|ADP:||Round: 12, Pick: 11|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 180 lb.|
|Born:||May 9, 1993|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
Anderson brought in five of eight targets for 48 yards in the Panthers' 25-17 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night.
Analysis: The speedy Anderson continued to serve as Teddy Bridgewater's favorite target, as the eight looks he logged were a team high. However, outside of a 27-yard grab, the Falcons secondary did a good job keeping Anderson in front of them, surrendering just 21 yards to him on his other four catches. The overall yardage tally was the lowest for Anderson on the season, so he'll look to bounce back in what should be a high-scoring Week 9 affair versus the Chiefs on the road Sunday, Nov. 8.
Anderson secured six of eight targets for 74 yards in the Panthers' 27-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Anderson tied Curtis Samuel for the team lead in receptions, checked in second in receiving yards and set the pace in targets. The offseason acquisition's chemistry with fellow new arrival Teddy Bridgewater has been excellent from the start, and Anderson has now posted at least Sunday's reception and receiving yardage tallies in five of seven games. The veteran speedster will look to keep the momentum going against the vulnerable Falcons secondary in a Thursday night Week 8 matchup.
Anderson caught four of his five targets for 77 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Bears.
Analysis: Anderson was out-targeted by D.J. Moore for the first time since Week 2 -- and by a wide margin -- as the Maryland product more than doubled Anderson's target share against the Bears. Despite the discrepancy in targets, Moore only ended up one notch higher in the catches department than did Anderson, with 16 more receiving yards. Anderson still has exceeded 75 receiving yards in every game but one during his debut season with the Panthers, heading into a Week 7 matchup against a Saints defense that surrendered 264 passing yards and four passing TDs in its last time out Oct. 12 against the Chargers.
Anderson caught eight of his 13 targets for 112 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Though D.J. Moore was the lone Panthers wideout to corral a Teddy Bridgewater TD pass on the day, Anderson out-targeted Moore for a third consecutive contest, providing the Temple product with a 47-37 edge in that department this season. With plentiful opportunities, Anderson has produced for his former college coach Matt Rhule, as he now sits just 11 receiving yards shy of the 500-yard threshold with 11 games remaining on the regular-season slate. Anderson has only one TD on the season, but otherwise, he remains one of the breakout fantasy stars of 2020 heading into a Week 6 matchup against Chicago's top-10 pass defense.
Anderson hauled in eight of 11 targets for 99 receiving yards during Sunday's 31-21 win against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Anderson continues to produce like a Pro Bowl receiver for his former college coach Matt Rhule, as the Temple product has already accumulated 28 receptions for 377 yards and a touchdown through the first quarter of Carolina's regular-season slate. The argument can be made that he is the top WR option (if not co-WR1) for the new-look Panthers, as Anderson has out-targeted D.J. Moore 34-32 through four weeks. It's all systems go for Anderson heading into Week 5, as he faces a Falcons defense that is currently dealing with injuries to Keanu Neal (hamstring), Ricardo Allen (elbow) and Darqueze Dennard (hamstring).
Anderson caught five of six targets for 55 yards during Sunday's 21-16 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Anderson finished second on the team in targets, catches and yards but was unable to break off any of his typical long gains. Still, he came away with a respectable stat line in a difficult matchup and is still averaging 92.7 yards per game in three contests with his new team. Anderson will look to add to his impressive numbers next Sunday against the Cardinals.
Anderson secured nine of 10 targets for 109 yards in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Anderson was able to clear the century mark in receiving yardage for the second time in as many games in a Panthers uniform, once again displaying excellent chemistry with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater while pacing all pass catchers in receptions. The speedster did fumble early in the third quarter after a seven-yard catch, but Carolina got the ball right back on a Donte Jackson interception a play later. Anderson now has an elite 83.3 percent catch rate on his first 18 targets of the campaign, giving him no shortage of fantasy value and momentum heading into a Week 3 road inter-conference matchup against the Chargers.
Anderson tallied six catches on eight targets for 115 yards and one touchdown in Week 1 against the Raiders.
Analysis: Anderson racked up just one target fewer than D.J. Moore, surprising volume for the deep threat. However, the majority of his production came on a 75-yard deep touchdown reception halfway through the fourth quarter. Anderson showed immediate chemistry with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, which should bode well for him remaining involved in the offense. He and the Panthers will draw a stiff test in Week 2 as they take on the Buccaneers.
Anderson's speed has helped him consistently get separation while running routes in training camp, The Charlotte Observer reports.
Analysis: Anderson's addition to Carolina's offense this spring only bolstered an already-shifty receiving corps that included D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, not to mention tailback Christian McCaffrey. In his first couple practices, Anderson has reportedly been open often due to his agility, a premium component new coordinator Joe Brady and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will hope to capitalize on. In fact, with a few nice touchdowns noted from his early camp outings, it appears Bridgewater and Anderson have already developed a decent rapport.
Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Anderson likely is disappointed with the financial terms, perhaps suffering from a lack of interest due to the 2020 NFL Draft being loaded at his position. From an on-field standpoint he'll have plenty of competition for targets, joining D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel to give Teddy Bridgewater one of the fastest WR groups in the NFL. The agreement reunites Anderson with Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who held the same position at Temple when the wideout played there in 2013 and 2015. It remains to be seen if Rhule, Anderson and offensive coordinator Joe Brady can help Bridgewater unlock a downfield element that wasn't really part of his game last year in New Orleans (Bridgewater's 6.0 aDOT was shallowest in the league among QBs with 100 or more attempts).
The Jets have reached out to Anderson, an upcoming unrestricted free agent, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Anderson has been a stalwart in the Jets' passing attack since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2016, averaging 6.2 targets per game and 8.0 YPT over the past four seasons. Since the conclusion of the most recent campaign, he's expressed interest in remaining with the only organization he's known but won't do so at a hometown discount, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. Anderson will have plenty of suitors for his services once the 48-hour window opens in advance of the start of free agency March 18.
Anderson said he hopes to re-sign with the Jets, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports.
Analysis: Anderson previously said he wouldn't take a hometown discount, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't re-sign if the price is right. It's also quite possible that he uses an offer from the Jets as leverage for a contract from another team in free agency. The speedy wide receiver can hit the open market in March, two months before his 27th birthday.
Anderson, an impending free agent, said he won't give the Jets a hometown discount, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. "You got to talk to my agent," Anderson said. "I don't think that makes sense."
Analysis: The real question is whether he'd even listen to the team's offers. Anderson has played 62 of a possible 64 games since latching on with the Jets as an undrafted rookie in 2016, typically working as the first or second option in the passing game. His usage in terms of targets has been less consistent, and there were even rumors in October about the Jets trying to trade him. One of the thinnest players in the league, Anderson has never done much damage over the middle or after the catch, but he nonetheless profiles as one of the top WRs on the market this upcoming offseason, offering a strong combination of speed, footwork and ball skills. The 26-year-old should land a sizable contract that locks him in for a starting job, with expectations in terms of target volume -- and fantasy volume -- depending on where he signs.
Anderson (calf) caught three of seven targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Anderson didn't make much of an impact in what may have been his final game with the Jets, as the 26-year-old speedster will be a free agent this offseason. Four of Anderson's five touchdowns and two of his three 100-yard games came in the final seven weeks, as he finishes with 52 catches for 779 yards and five touchdowns overall. With 50-63 catches, 752-941 yards and 5-7 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, Anderson has established himself as an impactful player, but his skill set is too one-dimensional to be a true No. 1 receiver. The deep threat's 2020 value will depend on where he lands in free agency.
Anderson (calf) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Analysis: The wideout, who's recorded four touchdowns over his last six outings, is out there if you need him Sunday and figures to remain a key target for QB Sam Darnold in the Jets' season finale, in the absence of any in-game setbacks. Through 15 games, Anderson has logged 49 catches (on 89 targets) for 761 yards (six less that team leader Jamison Crowder) and five TDs.
Anderson (calf) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site, Anderson dealt with some leg tightness Thursday, but his limitations at that time were portrayed as precautionary. With that in mind, we'd expect the wideout -- who's recorded four touchdowns over his last six outings -- to suit up this weekend, but his status will still be worth confirming prior to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
Anderson (calf) will be limited at practice Thursday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Per Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site, Anderson is dealing with some "leg tightness," with the wideout's Thursday practice limitations being described as precautionary. We'll revisit Anderson's status Friday to see if he approaches Sunday's season finale against the Bills listed as questionable or minus an injury designation.
The Jets listed Anderson as limited by a calf injury on Wednesday's practice estimate, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
Analysis: Once the Jets take the field for Thursday's practice we should get a better idea if Anderson -- who has logged four TDs over his last six outings -- is simply managing a minor calf issue, or if he's dealing with something that could potentially impact his status for Sunday's season finale against the Bills.
Anderson (illness) caught two of four targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Anderson needed every inch of his 6-foot-3 frame to snag a high throw in the end zone between two defenders for a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The speedy wideout didn't do much after that but now has four touchdowns in his last six games ahead of a Week 17 trip to Buffalo.
Anderson (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Analysis: Anderson missed a practice and was limited in another this week after falling ill, but his condition apparently improved enough over the weekend for the Jets to sign off on him playing. Assuming Anderson isn't limited by the ailment as the game unfolds, he should play more than 80 percent of the Jets' offensive snaps, as has been the case in all but one of his appearances this season.
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