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39 Danny Woodhead RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/200 | Birthdate: 1/25/1985 | Birthplace: North Platte, NE, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Chadron State | NFL Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 97/56 | Average Draft Position: 109.77
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Danny Woodhead lands two-year extension with the Chargers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Running back Danny Woodhead has agreed to a two-year extension with the Chargers, the team announced Tuesday. Initially scheduled to be a free agent after this season, he'll be under contract with the team through 2016.

"Danny is an integral part of our offense," said general manager Tom Telesco. "His work ethic and on-field production were key elements last year. We look forward to having him be a part of the Chargers organization into the future."

Woodhead had 106 carries for 429 yards and two rushing scores to go along with 76 catches for 605 yards and six receiving touchdowns in 2013, mostly all career-high numbers. 


McCoy hints at hot-hand approach for running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy indicated Tuesday during the NFL owners meetings that he plans to use a hot-hand approach with his running backs in 2014 following the addition of Donald Brown joining Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

McCoy said his background after working for John Fox in Carolina is using multiple running backs.

"You get in there, you get on a little bit of a roll and you’re going to stay in there," McCoy said. "Donald is a perfect fit for our system, and that’s why we went after him and got him. He understands what we want to do offensively, not only in the passing game but in the running game and pass protection. ... We'll let Donald come in there and show us what he can do, and we'll try to take advantage of what he does best and go with the flow of the game."


Chargers' GM addresses crowded backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday on 1090AM that Ryan Mathews remains the "bell cow" despite the addition of Donald Brown as a free agent this offseason, reports ESPN.

"We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."


Making sense of the Chargers running back corps


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Donald Brown saved the Colts' run game last year and became an example of a running back playing to some career-high standards whilst in a contract year. The payoff could have led to a starting job, but instead Brown finds himself in another running back mess with the Chargers.

The Chargers seemingly did this to secure depth at the position and to safeguard against not having a back in case Ryan Mathews and/or Danny Woodhead leave via free agency next offseason. They also picked up a back who can do anything Mathews or Woodhead does -- Brown is a good runner and receiver.

The feeling here is that Mathews will remain the primary rusher for the Chargers. The team went 6-0 in games he had at least 20 carries (8-2 in games where he had at least 16 carries), a stat the coaches will have a hard time ignoring. Brown could keep Mathews from 24-plus carry games like he had toward the end of last season but we'll still see Mathews dominate. Brown should also reduce Woodhead's touches, particularly after he faded down the stretch last season. 

But even with this piecemeal workload from Mathews and Woodhead, it's tough to envision Brown getting enough work to be the same kind of helpful Fantasy rusher he was last year. I might take him with a mid-round pick. 


Danny Woodhead can't generate much


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead ran nine times for 29 yards and caught all three of his targets for 10 yards in the playoff loss at Denver. He was shaken up in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Woodhead, who got more carries than usual due to Ryan Mathews' ankle injury, will return to the Chargers in 2014 as he's under contract for $1.75 million.


Ryan Mathews unclear about Sunday status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews said his "mindset" is to play Sunday against Denver despite missing all three practices this week, per the San Diego Union-Tribune, which reported that he looked gimpy on Friday.

His absence would give Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead work as the dual featured backs. Brown rushed for 77 yards on just eight carries in the Wild Card defeat of Cincinnati, but 59 of those yards were churned up on a touchdown run that clinched the victory.


Danny Woodhead gets the bulk of the work


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead received the bulk of the carries against the Bengals.

Woodhead finished the game with 15 carries for 54 yards. He also scored the team's first touchdown of the game on a 5 yard run. Ryan Mathews got injured in the third quarter, which allowed the team to lean on Woodhead more than normal. He also caught two passes for 14 yards. Woodhead will take on the Broncos next week.


Danny Woodhead up to 76 grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead finished the regular season with a whopping 76 catches after making seven grabs for 42 yards in the win over Kansas City. He caught every pass thrown his way Week 17.

Woodhead posted career highs in receptions and touchdowns (8) while serving as Philip Rivers' safety valve. After rushing five times for 18 yards Sunday, Woodhead ended the year with a 4.0-yards per carry average on a career-best 106 totes.


Danny Woodhead averages 6.5 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead rushed eight times for a season-high 52 yards in the win over Oakland, averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Woodhead caught all three of his targets for 16 yards.

Woodhead got some extra touches while starter Ryan Mathews briefly left with an injury. He'll play the Chiefs in Week 17.


Danny Woodhead held in check in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead didn't receive as much work as usual in Week 15, as they were able to abandon the passing game early in a 27-20 win over the Broncos Thursday.

Woodhead rushed the ball nine times to match a season-high, but finished with just 29 yards on the ground. He was also targeted just once in the passing game, as he finished with just one reception for 13 yards.

Woodhead usually doesn't receive quite such a large proportion of his touches in the rushing game, as he has 66 receptions for 547 yards, as compared to just 359 yards on 93 carries. The Chargers face the Raiders in Week 16. 


