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22 C.J. Anderson RB
Height/Weight: 5-8/224 | Birthdate: 2/10/1991 | Birthplace: Richmond, CA, USA | Team: Denver | College: California | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 85/76 | Average Draft Position: 162.80
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C.J. Anderson tops 100 all-purpose yards again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Even on a day when the offense had trouble getting much going, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was still productive in a 22-7 loss to the Rams in Week 11.

Anderson was the only running back to receive carries for the Broncos, who abandoned the ground game early on. He rushed for just 29 yards on nine carries, but showed his abilities as a pass-catcher, hauling in eight for 86 yards in the loss.

Anderson had 22 Fantasy points last week and followed that up with 10 Sunday in an off-day. The Broncos' offense is so effective, it's hard for the lead running back not to put up big Fantasy numbers. As long as Anderson is getting the bulk of the work, there is little reason for Fantasy owners not to have him in their starting lineup.  


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson racks up 115 total yards in loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) With the Broncos forced to throw Sunday against the host Rams, running back C.J. Anderson racked up bigger numbers through the air than on the ground.

That's not saying much - he only rushed nine times for 29 yards. But he tied for the team lead with 10 targets and caught eight for 86 yards. He really picked it up in the second half with six receptions for 62 yards.

Anderson, whose starting job seems secure with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman struggling with injuries, will seek more balance next Sunday against the visiting Dolphins.


Report: C.J. Anderson to start at running back for Broncos


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will earn his first career start Sunday at St. Louis, according to The Denver Post. Even though Montee Ball is returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for five games, Anderson is getting the start following his strong performance Week 10 against the Raiders.

Ball will be the No. 2 running back Week 12 and rookie Juwan Thompson will be the Broncos' No. 3 back. Running back Ronnie Hillman, who started four of the previous five games, is sidelined due to a foot injury.


Broncos RB Montee Ball expected back for Week 11


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected to return from injury against St. Louis in Week 11, according to the Denver Post.

Ball has been out since suffering a groin injury in Week 5. In his absence, running back Ronnie Hillman became a productive option for the Broncos.

With Hillman expected to miss at least two weeks with a midfoot sprain, Ball will compete with C.J. Anderson for carries.


Broncos running backs keep finding success


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Being the running back in a Peyton Manning-led offense continues to be one of the best jobs in sports, as C.J. Anderson proved in Week 10's 41-17 win over the Raiders.

With Ronnie Hillman limited by an ankle injury, Anderson got his chance to show off in Week 10, and he put together a fine all-around performance. He rushed for 90 yards on 13 carries to lead the team, and added 73 yards on four receptions, punctuated by a 51-yard receiving touchdown in the second quarter.

Anderson entered Sunday's game with just 82 yards on 17 carries, and became the fourth Broncos running back to record double figures in Fantasy scoring. At this point, anyone the Broncos plug in there should be viewed as a must-start Fantasy option, whether it is Anderson, Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman. Even Juwan Thompson could probably put up big numbers if given the chance.

The Broncos are going to put their running backs in position to score, and Payton Manning is going to get them involved in the passing game. Anderson's success combined with Ball's expected return clouds the short-term future, so keep an eye on the team's plans to figure out how to set your lineup for Week 11 against the Rams. 


Broncos RB C.J. Anderson racks up 163 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) With Ronnie Hillman nursing an ankle injury, Broncos running back C.J. Anderson made the best out of his 17 touches in his team's Week 10 victory over the Raiders.

Anderson caught a short pass from Peyton Manning and turned it into a 51-yard touchdown reception. He carried the ball 13 times and rushed for 90 yards. He finished the game as the team's second-leading receiver, behind Demaryius Thomas (108 yards). Anderson caught four of the seven passes thrown his way for 73 yards and a score.

With Montee Ball expected to return in the coming weeks, the Broncos could be dealing with a logjam at running back. Anderson will look to build of his performance in Week 11 against the Rams.


Broncos' Juwan Thompson, C.J. Anderson do little Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Broncos running backs Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson did little Week 9 against the Patriots.

