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Thu, 30 Apr 2015 19:59:11 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon isn't going to be expected to be an every-down back as a rookie, and RB Danny Woodhead and RB Branden Oliver will still have roles.
Fantasy Tip: Gordon has the skills to play all three downs, but he likely won't be a bell-cow back for the Chargers from Day 1. He should still be considered the top fantasy option in San Diego's backfield, but he should be drafted as a mid-level RB2 with plenty of upside.
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:50:05 -0700
San Diego Chargers RBs Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead comprise the team's current group of running backs, and head coach Mike McCoy said during the NFL Annual Meeting that he believes they can win with the three guys they have now.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:01:47 -0700
The San Diego Chargers remain in search of a fourth option at running back after RB Ryan Mathews turned down their one-year contract offer in favor of signing with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason. The agent for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was dismissive at the notion of any potential trade to the Chargers Wednesday, March 25. The Chargers seem likely to address the need via the NFL draft. Only RB Danny Woodhead, RB Branden Oliver and RB Donald Brown are under contract for 2015.
Fantasy Tip: As things currently stand, expect Oliver to be the workhorse on the ground, while Woodhead could be a decent option in PPR leagues. Brown possesses the least fantasy value as of now, but things could change drastically during the draft and/or training camp.
Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:11:54 -0700
San Diego Chargers RBs Branden Oliver, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead remain on the team's roster, but the Chargers are expected to look to add another running back after losing RB Ryan Mathews to the Philadelphia Eagles. San Diego is a candidate to look to draft a running back early in this year's draft to compete for a starting role.
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 09:36:16 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) underwent surgery last week to repair his broken fibula, and the surgery went well, according to sources.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:46:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) planned to be ready for full workouts in around 12 weeks but will take things slow since his season is over.
Fantasy Tip: Donald Brown and Branden Oliver will handle the running back duties until Ryan Mathews is able to return. Brown likely will receive most of the work and could be a fantasy option against some matchups.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:52:13 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (leg) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after he suffered a broken fibula during the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Tip: Donald Brown will be the starting running back until Ryan Mathews is able to return. Brown could be a useful option depending on the matchups each week. Owners could consider using Brown this week since he is facing the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:47:56 -0700
With injuries to both RB Ryan Mathews (knee) and Danny Woodhead (ankle/leg), RB Branden Oliver could see more playing time going forward with the San Diego Chargers.
Fantasy Tip: Oliver would be a clear No. 2 to Donald Brown assuming Mathews is out for a while. Woodhead may be done for the season, so owners wanting a backup for Brown should consider Oliver as a handcuff.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:19:37 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle, leg) suffered a severe high ankle sprain and fractured fibula in the Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills. A source said Sunday, Sept. 21, that season-ending surgery is likely.
Fantasy Tip: With Woodhead done, Donald Brown will see more touches going forward. If Ryan Mathews remains sidelined, too, Brown should see a bulk of the carries, would be a solid low-end RB2 or flex play in leagues of 12 or more teams. In FantasyScore, he is an intriguing pick, especially if the price is right, as he faces the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 4.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:41:00 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) will go for further tests Sunday, Sept. 21, night in San Diego, according to head coach Mike McCoy.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead was carted off in the Week 3 game in Buffalo, which was a pity for fantasy owners who were hoping for a bump with Ryan Mathews inactive. Donald Brown had a career-high 36 touches, mostly after Woodhead left. He is one to target if Woodhead misses time.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:15:49 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (ankle) suffered a right ankle injury in Week 3 and is considered questionable to return.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead probably will not return since he was carted off the field. Owners will need to wait until after the game to get a better idea on the severity of the injury.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:10:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) was carted off the field after suffering an undisclosed injury in Week 3.
Fantasy Tip: It does not appear like Woodhead will be able to return to the game. Donald Brown likely will get most of the work and could become the starter if Woodhead and Ryan Mathews miss more time.
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:05:20 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Donald Brown saw most of the snaps after RB Ryan Mathews (knee) went down in the Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished with seven carries for 21 yards while also added three receptions for 10 yards. RB Danny Woodhead actually led the team with 32 yards on eight rushes, and he had four catches for 28 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Brown and Woodhead should each see increased touches for as long as Mathews is sidelined. Both are decent low-end RB2s or flex plays heading into Week 3.
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 19:51:22 -0700
San Diego Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown each saw action on the first three offensive plays from scrimmage in the Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Sept. 8.
Fantasy Tip: FantasyScore owners, and those in weekly leagues, will want to watch this situation all evening. It might be a matter of the hot hand winning the lion's share of the carries. The team has three capable backs, and that kind of situation is maddening for fantasye owners.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:07:30 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead's two-year extension is worth $7.25 million, including a $3 million signing bonus and salaries of $750,000, $1.5 million and $2 million, respectively.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:34:31 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead is a prolific fantasy running back in PPR scoring leagues with much lower value in standard leagues. One drawback to Woodhead is the deep Chargers' running back corps with Ryan Mathews, Donald Brown and Woodhead. Still, he has RB2 upside in PPR leagues and is a fringe RB3 in standard leagues.
