Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead fantasy options while Ryan Mathews is out

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersDonald Brown and Danny Woodhead will be two names to consider when you put in your waiver requests for your fantasy league this week.

San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. UT San Diego says the initial prognosis is that Mathews has a sprained MCL in his right knee, though there is no timetable for how long he will be out.

While Mathews recovers, Brown and Woodhead will split the carries for San Diego’s offense.

Brown, a former first-round pick by the Colts, had 21 yards on seven carries and 3 catches for 10 yards against Seattle. Woodhead, who is in his second season with the Chargers, rushed for 32 yards on 8 carries and caught 4 passes for 28 yards.

We’re expecting Brown to assume a similar role to what Mathews had in the Chargers’ offense as a featured back. Woodhead will probably maintain his role as a receiving option on passing downs and occasional rusher.

Danny Woodhead broke out a great first down dance (GIF)

Danny-Woodhead-first-down-danceDanny Woodhead has been a major contributor in the San Diego Chargers’ passing offense this season, and Sunday was no exception. Woodhead caught seven passes for 42 yards in a win over the Kansas City Chiefs that sent the Chargers to the playoffs. One of his most important catches of the game came on 3rd-and-6 in overtime.

Woodhead secured a pass for a first down that led to the eventual game-winning field goal. The former undrafted free agent out of Chadron State rarely celebrates when making a play, but even he couldn’t resist. We’re glad he didn’t, because Woodhead treated us to an outstanding first-down shimmy.

Hopefully we see some more of that in the playoff next weekend.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber
H/T Jimmy Traina

Danny Woodhead overturned touchdown helps Redskins win

Danny Woodhead touchdown overturned

A Danny Woodhead touchdown catch was overturned by the referees on Sunday, helping the Washington Redskins beat the San Diego Chargers 30-24 in overtime.

Washington was up 24-21 late in the game and the Chargers were driving for what could have been a winning touchdown. Philip Rivers threw to Woodhead on 2nd-and-1 from the Washington six, and Woodhead took it to the sideline and made a dive for the end zone. Though he was pushed out of bounds by cornerback David Amerson, he reached for the pylon, which got knocked down, and the referees called it a touchdown. The score would have put San Diego up 27-24 with the extra point pending.

The officials reviewed the scoring play and overturned it after determining that the ball never broke the plane or touched the pylon. It was actually Woodhead’s leg, not the ball, that touched the pylon and knocked it over.

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Week 5 fantasy pickups include Danny Woodhead, Justin Blackmon, Heath Miller

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersBelieve it or not, one quarter of the fantasy football season is already in the books. For those of you who have your championship in Week 16, we’ve already passed the 25% mark. If you’ve managed to dominate the first four games of the season, you’re in good shape. If you haven’t, there’s still plenty of time to work the waiver wire, pull off a few trades and put yourself in position to make the playoffs. Here are your Week 5 fantasy pickups.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers: Most of us assumed Woodhead was a product of a highly-product Patriots offense last season and would have little fantasy appeal with the Chargers. It’s starting to look like we were wrong. Ryan Mathews is still Ryan Mathews and Woodhead has become a favorite safety valve for Philip Rivers. After posting more than six fantasy points in Weeks 2 and 3, he went off for 84 total yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys. Don’t expect that kind of production again, but there’s no reason Woodhead can’t be a viable flex play most weeks.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: The hope here is that the Jaguars eventually realize Blaine Gabbert is useless and go back to Chad Henne. Either way, Blackmon is returning from a four-game suspension this week and should instantly become the most viable receiving option in Jacksonville’s pathetic offense. It’s hard to get excited about anyone on this team, but someone has to see targets while the Jags are playing catch-up every single week. Blackmon is a solid candidate for that and there’s a good chance he’s been forgotten during his suspension.

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Danny Woodhead Tries to Sell His Own Jersey at Modell’s (Video)

Earlier in the week we provided you with this shocking news regarding the sale of Patriots gear. Suffice it to say that Danny Woodhead is a popular figure in the New England-area, but that wasn’t always the case. Check out this funny video of Patriots running back Danny Woodhead trying to sell his own Reebok jersey at a local Modell’s as a salesman:

That video comes to us courtesy of Darren Rovell and the best part was the guy who passed on it saying Woodhead was too small. Honestly, if you don’t know any better, how can you possibly distinguish between Woodhead and a typical store helper? The only question is which was better — Woodhead selling his gear, or Dwyane Wade undercover as Gordon the Nerd?

Danny Woodhead Selling More Shirts Than Tom Brady, Wes Welker

Danny Woodhead has been a major factor in the Patriots separating themselves from the rest of the NFL.  New England is playing on its own level and setting its own standards, and believe it or not their 3rd down running back has helped get them to the next level.  Woodhead is a white running back that stands at about 5-foot-8 (on stilts) and weighs 195 pounds (soaking wet with cement in his cleats).  Needless to say, he doesn’t fit the prototype.

For that reason, Patriots fans love him.  Woodhead is the epitome of an underdog story, but you can’t compare him to Rudy because he contributes week-in and week-out and helps the best team in the NFL win games.  When we actually think about it, it should come as no surprise that he is outselling Tom Brady and Wes Welker in New England area sporting goods stores.

Modell’s Sporting Goods told the Boston Herald that Woodhead has sold twice as many $20 T-shirts in the past month as Brady and Welker, who are normally the team’s best sellers.  His shirts are also the third-best seller at the Patriots Pro Shop and managers have had trouble keeping up with the demand.

With Rex Ryan’s team reeling and looking like they could turn against him at any second, I bet he wishes he could take back cutting this guy.  Woodhead seems like a great locker room guy and his play speaks for itself.  You win some and you lose some, right Rex?