Danny Woodhead an erratic asset lately


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead scored nine Fantasy points in Week 10 against the Broncos (his opponent this Thursday), but has taken his Fantasy owners on a bit of a roller coaster ride since then.

Over his last four, Woodhead has two games with 15 or more Fantasy points and two with three points (all of this coming in standard formats). He's averaged three receptions and eight rushes per game, and has scored two touchdowns. 

With Ryan Mathews seeing an uptick in production lately, Woodhead has been far less predictable. The Broncos have given up five touchdowns to opposing running backs in the last three games, and have allowed two games with 60 or more receiving yards to backs in that span, as well. Woodhead can't offer the lead back carries that Mathews can, but he is a very nice complement, and can score through the passing game. 

In PPR formats, Woodhead is a solid start at RB2, but he's just a little too erratic to be used with any kind of confidence in 12-team standard leagues. 


Danny Woodhead finds pay dirt in win over Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead turned in another solid performance as he found the end zone for the fourth time over his last five games during Sunday's win over the Giants in Week 14.

Woodhead caught a short, 6-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers with 24 seconds remaining in the first half. Woodhead also made an acrobatic 39-yard catch on a pass that was tipped by him and the defender. He finished the game with 94 yards of total offense, logging 42 yards on seven carries (6.0 yards per carry) and 52 yards on four receptions with a touchdown in a 37-14 victory.

Woodhead has three touchdown receptions over his last five and at least four catches in each of those games. He'll look to stay productive in Week 15 against the Broncos.

Danny Woodhead held in check in Week 13


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead was held in check during Sunday's loss to the Bengals in Week 13.

Woodhead was limited to only two receptions for the third time this season and the second time in the last three weeks. He caught two of the three passes thrown his way for 13 yards and had seven carries for 22 yards (3.1 yards per carry) in a 17-10 defeat.

Woodhead has 77 carries for 288 yards and two touchdowns and 61 catches for 482 yards and five touchdowns this season. He'll look to get things back on track at home against the Giants in Week 14.

Danny Woodhead shows versatility against Chiefs


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead showed off his versatility Week 12 against the Chiefs.

Woodhead was a threat on the ground and through the air. While he only received six rushes, Woodhead was able to make the most of Ryan Mathews' injury. After Mathews left the game in the third quarter, Woodhead managed to punch in a 3 yard score on the team's next running play. He finished with 25 yards rushing. 

As usual, Woodhead made a bigger impact in the passing game. He caught all four of his targets, picking up 45 yards. Woodhead managed to score on an 11 yard reception from Philip Rivers at the end of the second quarter. He'll take on the Bengals Week 13.


Danny Woodhead contributes little in loss to Miami


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Chargers pass-catching back Danny Woodhead didn't do much pass-catching Sunday against the Dolphins. He had just two receptions for 16 yards to match his season-low in both departments. Woodhead managed those exact numbers in the opener.

Woodhead rushed for 16 yards on three carries in the first half, but ran just twice for 5 yards after intermission. He will attempt to bounce back on the ground and through the air next Sunday in Kansas City.


Danny Woodhead a fine play in PPR leagues against Dolphins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2013) There are few assets more valuable in PPR leagues than a running back who catches a significant number of passes out of the backfield and still runs the ball effectively. Such is the case with Chargers back Danny Woodhead.

Woodhead has had between 5-9 rushing attempts in every game since Week 2 and is averaging 3.7 YPC. That is merely a bonus. He is also tied for ninth in the NFL in receptions with 53, which leads all running backs. He has scored four touchdowns through the air and another on the ground.

In an Fantasy era in which second running backs are tough to find, Woodhead contributes steady points. Week 11 foe Miami has been susceptible to pass-catching backs this year, including Darren Sproles and Jason Snelling, but has not yielded many passing yards to backs most of the year.

That is of little consequence for Woodhead, who scores decently against everyone. It's no wonder that all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank him in the top 15 among all NFL running backs this week. Unless you boast two elite running backs - and few Fantasy owners do - Woodhead is an automatic play in PPR leagues.


Danny Woodhead limited, but scores against Broncos


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead was limited Week 10 against the Broncos.

Woodhead was held in check, picking up 27 yards rushing on six attempts. Woodhead was mostly contained in the passing game, but picked up a 7 yard score. Woodhead nearly scored a second touchdown, but was stopped short of the end zone on another reception. Ryan Mathews came in and pushed the ball over the goal line for the score. Woodhead finished with four receptions for 17 yards. 

Woodhead will take on the Dolphins Week 11.


Chargers running game struggles in D.C.


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) The San Diego running game was limited on Sunday by the Washington defense. Chargers running backs Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead were held in check in the Week 9 overtime loss in D.C. 

Mathews rushed seven times for 34 yards, while Woodhead took the ball seven times for just 21 on the afternoon. Neither RB scored. 

Woodhead caught nine passes for 77 yards, however. He was targeted a team-high 12 times by quarterback Philip Rivers. Mathews, on the other hand, did not see a target from Rivers on the game. 

Mathews saw a string of back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances snapped Sunday. San Diego hosts Denver Week 10.


