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C.J. Anderson | Running Back | #22

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 224
College: California
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Broncos placed RB C.J. Anderson on injured reserve with a torn meniscus.
The Broncos took a few days to debate it but ultimately decided to give Anderson the full eight weeks to recover rather than rushing him back. This effectively puts Anderson out for the remainder of the fantasy season. He can be dropped in redraft formats. Fourth-round rookie Devontae Booker will lead the backfield during Anderson's absence.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Devontae Booker is a lock and load cash game play for Week 8, and he can be comfortably targeted in any format. Kapri Bibbs - who has just four carries this season - is his only real competition for work, and the Broncos remain a run-heavy offense. The Broncos coaching staff has also noted that they trust Booker in pass-protection, which makes him a very good bet to be an every-down back on Sunday. It would be very surprising to see Booker finish with fewer than 15 touches. Oct 28 - 4:38 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos will decide whether to place C.J. Anderson (knee) on injured reserve within the next 24 hours.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week that Anderson was being placed on I.R. but apparently Denver has yet to make a decision. Estimates for his recovery time have been all over the map, ranging from as few as two weeks to as many as eight. We're guessing it will be closer to eight. Devontae Booker will serve as Denver's workhorse during Anderson's absence and could ascend to weekly RB1 status.
Oct 28 - 4:02 PM

PFT reports C.J. Anderson (meniscus surgery) will miss "anywhere from 2-8 weeks."

Every reporter has had a different timetable for Anderson's recovery on Friday. Our sources are telling us Anderson will be sidelined anywhere from one to infinity weeks. Realistically, the Broncos are just hopeful Anderson will be back for the playoffs. Devontae Booker is now in a league-winning fantasy position.
Oct 28 - 2:09 PM

NBC Denver reports C.J. Anderson's injury is a "significant" right meniscus tear, but that there is "hope" he'll be ready for the playoffs.

The Broncos won't learn the full extent of Anderson's injury until he goes under the knife Thursday. It's quite possible the surgeon discovers something that keeps him out for the rest of the 2016 season. Devontae Booker slides in as an immediate RB1, with Kapri Bibbs becoming the new handcuff in Denver.
Source: NBC Denver
Oct 27 - 2:03 PM

Broncos placed RB C.J. Anderson (knee scope) on injured reserve.

He's undergoing arthroscopic surgery. He'll be a candidate to return in eight weeks, but obviously won't be a factor the rest of the fantasy season. He's free to drop in all re-draft formats. The Broncos will move forward with Devontae Booker as their workhorse, and Kapri Bibbs as their No. 2. Anderson has shown flashes of being a difference-making back every season, but has struggled with his health. It will be tough for the Broncos to rely on him as a clear No. 1 in 2017.
Oct 27 - 1:47 PM

C.J. Anderson (knee) denied a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport saying he had told "people close to him" he was out for the season.

Anderson immediately denied the report, writing, "False," in response to Rapoport's tweet. Anderson is expected to undergo further testing Thursday, and the Broncos are expected to update his status after those tests. Devontae Booker is still expected to get the start this week.
Oct 27 - 11:25 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports C.J. Anderson (knee) has told "people close to him" that he is out for the season.

Anderson immediately denied the report, simply writing, "False," in response to Rapoport's tweet. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Thursday Anderson had avoided an ACL tear, so it would be somewhat surprising if he suffered a season-ending injury. The Broncos are expected to update Anderson's status Thursday afternoon.
Oct 27 - 11:15 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports C.J. Anderson did not tear his ACL.

Schefter reports the Broncos are expected to update Anderson's status today. He is still expected to miss a few weeks with a bone bruise, but this report suggests he has avoided a season-ending injury. Devontae Booker will be the workhorse while Anderson is sidelined. The rookie is a top-five option at running back this week.
Oct 27 - 9:56 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports C.J. Anderson (knee) is expected to miss "at least a few weeks."

