RB C.J. Anderson, Detroit Lions

HT: 5-8, WT: 224, Born: 2-10-1991, College: California, Drafted: ---

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2014 Projections

David Dodds15.090.04014.53.08.0567.00.064
Bob Henry16.090.03854.33.08.0556.90.062
Jason Wood16.080.03404.23.02.0105.00.053
Maurile Tremblay16.075.03274.42.08.0607.50.051

Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: J Locker (207), C.J. Anderson (208), R Streater (209),
Position: R Helu (195-RB61), R Hillman (197-RB62), C.J. Anderson (208 - RB63), J Rodgers (214-RB64), M Tolbert (217-RB65)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: C.J. Anderson (213), R Woods (214), A Seferian-Jenkins (215)
Position: J Rodgers (201-RB63), J Grimes (202-RB64), C.J. Anderson (213 - RB65), M Tolbert (219-RB66), S Taylor (228-RB67)
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The Broncos have only one true power back on the roster, and that is second-year pro C.J. Anderson. He has the size to work well between the tackles, but Anderson also has the burst to get to the second level of the defense quickly. He runs hard every time he touches the ball, and Anderson can wear down opponents as the game goes on. He’s good enough as a receiver to be a decent receiving threat out of the backfield. Anderson should win the primary backup job behind Montee Ball in 2014, making him an important handcuff or waiver-wire addition for fantasy owners.

2014 Schedule

1 New York Giants
2at Carolina Panthers
3 Green Bay Packers
4at New York Jets
5 Buffalo Bills
6at Minnesota Vikings
7 New Orleans Saints
8at Atlanta Falcons
Bye week
10 Miami Dolphins
11at Arizona Cardinals
12at New England Patriots
13 Chicago Bears
14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Minnesota Vikings
16at Chicago Bears
17at Green Bay Packers
18at Dallas Cowboys

2013 Game Summaries

Week 8 - Active for the first time all season, C.J. Anderson saw just 10 snaps as Denver mostly relied on a rotation of Moreno and Ball. Anderson’s lone first-half carry was a 3-yard gain on 1st-and-10. Denver trusted him with a little bit of playing time in an important situation, as Anderson received two carries on Denver’s drive down the field to tie the game in the 3rd quarter. Anderson responded with a 2-yard conversion of 2nd-and-2 and a 6-yard gain on 1st-and-10, but was pulled for Moreno and Ball again once Denver neared the red zone. His final carry of the day was his best, as Anderson took the handoff, knifed through an initial arm tackle attempt, was wrapped up by two tacklers after nine yards, and managed to spin them around for an additional two yards to convert the first down. When asked about the rookie’s play after the game, coach John Fox said “I thought he had a good game, the game wasn't too big for him.”

Week 11 - C.J. Anderson was active, but did not receive a touch. He saw barely any snaps, but did share the field with Montee Ball in a very rare 2-back set for the Broncos.

Week 12 - After Montee Ball was benched for his lost fumble, C.J. Anderson was called upon to spell Knowshon Moreno and help keep him fresh. From the point of the fumble, Anderson played 11 of Denver’s 41 offensive snaps, mostly handling duties on passing downs. On an evening where it seemed that no one could hang on to the football, Anderson demonstrated that he was no exception, and on his fourth carry of the game he failed to secure the handoff from Peyton Manning, leading to yet another Denver fumble. The Broncos recovered, but that was the last snap Anderson played, as Moreno came in for the last four plays of the drive and Denver never got the ball back after that.

Week 14 - For the fourth time this season, C.J. Anderson was active. For the second time this season, he failed to log a single snap at halfback for Denver as the Broncos were perfectly content to use a two-man rotation at the position.