2017 Fantasy Football Profile: Danny Woodhead
Fantasy Football is an all the time thing, so it’s never too early to start projecting stats. We begin our early fantasy football coverage with Danny Woodhead:
Danny Woodhead is coming off an ACL injury, but he is expected to be 100% going into the 2017 season. Woodhead has always been a valuable player in PPR leagues. Woodhead is a player you can draft late and use him as a flex.
In the 2015 season he had 80 receptions from Phillip Rivers. He scored seven receiving touchdowns and three on the ground. The Ravens will likely use Woodhead as a mismatch machine in the passing game. Look for Woodhead’s reception totals to be high.
In the 2015 season, Woodhead had nine games with over 50 yards receiving. He tallied five or more receptions in nine games. That’s why Woodhead is a great player to put in the flex spot in PPR leagues. Say he gets 60 receiving yards, on six receptions and a touchdown. That’s five points for the receiving touchdown, six points for the receptions and three points for the yards.
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Anything he gives you on the ground is gravy. Woodhead is usually good for at least ten points in a game. He’s not going to put your fantasy team on his back, but he is a good third running back to have. In a 12 team league, where a good flex is hard to find, especially late in the season, Woodhead is valuable.
Woodhead should hover around 80 receptions this season, providing he is healthy. I think he is going to be the Ravens X-Factor on offense. As long as the purple and black have a tough runner in combination with Woodhead, this should work swimmingly.
The Bottom Line:
The Ravens don’t have a surplus of talent on the offensive side of the football. They could use Woodhead as a fundamental cog of their attack. They signed him pretty quickly into free agency, they obviously have big plans for him.
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Marty Mornhinweg loves using the running back as a receiving threat. Last season Kyle Juszczyk caught 37 passes, Terrance West caught 34 and Kenneth Dixon caught 30. Juszczyk is gone. Dixon will miss the first four games of the season due to his suspension. Somebody has to catch balls out of the backfield, and that’s what Woodhead does best. The first quarter of the season should be the best weeks to play Woodhead in fantasy football.