Tue, 27 May 2014 15:45:48 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not present at organized team activities Tuesday, May 27, so RBs Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown and Branden Oliver took handoffs and caught passes instead.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:19:12 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said that RB Ryan Mathews remains the team's every-down back despite the signing of RB Donald Brown in free agency. "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."
Fantasy Tip: Mathews figures to be a nice RB2/3 again this year, even with Woodhead and Brown around to steal touches from him in the backfield. Mathews loses some luster in PPR leagues, however, because of the presence of the other two backs for passing situations.
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:25:28 -0800
Should San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) be unable to play Sunday, Jan. 12, against the Denver Broncos, RB Ronnie Brown and RB Danny Woodhead would likely split carries once again, much as they did last week when Mathews left the game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:06:12 -0800
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) "will go if he can go" against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round this weekend. RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown would pick up the slack if Mathews can't play.
Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:49:56 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 27, after aggravating his hamstring ailment in Week 12. Head coach Mike McCoy said Mathews still has a chance to play in Week 13 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, though.
Fantasy Tip: Don't hold out hope for Mathews. Have a backup plan in place. Even if he does play, Danny Woodhead may get the bulk of the workload. Woodhead becomes virtually a must-start, especially in point-per-reception leagues, if Mathews is inactive.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:22:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 10. He has not been cleared to return to the practice field.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews has been known as a slow healer, so it would not be a shock to see him sit out this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. Danny Woodhead's matchup isn't great, but without Mathews around, it'd be hard not to find room for him in your lineup. Woodhead has much greater appeal in point-per-reception leagues.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:23:55 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 4, but is probable for Week 5. It's the first time he's been on the injury report this week, and head coach Mike McCoy hinted the team was just being cautious in limiting him in practice.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews shouldn't be in any danger of missing the Week 5 game against the Oakland Raiders. The matchup is nice, but he's still more of an RB3 or flex guy. Danny Woodhead carries more value than Mathews in point-per-reception setups.
Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:14:53 -0700
The San Diego Chargers have trusted RB Ryan Mathews despite a fumble inside the red zone in the team's Week 2 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mathews has now fumbled eight times in his career and three times inside the red zone. Despite his fumble last weekend, Mathews played in the second half, although RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown split carries. Mathews was absent for the team's hurry-up drive because of his inability to prove he can hang onto the football. "You're going to play, you're going to make a mistake," head coach Mike McCoy said of his words to Mathews. "You just keep going, don't worry about the last play. Philip (Rivers) has made a mistake, there's going to be a bad call, I'll make a poor decision somewhere. You do something, keep going. The future is now, just keep playing." Mathews carried the ball 16 times for 73 yards against the Eagles.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Mathews owners that the new coaching staff has more patience for his ball-security issues. However, if this keeps up, Woodhead and Brown will surely see more carries. Woodhead has more upside and should be owned in most leagues, especially if it's a point-per-reception setup.
Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:19:53 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is being used as a slot receiver and caught two passes in his preseason debut against the Arizona Cardinals. WR Eddie Royal (lung, concussion) has been sidelined in the preseason with a bruised lung and concussion. WRs Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd are expected to be the starting wide receivers in Week 1. Woodhead may join the offense in third-down situations, and WR Keenan Allen should mostly work out of the slot.
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:35:15 -0700
The San Diego Chargers are expected to use RB Danny Woodhead like they did RB Darren Sproles when he was a member of the Chargers. Woodhead is expected to be used on third downs and in the two-minute offense. He could also be used as a slot receiver at times during games.
Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:44:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) will be available to play in the team's third preseason game.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:20:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) is participating in practice Monday, Aug. 12. He has not practice since Friday, Aug. 2, because of an undisclosed injury.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:45:34 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead (undisclosed) has not participated in practice since Friday, Aug. 2, and head coach Mike McCoy has not given a specific reason for the absence. Woodhead is not expected to play in the first preseason game.
Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:30:42 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said he wants to use multiple running backs this season and will use the hot hand at the position. "That's the big thing. Play the hot hand while you roll. If you've got to tap out for a play or two, we'll put the next guy in," McCoy said. RB Ryan Mathews has worked with the first-team and second-team offense during practice and is part of a rotation with RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown.
Fantasy Tip: It would appear Mathews will be the starting running back entering the season but could lose carries to Woodhead and Brown because the coaches want to keep all three fresh. Mathews should be considered a No. 3 fantasy running back this season. Woodhead can be a No. 3 running back in point-per-reception leagues and a No. 4 running back in non-PPR leagues. Brown could be a No. 5 running back in deeper leagues.
