Booker rushed 34 times for 183 yards and a touchdown and added 38 catches for 275 yards on 51 targets in 2018. Despite establishing a new career high in receptions, Booker still finished his third NFL campaign with 37 fewer touches than either of his first two seasons. The presence of rookies Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman were major factors, with a large chunk of Booker's carries coming in games in which one of the two young stars exited early. Booker should have a similar third-down role in 2019, though his opportunities could diminish if the Broncos grow more comfortable with using Lindsay in those situations.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said Booker will "get a bunch of runs" in Sunday's season finale against the Chargers, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports. Both Booker and Royce Freeman will see boosts in their respective fantasy stocks in Week 17 after lead back Phillip Lindsay was shut down with a wrist injury that will require surgery. Given that he's logged 113 rushing attempts to Booker's 29 this season, Freeman will inherit the bulk of Lindsay's touches on the ground, though Musgrave's comments hint that a timeshare on some level will be in the works. Even if Booker notices a mild uptick in carries, he's still more likely to offer most of his utility in the passing game, where he's consistently held a more prominent role than Freeman all season.
Booker rushed three times for 21 yards and caught three of five targets for 21 more yards in Monday night's 27-14 loss to the Raiders. Booker was a triple threat on Christmas Eve as he added 116 yards on five kick returns in the contest. He saw his first rushing attempts in three weeks while Phillip Lindsay was knocked out of the game with a wrist injury. If Lindsay is unable to go Week 17 at home against the Chargers, Booker would stand to see another handful of rushes in addition to his usual allotment of targets.
Booker caught two of three targets for 17 yards during Saturday's 17-16 loss to Cleveland. Just about every Denver loss has come with the Broncos driving for the winning score in the closing seconds but coming up short. That was the case again Saturday when Booker almost saved the day, helping convert a fourth down with a 15-yard catch in the game's closing moments. The Broncos stalled shortly thereafter. The veteran continues to trail both of his rookie teammates in snaps per game as he holds the role of third-down back. Sunday brings an Oakland squad that, despite its struggles, has actually ranked among the best in limiting opposing passing attacks at just 244 yards per game.
Booker caught both of his targets, gaining 11 yards during Sunday's 20-14 loss in San Francisco. Booker was held without a carry for the third time in four games, not surprising considering the Broncos' typically efficient run game was limited against a stout 49ers front. With Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) now out for the year, the Broncos have nothing resembling experience at receiver, and teams really only need to worry about stopping the run. Stacked boxes are typically bad for tailbacks, but Booker's role as the pass-catching back can be more valuable. That formula might be a tough play Saturday, however, against a Cleveland defense stingy against the pass but only mediocre against the run,
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|3||09/22||@Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|5||10/06||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|7||10/18||Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
|13||12/01||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|15||12/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||23.78|
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