Danny Woodhead: Is Patriots RB Worth a Fantasy Pickup?

Zach KruseSenior Analyst INovember 14, 2012

Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead (39) runs the ball for a touchdown against Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Despite a two-touchdown performance against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead still remains a risky fantasy pickup.

While Woodhead found the end zone twice on just five touches, there's simply too many weeks where his touches are equally sparse and the touchdowns and big yards don't follow. 

In fact, Woodhead (owned in just 27 percent of ESPN leagues) has either been held without a touchdown or 80 or more total yards in seven of nine games this season. His first fantasy week of the season with more than 10 points came Sunday.

Maybe if Woodhead was a more consistent part of the Patriots offense, his value would begin to inflate. But considering the log jam of running backs available in New England, Woodhead rarely gets fantasy-worthy touches.

Overall, Woodhead has just 49 rushing attempts and 23 catches this season, equalling a total of 72 touches. 425 yards—179 rushing and 246 receiving—and four touchdowns (two each) have been the result. 

However, three of the scores have come against the Buffalo Bills—the worst fantasy defense this season against opposing running backs in 2012—and in seven of nine games, Woodhead has received less than 10 total touches. 

On a week-to-week basis, there is just too much unknown. 

Some weeks, Woodhead will receive a workload that brings his his name back into the fantasy spotlight. Others, he's an afterthought who would bring big fantasy disappointment. 

In most league sizes and formats, besides maybe points-per-reception leagues, Woodhead should remain on the fantasy waiver wire. He's just too risky in terms of touches and production every week to be a reliable fantasy option.