Danny Woodhead Will Be Worse Than Ryan Mathews for Fantasy Owners
The Chargers have a two-headed attack from the backfield, as both Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead have been productive offensive threats for San Diego.
Overall, both running backs have done damage for Mike McCoy's 3-3 squad, but at least from a fantasy perspective, Matthews is consistently a safer bet.
Sure, Woodhead is more of a dual-threat weapon, as the 28-year-old is almost as dangerous through the air as he is on the ground, but Matthews' overall upside is definitely higher.
So far this season, the former Fresno State back has 336 yards rushing against Woodhead's 143, and more importantly, Matthews is still developing as a player in his fourth year in the league.
A Pro Bowl selection in 2011, the 26-year-old Riverside, California native has at least 950 all-purpose yards in each of the last two seasons, a total that Woodhead has yet to reach once during his five years in the league.
As of now, Woodhead narrowly trails Matthews in total yardage, and while he leads him as far as touchdowns go, over the course of a full season, the younger of the two will pile up better fantasy numbers.
With Philip Rivers in the fold, Woodhead is certain to get the opportunity to cash in through the air, but as long as Matthews is getting more than twice the rushing attempts as his counterpart, he'll be a more valuable commodity in fantasy leagues.
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