Rodney Anderson: 4 Star Fantasy Football Prospect with RB1 Upside

Welcome to the 48 Report, a full working database including 48 of our favorite 2019 Draft Prospects. The key, however, is that we focus specifically on their ability to translate as fantasy football players. All players in the database have been/will be scored by 3 writers, and this is their article; explaining their aggregate score, as well as the score of their writer.

All categories are scored on a 1-5 scale; with 5 being the highest score a prospect can receive. The highest aggregate average scores a player can receive is 25. Articles will be posted January-April, all the way up to the draft. Ratings will be adjusted after the combine, based on measurables and after the draft, because as we all know: landing spot matters.

Rodney Anderson (6’2”, 220) Running Back, Oklahoma

20 Aggregate Score (4 Star Prospect)

Rodney Anderson is the most talented running back in this class. He has all the traits you look for in a three down back and has been good (though often not quite great) at all that he has been asked to do at Oklahoma. He is the most well rounded back in this draft and has a good chance to be the NFL Draft’s RB1.  

The key with Anderson will be medical checks as he has lost 3 of his past 5 seasons to injuries in each of his legs as well as a neck injury. These injuries have all been rather freak injuries and I don’t like the injury-prone label at all. It shouldn’t apply here, but we will know more from the combine. The combination of testing numbers, medical clearance and where a team is willing to pull the trigger on Anderson will tell you all you need to know about his fantasy draft stock.

College Production

The production for Anderson must be taken with a grain of salt as he was playing in the Big 12. And another grain of salt due to the talented players around him including Mark Andrews, Hollywood Brown, CeeDee Lamb, Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and a fairly talented offensive line to boot.

All that said, Anderson did have good production in 2017 producing well over 1400 yards and 18 touchdowns (13 on the ground and 5 through the air). An impressive sophomore year to be sure. Anderson kicked off 2018 hot as well but lost the rest of the season after rushing for 100 yards and two scores on just five carries in Oklahoma’s second game of the season.

With only 17 receptions in his career 15 games (17 if you count freshman appearances) some might question his receiving ability, but he looks great coming out of the backfield and the efficiency of his production on his catches was absurd. He averaged well over 16 yards per reception. Overall the production was impressive during his one full season as the starter.

The injury history deprived us of some spectacular stats this year where we saw Trey Sermon come close to 1000 yards and score 13 times in Anderson’s place. I am confident that, had he been healthy, Anderson would have dwarfed that production as he did in his sophomore year.

Speed & Agility: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

All three of our raters for Anderson gave him a 4 or a 5 in speed and agility. My 4 is only due to the injury he suffered early this season. If Anderson tests well at the combine, this rating could easily go up to a 5 for me.  Anderson has had a similar injury before so it is not out of this world to imagine him knocking the combine out of the park.

Receiving Ability: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 5)

I touched on the receiving chops above, but Anderson is very strong after the catch. He has both strength and quickness to make players miss in space. He is not going to line up at receiver, but his route running is solid for a running back and he has soft hands. He should have no trouble filling the role of a 3-down back at the NFL level.

Vision: Aggregate Score: 4 (Personal Score: 4)

Vision is a strong point for Anderson in my opinion. The only reason I can’t give him a 5 is the size of the holes he was running through behind a strong offensive line in the Big 12. (This is a recurring theme here, I know.) I am willing to bet on the vision transferring to the next level because he has shown a good understanding of plays and how they develop.

Blocking: Aggregate Score: 3 (Personal Score: 3)

Anderson does not show a lot in terms of blocking which is not surprising in a wide open Big 12 offense. When asked to block he looked average, but this is something that can be coached up with especially with an understanding of a new offense. Again his understanding of the playbook at Oklahoma and his own assignments will help him.

Strength: Aggregate Score: 4.3 (Personal Score: 4)

See Speed and Agility category. In other words, the combine will tell us a lot. I am not as concerned with the strength returning as with the speed or agility, but the recovery process could still affect strength especially early in his career. He has shown an ability to bounce off tacklers and create extra yardage churning his legs.  He checks all the pre-combine boxes here. I will be interested in his vertical and broad jump measurements for both leg strength and explosion.

Conclusion: Mid to Late 1st Round Target

Running back is far more scarce in this class than it has been in the past two. This does not mean to reach on running back though. The mid 1st round is as high as I will rank Anderson before hearing about medical checks and numbers from the combine. If he checks out as healthy, he should go somewhere in the second round of the NFL draft. That doesn’t narrow it down much for landing spot, but draft capital should dictate solid NFL and therefore fantasy impact in his rookie year.  A good landing spot could bump him up to the middle of the 1st round of your rookie draft.

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Josh Padgett

Husband and dad. From Indianapolis, to Purdue University, to living in Fort Wayne. Colts season ticket holder. On Twitter too much (@jpadgett94), but thrilled to talk about football, basketball, wrestling and more with anyone, anytime. Resident Devy/Draft guy here at Top 2 Sports. If you learn anything from me, it's that you got to risk it for the biscuit.

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