by Mike Tagliere | Rams Correspondent | Mon, May 7th 4:05pm EDT
According to Pro Football Talk, the Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent running back C.J. Anderson. (Pro Football Talk on Twitter)
This was something that we thought might be the case after the Panthers didn't use a pick on an early-down running back to replace Jonathan Stewart. Most don't realize that Stewart touched the ball 206 times last year, which included 198 carries, enough to rank 19th in the NFL in front of guys like Devonta Freeman and DeMarco Murray. There's never been much to question with Anderson's ability on first- and second-down, as he's one of the better grinders in those situations, however his health has always been the concern. Entering a timeshare with Christian McCaffrey might be the best thing for Anderson's outlook, as he's likely to walk into 175-200 carries, which would mean he'll be in the RB3/flex conversation most weeks. The good news is that you'll likely get him at a discount with most expecting McCaffrey to take on a bigger role in 2018, though we're hesitant to believe that because Ron Rivera himself has said they didn't want McCaffrey to be toting the ball 18-20 per game, as it's not what he's best-suited for.
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Love love love this move for the Panthers. Don't let his recent production fool you, Anderson is a talented back and will be an upgrade from Jonathan Stewart. Last season, Stewart averaged about 13 rushes for 45 yards per game. I think Anderson can be closer to 60 per game with a couple more scores, though he could quickly turn into a headache to own depending on the game plan. I do, however, think the offense will be better, thus creating more opportunities.
The Carolina Panthers made a shrewd move in picking up recently released CJ Anderson from the Denver Broncos after failing to add a starter in the NFL draft. Fresh off his first career 1,000 yard rushing campaign CJ will look to assume the Stewart role in Norv Turner's offense and should push for RB2 numbers this season. His PPR ceiling is limited by the presence of Christian McCaffrey but the 5'8, 228 lbs back should push for 1,000 yards and 7 plus rushing touchdowns for the 2018 campaign.
After a bit of a wait, Anderson finds his new home with the Carolina Panthers. We knew the Panthers were going to be looking for Stewart's replacement and CAP just wasn't the option. Anderson should be a two down back here but I feel like his fantasy value certainly slips a little due to Cam Newtons rushing ability and young star Christian McCaffrey being here. Look for Anderson to be an RB2 at best this upcoming season.