| 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.
|SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers -- Wed Sep 2 9:40 pm --|
Melvin Gordon will split carries
|Quarterback Philip Rivers stressed this week that the backfield distribution is "not going to be all Melvin."
"As Coach has always said -- I'm not saying anything out of the blue -- it's a running back by committee crew," Rivers explained, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's going to be a team effort in that bunch. We're going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield."
FF Today's Take: Melvin Gordon's fantasy stock has been dropping steadily throughout the preseason. He has looked indecisive and made several comments indicating he isn't ready to be the bell cow for the Chargers offense. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead becomes a flex option with 12 to 15 touches in this offense and has some upside if Gordon continues to underwhelm.
|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.
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