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Ravens HC John Harbaugh told The Associated Press this week that RB Danny Woodhead is "a big part of the passing game." QB Joe Flacco added that the free-agent addition returned something to the offense that had been missing since Ray Rice left. "Ever since we lost Ray, we haven't had the type of back quite like Ray was and quite like Danny is in the passing game," Flacco said. "They just have a very good feel for when they're open, how to get open, how to sit in holes, how to find my eyes." Rice caught 58+ passes in each of his 5 seasons as Baltimore's starter, including years of 76 and 78. Woodhead will have to share his new backfield with deft receiving back Kenneth Dixon once the later returns from a PED suspension. But a team that has lost WR Steve Smith, TE Dennis Pitta and WR Kamar Aiken from last year offers lots of available targets. Woodhead's a nice PPR value at his current mid-Round 7 ADP in MFL10 drafting.

It sounds like Ravens RB Danny Woodhead (knee) is a full-go for OTAs. "No restrictions,” he said. “I’m just playing football now. I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now." Woodhead is more than 8 months removed from tearing his ACL and had a setback-free rehab. We're curious to see whether the 32-year-old has lost a step after the injury, but we won't find that out until August. For now, Woodhead looks like a fine value in the 8th round of MFL10 drafts.

According to The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec, "team officials have said repeatedly they are content with [Terrance] West as the lead guy." The Ravens signed Danny Woodhead early in free agency but otherwise added nothing to the backfield. West returns on just his 1-year restricted free-agent tender after trailing Kenneth Dixon in carries 3 of the final 4 games last year. But the 2 split the work even then, and Dixon will miss the 1st 4 games of 2017 because of a PED suspension. That presents opportunity for West, at the least. Of course, he failed to hold the top job with the same opportunity last year. We'd bet on a committee approach here, with Woodhead and Dixon carrying significantly more fantasy upside than West -- especially in PPR formats.

ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports that RB Kenneth Dixon has been suspended 4 games for violating the league's PED policy. Consider that the 2nd blow today against a fantasy outlook that seemed quite intriguing just yesterday. Dixon returned from a summer knee injury to show flashes as a rookie while sharing the backfield with RB Terrance West and then hit the offseason looking like the best bet to lead the way in 2017. But the suspension arrives with the free-agent addition of RB Danny Woodhead. Dixon now looks like a fantasy reserve worth a shot somewhere in the double-digit rounds of your draft. There remains plenty of upside if he finds opportunity, at least.

The Ravens have reached a deal with RB Danny Woodhead, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 32-year-old tore his ACL in September but is now "fully healthy," per Rapoport. Woodhead racked up 81 and 76 catches, respectively, in his last 2 healthy seasons with the Chargers and figures to fill a significant pass-catching role in Baltimore. Woodhead's arrival puts a damper on RB Kenneth Dixon's 2017 breakout potential.

On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Chargers are "pretty certain" RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL in Sunday's game against the Jaguars. The team is still waiting for the MRI results, but reports of ACL injuries almost always turn out to be true. The injury would end Woodhead's season and cloud his football future. He turns 32 in January. It'd also leave Melvin Gordon as San Diego's 3-down back. He's off to a nice start this year, averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 3 TDs. Andre Williams and Kenneth Farrow sit behind Gordon on the depth chart but aren't worth rostering in fantasy football.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Woodhead has a torn ACL. His 2016 season is over.

Insider Alex Marvez hears that the "hope" is that Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is only dealing with an MCL sprain. "Optimism this isn't season-ending injury," Marvez adds. Woodhead will undergo additional testing tonight and/or tomorrow. We should get a concrete update on his status by Monday night. A sprained MCL would still likely cost him multiple weeks, but it'd obviously be better than a season-ending ACL injury.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffered what appeared to be a right leg injury in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Jaguars. He was carried off and then carted to the locker room. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

Update: Woodhead is dealing with a knee injury, the team announced.

The Chargers have placed WR Keenan Allen on IR. It officially ends his season after the Week 1 torn ACL. The good news is that Allen will have had just about 12 months to recover before the start of the 2017 campaign. He'll still be only 25 years old at that point and remains a strong dynasty hold. San Diego will move forward with Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman atop the WR depth chart, although TE Antonio Gates and RB Danny Woodhead could compete for the target lead the rest of the way.