Anderson actually managed to lead the club in rushing, but gained just 18 yards on the day. He did contribute in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 33 yards. Thompson gained just 6 yards on two carries. He caught one pass for 6 yards. 

They'll look for more Week 10 against the Raiders. 


What's next for Juwan Thompson, C.J. Anderson?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/12/2014) The Broncos got a great game out of Ronnie Hillman at the Jets in Week 6, giving him 27 total touches. Juwan Thompson had eight carries in the game for 38 yards along with a catch for no yards while C.J. Anderson was active but didn't get any touches. 

For now it looks like Hillman will be the top back in the Broncos offense. The leash could remain short with him -- he had a fumble that was recovered by a teammate in the game. Thompson and Anderson could end up getting work if Hillman falters. But that's not exactly the best reason to carry either back in Fantasy moving forward. Thompson seems to have more appeal than Anderson at this point. 


Broncos might take 'hot hand' approach to doling out carries


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) An injury to featured back Montee Ball has clouded the running back situation for the Broncos. It might not get cleared up Sunday against the host Jets, but a hot hand at that position could allow one back to emerge moving forward, per the team website.

Among the possibilities is Juwan Thompson, who has been declared probable despite a knee issue. He earned his first three carries of the season in Week 5. Thompson is expected to get extended reps, but so are Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson, who suggested Thursday that the one who proves to be the best of the bunch early will likely receive the most carries.


Broncos RB Montee Ball officially ruled out for Week 6


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Broncos head coach John Fox officially ruled running back Montee Ball out for Week 6 at N.Y. Jets due to a groin injury, according to ESPN. Ball could be sidelined at least four games due to the injury. Ronnie Hillman will serve as the featured back, with C.J. Anderson likely earning some reps as well.

Broncos running backs no sure thing vs. jets


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Broncos have had one of the least effective running games in the league, but there is some hope that the ascension of Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson to larger roles will turn things around. What are the chances that happens in Week 6, with a tough matchup against the Jets on the way?

The Jets fell to 11th in FootballOutsiders.com's DVOA against the run in Week 5, after the Chargers ripped through them for 162 yards on the ground. However, in four games prior, the Jets allowed just 63.3 yards per game on the ground, with no running backs reaching double figures in Fantasy scoring against them.

Hillman ran the ball well for the Broncos last week against a tough Cardinals defense, but there is no telling whether he will be able to keep that up against New York. He should be worth starting in most Fantasy leagues even with the tough matchup, but temper expectations, especially with Anderson looming as a potential part-time player. 


Report: Broncos' Montee Ball to miss 'couple of weeks' with groin strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball will not need surgery to repair a strained groin suffered in Week 5 against Arizona, the Denver Post reports. The injury is expected to keep him sidelined for a "couple of weeks," multiple sources told the paper on Monday.

Ball was averaging 3.1 yards per carry before sustaining the injury on a non-contact play in the third quarter. The team will likely turn to Ronnie Hillman while Ball recovers from his ailment. Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson could also see some work Week 6 at N.Y. Jets.


Broncos provide no updates on Montee Ball's groin injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Broncos head coach John Fox would not provide any new updates on the injury status of running back Montee Ball during his Monday press conference, according to the Denver Post. Fox indicated that the team will likely provide more information once the team unveils its Week 6 practice report on Wednesday.

Ball left Week 5 against Arizona in the third quarter with a groin injury. According to earlier reports, the Broncos are fearing for bad news regarding his status moving forward. If he is unable to start in Week 6 against the Jets, the team will likely turn to Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson and C.J. Anderson.


Broncos running game a big question mark now


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) As if things couldn't get worse for Broncos running back Montee Ball, the first-year starter injured his groin early in the third quarter Week 5 against Arizona and could potentially miss a few weeks.

He was a non-factor before the injury, rushing six times for 7 yards and catching two passes for 11, which seems like just a side note except when you consider that his replacement, Ronnie Hillman, was most certainly a factor, rushing 15 times for 64 yards.

C.J. Anderson was inactive for this game but has also looked good in relief of Ball this season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Ball himself has averaged 3.1 yards per carry.

