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C.J. Anderson | Running Back | #20

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 225
College: California
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C.J. Anderson totaled just nine yards on four carries Sunday in the Panthers’ Week 5 victory over the Giants.
Anderson remained a non-factor on Sunday, losing the touch battle 22-4 to Christian McCaffrey. Unless low-volume handcuffs are your jam, the ex-Bronco doesn’t belong on any fantasy rosters. Oct 7 - 6:23 PM

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C.J. Anderson rushed twice for nine yards and caught his lone target for a 24-yard touchdown in the Panthers' Week 3 win over the Bengals.

He now has three touches in consecutive games. Anderson's big Week 3 play came on a screen pass where he did a nice job reading his blocks before reaching pay dirt. Anderson has no standalone fantasy value, but he is a worthwhile handcuff to Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had 30 touches in Sunday's victory.
Sep 23 - 4:54 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed three times for 31 yards in the Panthers' Week 2 loss to the Falcons.

His biggest play, however, was a terrible drop in the fourth quarter that ended up popping into the air for an easy Falcons interception. Anderson has 10 carries for 64 yards through two weeks and obviously is not a fantasy option. He'll only be one if Christian McCaffrey ever gets injured.
Sep 16 - 4:50 PM

C.J. Anderson rushed twice for 15 yards and caught his lone target for three yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

Rather than forming an RBBC with Christian McCaffrey, Anderson is competing for clear-cut No. 2 back duties with Cameron Artis-Payne in Carolina. Artis-Payne tallied 28 yards on eight touches Friday night. With McCaffrey now locked in as the Panthers' bellcow, Anderson is barely draft-able in 12-team leagues.
Aug 24 - 10:51 PM

C.J. Anderson tallied 39 yards on eight carries while also snaring two catches for nine yards Friday in the Panthers’ preseason game against the Dolphins.

Christian McCaffrey dominated touches early as Anderson didn’t see his first carry until midway through the second quarter. Anderson did break off one long run—that came on an 18-yard gallop early in the third quarter—but he averaged just three yards on his other seven carries. The 27-year-old will certainly have a role this year, but it’s clear as day that McCaffrey is the back to own in Carolina.
Aug 17 - 11:04 PM

Panthers signed RB C.J. Anderson, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year contract.

It's a savvy and sensible pickup for Carolina, which did not draft a running back and had only Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne on the depth chart behind Christian McCaffrey. The Anderson signing deals a significant blow to McCaffrey's fantasy outlook, and positions Anderson for RB3/flex value in the old Jonathan Stewart role. The Panthers are missing 202 carries from last year's roster, eighth most in the NFL. Anderson, 27, topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career last season, although his efficiency (4.1 YPC) has been mediocre the past two years. He is functional in the passing game. Anderson is now the favorite to lead the Panthers in carries.
May 7 - 3:56 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports "eight teams" have expressed interest in free agent C.J. Anderson.

We don't have the identity of any of these supposed eight teams, and it sounds like an extremely agent-fueled report. Anderson has drawn zero known interest in the nine days since he was released by Denver but will assuredly find a job (likely rather quickly) after this weekend's draft.
Apr 25 - 2:14 PM

Broncos released C.J. Anderson.

This move had been coming. Denver tried to trade Anderson earlier this offseason and even reportedly agreed in principle to a deal which would have sent him to Miami before the Dolphins pulled out. With Anderson out the door, Denver will turn to Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson in the backfield, although it is likely they add another back in the draft. Just 27 and coming off a 1,000-yard season, Anderson should find several suitors on the open market.
Apr 16 - 10:34 AM

9News Denver's Mike Klis reports C.J. Anderson will report to the Broncos' offseason workouts Monday.

Anderson has been at the center of trade rumors throughout the offseason but is fully expected to report to the team's first meeting Monday. "I’m going into this season thinking I can be cut at any moment. I’m going to use it as a motivation," Anderson said. Klis still considers it "hardly certain" Anderson stays on Denver's 2018 roster. The Broncos can save $5 million in cap space by cutting him.
Apr 15 - 2:55 PM

Denver 7's Troy Renck reports the Dolphins backed out of a trade which would have landed them C.J. Anderson in return for RT Ja'Wuan James.

The two sides reportedly agreed to the deal before Miami "surprisingly nixed" it at the last minute. While that trade did not go through, it does confirm the Broncos are willing if not looking to move Anderson, something they might be able to accomplish during the draft. Anderson is scheduled to earn $4.5 million this season.
Source: Denver 7
Apr 10 - 11:11 AM

Speaking at the NFL Owners Meetings on Sunday, GM John Elway was noncommittal on C.J. Anderson's future with the Broncos.

"He may or may not (return)," Elway said. "Who knows? We’re going to continue to massage this thing and try and figure out what’s best and gives us the best opportunity to win football games. ... There are a lot of moving parts to it when you talk about the (salary) cap." The Broncos can save $5 million in cap space by cutting Anderson. 9 News Denver's Mike Klis called it "hardly certain" Anderson stays on the Broncos' 2018 roster.
Mar 25 - 8:18 PM

9News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos will not release C.J. Anderson, but they "will listen to trade offers."

Owed just $4.5 million each of the next two seasons and coming off a 1,000-yard campaign, Anderson theoretically should have trade value, but the available talent both in free agency and the draft hurts his market. One potential fit is the Dolphins, who are themselves looking to offload RT Ja'Wuan James. That deal might work for both sides.
Mar 12 - 12:44 PM

NESN's Doug Kyed believes the Patriots could have interest in C.J. Anderson if he's released by the Broncos.

Most signs point to the Broncos releasing Anderson and clearing his $5 million to use in free agency. The Patriots were one of the few teams, along with the Bears and Dolphins, to show interest in Anderson when he was a restricted free agent in 2016, and Kyed believes New England could revisit him if Dion Lewis moves on. Anderson would be an upgrade on Mike Gillislee.
Source: NESN
Mar 2 - 9:42 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis says C.J. Anderson staying with the Broncos would be a "surprise."

Klis said the same for Aqib Talib. At the Combine on Wednesday, GM John Elway was adamant Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, Derek Wolfe, and Paxton Lynch would return as 2018 Broncos. He was much more evasive when asked about Anderson and Talib. "We’ll see," Elway said. "Like I said, we’re looking at every option that we can and where our football team is. I’m not saying they’ll be back for sure, but I’m not going to say they are gone."
Mar 1 - 11:45 AM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says it "would not be remotely surprising" if the Dolphins showed interest in C.J. Anderson should he be released by the Broncos.

The Dolphins signed Anderson to a four-year, $18 million deal as a restricted free agent in 2016, but the contract was matched by Denver. There is now speculation the Broncos will release Anderson, freeing up nearly $5 million to use in Denver's Kirk Cousins pursuit. Anderson has a Dolphins confidante in ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase and would form a committee with Kenyan Drake in Miami.
Feb 19 - 5:35 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Cam Newton
2Taylor Heinicke
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2C.J. Anderson
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Jarius Wright
3Damiere Byrd
WR21Torrey Smith
2D.J. Moore
3Curtis Samuel
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Ian Thomas
LT1Taylor Moton
2Matt Kalil
LG1Greg Van Roten
2Marshall Newhouse
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
RT1Chris Clark
2Daryl Williams
K1Graham Gano