There is certainly no shortage of uplifting stories in fantasy football this season, from the resurrection of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster leading the league in rushing and myriad others. But in most of these cases of surprising production, at least fantasy footballers had heard of these fellows. Everyone knew who Vick was. Foster was drafted in all leagues, albeit rounds after he should have. Even Brandon Lloyd, a contender to lead all wide receivers in scoring this season, had been in the league, underachieving for years.
But the 18 fantasy points that New England Patriots hybrid running back/wide receiver Danny Woodhead supplied his owners this past weekend belong in a different class, as they struck a chord with me. This wasn't a hotshot rookie (or a rookie at all; he's 27 years old). Nor was Woodhead supposed to get opportunity or do much with it. He was a New York Jet when you drafted your teams and released in real life in mid-September! The Patriots took a chance on the diminutive Division II Chadron State product after the Laurence Maroney trade. Remember how excited fantasy owners got about Maroney in Denver?
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