Danny Woodhead Sees Just 7 Touches in Loss to Dolphins

Chargers pay the price against the Fins for ignoring Woodhead

Chargers pay the price against the Fins for ignoring Woodhead

A steady fantasy contributor all year long, San Diego Chargers running back, Danny Woodhead, turned in the worst game he has had since Week 1 – when he was not yet a part of the San Diego rushing attack. Woodhead finished with only five carries for 21 yards and, surprisingly, was targeted only twice in the passing game, finishing with 16 receiving yards.

The seven touches Woodhead saw was also the lowest he has had in a game since the season’s first week. While the matchup was favorable, it seemed as if the Chargers coaching staff mysteriously ignored one of their most valuable offensive weapons for much of the game.

Meanwhile, fellow back, Ryan Mathews, took advantage of the friendly matchup, rushing for 127 yards on 19 carries. Mathews was targeted the same amount as Woodhead in the passing game as well.

For owners who own Woodhead, however, Sunday’s game shouldn’t be too worrisome. While his workload was smaller than weeks prior, he had been getting consistent touches for most of the year. With Mathews playing so well, San Diego coaches may have just been playing the hot hand on Sunday. Philip Rivers was also spreading the ball around a lot against a good Miami secondary as no Charger receiver had more than four catches.

Moving forward, Woodhad should still be a valuable flex play in standard leagues and a top running back option in PPR leagues. Sunday’s performance looks much more like an off week for the scrappy back rather than a sign of things to come. Look for Woodhead to get back to be the receiving threat he has been all year long next week against the Chiefs.

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