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Running Back, San Diego Chargers

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College: Chadron State
Ht: 5’8”  Wt: 200 DOB: 1985-01-25 Age: 30

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2009 NYJ 10 0 15 64 4.3 0 14 8 87 10.9 0 15.1 1.5
2010 NE | NYJ 15 3 97 547 5.6 5 44 34 379 11.1 1 128.6 8.6
2011 NE 15 4 77 351 4.6 1 31 18 157 8.7 0 56.8 3.8
2012 NE 15 - 76 301 4.0 4 55 40 446 11.2 3 116.7 7.8
2013 SD 16 - 106 425 4.0 2 87 76 605 8.0 6 151.0 9.4
2014 SD 3 - 15 38 2.5 0 6 5 34 6.8 0 7.2 2.4
2015 (Projected) SD     61 245 4.0 1   51 422 8.3 2 84.7  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
Reports out of Chargers camp are that running back Danny Woodhead is ahead of schedule on recovering from the broken fibula injury which cost him the majority of his 2014 season. This bodes well for the team as his skill set was sorely missed, particularly in the passing game where he had carved out quite the niche for himself in 2013.

Woodhead's 2013 season was the stuff of PPR legend. The 5'8”, 200 lb. back caught 76 passes – second most among all running backs – and became one a prototypical Flex starter in fantasy circles due to consistent production. It is worth noting, however, that Woodhead caught just five total passes and carried the ball only 15 times, with no touchdowns, before being injured in 2014.

While most believe that his usage would have increased as the season went on, the possibility that the offense may be going in a different direction is worth considering before selecting him in fantasy drafts. Branden Oliver, who started seven games for the Chargers in 2014, may be in line for more total work than Woodhead given his more balanced skillset.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Melvin Gordon
RB2RB2 Danny Woodhead
RB3RB3 Branden Oliver
RB4RB4 Donald Brown
Chargers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers
Melvin Gordon will split carries
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Sep 2, 9:40 pm

San Diego Chargers
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." (NFL.com)

FFToday'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
Rookie RB manages just 11 yards on six carries
By: John Canario | Fri Aug 14, 3:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
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)

FFToday'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
Career-high 76 catches in 2013
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 23, 6:50 pm

San Diego Chargers
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)

FFToday'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"
No. 15 overall pick has been a quick study
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jun 25, 5:30 pm

San Diego Chargers
So far, Melvin Gordon has been as good as advertised in offseason workouts. He’s proved a quick study, both on the field and in the classroom. And he’s been better than expected in the passing game. Most important, Gordon won’t 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 Diego’s running game in 2015. But Gordon will serve as the bell-cow running back. (ESPN)

FFToday'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
Missed final 13 games with broken ankle in 2014
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jun 15, 4:55 pm

San Diego Chargers
A running back has finished with at least 49 catches each season since Philip Rivers became the team’s 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)

FFToday'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.



2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at ARI L 17-18 6 5 0.8 0 1 1 6 6.0 0 1.1
2 SEA W 30-21 8 32 4.0 0 5 4 28 7.0 0 6.0
3 at BUF W 22-10 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.1

2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 HOU L 28-31 0 0 - 0 3 2 16 8.0 0 1.6
2 at PHI W 33-30 9 27 3.0 0 9 8 37 4.6 0 6.4
3 at TEN L 17-20 5 31 6.2 0 8 7 55 7.9 0 8.6
4 DAL W 30-21 5 32 6.4 0 7 5 54 10.8 2 20.6
5 at OAK L 17-27 9 13 1.4 0 9 9 58 6.4 1 13.1
6 IND W 19-9 9 36 4.0 0 5 5 47 9.4 0 8.3
7 at JAC W 24-6 9 29 3.2 1 4 4 47 11.8 0 13.6
9 at WAS L 24-30 7 21 3.0 0 12 9 77 8.6 0 9.8
10 DEN L 20-28 6 27 4.5 0 5 4 17 4.3 1 10.4
11 at MIA L 16-20 5 21 4.2 0 2 2 16 8.0 0 3.7
12 at KC W 41-38 6 25 4.2 1 4 4 45 11.3 1 19.0
13 CIN L 10-17 7 22 3.1 0 3 2 13 6.5 0 3.5
14 NYG W 37-14 7 42 6.0 0 5 4 52 13.0 1 15.4
15 at DEN W 27-20 9 29 3.2 0 1 1 13 13.0 0 4.2
16 OAK W 26-13 8 52 6.5 0 3 3 16 5.3 0 6.8
17 KC W 27-24 5 18 3.6 0 7 7 42 6.0 0 6.0
WC at CIN W 27-10 15 54 3.6 1 4 2 14 7.0 0 12.8
DP at DEN L 17-24 9 29 3.2 0 3 3 10 3.3 0 3.9
WC = Wild-Card DP = Divisional Playoff

2012 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at TEN W 34-13 6 20 3.3 0 0 0 0 - 0 2.0
2 ARI L 18-20 8 18 2.3 0 1 1 12 12.0 0 3.0
3 at BAL L 30-31 15 34 2.3 1 2 1 9 9.0 0 10.3
4 at BUF W 52-28 0 0 - 0 2 2 23 11.5 1 8.3
5 DEN W 31-21 7 47 6.7 0 1 1 25 25.0 0 7.2
6 at SEA L 23-24 4 25 6.3 0 5 5 46 9.2 0 7.1
7 NYJ W 29-26 6 17 2.8 0 4 4 29 7.3 0 4.6
8 at STL W 45-7 2 3 1.5 0 7 5 56 11.2 0 5.9
10 BUF W 37-31 1 15 15.0 1 6 4 46 11.5 1 18.1
12 at NYJ W 49-19 2 8 4.0 0 1 1 11 11.0 0 1.9
13 at MIA W 23-16 6 24 4.0 0 3 2 15 7.5 0 3.9
14 HOU W 42-14 1 4 4.0 0 3 2 34 17.0 0 3.8
15 SF L 34-41 12 61 5.1 2 10 5 23 4.6 0 20.4
16 at JAC W 23-16 3 7 2.3 0 5 2 38 19.0 1 10.5
17 MIA W 28-0 3 18 6.0 0 5 5 79 15.8 0 9.7
DP HOU W 41-28 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0.0
CC BAL L 13-28 3 11 3.7 0 3 1 12 12.0 0 2.3
DP = Divisional Playoff CC = Conference Championship

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