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RB Devontae Booker - Denver Broncos

5-11, 219Born: 5-27-1992College: UtahDrafted: Round 4, pick 2016

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Week 15: vs Cleveland Browns

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FBG says: Good matchup. Undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay has been a revelation. He's rushed for 967 yards on the season and averaged an extremely impressive 5.8 yards per carry, which leads the league amongst backs with at least 40 carries. Lindsay has overshadowed a much more highly touted rookie, Royce Freeman, who has 433 yards (4.2 yards per carry) on the season. After three straight weeks of 100 or more total yards, Lindsay managed just 51 total yards against San Francisco last week. He did score his 6th rushing touchdown in four games, though. He should be able to keep the touchdown streak alive against a Browns defense that has given up 17 rushing touchdowns this season. The Denver line is one of the most improved in the league and now ranks as one of the top-12 run blocking groups in Matt Bitonti's offensive line rankings. 2017 first-round pick Garrett Bolles has emerged this season and looks like a long-term answer for Denver. The Browns have had a tough time against the run this season, ranking near the bottom of the league in most key measures. Cleveland is allowing 133.3 rushing yards per game (5th-most) and 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game (3rd most). The touchdowns have come in bunches, with six different opposing backs scoring at least two rushing touchdowns in a game. Christian McCaffrey scored twice early in the game last week but the Browns run defense stiffened in the second half. Cleveland sold low on beefy nose tackle Danny Shelton in the offseason and the team misses his presence in the middle. Emmanuel Ogbah and Trevon Coley just have not filled in as well as what the Browns had hoped leaving the Browns extremely susceptible on the right side of the field. Top linebacker Christian Kirksey was placed on injured reserve last month with a hamstring injury and his presence has been missed as well leaving the Browns exceptionally thin at the linebacker position.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at LAC 11 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 0.4
12 vs PIT 6 0 0 0 2 1 6 0 0 0.6
13 at CIN 13 1 4 0 2 2 38 0 0 4.2
14 at SF 17 0 0 0 2 2 11 0 0 1.1
15 vs CLE PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
15 vs CLE PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Devontae Booker's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Booker was featured during the 2 minute offense at the end of the first half. He caught a short checkdown pass out of the backfield for a short gain. Booker picked up a few more yards with one last checkdown pass at the end of the 4th quarter.

2018 Week 13 vs CIN (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Booker got to work early, lining up as a wide receiver in multiple positions on the opening drive with Phillip Lindsay in the backfield. Booker shifted to the backfield and got a rare 1st down carry on the same drive, picking up 4 yards. Booker lined up in the right slot and ran a deep comeback route in the 2nd quarter, getting open up the right sideline for a 30 yard gain. He lined up wide right and caught a shallow crossing route on the next play for an 8 yard gain inside the Cincinnati red zone.

2018 Week 11 vs LAC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Booker didn't see the field much until the final two minute drill late in the 4th quarter. He totaled 10 snaps in the game, and caught one short checkdown pass from Keenum in the 4th.

2018 Week 9 vs HOU (3 / 15 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Booker backed up Lindsay in Royce Freeman's absence. He caught a screen out of the backfield early in the 2nd quarter and fumbled it after picking up a few yards. The Texans recovered the ball and scored a couple of plays later. Booker took a handoff from a shotgun formation off right tackle for a 14 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. The play was well blocked and the Texans seemed surprised by the run call as Booker made it into the end zone untouched. Booker also split out wide left and had a nice reception to convert 3rd down late in the 4th quarter on the Broncos final drive. Despite being the lone backup, Booker still only managed 5 total touches on the day.

2018 Week 8 vs KC (9 / 78 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Booker got involved early, coming in to relieve Lindsay on Denver's second offensive drive of the game and delivering a nice 10 yard carry off right tackle. He was picking up chunks of yardage just like Lindsay as Denver's offensive line delivered a nice push in the run game. Booker peeled off a nice 26 yard run in the 4th quarter(the longest for any runner in the game), following fullback Janovich off left tackle and up the sideline. Booker was dropped behind the line of scrimmage for a loss on his first reception late in the 4th quarter. His second reception two plays later was similarly stopped at the line of scrimmage. Keenum scrambled on the next play and pitched the ball to Booker with a short shovel pass that picked up 14. Booker also caught a checkdown pass at the end of the game, pitching the ball desperately as the offense attempted to score from their own 20 with time expired. Booker finished the game with over 100 yards combined rushing and receiving, a first for this season.

2018 Week 7 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

Booker caught his only target of the day, a short screen pass that was brought down behind the line of scrimmage late in the 2nd quarter. Despite Freeman missing the 2nd half, Booker saw his lowest snap and touch totals of the year. The game script did not favor Booker, who is typically only deployed in passing situations.

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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