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Should C.J. Anderson Owners Hit the Panic Button?

Friday, October 14, 2016 8:01
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One of the players receiving the most buzz lately is Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker. He totaled 59 yards on Sunday and 53 yards last night. Meanwhile starter C.J. Anderson managed 62 yards and 71 yards respectively. Anderson has been produced more yards, but Booker has been more effective. Booker averaged 6.3 yards per carry and 6.6 yards per touch over that stretch. Meanwhile, Anderson averaged 3.7 yards per carry and 4.8 yards per touch. Is it time for C.J. Anderson owners to panic?
Not just yet.
The main issue for the Broncos has been their quarterback play of late. Paxton Lynch sported a 81.0 passer rating against the Falcons on Sunday. He completed 23 or 35 yards for 223 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Lynch dinked and dunked his way to 6.4 yards per attempt.
Things took a turn for the worst on the Thursday Night Game when Trevor Siemian returned. He completed 30 of 50 passes with a touchdown. Even though he was interception-free, he managed just a 77.9 passer rating and a lowly 4.6 yards per attempt.
They don’t need John Elway or Peyton Manning performances from Siemian, but the Broncos do need him to stretch the field some to get the running game going. Not only will Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders benefit, but it should allow both Anderson and Booker to be effective backs.
As I mentioned in a preseason piece on Anderson, Anderson started off slow last year before finishing strong. Over the last 11 games last year he averaged 6.4 yards per carry. When it counted the most Anderson was at his best, averaging 18 carries and three receptions en route to 91 total yards and 0.7 touchdowns per game during the Broncos Super Bowl run.
Let’s not forget how effective Anderson was in the first two weeks when he averaged 116 total yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game.
In this “what have you done for me lately” society you may be able to take advantage of his recent struggles and the Booker buzz to get Anderson at a discounted rate. In the meantime, if Booker is available in your league, go ahead and stash him.
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