Will C.J. Anderson Be a Top Ten Fantasy Football Running Back in 2016?

Aug 29, 2016

C.J. Anderson
The Denver Broncos will begin their Super Bowl defense with Trevor Siemian under center barring a major development. At some point in the season the Paxton Lynch era could begin. Given the lack of experience in the game’s most important position, coupled with a stout defense, the Broncos should have a heavy run-oriented attack in 2016.
Anderson is once again in line for a heavy load for the Broncos. The good news, is owners could be a little skittish because last year was supposed to be his monster year. That never really materialized.
Anderson ran for 720 yards and five touchdowns last year. He did, however, manage to run for 4.7 yards per carry for the second straight season. C.J. added 25 receptions for 183 yards. Anderson never received more than 15 carries last year. I’m not worried that he cannot handle a heavy workload though.
In 2014 Anderson averaged 27.3 carries over a four-game stretch and 23.3 over the final six games to close out the season. During that six-game stretch he averaged 129.8 total yards and 1.5 total touchdowns per game. Hence the high expectations heading into 2015.
Anderson’s first six games in 2015 was a total opposite of his 2014 finish. He averaged 46.7 total yards without reaching paydirt. Anderson averaged a mere 2.7 yards per crack. In his next 11 games he increased his production to 56.6 total yards per game while scoring all five of his touchdowns. C.J. averaged 6.4 yards per carry during that stretch.
Denver ramped up his usage during the playoffs as he averaged 18 carries and three receptions en route to 91 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game during the Broncos’ Super Bowl run.
Given the current state of the Broncos’ offense, look for them to lean heavily on Anderson early. If he can stay healthy, he certainly has the ability to crack the top 10 or even a little higher. I recently updated my RB rankings to move him to RB13.

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