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 18:44:54 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy wants RB Ryan Mathews to be the guy in 2013. McCoy said the depth the team added when they signed RBs Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown was not a reflection on Mathews. McCoy has one message for Mathews; "To have a great year and be the guy."
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:46:00 -0700
It seems as though the San Diego Chargers have come to grips with the fact that RB Ryan Mathews won't be the stud three-down running back they envisioned when they traded up to select him 12th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. RB Danny Woodhead has been very impressive in offseason workouts, and The San Diego Union Tribune's Michael Gehlken thinks Woodhead will be a big part of the Bolts' running attack, taking valuable repetitions away from Mathews.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews will fall far in this year's fantasy football drafts, with good reason. He'll probably have to plummet to RB3 range to have any real profit potential, though, since Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely steal touches from him in passing situations.
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:33:33 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews said he's "been just an average back." After bulking up last year in an effort to absorb hits more effectively, he has leaned out this year while also incorporating different stretches to stay flexible. Mathews is also studying more, specifically changing and working on understanding his blocking technique.
Fantasy Tip: This doesn't protect Mathews from the presence of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, who both stand to take reps from him on passing downs. Mathews, however, could stand to make a solid fantasy profit if he falls to the middle rounds, in contrast to the early-round selections he's garnered over the early part of his career. Woodhead more so than Brown ranks as a late-board trial pick but could wind up earning handcuff designation as the year goes on. Of course, San Diego might jump into the Willis McGahee "chase," so that may change.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:45:35 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy lauded RB Danny Woodhead for his versatility and expects him to be in a lot of offensive packages this coming year.
Fantasy Tip: Not to say Woodhead will be the next Darren Sproles, but the former Patriot could have flashes of pass-catching domination as he did in the AFC East. Ryan Mathews is far from a sure thing, and Ronnie Brown is merely a reserve. Count Woodhead as an intriguing PPR depth back.
Thu, 23 May 2013 22:02:08 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead looked comfortable in practice Monday, May 20, seeming to grasp the new system while appearing quick and decisive.
Fantasy Tip: Don't bank on Woodhead being used in a Darren Sproles-type role, but his changeup work behind Ryan Mathews should still produce a few weeks of PPR productivity. You'll have to do some scouting -- and read us -- for information on the best situations in which to use the fantasy depth back.
Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:07:59 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said RB Danny Woodhead could see time on first and second down in 2013 and will not be used as only a third-down back.
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:43:26 -0700
The New England Patriots were interested in re-signing RB Danny Woodhead but were not willing to pay Woodhead what he received from the San Diego Chargers.
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:01:07 -0700
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal with $1 million guaranteed. He received a $1 million signing bonus and will make $750,000 in 2013 and $1.75 million in 2014. If Woodhead plays at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps in either season, he earns an additional $100,000 for that season. If he plays at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps in either season, he earns an additional $200,000 for that season. That brings the maximum value of the deal to two years and $3.9 million.
Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:28:01 -0700
The New York Jets expressed interest in San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead but decided to sign RB Mike Goodson and allowed Woodhead to sign with the Chargers.
Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:14:19 -0700
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with RB Danny Woodhead (Patriots) on a two-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Woodhead will likely be used in a similar role to how he was used in New England with the chance to gain some carries. It is likely Woodhead will be used to compliment Ryan Mathews.
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 17:47:46 -0800
The New England Patriots value impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead but may not be willing to pay him what he is looking for because they have depth at the running back position.
Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:56:42 -0800
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead said he has not thought about free agency yet and probably will not for a few more weeks. "Really, I haven't really thought about it," Woodhead said. "It's only a week and a half out about, and I still just haven't thought about it. It will play out later on. It's a month away, so it's not something I've really thought about and probably won't think about for a little while." Woodhead said he really enjoys being a member of the Patriots.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:08:45 -0800
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen has shown flashes of athleticism, speed and pass-catching ability, even though he played just 13 percent of the snaps in 2012. Fellow RB Danny Woodhead is set to become a free agent, so Vereen could be in line for a larger role next season if Woodhead is not brought back.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 19:08:16 -0800
Impending free-agent RB Danny Woodhead (Patriots) is likely to be on the team's radar for a return in 2013, but he might be lured elsewhere in free agency if he is not re-signed before March.
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:19:30 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 18, and is listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:05:21 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 17.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:42:04 -0800
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:13:41 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) is participating during the media-access portion of practice Wednesday, Jan. 16. He is wearing a splint on his injured thumb but is not wearing a glove on his hand.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 08:43:17 -0800
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) was available to go back into the team's playoff game Sunday, Jan. 13, if needed. Woodhead should be available for the AFC Championship Game.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:32:33 -0800
New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead (thumb) should be available for the AFC Championship Game, according to a league source.