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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%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 162.80
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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. 


Starting job is Montee Ball's to lose


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is projected as the starting running back this season ahead of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, but he's not taking anything for granted, reports ESPN.

"I know for a fact they're not going to hand it to me, they're going to make sure we all get our opportunities throughout camp and throughout OTAs … but it's going to be who's the most productive," Ball said. "But for me, my mentality is that it is my job."

Denver can still add a running back between now and the draft to challenge Ball, but he's prepared to be the starter come Week 1.

"I don't want them to bring another running back in," Ball said. "I want it to be my job and that’s how I'm approaching it, in the most humble way possible. Like I said, I understand they’re not going to hand it to me, but I'm going to work really, really hard to contribute."


Broncos making changes at running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/5/2014) The Broncos plan to let Knowshon Moreno leave as a free agent this offseason and go with their young running backs in Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, reports the Denver Post.

The report says about Moreno "the Broncos appear willing to let him go in exchange for pushing second-year backs Ball and Anderson up a notch." And Ronnie Hillman will get a chance to help out as well.

The main benefactor is Ball, and the report says the "Broncos want to give Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014."

Anderson will be No. 2, and Hillman will work into the rotation as well. The Broncos will also look to bring in a veteran, and the report says free agent options include Darren McFadden, Donald Brown and James Starks.


Broncos get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Broncos got several minor offensive contributions in their Super Bowl loss. Tight end Julius Thomas caught four of six targets for 27 yards, and tight end Jacob Tamme had two catches for 9 yards.

Running back Montee Ball was held to 1 yard on six carries, and he caught two balls for 2 yards. Running back C.J. Anderson carried twice for 9 yards and added a 14-yard catch.


Broncos announce Super Bowl inactives


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Broncos listed defensive tackle Sione Fua (calf), cornerback Quentin Jammer, tight end Joel Dreessen, running back Ronnie Hillman, guard Chris Kuper, offensive tackle Vinston Painter and quarterback Zac Dysert as inactive for the Super Bowl.

With Hillman inactive, rookie C.J. Anderson will serve as the No. 3 running back. Cornerback Marquice Cole replaces Jammer on the active roster.


Broncos list inactives for regular season finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Broncos have ruled Zac Dysert, C.J. Anderson, Kayvon Webster, Steve Vallos, Wes Welker, Derek Wolfe and Sione Fua inactive for Sunday's season finale against the Raiders in Week 17.

Broncos list Week 16 inactives


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) In addition to wide receiver Wes Welker, who is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with a concussion, the Broncos' list of inactives for Week 16 at Houston includes defensive back Kayvon Webster (thumb), offensive lineman Chris Kuper (ankle), defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (illness), quarterback Zac Dysert, running back C.J. Anderson and defensive lineman Sione Fua. Dysert, Anderson and Fua are all healthy scratches. 

Plenty of injuries among Broncos' inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013)  The Broncos inactive list for Week 15 against the Chargers is heavy with injured players Thursday, as wide receiver Wes Welker (concussion), defensive back Champ Bailey (foot), running back C.J. Anderson (illness) and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe (illness) were all unable to play Thursday.

Additionally, quarterback Zac Dysert and offensive linemen Chris Kuper and J.D. Walton were not in uniform for the game.