Devontae Booker's fantasy football stock is slowly rising.
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Booker, the Denver Broncos' second-year running back out of Utah, was given a chance to take over the lead running back duties last year but did little with the opportunities. The fourth-round pick ran for only 612 yards on 174 attempts (3.5 yards per carry) and lost three fumbles on 205 total touches.
Booker didn't play in the first three games of 2017, had just eight snaps in Week 4 and didn't have a carry until Week 6 (three carries after a Week 5 bye). However, he did play 23 snaps in a Week 6 win over the Raiders, which was just 15 fewer snaps than C.J. Anderson. And while Anderson was effective, rushing for 95 yards on 20 carries, it was the first of three games in four weeks that Booker had at least 22 snaps. The snaps for Anderson, meanwhile, have declined each of the last three weeks (38, 35, 23).
In the Broncos' Week 9 blowout loss to the Eagles, Anderson's ineffectiveness (13 yards on nine carries) and ankle injury led to more chances for Booker, who wasn't great but still had more snaps and carries than fellow backup Jamaal Charles (22 vs. 19 snaps, six vs. four carries).
If Anderson misses time — or possibly even if he doesn't — Booker is suddenly back on the fantasy football radar as a low-level flex option for teams struggling with injuries and byes. He gets a Patriots' team in Week 11 that is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this year, has given up at least 20 points in all but one game and allowed the Chargers to gain 143 yards on just 19 carries two weeks ago.