C.J. Anderson Fantasy Football News 2017

Broncos HC Vance Joseph said Monday that RB C.J. Anderson (knee) is ready for the start of OTAs. He's about 5-and-a-half months removed from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Anderson mustered just 4.0 yards per carry in 7 games before going down last year. But RB Devontae Booker was worse, averaging 3.5 for the season. Denver only added RB Bernard Pierce in free agency. We'll see what they do in the draft. For now, Anderson is the favorite for lead-back duties.

Broncos HC Vance Joseph said this week that it's not yet clear whether RB C.J. Anderson will be ready for spring OTAs. “I’m not sure,’’ Joseph said, per ESPN's Jeff Legwold. “He’s working in that direction. He’s there every day working, so hopefully. But, he’s a veteran player. If he’s working in OTAs in the middle part of it, we’ll be fine with him in the fall.’’ Anderson had October surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. We'll keep an eye on his offseason progress, though returning by training camp will be much more significant than any OTA action he might or might not see. Anderson's RB16 price in early MFL10 drafting looks too high, however.

The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.

The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson underwent surgery on Thursday to have his damaged meniscus repaired, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He can start jogging again in 6 weeks, per Rapoport, and the recovery timetable is "described in months." There's some confusion as to whether Anderson has been placed on IR, but fantasy owners are safe to drop him from redraft rosters.

The Broncos have placed RB C.J. Anderson on IR with a torn meniscus. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Anderson is undergoing arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to determine whether it's a full or partial tear. Depending on the findings, he might have a shot to return. The earliest he could do so is Week 16, though, so he can be dropped in redraft leagues. Devontae Booker will step in as Denver's lead back and has the 6th easiest remaining RB schedule. The rookie could produce top 10 numbers the rest of the way.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos C.J. Anderson does not have a torn ACL. So that's good. The team is expected to update Anderson's status later today, per Schefter, so we should get a better idea of how long he'll be out. Rookie Devontae Booker will operate as Denver's lead back while Anderson is sidelined. The Broncos' next 3 opponents rank 24th or worse in fantasy points allowed to RBs.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is expected to miss "at least a few weeks" with bone bruise in his knee, according to insider Mike Garafolo. Anderson is getting a 2nd opinion today to determine the exact extent of the damage. We should get a more concrete timetable for his return later this week, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "being out for the season is also possible." RB Devontae Booker will take over as Denver's lead (feature?) back for as long as Anderson is out. The rookie has been impressive this year, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 7.7 yards per catch. RB Kapri Bibbs moves up to the #2 spot on the depth chart with Anderson out.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson missed Wednesday's practice to get a 2nd opinion on a knee injury suffered last week, according to insider Mike Klis. Anderson played through the issue in Monday night's win over the Chargers. "There is hope the injury could be minor in nature, although it’s also possible he could miss an extended period," Klis writes. We'll update this situation as soon as we learn more. RB Devontae Booker, who had already turned Denver's backfield into a committee, obviously needs to be owned in all leagues.

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak said Monday that RB Devontae Booker "deserves some more opportunities." The rookie has averaged 4.7 yards per carry through 6 games vs. just 3.5 for C.J. Anderson. "When he's had some opportunities he's done some really good things," Kubiak said of Booker. "As a young player, we're trying to get him going as far as protection and those type of things, and he's starting to handle himself better." Kubiak added that Anderson will "still be involved plenty," and he remains the better fantasy bet for now. But this will be a situation to keep a close eye on. Booker should be owned in most fantasy leagues.

Broncos RB Devontae Booker entered Saturday night's game 2nd in the backfield behind C.J. Anderson. He carried 8 times for 39 yards in the 1st half, while RB Ronnie Hillman didn't see a touch until after halftime. Unless those 2 flip roles for the 3rd preseason game, Booker looks like the leader for backup duties. That makes him an attractive handcuff pick in fantasy football drafts behind a starter with no full seasons of starting duty behind him. Anderson, meanwhile, looked good against the NIners as well. His 6 carries for 30 yards included a bouncing 19-yard TD scamper. Denver figures to lean on the running game as much as possible, with shaky QB play.

