The Forgotten Zero RB Super Star

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Danny Woodhead broke his fibula in Week 3 of the 2014 season and was put on the season ending IR. It was an unfortunate blow to the Chargers and to fantasy owners. So what about Danny Woodhead fantasy stock in 2015?

Fast forward to 2015, and the Chargers added Melvin Gordon in the draft after letting Ryan Mathews walk in free agency. There’s plenty to be optimistic about with Gordon. He’s a big back coming off the the second-most single-season rushing yards in FBS history. There’s so much optimism his cost may be getting out of control. Gordon’s biggest weakness is in the passing game. Many draft analysts labeled Gordon’s pass catching as marginal and suggested his pass protection was lacking.

Gordon the early downs RB

In 2013, Mathews was the early downs back and Woodhead came in on passing downs. Considering rookies typically struggle in pass protection, it’s easy to assume Gordon will be penciled in that same role as Mathews. Branden Oliver did fill in nicely for the injured Woodhead last season. Still the safe bet is on Woodhead retaining that job. Danny sports a lofty career 9.4 yards per reception and was the leading receiving back in 2013.

Big Game Potential

Woodhead had three 20+ point PPR games in his last full season as a Charger. For perspective, LeSean McCoy had only four 20+ point games last season. Lamar Miller had three. Jonathan Stewart and Mark Ingram had only two. I’m cherry picking here but you get the idea.

According the latest Best Ball ADP App, Woodhead is being selected in the 50’s range of RBs. This is a steal for a RB that was the #24 PPR scoring RB in 2012 and # 12 RB in 2013. Having a player drafted in the double digit rounds that can produce big games is a key to any successsful best ball team.

Put Woodhead on your radar in both best ball and re-draft leagues. If he continues to be forgotten, Danny Woodhead could become the ZeroRB darling he was in 2013.