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|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.
| Chargers may hold out RB Melvin Gordon|
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Oct 25, 7:43 am
|On Chargers RB Melvin Gordon: While his ankle injury is minor, I’m now hearing SD is likely to hold him out to help him get 100% healthy (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers and Raiders play a late-afternoon game so we'll have to wait until after the early games before we know for sure if Gordon will play. If Gordon sits, Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead would handle the running back duties.
|SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers|
Melvin Gordon will split carries
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Sep 2, 9:40 pm
|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."
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.