RB Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 219||Born: 5-27-1992||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 4|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Booker is inching towards being the lead back in Denver and with changes at offensive coordinator and the team looking to the future, his value should continue to grow. The Raiders are a plus matchup this week, giving Booker flex value in the first non-bye week since September.
Week 12: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Broncos rushing attack is one that the collective unit has been serviceable, the individual parts have all struggled this season. The challenge from a fantasy perspective is that the Broncos are a true running back by committee rushing attack that John Elway has gone as far to label the team soft and the lack of running identity is a big part of this. The running game is led by C.J. Anderson who has only gone over 13 carries once in his last six games and has only scored one touchdown over his last eight games. Devonta Booker appears to be gaining traction in this offense, but he has shown much like he did last week that whenever he gets a high number of touches his yards per carry falls below league average and perhaps he is best utilized as a change of pace type runner. The Raiders rush defense has been in the middle of the road this season as they have allowed 113.8 yards per game which ranks as the 17th run defense in football. This is a defense that while their defensive line has been average, their linebacker group has been atrocious. This is a team that if you get to their second level, can be exploited as Navorro Bowman is on his last legs of his NFL career and while he can still make plays when he is unblocked if this Broncos offensive line can put a body on Bowman he is no longer the block shedding linebacker that he once was.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs CIN (14 / 44 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Booker out-snapped and out-touched CJ Anderson in week 11, carrying the ball 14 times to Anderson's 13 and hauling in 5 receptions on 6 total targets. Neither back was particularly effective on the ground, but Booker did edge Anderson out on a per-carry average, though Anderson scored the only rushing touchdown. Booker moved around the formation as a receiver, splitting out wide for several routes. He caught a slant route from the outside receiver position in a 5WR set in the 2nd quarter. Booker lined up in the backfield and caught a wheel route that he turned up the left sideline for a 21 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. Booker hauled in another out route from the backfield later in the 4th quarter for a short gain, then caught a swing pass and hurdled a defender later in the drive inside the Cincinnati red zone. Booker was targeted one final time on another checkdown from the backfield, picking up 12 yards on a 3rd and 17 as the Broncos desperately tried to mount a comeback with less than two minutes left.
2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Booker entered the game late in the 1st and played nearly as many snaps as Anderson for the second week in a row. However, he posted a lower per-carry average on his 8 carries than Charles or Anderson. Booker did not get his usual work in the passing game, catching his lone target for a five yard gain. Booker continues to return kickoffs as well.
2017 Week 9 vs PHI (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Philadelphia raced to a 17-3 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, forcing Denver to utilize Charles and Booker over Anderson as the offense passed the ball more. Booker had a few decent carries(long of 9), but Denver was well behind and committed to the pass by the 2nd quarter. Osweiler threw a crossing route too high to Booker and nearly had the ball picked when it bounced off Booker's hands. Booker secured his second target, a swing route, and broke a few tackles on his way to a first down. Booker handled most of the 2nd half snaps with Charles featuring for one series in the 4th. Booker also returned kickoffs for the first time this year.
2017 Week 8 vs KC (6 / 40 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Booker had less carries than Anderson or Charles, but did gather the most red zone touches of the three. Booker entered the game early in the 2nd quarter after Denver drove down to the Kansas city red zone, carrying the ball on 1st and goal for no gain. Booker got two more consecutive red zone carries in the 3rd, scoring on a 6 yard run right up the middle. Booker picked up most of his 40 yards rushing on a 26 yard scamper, adding a few receptions late in the 2nd half as the Broncos tried in vain to close the lead.
2017 Week 7 vs LAC (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Booker entered the game midway through the 2nd quarter, after Anderson and Charles had already been featured on a few offensive drives. He was stuffed for no gain on his first carry, then picked up 6 yards on his second and final carry of the day. Booker lined up wide right in a 5WR set later in the same drive and caught a bubble screen for 15 yards. Booker hauled in a couple more checkdown passes out of the backfield as the Broncos struggled to protect Siemian long enough to get the ball downfield. Week 7 saw Booker again benefiting from Denver playing from behind. If the Broncos can ever muster up a lead again, Booker will likely see less work in the passing game. For now, he's certainly showing the most diverse route tree of the three backs.
2017 Week 6 vs NYG (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)
Booker entered the game after Anderson and Charles, working primarily on passing downs. He only carried the ball once, but he moved around the formation, lining up in the backfield as well as out wide and in the slot. He was targeted on a corner route in the end zone late in the 1st quarter, but Siemian overthrew the ball and on a difficult route(especially for a RB). Siemian hit him on a RB screen in the waning seconds of the 2nd half for a short gain. Booker caught a dumpoff pass out of the backfield late in the 4th and took it up the middle of the field for a 29 yard gain. He leaked out of the backfield again on a similar route right up the middle of the field for a big gain. Denver playing from behind certainly helped Booker pad his stats late in the game. Booker, who finished his day with 6 targets, seemed to be Denver's preferred pass-catching back, running a much more diverse route tree than Charles, who had a few targets out of the backfield, and Anderson, who was not targeted at all.
2017 Week 4 vs OAK (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Booker, active for the first time this season, entered the game briefly in the 1st quarter. He mixed in and logged a few snaps before taking a backup role to Anderson after halftime as Jamaal Charles disappeared. He finished with 14 yards on his 3 carries and no targets in the passing game.
Latest NewsBroncos | Devontae Booker logs 19 touches (Sun Nov 19, 11:31 PM) - Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker rushed 14 times for 44 yards and caught five passes for 54 yards in a 20-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11. link to story
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