It hasn't been the best rookie season for San Diego Chargers first-round pick Melvin Gordon.
The running back from Wisconsin has not had a 100-yard game this year and suffered an ugly-looking leg injury in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. He was able to walk off under his own power, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, but his status going forward is uncertain.
Out goes Gordon, in come Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to the rescue.
Woodhead has never been a traditional running back. Rather, his versatility as a pass-catcher out of the backfield makes him a dangerous threat. In relief of Gordon, Woodhead put together his best fantasy day of the year in ESPN.com leagues:
|Woodhead vs. Dolphins|
|Catches||Total Yards||Touchdowns||Fantasy Points|
|ESPN Fantasy Scoring|
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It was only the fifth time Woodhead has eclipsed double digits in points, and he crossed the goal line for the first time since Week 9 against the Chicago Bears. Woodhead also became the first Chargers player to have four touchdowns in a game since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2007, per NFL GameDay.
Because Woodhead is valuable as a receiver, his fantasy stock is high. He's been inconsistent this year (as has every Chargers player except Philip Rivers), but he's capable of putting up performances like Sunday's. If you can snag Woodhead from the waiver wire to close the season, it wouldn't hurt to plug him into your RB2 or flex spot.
As for Brown, he carried the load for San Diego in the backfield:
|Brown vs. Dolphins|
|ESPN Fantasy Scoring|
Brown may not have days like this often. Days like this didn't even happen when he was playing with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. If you're trying to decide who the better tailback option is out of these two, it should be Woodhead.