C.J. Anderson, RB Carolina Panthers

General Info

  • Height: 5' 8"
  • Weight: 224 lbs
  • DOB: 02-10-1991

Rankings

CAR Depth Chart

Most Recent News

Panthers Beat: RB C.J. Anderson appears to have lead role

Monday, July 16, 2018, 6:39pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

It appears that C.J. Anderson will take the lead in the traditional running back role.

Related players: Christian McCaffrey

Fantasy Impact:

The author feels we will see McCaffrey's receiving numbers rise from last year's 80-651-5 line. He doesn't think McCaffrey's carries will go up by much, but he's not ruling out 900 receiving yards for McCaffrey. McCaffrey is our No. 12 ranked PPR running back.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

C.J. Anderson quietly finished ninth in the league last season with 1,007 rushing yards. He’s only 27 years old, which should put him right in his prime, and he’ll be replacing Jonathan Stewart in the Panthers offense. Stewart had 198 carries last season, mostly on first and second down, and Anderson seems poised to take those touches. While Stewart averaged only 3.4 yards per carry with his attempts, Anderson has a career average of 4.4 (4.1 last season).

Fantasy Downside

Anderson hasn’t been featured heavily in the passing game. He caught only 28 passes last year, and the Panthers have Christian McCaffrey in the backfield, who should continue to be the primary receiving option out of the backfield. As a result, Anderson offers very little upside in PPR formats. Additionally, Anderson only scored four touchdowns last season, and the most he’s ever scored in a year was eight, back in 2014. On a team with Cam Newton vulturing red zone touches, Anderson’s scoring woes may continue in Carolina.

2018 Bottom Line

Stewart was worth rostering in most standard league formats as a deep bench guy throughout most of last season, and Anderson should get better production on fresher legs in a similar role. He has value as a spot-starter and bye-week fill-in, particularly in standard leagues, but shouldn’t be considered a viable starting option in PPR formats.

2018 Strength of Schedule - CAR
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
8
DAL
5
@ATL
27
CIN
BYE23
NYG
28
@WAS
3
@PHI
30
BAL
18
TB
17
@PIT
29
@DET
12
SEA
18
@TB
15
@CLE
10
NO
5
ATL
10
@NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2017 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1LAC2081004.0517037.008.89.848/6969.6%
2DAL25118104.723361312.0027.430.456/7772.7%
3@BUF836004.5027023.504.36.349/7070.0%
4OAK2095004.75417044.2511.215.244/6468.8%
5BYE--------------
6NYG917001.890000-1.71.738/8146.9%
7@LAC1044004.401170217.006.17.138/6459.4%
8@KC1578005.2017017.008.59.535/7347.9%
9@PHI913001.440001-1.31.323/6435.9%
10NE1054005.4011011.005.56.524/6338.1%
11CIN1337112.85219039.509.611.629/8135.8%
12@OAK512002.400000-1.21.219/5932.2%
13@MIA1567004.474430710.7511.015.040/7255.6%
14NYJ2248002.182250212.507.39.341/7058.6%
15@IND30158005.270001-15.815.854/7968.4%
16@WAS1688105.50745096.4319.326.342/7456.8%
17KC1861003.390001-6.16.137/6556.9%
Per game15.3162.940.190.064.111.7514.000.062.508.009.0710.8238.56/70.3154.59%
Totals2451007314.11282241408.00145.1173.1617/112554.59%