RB C.J. Anderson - Los Angeles Rams
|5-8, 224||Born: 2-10-1991||College: California||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
General News (Tue Jan 29): said Tuesday, Jan. 29, he is now playing at 235 pounds -- up from his previous playing weight of 225.
Week 21: vs New England Patriots
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
C.J. Anderson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 20 vs NO (16 / 44 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Anderson entered the game on the third offensive drive for Los Angeles. He took his first carry for a 5-yard gain and secured a 5-yard checkdown on the next play, so by nature of hanging onto the ball and falling forward, he was already making more positive contributions that Gurley. After Gurley's second awful drop, the Rams mostly rode Anderson for the remainder of the game. He converted the first third down of the contest for the Rams on a 3rd and 3 inside run with seven minutes remaining in the first half. The Rams had gone 0-4 on 3rd down previously. He received most of the snaps for the Rams for the rest of the game. A function of that was that the Rams' successful, long drives tended to come from when they ran hurry-up and the game at the line.
2018 Week 19 vs DAL (23 / 123 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
His first carry was a beautifully schemed Fake Jet Sweep/Inside Zone from shotgun that the Rams haven't really shown this season. Anderson got to the second level untouched, popping off for a total of 12 yards on his first touch. Anderson seemingly got 8-12 yards per touch, grinding through the Dallas front. He was the first Ram in the game to convert a redzone appearance into a touchdown, gaining the final 15 yards of the Rams' third drive on his own up the middle and punching it in for a one-yard score. The Rams decided to keep Gurley on the sideline and ride CJ Anderson to close the game out throughout the second half. Like he did on the first scoring drive, Anderson carried the Rams down the field, picking up 7-8 yards on seemingly almost every carry. After Goff failed to convert for a score on 3rd and goal from the 1 yard line, Anderson punched it in on 4th down for a game-extending score. When the Rams got the ball back, he took it a step further by converting for a first down on the ground after forcing Dallas to use their final timeouts.
2018 Week 17 vs SF (23 / 132 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
CJ Anderson doesn't do anything fancy. He just runs outside zone over and over for positive yardage. He could have finished with an additional touchdown, but got stopped at the one-yard line on the Rams' first drive (following Talib's fumble recovery). The 49ers turned it over again deep in their own territory on the next drive, and this time Anderson easily punched it in to go up 14-0 not even five minutes into the game. Anderson also got some targets and made positive contributions in the receiving game, which was a huge step up over last week - where the Rams barely threw to their backs and were unsuccessful when they did.
2018 Week 16 vs ARI (20 / 167 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
With both Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown out, the Rams turned the load over to recently-signed CJ Anderson. Rookie John Kelly did get plenty of work, Anderson didn't do anything fancy, just running the Rams' staple outside zone concept. He was decisive with his cuts and was very physical through contact. He clearly lacks a top gear, but he's still very capable of sifting through traffic then squaring up and running behind his pads when a defender tries to make a tackle. His comfort with these run concepts is very apparent after all the time he spent in Denver. The Rams did try to go to the Outside Zone/Screen a few times, but the Cardinals swarmed all over it and the Rams had no success with it. That's probably the most concerning issue to take from this game.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It wasn't until the fourth quarter with the game well out of hand that C.J. Anderson got his first touch of the ball, a reminder of how far down the pecking order he is in the offense. After a handful of carries, the Panthers were content to get out of Pittsburgh with their tails firmly tucked between their legs. Anderson was released over the weekend and he didn't seem too broken up about it.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
C.J. Anderson was the forgotten man once more in the Panthers offense, getting just one carry and featuring little in the expansive attack the team is relying on.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
C.J. Anderson got rotated in on a few snaps, including some that featured both he and Christian McCaffrey in the backfield at the same time. Mostly Anderson was run between the tackles, hard-charging but showing little burst. The Ravens remained discipline with their tackling all game, with Anderson unable to break through for longer chunks.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
C.J. Anderson played a distant second fiddle to Christian McCaffrey in this game, getting just a handful of carries. Unable to get into a rhythm, Anderson was stuffed on his totes in the second half, as the Giants did well to repel Carolina's rushing attack.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 1 rec)
C.J. Anderson played second fiddle to the irrepressible Christian McCaffrey but managed to take advantage of all the defensive attention on his backfield mate. With both backs flanking Newton in the shotgun, McCaffrey veered out to the right flat, forcing a reaction from Cincinnati's defenders. Meanwhile, Anderson sneaked out to the left, caught a lofted pass from Newton and trucked upfield behind some excellent blocks from his offensive linemen. Anderson waltzed into the end zone for the easy score. Otherwise, Anderson was only on the field for two more snaps and contributed little.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (3 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
C.J. Anderson was almost a non-factor in this contest, with an unfavourable game script putting his style of play on ice. The Panthers started off the game with Anderson as the lone back and Christian McCaffrey flanked out wide, handing it to the former Bronco for a nice 23-yard scamper behind a pulling guard. After that point, however, Anderson was left to feed off scraps as McCaffrey continued to boss the backfield touches. Late in the game, Anderson came in to spell McCaffrey and committed a crucial error, a pass caroming off his hands on a simple check down and landing in the hands of a grateful Atlanta defender.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
C.J. Anderson played second fiddle to Christian McCaffrey throughout, but gave the coaching staff plenty to ponder. The fleet of foot Anderson showed terrific patience, vision and burst to pick up small chunks of yardage that helped to wear the Cowboys down. Anderson spotted cutbacks and lapses by Dallas quickly and exploited them. His best carry was a beautiful red zone run; bending it left initially, Anderson spotted a crease between center and right guard, sidestepping into and then through the gap, weaving his way past would-be tacklers and unfortunately getting tackled at the one-yard line.
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