Nearly 3,200 miles away from where Danny Woodhead called home last season in New England, he’s found a new home in San Diego and his situation is looking much better with the Chargers. He should see far more playing time then when he was with the Patriots, as he won’t have to fight for as many carries week to week with young up and coming players like Shane Vereen. He’s currently being drafted as the 45th running back in standard Yahoo! Sports fantasy football leagues. Yes, you read that correctly; the 45th running back. The Chargers offensive line is one of the worst in football, but newly signed head coach Mike McCoy has an offensive mindset and will get players like Woodhead involved. As Woodhead will go much earlier than this in points per reception (PPR) drafts, he is still an incredibly undervalued fantasy player in 2013. Here’s three reasons why he should be on your fantasy football team this season;
1. Ryan Mathews is still a question mark.
This is a HUGE factor. Ryan Mathews has not been the running back the Chargers were hoping he’d be when they drafted him with the 12th overall pick back in 2010. Entering his 3rd season, Mathews still has durability issues and fantasy owners are wondering if he can be a full-time workhorse back. The jury’s still out.
2. He has a career 4.8 yards per carry average.
He only has 265 career rushing attempts, but the numbers are there. His best season was back in 2010 when he rushed 97 times for 547 yards (5.6 yards per carry). He also is a fantastic pass catcher and should be a large asset to PPR owners.
3. He has little wear on his body.
Though this will be his 5th NFL season at 28 years-old, he does only have 265 career carries. He’s been a large part of the passing game his entire career, but this doesn’t take as large of a toll on the body as an every down back takes.
The Chargers also resigned running back Ronnie Brown this offseason, but I don’t think he’ll be too much of a factor in the offense with Woodhead now in the mix. Brown caught a career high 49 passes last season in his first year with the Chargers. Players like Michael Turner, Jonathan Stewart, and Willis McGahee are being draft in front of Danny Woodhead. I’d take him with ease over all 3 of these running backs. I hope after you read this article, you will realize how valuable Woodhead can be to your team this season.
Where do you rank Danny Woodhead this fantasy football season?