Garafolo's colleague, Ian Rapoport, adds that it's possible Anderson could miss the rest of the season. Anderson is getting a second opinion on Wednesday to see how severe the injury is. Anderson was able to play through it Monday night, and this comes as quite a big shock. Moving forward, Devontae Booker figures to handle every-down duties and will be backed up by special teamer Kapri Bibbs. Booker is an immediate RB1 for Week 8 vs. San Diego.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Devontae Booker is now a lock-and-load cash game option across the DFS industry. He should be locked into around 18-24 touches and shouldn't cede any goal-line work, so he's a massive steal at his current price tag. Even before Anderson's injury, Booker was beginning to eat further and further into the distribution of carries. He's the top dollar per point play at RB in the RotoGrinders projections.
Oct 26 - 3:26 PM

C.J. Anderson is not practicing Wednesday and is seeking a second opinion on a knee injury.

Anderson went down early in the Monday night game against the Texans but missed just a couple plays before quickly returning and piling up 107 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He looked no worse for the wear, but there's concern here that Anderson could be out "an extended period of time." We'll await more info, but this obviously makes Devontae Booker a must-have.
Oct 26 - 1:53 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects to continue using a 1-2 punch at running back going forward.

Devontae Booker out-snapped C.J. Anderson 35-29 on Monday, and out-touched him 18-16. Anderson narrowly out-gained him 107-87. "I sure hope so," Kubiak said of keeping both backs involved. "Hopefully we can have that many touches in a course of a game, but I saw two guys competing. I saw fresh guys on the field and I think that was good for us, but we were also getting more room to run. Those things go hand-in-hand." Although Anderson had his best game of the season on Monday, the situation renders him a volatile RB2, and locks Booker in as a high-end RB3.
Oct 25 - 5:47 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 16 times for 107 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' 27-9, Week 7 win over the Texans on Monday night.

Anderson got the start for the Broncos, but he and rookie Devontae Booker split snaps and carries fairly evenly, as Booker received 17 totes and scored a touchdown of his own to go with 83 yards. Anderson had failed to top 49 yards rushing in any game since Week 2, so the Broncos wanted to get Booker more work. It might have lit a fire under Anderson, and both backs performed exceptionally well in the timeshare, though it did occur against the Texans' 29th-ranked run defense. Look for coach Gary Kubiak to continue with the two-man committee next week at home against the Chargers. In Week 6 against San Diego, Anderson rushed 10 times for 37 scoreless yards. He'll be more of an RB2 in a tougher draw.
Oct 24 - 11:47 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 10 times for 37 yards in the Broncos' Week 6 loss to the Chargers, adding four receptions for 34 additional yards.

Anderson rushed for nine fewer yards than Devontae Booker despite doubling him up in carries (10-5). In Anderson's defense, he out-gained Booker 71-53 overall, and had a weaving 20-yard touchdown called back by holding. That run wasn't Anderson's only one undone by penalty. Nevertheless, it was Anderson's fourth straight game under 50 yards rushing, and the second straight week a committee looked like the Broncos' best backfield bet. Anderson will be a volatile RB2 for Week 7 against the Texans. Booker needs to be owned in all formats.
Oct 13 - 11:54 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 41 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards Week 5 against the Falcons.

Aside from a 10-yard run, Anderson did not have any notable plays and looked worse than rookie Devontae Booker, who played a concerning number of snaps. This is not a timeshare at this point, but Booker only saw four fewer touches and is clearly eating into Anderson's workload. That is a concern, but Anderson has a get-right matchup against the Chargers on Thursday night.
Oct 9 - 7:56 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed 19 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Denver's Week 4 win over the Bucs, adding a three-yard reception.

The 20-touch effort was Anderson's third in four games. Anderson is averaging just 3.45 yards per carry, but is on pace for 1,300 yards from scrimmage and 16 total touchdowns. The latter will probably go down, but the former should increase. Anderson's YPC should also be on the move after back-to-back tough run game matchups. He'll remain an RB1 for next week's game against the Falcons.
Oct 2 - 9:29 PM

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