Woodhead Shines as Mathews Exits Early with Another Injury

Depending on Mathew's injury, Woodhead could become the lead back

Depending on Mathew’s injury, Woodhead could become the lead back

As the San Diego Chargers were completing a spectacular comeback to hand the once undefeated Kansas City Chiefs their second straight loss, Danny Woodhead was doing as much as possible to help the team after a Ryan Mathews injury. Mathews, who was having a good game of his own with 55 yards and a score, was unable to finish as a hamstring injury sidelined him in the 3rd quarter.

Filling in from that point on, Woodhead was able to find various ways to hurt a vaunted Chiefs defense. Scoring on the ground and through the air, Woodhead finished with 25 yards rushing on 6 carries and 45 yards receiving on 4 receptions. Woodhead continues to be a receiving threat out of the backfield for quarterback, Philip Rivers, but may become more of a factor in the running game if Mathews is forced to miss time.

Danny Woodhead has been consistently productive all year, particularly in point per reception leagues. Sunday marked the fifth game in the last six in which Woodhead has recorded at least 4 receptions, and the back has now had at least ten touches in all of his games but two.

With Mathews on the sideline, though, Woodhead can become even more valuable than the flex play he currently is in most standard leagues. Given more touches than the 11 he is averaging per game this season, the sparkplug back can produce even more. Keep an eye on Mathews’ injury, as Woodhead would become a must-start play if Mathews were to miss extended time.


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