We’re hunting for some under-the-radar guys who get a boost in PPR formats. Players who may not rack up big yardage or TD numbers, but will haul in enough balls to serve as injury replacements, bye-week fill-ins or sneaky starters for your PPR team.
Here are some hidden gems to consider in the middle or late rounds of PPR drafts.
Note: ADP data is from My Fantasy League.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
ADP: 13th Round
Woodhead’s a relatively safe bounce-back candidate. You just need to have realistic expectations.
He’s returning from an October ankle fracture, a brutal injury. But he was declared 100% in June and hasn’t shown any rust in OTAs. And a mere 547 touches spread across the previous 5 seasons mean that his age (30) doesn't matter so much.
A look back to 2013 provides a window into Woodhead’s ceiling. He caught 76 balls for 605 yards, adding an unexpected 6 scores. The 5’8, 200-pounder even rushed 106 times for 429 yards (4.0 YPC) and 2 more TDs.
And this is where reality kicks in. We obviously can’t bank on another 8 total scores from a change-of-pace back. He’s much more likely to settle in around 3 or 4. The good news is that HC Mike McCoy -- who entered his 1st year with the Bolts in 2013 -- wasn’t afraid to use Woodhead near the goal line. The former Patriot handled 19 red zone rushes and 22 red zone targets that season. The departure of WR Eddie Royal leaves behind 11 red-zone targets from last year, including 5 from the 5-yard line or closer.
Barring a major face plant, 1st-round RB Melvin Gordon will enter September as the no-doubt lead back. He caught just 22 balls across 3 years at Wisconsin, though. So the door remains open for Woodhead to recapture a prominent receiving role.
His path to another 50+ grabs became a bit clearer following Antonio Gates’ 4-game suspension for PEDs. We have Woodhead pegged for 53 receptions this season.