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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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C.J. Anderson managed 37 yards on 14 carries and caught 1-of-4 targets for four yards in the Broncos' Week 3 win over the Bengals.
It was a disappointing effort in a game where Denver scored 29 points, but Anderson simply couldn't get any room to run and only lost five touches to Devontae Booker. Anderson remains entrenched as the lead back in a run-heavy Broncos offense, keeping him in the every-week RB1 fantasy realm. He draws another tough matchup when Denver visits Tampa Bay in Week 4. Sep 25 - 4:16 PM

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C.J. Anderson cruised to 74 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while catching three-of-five passes for 19 yards Sunday in the Broncos' Week 2 win over the Colts.

Anderson got off to a booming start with 51 yards on 10 carries in the first half. He wore down a bit after halftime but it was still an impressive outing for the Broncos’ newly crowned workhorse (no pun intended). Anderson has seen 20 carries in back-to-back games, a threshold he never reached last year. It looks like Anderson is headed for the breakout season we were all expecting him to have in 2015. He’ll be in the RB1 discussion next week against the Bengals.
Sep 18 - 9:08 PM

Broncos LG Max Garcia said the offensive line wants to be "road graders."

"Our attitude changed. We wanted to be road graders, bulldozers," Garcia said. "That’s the mindset we try to instill across the offensive line." That mindset was successful Week 1, with the line opening big holes and the Broncos rushing for 148 yards against a tough Carolina defense. With a much less imposing Colts' front seven next up on the schedule, Denver should find even more success this week. C.J. Anderson is an elite fantasy option.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 11:01 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed 20 times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching 4-of-5 targets for 47 yards and another score Thursday night against the Panthers.

Anderson was almost unstoppable early in the game, taking his first carry 13 yards and gaining 49 on his first seven attempts. Unfortunately, he lost out on a scoring opportunity when FB Andy Janovich took a 3rd-and-1 carry 28 yards for a touchdown. Anderson made up for it on the first play of the fourth quarter, taking a screen pass 25 yards for a score. He added a goal-line score which ended up being the game-winning touchdown later in the quarter. Even against what should be a solid defense, Anderson continued to show the form he displayed over the second half of last season, and he is looking like a locked-in RB1. He will be an elite play against the Colts’ banged-up defense next week.
Sep 9 - 12:16 AM

C.J. Anderson rushed 11 times for 50 yards in the Broncos' third preseason game Saturday night.

His preseason rushing stats stand at 19-88-1 (4.63 YPC). Although Devontae Booker mixed in a bit more with the first-team offense Saturday, Anderson remained the clear feature back with the ones. Anderson has disappointed before, but bear in mind his ADP has fallen by nearly three rounds since last year. If Anderson stays healthy, the 25-year-old will be utilized heavily.
Aug 27 - 10:53 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed six times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' second preseason game.

He added one reception for no gain. Anderson was the clear-cut every-down back for Denver until he was rested and rookie Devontae Booker took over. In a run-first offense, Anderson is appealing when he lasts until the fourth round in 12-team drafts. Booker has emerged as Anderson's handcuff.
Aug 20 - 10:01 PM

C.J. Anderson reported to Broncos camp at 217 pounds.

Anderson says it's the lightest he's reported at in his four-year career. The 5-foot-8 back is listed at 224. "I did a lot more running in the offseason training than I've ever done," he said. Anderson battled ankle and toe issues for much of 2015, sapping his effectiveness early on. The lightened load can only help his feet, while 217 is still more than enough heft to shed tackles. Anderson is a legit RB1.
Jul 29 - 12:10 AM

According to the Denver Post's Cameron Wolfe, C.J. Anderson "has the potential" to be a "1,500-yard back."

The Gary Kubiak Effect. Kubiak has long championed featuring his running backs and making them the focal point of his offenses. With Peyton Manning now out of the picture, Kubiak is expected to revert to that style of play in 2016. Totaling 1,500 yards should be within reach for Anderson as long as he can stay healthy and get off to a fast start. Arian Foster rushed for 1,200-plus yards and tallied 1,500-plus three times under Kubiak in Houston, and Justin Forsett totaled 1,529 in 2014 in Kubiak's lone season with Baltimore. Anderson remains one of the better picks at his current fourth-round ADP.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 25 - 9:13 PM

C.J. Anderson said he doesn't think "there's any question" that coach Gary Kubiak wants to run the ball far more often this season.

