Entering the season, many expected a breakout season for Broncos running back, C.J. Anderson – myself included. Clearly, that’s not how it has worked out in Denver. While Anderson has failed to find a groove this season, Hillman has flourished and has taken full advantage. Reports have indicated that he has supplanted Anderson as the team’s new starting RB.
After rushing for 100 yards in two of the past three games, Gary Kubiak thought that warranted a change at RB, especially with Anderson’s struggles considered. This despite naming them co-starters just a week or two ago. The Broncos running game has finally found signs of life, thanks to the efforts of Hillman.
With Hillman now officially the starter, he carries good value as a FLEX or possibly even as an RB2. He has displayed good vision the past few weeks and has breakaway speed which makes him a threat to break off a big run at anytime. With Peyton Manning’s struggles, I anticipate the Broncos will start to lean more on the running game which bodes well for their new starter.
This now puts all Anderson optimists to rest. I advised owners to be patient with him in past weeks, but I clearly was wrong in that. At this point, Anderson carries close to no fantasy value with his ineffectiveness and workload considered – well, whatever is left of it. It’s a shame what a bust Anderson turned out to be in 2015 – a clear-cut 2nd or even 1st round pick in most drafts.