Fantasy Football: Danny Woodhead is a Great Waiver Wire Addition
The San Diego Chargers have been one of the best stories in this young 2013 NFL season. Players who used to be fantasy football studs like Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers are showing flashes of the greatness they once had in our leagues.
The Chargers have had a struggling rushing game due to the “stellar” performance of Ryan Matthews over the past few seasons. To help these issues out, the Chargers signed Danny Woodhead from the New England Patriots. Woodhead is a solid running back. He is not an every-down type back, but he has the makings of a Darren Sproles-type player: great hands on third down and a great change-of-pace guy.
Many fantasy owners thought that Woodhead would have an instant impact on the Chargers’ offense. After the first week, everyone thought he was a bust. But since that first week, he has had some very solid games, scoring double digit fantasy points in most PPR leagues.
This Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, Woodhead had his best game as a Charger, scoring two touchdowns in the air. These were his first two scores of the season. If you held onto him, great job, but if you are in need of a solid bye week or flex play guy, Woodhead is your man.
If you are going to take my advice with Woodhead, there is something you need to know. Danny is going to be exactly like Sproles: he will put up some huge numbers in PPR leagues some weeks, but he may struggle to get to double digits in points in others.
Schedules are always important. Look at the next four teams that Chargers will face: the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Washington Redskins. These teams will either put up points against the Chargers, causing the team to have to throw the ball more as the teams have poor pass defenses, or these teams are flat out not very good.
Woodhead is one of those players you want to root for and you very well should do that. Woodhead won’t put up Jamaal Charles or Adrian Peterson numbers, but he can be a great play for your team as well as a great depth guy if injuries hit you hard.