Need a boost to your running back position in fantasy football? If so, you may have looked at hot waiver wire pickups such as Danny Woodhead or Dion Lewis this past week. Here we will discuss who is a better option in week 3, and going forward in the 2015 season.
Entering the season, Danny Woodhead didn’t have much fantasy value due to the presence of 1st round pick, Melvin Gordon. As it played out, Woodhead would go on to outplay Gordon in week 1 which boosted his stock a bit. He would go on to have a good game this past week compiling over 100 yards, as well. However, Gordon’s carry total more than doubled that of Woodhead’s in week two; his presence has been more so felt in the passing game as he already has 9 catches for 87 yards. Needless to say, if Woodhead isn’t getting red-zone looks like he did in week one, his weekly value is quite dependent on his PPR capabilities.
Making his first appearance this year since 2012, Dion Lewis has been arguably the biggest up and comer in fantasy football as he has established himself as the Patriots primary running back. It’s been proven in the past, no matter who lines up in the backfield behind Tom Brady will produce. Lewis has posted consecutive games with 100+ total yards to start the season and has made his presence felt as a receiver out of the backfield. He is coming off a game with 6 catches for 98 yards. With 22 carries, he more than triples the next running back in line.
Let’s talk matchups. Woodhead faces a Minnesota Vikings team who have been poor against the run to start the season; Carlos Hyde’s huge week 1 highlights that. Despite the good matchup, Woodhead’s workload is a concern moving forward as Melvin Gordon will improve every week and get more snaps as well. As for Dion Lewis, while he goes up against a Jacksonville defense which has been strong through the first two games, let’s remember that he plays on the Patriots offense. He will get the majority of the snaps in that backfield as well whether it’s from running the ball or catching. I like Lewis much more as a fantasy option than Woodhead for this week, and the rest of the season.
In week 3 I’m starting Dion Lewis, and sitting Danny Woodhead, and not just because his name is easy to forget.
Lewis is also the cheaper between the two in daily fantasy football leagues, making him the better call in the DFS scene, as well.