Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Could Devontae Booker Breakout Moving Forward?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Denver Broncos appear to be a sinking ship, as they dropped their fifth straight game last Sunday night.  It will be interesting to see where things go from here, as the team will likely turn the page and start looking towards 2018 and beyond.  We are waiting for the potential QB of the future (Paxton Lynch) to get healthy and on the field, but we are starting to see a transition in the backfield.  Just look at the carry split from the Patriots game:

  • C.J. Anderson – 10 carries for 54 yards
  • Jamaal Charles – 8 carries for 38 yards
  • Devontae Booker – 8 carries for 24 yards

Anderson is signed for two more seasons, but he’s continually battled injuries and hasn’t been able to seize his opportunity (4.3 yards per carry, 1 TD on the season).  We all know that Charles isn’t the future, so that leaves former fourth round draft pick Booker.

It makes sense for the team to take a look and see what he can offer, and he’s started to see his workload increase over the past three games:

  • at Kansas City – 6 carries for 40 yards and 1 TD
  • at Philadelphia – 6 carries for 21 yards
  • vs. New England – 8 carries for 24 yards

Obviously the results haven’t been there over the past two weeks, but the growing opportunity is more important.  It makes sense that the team wants to give him more of a look, especially given this scouting report from NFL.com prior to the ’16 draft:

“Rhythm runner who has experience in a pro­-style running game and who gets better with the more carries he has. Booker is a three-down running back who has the toughness and determination to grind out short yardage while possessing the vision and footwork to create for himself when near the line of scrimmage or the second level. Booker isn’t fast, but he plays at a consistent speed and should have enough quickness to be consistently productive as an NFL starting running back.”

So he needs more work to be more productive, and with the team struggling he should get it.  It would come at the right time, with favorable matchups against the Bengals and Raiders on the horizon.  Will the workload continue to grow?  That remains to be seen, but we’d want to have him on our roster to find out.  If he happens to still be available, stash him now and see what happens.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

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15 comments

  1. House of Pain says:

    Hello Professor:
    In a very competitive 12 team’s PPR league where the waiver wire it’s extremely thin. Who might be the better stash? Booker or Foreman?

    Thank you

  2. trevor says:

    ppr dion lewis, mckinnon or doug martin
    ppr davante adams, robert woods or keenan allen
    ppr latvus murray or mckinnon
    ppr sterling shepherd, devante parker or robert woods
    ppr jordan howard, chris thompson or mckinnon
    ppr doug martin or dion lewis
    ppr marshan lynch or mckinnon
    ppr thielen, landry or shepherd

    • ppr dion lewis, mckinnon or doug martin — McKinnon
      ppr davante adams, robert woods or keenan allen — Allen
      ppr latvus murray or mckinnon — McKinnon
      ppr sterling shepherd, devante parker or robert woods — Sheppard
      ppr jordan howard, chris thompson or mckinnon — Howard
      ppr doug martin or dion lewis — Martin
      ppr marshan lynch or mckinnon — McKinnon
      ppr thielen, landry or shepherd — Shepard

  3. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    Phillip Rivers or Matt Ryan for week 11? Do you think Rivers is more favorable than Ryan after week 11 with Rivers looking at both of their schedules? Thanks.

  4. Brian says:

    Hey Prof

    Bulkhead or Dion Lewis in flex…..1point ppr

  5. Brian says:

    Burkhead

  6. Beans says:

    What up Professor? 2 questions for you. Both PPR. PICK 1 Jamaal Williams, Mixon or Woodhead? Pick a TE from the following OJ Howard, Fleener Watson Mercedes Lewis? I will have to either drop Jack Doyle and risk losing him. I know he is not great but he is better that what I’m playing with this week or drop Martavious Bryant? Bryant is the the drop right?

    • 1) I’m going Williams. With everyone else out, the workload is there (I’d love to say Mixon, but that’s a tough sell right now)

      2) Bryant is definitely the drop. As for the pickup, I’d go Lewis (but don’t like it)

  7. Eric B says:

    Hey Prof. I have Zeke and Fournette and as u know Leo is a game time decision. If he doesn’t play which two rbs would u play; T Coleman J McKinnon or C Thompson Thanks

  8. Haggy says:

    Prof…Do you see Byron Marshall for Redskins having any fanasty value now that the Skins lost another RB.

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