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Per beat writer Eric Williams of ESPN, Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has been a “pleasant surprise” for the team in offseason work. Williams adds that the RB has “flashed the quickness and elusiveness that makes him one of the best pass-catching RBs in the league.” Woodhead fit that description in 2013, catching a whopping 76 balls as a 1st-year Charger. But a broken ankle last September ended his 2014 season. Now healthy, he’s a candidate to re-emerge as a flex option in full PPR leagues.

The Chargers traded up a couple of spots in the 1st round to snag Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon at #15.  Gordon ripped off 2,587 rushing yards -- the 2nd-most in NCAA history -- averaged 7.5 yards per carry and scored 32 total TDs last year.  He led the draft class with 78 missed tackles forced, per Pro Football Focus.  He's a well-built runner with plenty of burst and long speed.  His vision is questionable at times, though.  He dances behind the line too much and had 19.2% of his carries go for no gain or a loss last year. Gordon also has work to do in the passing game.  He has a clear path to the starting job in San Diego but will likely lose passing-down work to Danny Woodhead.  Still, Gordon looks like at least a RB2 in 2015 redraft leagues.  He's a top-5 pick in dynasty rookie drafts. 

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead will be a full-go for the team's offseason program after breaking his leg last September.  “I feel really, really good,” he said. “I really do. As far as the injury goes, that is something I’m not even thinking about. I’m thinking about trying to get better."  Woodhead finished 12th among RBs in PPR points back in 2013 on the strength of a 76-605-6 receiving line.  He caught 5 balls in his 2 full games last season.  San Diego will likely add a RB in the draft, but Woodhead is a good bet to retain pass-catching duties in 2015.  He's a value pick at his current 15th-round ADP in MFL10 drafts.

Chargers HC Mike McCoy told ESPN.com Tuesday that his team doesn't necessarily need another RB to win after letting Ryan Mathews walk in free agency. “Ryan was very unique,” McCoy said. “He’s different than what we have now. But as that physical guy, yes, you can say Branden is that physical guy we have now. We can win with the three guys we have now. So, they’re all going to play in their own way, and we’ll see what happens through the draft and the rest of free agency with what’s available.” No coach is going to say that his backfield is screwed unless it adds a hoss. But it's at least noteworthy here that McCoy touted Oliver's ability to lead the backfield over that of Donald Brown, whom the team signed just a year ago. We'll see what else the Chargers do with their backs this offseason.

The Chargers have placed RB Danny Woodhead (leg/ankle) on IR, ending his 2014 season.  Turning 30 in January and due just $1.5 million next season, he figures to return as San Diego's passing-down back.  Woodhead's loss leaves Donald Brown as the Chargers' feature back with Ryan Mathews expected to miss another 3-4 weeks.  20+ touches per game will make Brown a solid RB2.  Rookie Branden Oliver will step in as the #2 back but is unlikely to see enough action to be a fantasy option.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffered a fractured fibula and severe high-ankle sprain in Sunday's game against the Bills, according to Fox Sports' Alex Marvez.  Woodhead likely needs season-ending surgery.  It's a tough break for a backfield that just lost Ryan Mathews last week.  Donald Brown will be a workhorse until Mathews returns.  He racked up a whopping 36 touches in Week 3 (31 carries, 5 catches) and should be good for 20+ as long as Mathews is out.  That workload will make Brown a weekly RB2.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead had to be carted off the field early in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game with an apparent ankle injury.  He's obviously doubtful to return, leaving Donald Brown to dominate touches in the Chargers backfield.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews' MRI revealed a sprained MCL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  It's expected to sideline him 4-5 weeks.  That'd put Mathews back on the field for Week 7 or 8.  San Diego has a Week 10 bye, so it's possible that he's held out until after that if he heals slowly.  RB Donald Brown figures to step in as San Diego's primary between-the-tackles runner while Mathews is out.  That role will make Brown a low-end fantasy starter.  He has plus matchups against the Jaguars (Week 4) and Raiders (Week 6).  RB Danny Woodhead also figures to see a bump in touches as long as Mathews is sidelined.

The Chargers believe RB Ryan Mathews suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday, which would be relatively good news considering he was carted off. Mathews will undergo an MRI, and hopefully we’ll learn more tomorrow.  He seems unlikely to play in Week 3 regardless.  That'd mean a big increase in touches for RB Donald Brown.  RB Danny Woodhead would probably see a few extra looks but remain in a change-of-pace role.

The news on Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (foot) has been much rosier today than it was on Friday.  After consulting with 3 separate foot specialists, it was determined that he does not need surgery.  Ellington actually got in a limited practice on Saturday and has been deemed a game-time decision for Monday night's tilt against the Chargers.  HC Bruce Arians says he's "optimistic" about Ellington's availability.  That still puts fantasy owners in a tough spot for Week 1.  We won't know Ellington's status until about 9 pm ET on Monday night, and he'll be a risky fantasy start if he is active.  Avoiding the situation is your best bet.  If you do want to wait on Ellington, you need to have either Jonathan Dwyer or Danny Woodhead rostered as a late replacement.  Longer term, it sounds like this foot won't be as big an issue as initially thought.  Ellington still carries risk but will have top-10 upside whenever he's on the field.

The Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a 2-year extension on Tuesday.  The new deal locks him in with San Diego through the 2016 season.  "Danny is an integral part of our offense," GM Tom Telesco said when announcing the new deal.  Woodhead likely received a slight raise here, but the move is a sign that he'll continue to play a key role as San Diego's passing-down back.  Woodhead is a long shot to match last year's 76-605-6, but he can still be an asset in PPR fantasy leagues.  He checks in at #33 in our PPR RB Rankings.

Despite the addition of RB Donald Brown to a backfield that already included Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews will remain the Chargers' feature back in 2014.  “We know Ryan is our bell cow,” GM Tom Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year."  The 3-year, $10.5 million deal San Diego handed Brown last week was a bit of a head-scratcher considering how effective Mathews and Woodhead were last year.  Making that kind of coin, Brown is going to see his fair share of action this season.  Some of that will come at the expense of Woodhead.  But Mathews is unlikely to match last year's 285 carries.  It's also worth noting that both Mathews and Woodhead are free agents next offseason, so Brown could enter 2015 atop the depth chart.

Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt reportedly views newly signed Dexter McCluster as more of a RB than WR.  McCluster was used primarily as a slot receiver in Kansas City the past 2 years, totaling 105 catches but just 20 carries.  Back in 2011, though, McCluster carried 114 times and averaged 4.5 yards per.  He was also a RB at Ole Miss, racking up 1,169 rushing yards his senior year.  “He has a body of work for four years now that you have evidence of what he can do,” Whisenhunt said. “He has lined up in the backfield and had success, he’s lined up in the slot and had success."  Whiz might be looking to use McCluster in a Danny Woodhead type of role.  Woodhead racked up 106 carries and 76 catches in Whisenhunt's offense last year.  McCluster is 30 pounds lighter than Woodhead (although Woodhead's listed weight of 200 lbs. seems generous) and probably isn't capable of handling 182 touches.  But he could approach 150 and be an intriguing RB3 or flex for your PPR fantasy team.

Former Colts RB Donald Brown has signed as a free agent with the Chargers.  Pro Football Talk reports that it's a 3-year deal worth $10.5 million, with $4 million guaranteed.  That's basically the same deal that Jacksonville gave RB Toby Gerhart, but Brown enters a much murkier situation.  San Diego still has Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead on the roster, and Brown doesn't really add another facet.  Brown has averaged 4.3 yards per carry across 5 seasons, 0.1 less than Mathews' career average.  Brown's best season easily came last year, with his contract up and Trent Richardson taking over primary duties.  Brown looks like a fantasy handcuff for Mathews and potential drain on the incumbent's value.  He also could take snaps -- and receptions -- away from Woodhead.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is active for today's game against the Broncos.  Mathews has played well through minor injuries this season, but his effectiveness today remains in question.  We're still expecting to see more of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown than usual.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews still had a brace on his troublesome left ankle on Friday.  He admitted that he's unsure if he'll be cleared for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  "The more rest you get, the better everything gets," he said. "It is only a week, so I'm just going to do what I can."  Mathews didn't participate in any practices this week, instead observing from the sideline.  "I'm not making predictions because I don't know where it stands honestly right now," QB Philip Rivers said. "But he's going to do all he can to play, to give himself the best chance to play four quarters. You just never know how things are going to play out. But Danny [Woodhead] and Ronnie [Brown] are ready if they're needed more than usual."  Mathews is a true game-time decision.  We won't know his status until 3 pm ET on Sunday.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) did not practice all week.  It's the 1st time all season that he didn't get in at least a limited workout.  San Diego lists him as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos but has otherwise been tight-lipped about his status.  We're expecting Mathews to be active, but his effectiveness on that bum ankle is a major question mark.  He's a risky fantasy play.  Expect to see more Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown than usual this weekend.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday.  He aggravated a nagging hammy problem last weekend and was unable to return to the game.  We're not expecting him to play against the Bengals this Sunday, although HC Mike McCoy hasn't ruled him out.  Ronnie Brown will step in as San Diego's between-the-tackles RB if Mathews can't go.  RB Danny Woodhead would also see a few extra touches.

Chargers insider Kevin Acee confirms that RB Ryan Mathews' hamstring injury on Sunday was an aggravation of a previous issue.  Mathews originally injured the hammy in Week 10 and has appeared on the injury report the past 2 weeks.  It leaves him extremely iffy for Sunday's game against the Bengals.  If Mathews misses time, Ronnie Brown would step in as San Diego's early-down RB.  Danny Woodhead would also see an increased ball-carrying role.

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