Fantasy Football Value Pick: CJ Anderson
News out of Charlotte this week has the fantasy football world turning their heads.
The Panthers are planning to use C.J. Anderson as their feature back, leaving Christian McCaffrey in a similar role he had last season, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Anderson is coming off his first 1,000-yard rushing season, having rushed for 1,007 last season in Denver. He likely plays the traditional running back role in Norv Turner’s offense, according to Rodrigue.
Jonathan Stewart was somewhat successful last season, rushing for 680 yards and seven total touchdowns. He is now in New York and a lot of touches are up for grabs in Carolina–most thought those would go to McCaffrey, but that is not the case.
CJ Anderson is four years younger than Stewart and has less tread on his tires so an uptick in success for the ‘feature back’ role is likely.
Right now, Anderson’s ADP in fantasy football stands at 108th overall–in a 12-man league that’s a ninth round pick. For a starting running back on a team that likes to run the football, this is great value.
McCaffrey will be on most owners mind, but for a mid-to-late round pick, Anderson gives you a better value.
McCaffrey’s carries are expected to stay around the 117 he had last season, though he would like to up his average from the 3.7 he had in rushing for 435 yards. He will be utilized more in the receiving department and can improve on his 2017 numbers where he caught 80 passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns.