Danny Woodhead: Updated Fantasy Outlook and Analysis for Patriots RB

Nick KostoraContributor IIINovember 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Danny Woodhead #39 of the New England Patriots runs against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The New England Patriots running back carousel continued through Week 10, and this time it was Danny Woodhead taking a spin.

Woodhead has been non-existent for most of the season, but against the Buffalo Bills he managed to score only his second touchdown this year.

Has Woodhead turned a corner, or is this merely a fluke not to be repeated?

Let's analyze his fantasy outlook and analysis moving forward:


Fantasy Outlook

If there were only one word to describe Woodhead's fantasy outlook, it would be "grim." New England has utilized many running backs this season, and Woodhead has done little to separate himself from the pack.

He has managed double-digit carries only once, and that came all the way back in Week 3. The Patriots' offense is predicated on a high-flying aerial attack that occasionally turns to the backfield for a sense of balance.

Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden have each been more impressive thus far, and both will likely demand a higher workload than Woodhead as the season progresses.

There is undoubtedly plenty of talent and drive within Woodhead, but with a 3.4 yards per carry average this season, those traits have rarely been showcased.


Fantasy Analysis

Woodhead has no place in your starting lineup, on your bench or anywhere near your fantasy radar.

It is clear that his carries will be sporadic at best for the rest of the season, and touchdowns like the one on Sunday will be virtually non-existent.

New England does rank fourth in the NFL in rushing, but Woodhead is far from a big reason why.

It is nice to see him find the end zone and reclaim some of his 2010 success, though, and the Patriots have a great depth of talent at the running back position.