RB C.J. Anderson - Carolina Panthers
|5-8, 224||Born: 2-10-1991||College: California||Drafted: ---|
Week 6: at Washington Redskins
FBG says: Tough matchup. The preseason fears of C.J. Anderson eating into Christian McCaffrey's workload appear to be over as Anderson has just 16 total carries on the year while McCaffrey has 45 carries over the last two weeks and has been excelling with 242 yards rushing in those two games. He appears to have taken a stranglehold of this position and is a focal point of this offense. If there is one knock on McCaffrey it is that Cam Newton is still being utilized as the goal line back as he has three rushing touchdowns compared to McCaffrey who does not have a rushing touchdown on the season and just two in his career. The Redskins rushing defense is a unit that is one of the more improved units in all of football this season as in 2017 they allowed the most rushing yards per game at 134.1 yards and this year are holding opponents to just 92.5 yards per game. A big reason for this is that the Redskins have invested heavily in Alabama defensive lineman in the first round to improve their unit. Rookie Daron Payne and second-year player Jonathan Allen have formed a formidable defensive line alongside Matt Ioannidis who has continued his tremendous play as evidenced by his 2017 breakout year before getting injured. This is a unit that will be facing a big test this week but looks to be able to potentially hold up to the challenge.
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 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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