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson checked into training camp at 217 pounds -- 7 less than his listed weight. It's showing on the field. Andrew Mason of the team's official website noted that Anderson "looked quick when he made his cuts in the backfield" during Thursday's practice. Insider Cecil Lammey said Anderson "looks faster than I've ever seen him, very swift as a runner or receiver out of the backfield." The clear lead back in what figures to be a run-heavy offense, Anderson has tons of fantasy upside. He's a nice target at his 4th-round ADP.

Broncos insider Cameron Wolfe calls RB C.J. Anderson the "heart of the offense." That's been QB Peyton Manning for the past 4 seasons. But with Manning gone, Denver is expected to lean more on the running game in 2016. Note that HC Gary Kubiak's offenses have ranked top 11 in rushing attempts in 13 of 21 seasons. Anderson is the strong favorite to lead the backfield this year. Wolfe believes he "has the potential to be a 1,500-yard rusher."

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak praised RB C.J. Anderson. "C.J. is ready to be an every-down guy," Kubiak said. "Just watching him, I think his condition level is the best that I’ve seen it since I’ve been here. You all watch him practice. He’s had a really good offseason.” Per beat writer Jeff Legwold, Kubiak is intent on “pumping up” the Denver run game. GM John Elway is reportedly “on board.” It’s all good news for Anderson, who should see 250+ touches in 2016.

Denver RB Devontae Booker will sit out the teams’ first set of OTAs. The session runs from May 24 to May 26, but the 4th-round pick needs more time to recover from a torn meniscus in his left knee. We’ll keep a close eye on his health moving forward. There’s certainly time for the Utah standout to put pressure on starter C.J. Anderson.

Devontae Booker was the #2 RB on the Broncos' board, GM John Elway revealed.  Denver was able to snag Booker in the 4th round as the 7th RB selected.  “He’s a guy that has got great ball skills,” Elway said. “He runs very tough. [He’s] a very tough runner and really does a nice job after contact."  Booker dropped largely because of a torn meniscus that ended his 2015 season, but he says he's currently back to 90%.  "Greek [Head Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos] felt good about where that was and the situation where we were [at]," Elway added.  Booker joins C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman in the Broncos backfield.  It shouldn't take the rookie long to dispatch Hillman, and he could quickly put heat on Anderson.  It'll be a situation to monitor closely in HC Gary Kubiak's RB-friendly offense.

The Broncos have reached a new 1-year deal with RB Ronnie Hillman, according to Mike Klis of 9News.com. This comes after reports of negotiations "heating up" between the sides, making the 1-year term anti-climactic. It's significantly less than the 4-year, $19 million offer that Denver matched to keep RB C.J. Anderson from heading to Miami. Expect Anderson to enter the season as the starter and Hillman the #2 -- unless the NFL Draft brings another contender for work. Hillman beat Anderson in carries, rushing yards and TDs last season but averaged 0.5 less per rush and 2.7 yards less per reception.

The Broncos have matched the Dolphins’ offer sheet for RB C.J. Anderson, keeping him in Denver. For now, Anderson looks like a potential workhorse, although the Broncos will certainly add to their backfield in the coming weeks. Miami, meanwhile, must look elsewhere for a RB to pair with Jay Ajayi. Expect them to add depth via the draft and free agency.

The Dolphins have offered restricted free-agent RB C.J. Anderson a 4-year, $18 million offer sheet.  The Broncos now have 5 days to match the offer and retain Anderson.  If they don't, he'll head to Miami and Denver will receive no compensation.  Anderson was reportedly also drawing interest from the Bears and Patriots but clearly wants to reunite with Dolphins HC Adam Gase, who called plays in Denver when Anderson broke out in 2014.  He'd be the favorite for lead-back duties if he ends up Miami, squashing RB Jay Ajayi's fantasy outlook.  Stay tuned.

 
 
 

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