Devontae Booker, RB, Denver Broncos
With rookie Royce Freeman sidelined last week, perennial fantasy disappointment Devontae Booker made a splash with a boost in opportunities. Booker managed 101 total yards last week on 13 touches but still ran behind Phillip Lindsay who saw 21 touches. With Freeman still questionable to play this week, Booker may get another chance to fight for a larger piece of the pie going forward even when Freeman returns.
Booker has seemingly had an opportunity to take ahold of lead back duties for the Broncos every season he has been in the league. He has responded by posting only 3.6 yards per attempt in his first two full seasons in the league and fell to third on the depth chart this season in a hurry. The fact that the Broncos also felt the need to draft Royce Freeman with an early third round pick didn’t boast well for Booker’s future.
Booker has been much more impressive so far this season, however, as he has averaged 5.9 yards per carry. His usage in the passing game has also increased as he has already managed 20 receptions with his career high being 31.
Freeman and Lindsay have both been impressive in their own right this season, showing elusiveness and big play ability in the open field. Booker might have a hard time keeping a solid role here, but he looks like a worthy Flex play for however long Freeman is out, and time will tell if he turns this into more of a three man committee.