Now, maybe with more exposure, Hillman and Anderson will prove to be less effective than Ball, making it easy for the Broncos to go back to their intended starter whenever he's ready to play again. But they could also make him an afterthought. If you own Ball in Fantasy, you'll want to make a play for Hillman first and Anderson second.


Broncos list inactives for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) The Broncos have made RB C.J. Anderson, S David Bruton, DE Ben Garland, LB Lerentee McCray, DT Mitch Unrein, WR Cody Latimer and OL Michael Schofield inactive Week 5 against the Cardinals. 

Both Bruton and McCray entered the day considered questionable. Bruton is dealing with an ankle injury. McCray has a knee issue. 


C.J. Anderson gains 31 yards on five carries Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson picked up 31 yards on five carries in his team's 24-17 win over the Chiefs in Week 2.

Despite Ronnie Hillman being active Sunday, Anderson ran as Montee Ball's clear backup, getting five touches while Hillman didn't receive a carry or target. For the second straight week, Anderson did well with his limited opportunity. He has racked up 58 yards on just nine carries through two games, but he should have much more trouble succeeding against a tough Seattle defense in Week 3.


Broncos get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) The Broncos got several offensive contributions in their Week 1 win over the Colts. Backup running back C.J. Anderson ran four times for 27 yards, wideout Andre Caldwell caught two of five targets for 16 yards, and tight end Virgil Green had an 8-yard catch.

C.J. Anderson racks up 40 yards, touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson entered after Ronnie Hillman in Sunday's game against the 49ers, but Anderson got some snaps with the starters too. Anderson ran nine times for 29 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and caught both his targets for 11 yards.

Hillman started in place of Montee Ball, who's recovering from an appendectomy.


C.J. Anderson cleared to practice


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was cleared for practice Thursday, according to The Denver Post. He suffered a concussion last week.

C.J. Anderson still feeling post-concussion symptoms


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was sent home from practices Saturday, as he is still dealing with lingering issues from his concussion, reports USA Today.  

Anderson still has head aches from the concussion suffered Thursday, and has yet to clear the league's concussion protocol. He will continue to be monitored in the coming days. 


C.J. Anderson downplays head injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told 102.3 ESPN Radio in Denver through a text message that he is feeling fine after leaving Thursday's game against Seattle in the second quarter.

Anderson was checked out for a concussion and the team kept him out of the remainder of the game as a precaution. He finished with a 5-yard carry and two catches on three targets for 9 yards.


C.J. Anderson leaves with concussion-like symptoms


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson took a big hit from Seahawks linebacker Brock Coyle in Thursday's preseason opener. Anderson left the game with what the team called concussion-like symptoms.

Anderson finished with a 5-yard carry and two catches on three targets for 9 yards.


Ronnie Hillman the better backup bet behind Ball?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) In a projection of the Broncos 53-man roster, ESPN's Jeff Legwold wrote that rusher Ronnie Hillman would be the backup to starter Montee Ball while fellow running back C.J. Anderson wouldn't make the team. Anderson had been receiving some positive attention this offseason. 

Undrafted rookies Brennan Clay and Juwan Thompson also figure into the competition to back up Ball, and both of those players have a shot to make the roster, according to Legwold. Clay is a good pass catcher and Thompson is a bigger back who can pass protect and work on special teams. 


C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman fighting for No. 2 job


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) The Broncos are going with Montee Ball as the starting running back this season, but the No. 2 job behind him is wide open.

The battle will likely come down to C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, and Anderson is pushing Hillman for the job, reports the Denver Post.

The report says "Anderson is a serious threat" to be No. 2 behind Ball even though Hillman still has the inside track.


Backup RB job in Denver 'wide open'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase made it clear that running back Montee Ball is the starter, but everyone behind him on the depth chart is competing to be the No. 2 guy. 

"I would say everybody behind Montee right now is competing for the second spot. It's wide open," Gase said via a Denver Post video. "Whoever wants to step up and take that spot, that's what we're looking for."

C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman are the primary candidates for the job, though Jerodis Williams , Brennan Clay , Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are also on the roster.