Danny Woodhead's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Ryan Mathews' Injury

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 24, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  Running back Danny Woodhead #39 of the San Diego Chargers scores a touchdown against safety Quintin Demps #35 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on November 24, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Darren Sproles isn't the only undersized running back who has become a gem in point-per-reception leagues.

San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead continued what has been a breakout fantasy football season during Week 12. Facing off against the Kansas City Chiefs vaunted defense, Woodhead was a menace as a receiver and a runner.

With Ryan Mathews suffering an injury, you need to get Woodhead on your roster.

Woodhead finished with six carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, as well as four receptions for 45 yards and a score. Those aren't sensational yardage numbers, but going up against one of the NFL's best linebacker corps, it's a 22-point outing in PPR leagues and 18 in standard formats.

That's the type of value that Woodhead has routinely brought to the table.

Sign him and, in your flex spot, don't be afraid to start him.

The biggest development for Woodhead's fantasy football value is the injury sustained by Mathews. From Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego:

Mathews has never played a full 16-game season since coming into the NFL in 2010 and saw just 12 games of action in 2012. That's a major reason why San Diego signed Woodhead to begin with.

As for Woodhead, he's developed into a Sproles type of player in the sense that he's a standout receiver. He has at least four receptions in eight games and at least five in six, making him the PPR gem that every owner searches for.

Without a true star in the receiving corps, expect Philip Rivers to continue making Woodhead the Chargers' most trusted target.