Danny Woodhead to put pass-catching ability on display


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead has an excellent matchup upcoming in Week 9 at Washington. That is because the Redskins have been allowing Fantasy points to opposing running backs in buckets.

The Redskins have allowed the third-most Fantasy points per game to RBs in the NFL this season entering Sunday's games. They have given up nine rushing touchdowns in seven games and another TD through the air to RBs.

Woodhead's ability to catch the football should help his value on Sunday. The Redskins just allowed six catches, 89 yards and a score to Knowshon Moreno of the Broncos last week. Montee Ball scored on the ground against them. That came one week after Matt Forte rushed for 91 yards with three TDs versus Washington.

Woodhead has 40 catches this season, second-most among NFL running backs. He scored his first rushing touchdown last week and has scored three times through the air. Fantasy owners can consider Woodhead a solid No. 2 Fantasy RB for the Week 9 game.

Danny Woodhead scores first rushing TD of season


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead had a solid game Sunday during the Week 7 win at Jacksonville. Woodhead scored a rushing touchdown in the game.

Woodhead cross the goal line in the first quarter on a 2-yard run to start the scoring for the Chargers. He finished the game with nine carries for 29 yards and the score. Woodhead also had four catches for 47 yards in the game. He was targeted four times by quarterback Philip Rivers.

Woodhead scored for the first time this season on the ground Sunday. He had three receiving touchdowns in his previous three games entering the Week 7 contest. Woodhead will look to get back into the end zone in the Week 9 game at Washington. The Chargers have a bye Week 8.

Keep rolling with Danny Woodhead


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead has a pretty solid matchup ahead of him Week 7 at Jacksonville.

Woodhead, a PPR Fantasy owners' dream, has one game under his belt against the Jaguars. That game was last year at Jacksonville. He rushed for just 7 yards, but caught two passes for 38 and a touchdown.

The Jaguars have allowed the fifth-most Fantasy points per game this season to the opposition's running backs. They've surrendered six touchdowns to RBs and only the Rams have allowed more than the 712 yards they have given up on the ground.

Woodhead has at least five catches in each of his last five games and has three TDs in his last three contests. He's been an integral part of the San Diego offense and is a No. 2 Fantasy RB for Week 7 with a distinct advantage in PPR leagues.

Danny Woodhead makes it five straight with at least five grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead proved again he can beat just about any linebacker in the passing game, catching all five of his targets for 47 yards against the Colts. It was Woodhead's fifth straight game with at least five catches, and his third game this season with at least 80 total yards.

Woodhead ran nine times for 36 yards, including a 10-yard gain after he appeared trapped in the backfield.

Up to 36 catches in six games, Woodhead visits Jacksonville in Week 7.


For Danny Woodhead, opportunity trumps matchup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead faces a brutal matchup Monday against the Colts. Not only does Indy give up the third-fewest points to opposing running backs (11.6 per game), the Colts give up the third-fewest receiving yards to running backs (19.6 per game) and have not allowed one to catch a touchdown.

That's where Woodhead does his damage. He's posted at least 54 receiving yards in three straight games while averaging seven catches. In fact, only Jamaal Charles has been targeted more among running backs (44 to 36). Woodhead has three more targets than Matt Forte, five more than Darren Sproles. Few would have predicted that before the season.

With Ryan Mathews recovering from a concussion, Woodhead figures to dominate snaps even more than normal. He got 18 touches to Ronnie Brown's 10 in last week loss in Oakland.

Consider Woodhead a low-end RB2 in standard formats and a high-end RB2 in PPR leagues.


Danny Woodhead contributes as receiver in Week 5 defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2013) Chargers running back Danny Woodhead entered the season with a reputation as a productive pass-catcher, but no featured back. He strengthened those perceptions Sunday night.

Woodhead has seemingly taken over the top spot in the backfield from struggling Ryan Mathews, but showed nothing as a runner by averaging 1.4 yards per carry in nine attempts against the Raiders. But he did contribute a team-high nine receptions for 58 yards and a 5-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter.

It remains to be seen if Woodhead can gain more balance in his game when San Diego hosts Indianapolis next Monday night.


Pass-catching Danny Woodhead a strong Fantasy option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Fantasy owners seeking big rushing numbers in non-PPR leagues should shy away from Chargers running back Danny Woodhead. All others should jump on the bandwagon.

Woodhead has only 19 carries for 91 yards for an albeit fine 4.7 YAC. But his real value comes in PPR leagues. He has 22 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns scored, both in the Week 4 defeat of Dallas.

He has been more involved in the offense in San Diego than he was in New England. But Fantasy owners should be aware that Week 5 foe Oakland has been lights-out in keeping opposing running backs at bay as receivers. The Raiders have surrendered just 10 catches for 76 yards and no touchdowns to players at that position.

They also haven't faced as prolific a pass-catcher coming out of the backfeld as Woodhead. The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers agree that Woodhead is a fine play on Sunday. All have him ranked 17th and 22nd among running backs.

Woodhead should be a sure thing as a decent point scorer in PPR leagues this week. Get him into your lineups, particularly in deeper leagues.