"All you have to do is look out there and see a fullback running around," Anderson said. "I mean, we even drafted one. [Kubiak] wants to run the ball." Everything the Broncos have done this offseason points to the Broncos being a run-dominant offense in 2016. With Mark Sanchez penciled in at QB, the additions of LT Russell Okung and RT Donald Stephenson, offer-sheet match on Anderson, and drafting of FB Andy Janovich, Denver wants to be near the top of the league in rushing attempts after checking in at 17th last year. Anderson projects to be Kubiak's new Arian Foster. He can be viewed as a value pick currently being drafted in the fourth round of MFL best-ball leagues.
Jul 6 - 11:45 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson is "ready to be an every-down back."

Anderson has drawn raves from Kubiak for his conditioning at OTAs/minicamp. His first-half struggles forced him into a committee last season, but he’s projected for the majority of the carries over rookie Devontae Booker and Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos are counting on Anderson to build off his postseason after giving him a four-year extension. Anderson’s contract locks him in as the Week 1 starter, but there's not a huge leash if he has another slow start.
Jun 9 - 6:31 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck still expects C.J. Anderson to be the lead back.

Denver re-signed Ronnie Hillman and spent a fourth-round pick on Devontae Booker, but Renck still expects Anderson "to receive the bulk of the carries." Not everyone agrees with that opinion, however. ESPN's Jeff Legwold has said on multiple occasions he expects Booker to push for carries, although it is possible those come at the expense of Hillman. Anderson has a ton of upside, but his usage remains a big concern.
Source: Denver Post
May 12 - 11:49 AM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports the Broncos view C.J. Anderson as "potentially 'The Guy' in the run game."

They should tell their actions. After ludicrously giving Anderson an original-round tender instead of ponying up an extra $882,000 for the second-round option, the Broncos were almost forced to match the Dolphins' four-year, $18 million offer sheet because of their situation at quarterback. The big deal should ensure Anderson is the lead back moving forward, but the Broncos have not shown much commitment to Anderson thus far in his career. Denver is also reportedly interested in re-signing Ronnie Hillman.
Source: ESPN
Apr 5 - 11:03 AM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said C.J. Anderson "can be one of the top backs in the league."

"C.J. played his best football at the end of the year," Kubiak said. "I think C.J. hasn’t even reached the heights he can reach. I think C.J. is really just getting started." With the quarterback situation unsettled, the Broncos will likely utilize a run-heavy scheme this season. The extra work should benefit Anderson, who owns a career 4.8 YPC average, but only if he can stay on the field. He has never had more than 179 carries in a season and struggled through injuries last year. Still, Anderson finally looks poised to be the true No. 1 back in Denver.
Source: ESPN
Mar 24 - 10:53 AM

Broncos re-signed restricted free agent RB C.J. Anderson to a four-year, $18 million contract.

Cue the sad trombone for the Dolphins, who had supposedly structured Anderson's offer so the Broncos couldn't match it. With their quarterback situation remaining unsettled, the Broncos decided they couldn't lose a runner who was easily their best back last season, and one of their most important players down the stretch each of the past two years. Now the undisputed lead back for an offense that will likely be dramatically more run heavy in 2016, Anderson and his three-down skill-set should provide RB1 value in fantasy leagues.
Mar 15 - 3:10 PM

The Dolphins' offer sheet to restricted free agent C.J. Anderson contains a signing bonus of $5.25 million that must be paid by March 31.

Including bonuses and salary, Anderson's first-year pay will be $6 million, tying DeMarco Murray for the NFL's third highest 2016 total payments among running backs, behind only Adrian Peterson ($11 million) and Doug Martin ($8 million). Klis reports the Bears offered Anderson a four-year, $19 million deal -- more than Miami's four-year, $18 offer -- but Anderson preferred the familiarity of new Dolphins coach Adam Gase's offense. The Dolphins intentionally frontloaded Anderson's offer sheet in order to make it more difficult for the Broncos to match. Denver has until Tuesday at 4pm ET to make a decision.
Mar 13 - 3:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Trevor Siemian
2Paxton Lynch
3Austin Davis
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3Kapri Bibbs
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
FB1Andy Janovich
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Bennie Fowler
3Cody Latimer
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Jordan Norwood
3Jordan Taylor
WR31Bennie Fowler
TE1Virgil Green
2Jeff Heuerman
3John Phillips
LT1Russell Okung
2Ty Sambrailo
LG1Max Garcia
2Connor McGovern
C1Matt Paradis
2James Ferentz
RG1Michael Schofield
2Darrion Weems
RT1Donald Stephenson
K1Brandon McManus