With C.J. Anderson in Town, It’s Time to Buy Both Panthers Backs

Running back C.J. Anderson recently joined the Carolina Panthers on a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Prior to the signing, the only meaningful RB behind Christian McCaffrey was Cameron Artis-Payne. This was a clever pickup after the decision to move on from Jonathan Stewart and not select a back in the NFL draft.

The Panthers like to run the football – or do they?

The Panthers rushing attack has been very effective since Cam Newton has been under center. The team has posted only two seasons with negative rushing fantasy points over expectation. The Panthers finished last season ranked fourth in rushing yards per game after finishing 10th in 2016, but leaned heavily on Newton’s 754 rushing yards. The team ranked second in 2015 and seventh in 2014. This commitment to the run has resulted in Carolina leading the NFL in the average time of possession since 2013. But when you subtract Newton’s rushing production and only focus on the RBs, the results are eye-opening.

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By Eric Moody | @EricNMoody | Archive