Keep an eye on where CJ Anderson signs. If he signs with a RB needy team, he can potentially play on all three downs. Anderson did well with his opportunity last year, but Denver’s crowded backfield didn’t allow him to get workhorse numbers. He still had 245 carries and managed to cross the 1000-yard mark.
The bonus that comes with Anderson is his ability in the pass game. He was Pro Football Focus’ 2nd best rated pass blocking RB in 2017, and they graded him as the sixth best overall RB. When it comes to pass blocking efficiency, he was rated the best in the NFL by far. Being on the field on passing downs in addition to an early down role will ensure Anderson a weekly high floor.
Anderson has had a hard time staying healthy, but did play in all 16 games for the Broncos last season. He’s a good RB who can become a draft day value if he lands in the right spot without too much competition. The obvious ceiling for Anderson is a close to every down back with goal line opportunities. With the draft coming up, however, it’s tough for teams to invest in a veteran RB when they can draft one for pennies on the dollar and have them contribute right away.
The two likely possibilities are teams going for it right now, and teams who have young QBs that need a good RB to take some of the load off the pass game. The Panthers, Seahawks, Patriots, Colts, and Bucs are a few teams that come to mind that can use Anderson’s services. If the Bears manage to trade Jordan Howard, Anderson might be able to fit into that offense as a RB who offers and increases flexibility and unpredictability in play calling.
Where do you think Anderson will land? Where do you think he’ll become the most fantasy relevant?