Chargers RB Branden Oliver suffered a torn Achilles in Sunday's preseason game. He's done for the season. Oliver was 3rd on San Diego's RB depth chart and off the fantasy radar. His absence might mean a few more touches for RBs Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead, but it's not enough to move either guy up the RB rankings.

Chargers WR Stevie Johnson suffered a torn meniscus in Sunday's practice and will undergo surgery soon, according to NFL Network's Michael Silver. It's "unclear" whether the injury will end Johnson's season, Silver adds. It certainly sounds like the 30-year-old is looking at an extended absence, though. He's not worth rostering in redraft fantasy leagues. Johnson is mostly a short-range possession receiver for San Diego, so his absence figures to benefit Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead most. Dontrelle Inman, Javontee Herndon and Tyrell Williams will battle to take Johnson's #3 WR spot.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) is not being limited early in training camp. "I feel comfortable with the playbook. I feel more comfortable with myself," Gordon said via the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I had a whole year pretty much to figure things out. It was a long season. It was a grind. Mentally and physically, I think it was important (to get away). I needed the offseason to really get at it. I was working with a trainer who pushed me really hard, and I think I needed that.” Reports on Gordon’s knee have been all positive. Even in a timeshare with Danny Woodhead, the 2nd-year rusher is a fine value as the RB29 in recent drafts.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffered a sprained ankle during a minicamp practice in June. But per the San Diego Union-Tribune, Woodhead won’t miss time at the start of training camp. “It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time,” he said. “I feel great going into the season.” The 31-year-old retains RB2 appeal in PPR formats.

The Chargers have hired Ken Whisenhunt as OC.  He failed miserably as the Titans' HC but has a strong track record as OC.  Whiz held that title in San Diego back in 2013, helping the Chargers finish 5th in total yards and 12th in points.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has been placed on IR, ending his disappointing rookie season.  HC Mike McCoy said Monday that Gordon has cartilage damage and will need surgery.  We should get more details about the exact injury soon.  Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will handle backfield duties for San Diego against Oakland and Denver these final 2 weeks.  Woodhead looks like a lower-end fantasy starter at least for the Raiders game.

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Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (ankle) is surprisingly active for today’s game against the Raiders. Reports this morning had San Diego likely to hold him out, but he must have looked and felt better than expected in warmups. Insider Michael Gehlken hears, though, that RB Branden Oliver is still expected to have a “larger role.” Danny Woodhead is the only safe play in San Diego’s backfield.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Chargers are likely to hold RB Melvin Gordon out of today's game against the Raiders.  The rookie's ankle injury isn't serious, per Rapoport, so it sounds like San Diego is just playing it safe in a game they can likely win without him.  Gordon's absence would leave the Chargers with RBs Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver.  Woodhead will likely see a slight bump in touches, but Oliver might lead the backfield in carries.  He toted it 7 times for 23 yards last week, adding 40 more yards on 4 catches.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon mustered just 11 yards on 6 carries in Thursday night's preseason opener.  "I definitely have a lot of work to do," he admitted afterward. "It definitely wasn't what I expected at all, but we have some more preseason games before the regular season to fine tune myself."  As expected, Gordon lost 3rd-down work to RB Danny Woodhead.  More alarming is that Woodhead popped in an 8-yard TD on San Diego's 1st possession.  He played a significant red-zone role back in 2013, totaling 19 carries and 22 targets from inside the 20.  That's another reason to avoid Gordon at his current 3rd-round ADP.

Insider Kevin Acee confirms that RB Melvin Gordon won't play on all 3 downs without "much improvement blocking."  Gordon wasn't heavily involved in the passing game at Wisconsin and doesn't seem ready to play on passing downs as a rookie.  It'll be easy for San Diego to take Gordon off the field and replace him with Danny Woodhead in passing situations.  We have Gordon projected for 251 carries and 1,074 rushing yards  this season, but his lack of receiving numbers make him a tough sell at his 3rd-round price tag.

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