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RB C.J. Anderson - Los Angeles Rams

5-8, 224Born: 2-10-1991College: CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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General News (Tue Jan 15): had the full confidence of head coach Sean McVay, who signed the free agent on Dec. 18. "He's a guy that's played in big-time games," coach Sean McVay said Saturday, Jan. 12, following the Rams' 30-22 divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. "You know that no moment is too big for him. This is a guy that's had a big-time role and a Super Bowl champion team. He's just got a great feel for the game. I think he did a great job again tonight. Was really just impressed with him from the jump -- the way that he was able to come in, I guess it would be about a month ago now, and how quickly he was able to pick things up. Really smart, cerebral player and does a great job putting his pads down, finishing falling forward."

Week 20: at New Orleans Saints - $6500

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FBG says: Bad matchup. There's not much left to say about what this ground game was able to accomplish in the Divisional Round. Today's games are typically won through the air, but the Rams identified crucial weaknesses on the Dallas interior and pounded it relentlessly. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson combined for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns over 39 carries, controlling the game's flow from start to finish. The Rams also succeeded on a few jet sweeps to their athletic, versatile wideouts, and quarterback Jared Goff iced the game with the biggest run of his life on the final possession. The runners were fantastic, but it was the play of this elite front line that made the day possible. The 5 starters have been on the field for all 17 games this season, and their cohesion was apparent as they routinely locked up Dallas tacklers and brushed them aside. Simply put, their trap and second-level blocking were sights to behold. Center John Sullivan was particularly dominant on the inside, regrouping nicely from a shaky close to his regular season. It's hard to pin down the distribution between the two key runners: Gurley looks recovered from his in-season knee injury, but is still working back into optimal game shape. Coach Sean McVay has hinted as much over the past few weeks, and Gurley may again be held below 20 attempts regardless of the game's score. Anderson will continue to spell him liberally, and he's looked determined and powerful in his Rams rebirth. He's racked up 167, 132, and 123 yards in his 3 games with the team, routinely churning through holes and driving ahead for yardage. This Sunday, the Rams will almost certainly look to keep the ball on the ground for as long as game script allows. The Saints lost their most important run defender, nose tackle Sheldon Rankins, to a torn Achilles in the Divisional Round, leaving a massive hole in the front seven. Another dominant performance in the trenches should free up Gurley and Anderson to test the Saints' linebacking group. Considering how they ran wild against the Cowboys' strong second level, this group is certainly trending way upward for Sunday. The Saints defense has dominated in the run game throughout 2018, and that extended nicely into last week's win. The Eagles' jumbled rushing attack managed just 49 yards on the ground, with their longest gain by a running back going for just 8. On the season, the Saints have allowed just 3.6 yards per rushing attempt, second-best in all of football. Only a single opposing runner (Ezekiel Elliott in Week 13) has topped 70 yards in this matchup, and even he averaged just 3.3 in the process. The 14-3 Saints have typically led their games from start to finish, forcing opponents to abandon the run early and limiting the impacts of even the game's best runners. This isn't a perfect unit, though, and those numbers have often been buoyed by game flow. Several talented runners - including Todd Gurley, who racked up 5.2 yards per rush in Week 9 - have been able to produce efficiently. And it remains to be seen how the Saints will cover for the loss of breakout tackle Sheldon Rankins, who tore his Achilles last weekend. The drop-off may not be too severe: Rankins has been more impactful against the pass than the run, and the team is fairly deep along the line. They'll lean heavily on nose men Taylor Stallworth and Tyeler Davison, both of whom have ranged from strong to serviceable as interior run-stuffers. But their work is cut out for them against the Rams' dominant front, and they'll be needed to help keep the linebackers clean in pursuit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLSalPtsFP/$
16 at ARI 51 20 167 1 3 1 -5 0 0 0 22.70
17 vs SF 47 23 132 1 3 3 22 0 0 6200 22.90 3.69
19 vs DAL 34 23 123 2 1 0 0 0 0 5400 24.30 4.50
20 at NO PROJ-Dodds * 7 * * 1 * * * * * *
20 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * 0 * * * * * *
20 at NO PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

C.J. Anderson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 19 vs DAL (23 / 123 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 24.3 points, $5400)

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 - 22.9 points, $6200)

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 - 22.7 points, $0)

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 - -0.1 points, $4500)

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 - 0.1 points, $4700)

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 - 2 points, $4700)

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 - 0.9 points, $5300)

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 - 9.8 points, $5300)

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 - 3.1 points, $5300)

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 - 3.5 points, $5700)

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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Latest News

Rams | C.J. Anderson ready to roll (Thu Jan 17, 11:53 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson said he is the freshest running back in the league heading into a matchup with the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game. 'I look faster than everyone else, part of it because I'm fresh,' Anderson said.

Our View: Anderson was out of the league for a bit in the 2018 season after the Panthers decided to release him. He then signed with the Raiders for a week, only to never touch the ball and get released a week later. Anderson then got picked up by the Rams and he's had over 100-yards rushing in each of the three games he's played in for the team. Going up against the Saints in New Orleans is tough for any team, but we'll see if the Rams can grind them down on the ground with Anderson and starter Todd Gurley.
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Rams | Sean McVay believed in C.J. Anderson (Sun Jan 13, 02:32 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson had the full confidence of head coach Sean McVay, who signed the free agent on Dec. 18. 'He's a guy that's played in big-time games,' coach Sean McVay said Saturday, Jan. 12, following the Rams' 30-22 divisional-round playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys. 'You know that no moment is too big for him. This is a guy that's had a big-time role and a Super Bowl champion team. He's just got a great feel for the game. I think he did a great job again tonight. Was really just impressed with him from the jump -- the way that he was able to come in, I guess it would be about a month ago now, and how quickly he was able to pick things up. Really smart, cerebral player and does a great job putting his pads down, finishing falling forward.'

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Rams | C.J. Anderson runs over Dallas (Sat Jan 12, 11:36 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round Saturday, Jan. 12.

Our View: Anderson is making the latest argument that the running back position is interchangeable. He's also making a case to have a larger role somewhere next year. We'll expect another big workload next week.
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Rams | C.J. Anderson could see action (Sat Jan 5, 09:44 PM) - Los Angeles Rams RB C.J. Anderson could continue to have a role in the offense during the playoffs, according to head coach Sean McVay. 'But, he's certainly earned the right to be on the field,' McVay said. 'He's done a great job these last couple weeks.'

Our View: Todd Gurley has three weeks to rest with the bye week and Anderson starting the last two weeks of the regular season. It only makes sense to use Gurley as much as possible but also to use Anderson when he needs rest.
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