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C.J. Anderson fantasy football: Broncos running back is a must-start vs. Chiefs

In short, Anderson is a must-start/must-buy this week.

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Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson has emerged with two 160-yard-plus games over the past three weeks. This week, he and the Broncos are facing the Kansas City Chiefs, which looks to be a great matchup. Check it the coverage around the web -

Fantasy friendly Week 13 matchups -
Over the last four weeks, Anderson has been a top six fantasy running back. He's coming off his best game of the season where he rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown totaling 25.50 fantasy points against the Dolphins. Going up against a Chiefs defense that has allowed the fourth most rushing yards to running backs this season, Anderson needs to be locked into all fantasy lineups in Week 13.

Broncos vs. Chiefs: Who has the edge?; how to watch; more - The Denver Post
With Julius Thomas uncertain to return, the Broncos could use alignments with extra tackle Paul Cornick and a tight end to keep the running game purring. C.J. Anderson set a Broncos' record for an undrafted free agent with 167 rushing yards last week. The Chiefs allow 129.4 yards on the ground per game, ranking 26th overall.

Mason's Mailbag: C.J. Anderson continues to earn team's trust
"We’re getting a better feel for what kind of runner he is and that vision has been impressive and him getting the amount of carries he did last week, he found some things that we hadn’t really seen out of him so far," said Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase. "So I would say that he’s really showing us a side of him that we didn’t really know about."

Anderson's a FanDuel bargain considering he has been a top-six running back in November, and the Chiefs defense is ranked 26th against the run.

Broncos, Gase stick with game plan
"That was a good front so not really sure how it’s ever really going to work out but leading up to that game, in practice, we did a good job. We were on it all week in practice," Gase said. "Then when we got in the game, I think it helped they got in a good rhythm early. I think after the first or second drive, I remember going down there and [the offensive linemen] were just like, ‘Hey, we’re feeling pretty good about what you’re calling, stay with it.’ That just made me feel a lot better about let’s keep dialing it up and ride those guys to the end of the game."

Coordinators' Corner: Grinding in the ground game
"C.J. is taking advantage of his opportunity. I think his knowledge of the offense has a lot to do with how fast he's able to play," Fox said. "When I say fast, he's not thinking a lot back there. He knows the protections and he knows the pass patterns. He feels good about the run plays and the cuts on where to go. When you're thinking a lot back there and not exactly sure what to do, you just don't play as fast. I've learned that to be true. That is a real credit to him for being a real student of the game in his short time here so when given the opportunity we're calling all the same plays, if not more with him in there and it's allowed him to run the ball well and catch the ball well and really make some plays and really make a lot of guys miss."

Finally, consider Anderson's FanDuel ranking. In Sunday leagues, Anderson is the 8th-ranked RB and will cost you $7,800. Anderson's a FanDuel bargain considering he has been a top-six running back in November, and the Chiefs defense is ranked 26th against the run.

In short, Anderson is a must-start/must-buy this week.

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