The Denver Broncos didn’t enjoy a great offensive day in week one. Star running back C.J. Anderson’s weak production had a lot to do with it. Anderson was going up against a stout Baltimore Ravens run defense and wasn’t getting much help from an ineffective Peyton Manning, but 29 rushing yards on 12 carries just didn’t cut it.
Adding to the insult were toe and ankle injuries that could have contributed to his sluggish production. Still, the Broncos got the win and Anderson was at least able to add 19 yards on four receptions. In PPR and daily fantasy football leagues Anderson may have salvaged some value. In week two, he’ll get a chance to make up for it if he sunk you.
Per reports, head coach Gary Kubiak said his lead running back is “fine” and will face the division rival Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football this week.
Kubiak: CJ Anderson is fine, expect him to go on Thursday. Just rolled his ankle a bit. #Broncos
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) September 14, 2015
Having a healthy Anderson out there is good for Denver and it could also be good for fantasy owners. Considering they spent a first round pick to get him in most fantasy drafts this year, that’s certainly the hope, at least. Of course, Anderson being active isn’t a lock for beastly production. We saw that in week one and in week two Denver draws a pretty good KC defense, one that stifled the Texans in week one.
Denver isn’t Houston, though. Manning may have looked bad in week one, but he’s not Brian Hoyer and Anderson isn’t Alfred Blue. It’s fair for fantasy owners to be worried heading into the second week of the fantasy football season, but there is also room for optimism.
For one, the matchup is arguably less imposing this week. Divisional games are often hard to predict, too, which means we could be expecting a defensive battle and this game could just as easily blow wide open and be an offensive showdown. There’s also the reality of Anderson not needing a huge yardage day to come through for fantasy owners. DeMarco Murray ran for just nine yards (yuck) last night, but was still a solid investment due to two scores. If Anderson can just find the end zone once or twice, he should be a fine play.
The other thing is Denver’s offense as a whole. As bad as things looked in week one, it’s awfully hard to imagine a Peyton Manning-led offense being that bad again. That bad as in zero touchdowns. Kansas City’s defense looks good on the surface, but it’s difficult to buy them shutting Denver’s offense out of the end zone. All of this adds up to a big bounce back game for C.J. Anderson this week. He (and all Broncos) still might be a bit too rich to take the dive with in daily fantasy football leagues, but if you drafted Anderson in season long leagues you have to stick with him.