a career-high 76 passes in 2013. Branden Oliver projects as a quality change-of-pace option. Donald Brown arguably is the Chargers' top back in protection, not allowing a sack or quarterback hit in 60 assignments last year. (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: The Chargers don't appear likely to go away from their RBBC ways just because they drafted Melvin Gordon; while the rookie to make some noise on third down from time to time, expect San Diego to try and recreate the passing-down role Woodhead beautifully handled in 2013. It should come as no surprise if Gordon is a steady fantasy RB2 and Woodhead becomes a consistent flex play (or even low-end RB2) in PPR leagues this year.
|Melvin Gordon "as good as advertised" -- Thu Jun 25 5:30 pm --|
No. 15 overall pick has been a quick study
|So far, Melvin Gordon has been as good as advertised in offseason workouts. Heís proved a quick study, both on the field and in the classroom. And heís been better than expected in the passing game. Most important, Gordon wonít be asked to carry the offense. With Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown, Gordon will be part of a running back by committee approach that should provide a significant improvement for San Diegoís running game in 2015. But Gordon will serve as the bell-cow running back. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: RB coach Ollie Wilson went on to compliment his study habits and intelligence. Everybody looks great in shorts at this time of the year, but this is about as much as present and future Gordon owners can ask for at the moment. It's not hard to imagine the No. 15 overall pick amassing 225-250 carries for the Chargers and 25-35 catches while stealing the occasional passing-down snap from Woodhead.
|Back from injury, Woodhead looking like old self -- Mon Jun 15 4:55 pm --|
Missed final 13 games with broken ankle in 2014
|A running back has finished with at least 49 catches each season since Philip Rivers became the teamís starter in 2006. But that changed in 2014. Branden Oliver led running backs with 36 catches for 271 yards. The reason for that decline, of course, is the early season injury to third-down back Danny Woodhead, who suffered a broken ankle against Buffalo in Week 3.
Woodhead has been one of the pleasant surprises for the Chargers so far during offseason work. He has flashed the quickness and elusiveness that makes him one of the best pass-catching running backs in the league in his return from a serious ankle injury. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Woodhead totaled 1,034 yards from scrimmage in 2013, including 76 catches for 605 yards and six touchdowns. He finished tied for third among running backs with 86 targets and topped all running backs with 21 red-zone targets. If the former Patriot is this impressive now, it probably means he is going to get the majority of passing-down work ahead of first-round rookie Melvin Gordon. While Gordon should have early-down duties to himself, little-to-no work in the passing game means he will struggle to be the best rookie running back in fantasy in 2015.
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