RB Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 219||Born: 5-27-1992||College: Utah||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2016|
Week 7: at Arizona Cardinals
FBG says: Great matchup. The Broncos dynamic duo of running backs Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman struggled to get going last week as they failed to exceed 40 yards combined without a single run of double-digit yards. This was by far the worst rushing outing this offense has had all season as the Rams presented a stout matchup with a tough game script for running the football. It is worth noting that Freeman out-touched Lindsay last week for the first time when they both have been on the field for an entire game. Devontae Booker continues to be involved on a consistent third of the snaps though, primarily serving as a pass-blocking and pass-catching option as he has yet to exceed five rushing attempts in a game. The Broncos offensive line is a mess right now. Garrett Bolles continues his sloppy play while left Ronald Leary was lost for the season with a torn Achilles last week. Center Matt Paradis has anchored this unit though as one of the top run-blocking centers in football, and they have shown some great cohesion this season to still support a league-leading 5.3 rushing yards per attempt. The Cardinals run defense was shredded by Latavius Murray last week as he rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown. This Cardinals squad has struggled against the run all season as they have given up double-digit fantasy points in non-PPR scoring formats to a team's lead running back in all six games--helping to explain how this unit has given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs this season. Poor tackling and a lack of discipline on the defensive line help explain why this run defense has been so bad. They have not even been plagued by many injuries this season--this unit is simply performing well below expectations given the talent they have. Cardinals safety Budda Baker has been moved all over the field this season, playing between slot cornerback and safety depending on the situation. He has been one of the most effective defensive backs against the run this season, particularly when lined up at safety--but even with Baker over the top and Chandler Jones improving on the outside, the interior defensive line and linebackers have been consistently outmatched. While the Broncos offensive line is indeed a mess at the moment, they have enough talent to win matchups against this Cardinals front seven as the outlook is positive for Broncos running backs.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Devontae Booker's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Booker was unheard from until he got to work late in the 2nd quarter during the 2 minute drill. He hauled in an out route from the backfield for a short gain and had a carry for 9 yards. Booker got a few more snaps at the end of the game with the Broncos down 23-13 and driving with minutes left. He hauled in another short check down from the backfield, and had a second carry for a 6 yard gain. Booker continues to vulture limited touches from Lindsay and Freeman during the 2 minute offenses.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Booker saw his first snaps in the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half, and only played in passing situations. He caught a check down pass from Keenum for a short gain at the end of the 1st half. Keenum checked it down to him again at the end of the 4th quarter, one play before Demaryius Thomas' big touchdown catch. Booker caught a screen pass underneath the New York prevent defense with 2 minutes left in the game, weaving his way through defenders for a 22 yard gain. Keenum hit him with two more check down passes on the next two plays for moderate gains. Booker did not log any carries.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Booker didn't get any work until the 2 minute offense at the end of the 1st half. He caught a swing route out of the backfield for a 9 yard gain then carried the ball once for 5 yards on the next play.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Booker handled passing down work and got some extra snaps in the 2nd half after Phillip Lindsay was ejected from the game for throwing a punch. Booker lined up in the slot on 3rd and 6 in the 1st quarter, and made an impressive catch to convert on an out route that wasn't perfectly thrown by Keenum. He hauled in a swing route out of the backfield for a 6 yard gain in the 3rd quarter. Booker faked a handoff and picked up another first down with a an 8 yard gain on a crossing route in the 4th quarter. Booker hauled in another short out route late in the 4th on 2nd and 20. Keenum targeted him one final time on a crossing route out of the backfield with 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Booker finished with 5 receptions on 7 targets(second highest target total for the Broncos), and just 10 yards on his 5 carries.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Booker got some snaps in third down situations and worked as the back in the two minute offense at the end of the 1st half. He had three carries on the day with a long of 11 yards. He was not targeted in the passing game despite his third down work.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Booker was overshadowed by the two rookie backs and did not have much of a role in week 1. He worked some passing downs early and was featured at the end of the first half as the Broncos fielded their two minute offense, catching a screen pass for a short gain. Booker picked up one other reception late in the 4th as Keenum dumped it off to him under duress. He was outsnapped by both rookie RB's and was not as effective a receiver as Lindsay.
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