The Denver Broncos are placing C.J. Anderson on injured reserve, which will end his 2016 Fantasy Football season.
If you’ve been asking if you should drop C.J. Anderson, then the answer is yes. You will not be able to use him for the rest of the year. If you backed him up with rookie Devontae Booker, you’ll be in good shape.
But what if you didn’t?
Your options are going to be limited. One of the players I would look at, though, is Peyton Barber on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In Week 3, I told my readers to consider adding Jacquizz Rodgers to their rosters. If Charles Sims didn’t work out, I argued Rodgers would be in for a big workload. It took him a little while to get going, but Rodgers has now averaged 127.5 rushing yards in his past two performances.
Now, Barber is the contrarian play to consider. If anything happens to Rodgers, Barber is the next man up.
On 12 carries in Week 7, Barber recorded 84 rushing yards and scored a rushing touchdown. That was particularly impressive, considering that he was only on the field for 23% of the offensive snaps.
I wouldn’t start him unless your in desperate need of a back to plug in, but I would add him to your roster if he’s still available.
The other two backs I would look at, if still available, are Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford of the Chicago Bears.
Langford hasn’t played since Week 3 because of an ankle injury, and he was probably dropped unless the person who drafted him had a deep bench. He wasn’t very effective with the touches he did receive in Weeks 1-2, though, averaging just 2.9 yards per carry (YPC).
But he did score a rushing touchdown in each of those games.
Carey has been limited himself, and has only averaged 49 rushing yards from Weeks 6-7. But he is still involved in the offense, and that makes him worth targeting if you need to replace Anderson.
For me personally, I just dropped Anderson for Don Jackson in the 2016 Scott Fish Bowl. I normally wouldn’t recommend adding him with how well Ty Montgomery has been playing, but this is a very competitive industry league with a thin waiver wire.
It was between Jackson and Stevan Ridley, so I decided to draft Jackson.