Should i pick up Woodhead and drop Tolbert? Its most likely going to be guys sitting my bench or maybe play one week here or there. Woodhead has looked pretty good so far where Tolbert seems to be at the end of his run.
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You can tell on NE bye they set up plays for woodhead.. Just as I figured he will be the featured back.. NE is trying to establish a run game this season and Woodhead and the law firm are the keys.. Woodhead will remain the featured back.. So he is a good pick up.. Tolberts days are numbered as the no.1 rb... Mathews is and will continue to be the no.1 back.. They just wanted to ease him back in.. Look at the numbers Sunday.. Tolbert only carried like 3 times..
Woodhead is a good pick up in deep leagues.. And you can play him as a wr with rb numbers.. Which is a BIG bonus.. Good Luck
Tolbert will probably remain the occasional goal-line back this year, and his value obviously takes a HUGE jump if Matthews gets injured again...
...that being said, if I'm choosing between the two, Woodhead gets the nod. He's a featured back now (rather than having to stash him and hope for upside), and as already mentioned, NE appears to want to get the guy significantly involved in their offense. Brady is likely going to make the guy a star this year.
(0.5 PPR, 12-team league) QB: Vick, RG3 RB: McFadden, Matthews, K. Smith, R. Williams, M. Goodson WR: Nicks, S. Smith, Britt, LaFell TE: Hernandez, Pitta K: Bironas DEF: Spot start (Cin in wk4)
I'd say go for it; unless Mathews gets injured again Tolbert's value is only going to go down moving forward, whereas I feel Woodhead is really gelling w/ the NE offensive system and Belichick should continue to figure out how to make him productive. Plus he still has RB/WR designation, which can come in handy for unforeseen injuries.
If you are just looking for a bench stash with high upside at some point, then I would keep Tolbert. If Mathews goes down again, then Tolbert's value will be significantly greater than Woodhead's. As things stand now, on a week to week basis, I think Woodhead will be more valuable, but I don't see any big upside to him. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a bye week filler or flex play in the next few weeks, then I would go with Woodhead.
Woodhead is the most interesting guy on the WW this week, IMO. I hope my claim for him gets granted.
He's got a RB/WR designation, which I've never seen before. If you're in a no-flex league as I am, that's like having a "flex" position built into your roster, and I don't know of another player with that designation. And if you're in a league that limits roster moves, and you often exhaust your roster moves throughout the year, Woodhead gives you some bye week coverage because he can be used at either position in weeks when 1/more of your starters at that position is on bye.
He's had 10 fpg in each of the last 3 weeks he's played, which is a better weekly average than all but a handful of WRs out there. He's certainly not guaranteed to continue that point production, but with his versatility he doesn't seem likely to give many duds. He can do as much damage in the air as on the ground, so his value isn't as affected by a defense with a great pass rush, great run defense, etc.
The Fred Taylor return might make a dent, but IMO the Patriots have some young talent at this position, and I suspect if they can win with the young guys, they'll prefer that to giving Taylor the work.
I agree that Tolbert is back to being a true back up with Matthews getting healthy, he may only steal the goal line carries. I see Woodhead as taking the role of Faulk, a third down back, but with all of there rb injuries and the trade of Maroney he should see a few carries also. I would say that Woodhead has a greater upside, but I wouldn't rely on him to be much more than a flex player is a larger ppr league. Good luck.
I concur that Tolbert's value is very low now. Mathews is the obvious starter. He still will vulture the occasional TD but you never know when. Woodhead has more upside. Here's mine: viewtopic.php?f=19&t=481512