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C.J. Anderson: Dynasty Stash

Reports out of Denver are indicating
Ronnie Hillman

fumbled his way to the inactive list. The beneficiary? Rookie
C.J. Anderson

He stole the show in training camp, but an injury delayed his progress. Denver could have stashed him on Injured Reserve or tried to slip him through to the practice squad, but opted to keep him on the active 53-man roster despite the Broncos knowing they would be without the unknown rookie until October; an action that is unheard of for a rookie without draft pick pedigree. There’s something special here and we may be finding out about it this weekend.

Knowshon Moreno

was an afterthought in the running back battle this preseason, but he is now the lead back. It’s his job for the year. However, what happens next year? The Broncos have a very tight cap situation and several other contracts are up for renewal. I would be surprised if Moreno is made a priority signing come free agency. Don’t get me wrong, the Broncos want him back, but at the expense of other expiring contracts? I doubt it. This is why they drafted
Ronnie Hillman

Montee Ball

in the 2012 and 2013 drafts. The Broncos intend to spend their money elsewhere. However, what is the game plan if neither Hillman nor Ball are capable starting running backs? Anderson.

Like Hillman, Ball has not impressed in his early looks in this offense; it’s why he has been limited to primarily goal line work and mop up duty to this point. He hasn’t earned any extra opportunities, so I expect Hillman’s opportunities to be given to the rookie in his debut. What will he do with them? Well, that’s the fun in this game; we’ll see Sunday. This is an opportunity based business, though. Sunday is Anderson’s first opportunity, and as most dynasty owners are aware to get a starting running back you must be proactive in acquiring him. Add now, ask questions later. That’s the play with Anderson. He could be back on waivers in a week or two, but you don’t want to be the reactive owner hoping your competition doesn’t waiver priority your claim. You have dead weight on your roster; yes, somewhere you do. Dispose of it and take the flier.

See you Sunday.

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