My blood is purpler than yours and when I saw the update saying “Ravens Sign Danny Woodhead”, that same blood began to boil.
The initial thought was “Why? What are you doing Ozzie? Are the whispers true–are you really losing your mojo?”
But then I started thinking about it. I reached out to some of my fellow Raven fans. Did they see this as I did? Did the Ravens really have so little faith in Kenneth Dixon? One fellow fan brought up a very good point: neither Dixon nor Terrence West are very good blockers.
While correct, I was still ill at ease. The signing of Danny Woodhead by the Baltimore Ravens was still a head-scratcher to me.
Of course, the news later broke that day that Kenneth Dixon had been suspended for four weeks for PED usage. Aha! Now things were starting to make sense! But let’s come back to that. Let’s first look at Woodhead individually.
Ravens Sign Danny Woodhead
Danny Woodhead 2016 Performance
2016 was a bit of a lost year for Danny Woodhead. Melvin Gordon emerged and became one of the most valuable RBs drafted in the later rounds last year.
The reason, of course, was because Woodhead was injured during Week 2 and never saw the field again.
However, his limited body of work was strong. He rushed for 116 yards on 19 carries or 6.1 yards per carry. He did not have a rushing TD, but his six catches for 35 yards did include a touchdown reception.
Given that Woodhead caught 81 passes and scored nine times the previous year, there is no reason to think he would not have exceeded those marks last year had he not been injured. But now that he’s on a new team and in a new situation, is he worth it?
Should I Draft Danny Woodhead in 2017?
The answer of course is yes.
He is currently the 41st RB being drafted mid-way through the ninth round, with a PPR ADP about a round better according to Fantasy Football Calculator.
Expect that number to rise as news broke earlier today that Kenneth Dixon has been suspended for the first quarter of the year:
RB Kenneth DIxon has been suspended for the first four games of 2017 for violating league’s policy on PEDs
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 9, 2017
Recall that Baltimore was 30th in yards per completion last year, averaging less than 10 yards per completion. Where do you think that the short passes were going last year? I’ll give you a hint, they were not long bombs to a WR streaking down the field.
At a minimum, Woodhead makes for a set-it-and-forget-it PPR RB for at least the first four games of the season, and a high upside RB3 in a standard league. And that’s the minimum. Consider the upside as well (say a 7th round pick): He beats out the rest of the Ravens questionable RBBC candidates and manages to provide 6-10 touchdowns with more than 1,000 combined yards like he has done the last two seasons when he played 16 games.
I’m not sure my fellow owners will let me steal him in the 7th round, but I do know I’m glad that the Ravens signed Danny Woodhead and I’d be happy to have him on my Fantasy team.