Danny Woodhead was a bust in 2014, as he missed a whopping 13 games after breaking his leg in week three. The San Diego Chargers probably wished they hadn’t written a return off, as they struggled with health in their running back depth chart and at one point were giving meaningful carries to both Donald Brown and Branden Oliver.
In 2015, Woodhead is healthy and ready to pick up where he left off. Woodhead wasn’t the PPR monster in 2014 that he was in 2013 (76 receptions), but all signs point to his massive role in the passing game returning. Ryan Mathews is gone, for one, while it’s unclear at this point if star rookie rusher Melvin Gordon can fully be trusted in passing situations. Whether he can or not, the Bolts aren’t about to put all that pressure on a first year player, and figure to feature Woodhead in the offense prominently.
Woodhead may seem like a guy in decline at 30 years old and coming off a lost season, but he has fresh legs and has never carried the ball more than 106 times in a season. The numbers point to him being plenty capable of helping out in 2015, and if the Chargers have their way, he’ll help out plenty. Woodhead doesn’t hold a ton of stand alone value in standard fantasy football leagues (he’s never scored more than eight times in a season), but he’s going to be a worthwhile shot at the Flex spot in PPR formats. In a big role ala Darren Sproles just two years ago, Woodhead was a top-15 back in PPR leagues. He won’t be quite that good in 2015, but you’ll still want to snag him later in drafts to round out your roster. His role should hover around 70-80 carries and he could eye 60+ receptions if healthy. Standard leaguers can appropriately wait for him in the 12th round or later, but PPR gamers will want to jump a tad earlier with a round 8 ADP.