Boone joined the Denver Broncos, where he'll likely be behind both Melvin Gordon and rookie Javonte Williams. He can be avoided on Draft Day unless your league rewards return yards, and even then he's a late-round pick at best.
Boone appears set for a rotational depth role in Denver's backfield after the selection of Javonte Williams in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. Boone initially seemed to be in the mix for the No. 2 role behind Melvin Gordon in Denver, at least after the team's decision to cut Phillip Lindsay, but Javonte Williams boasts the talent and draft capital to push for touches right away. On the bright side, coach Vic Fangio did say he hopes to make use of "[the Broncos'] three backs" -- Boone, Gordon and Williams -- and "get a nice flow and get a good understanding and philosophy of the system which we'll take from week to week to utilize all three of them." Even if such a rotation does come to fruition, Boone will no doubt be third in the pecking order. He'd likely need either Gordon or Williams to miss time in 2021 in order to be fantasy relevant.
Boone is expected to compete for the Broncos' No. 2 running back role behind Melvin Gordon, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports. The March 17 signing of Boone immediately boosted Denver's special teams units. With 2018 Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay (hip) having since moved on to Houston via a one-year contract, Boone now finds himself in the conversation for a meaningful role within the Broncos backfield. The former Cincinnati Bearcat has been effective when granted opportunities over his three-year NFL career, racking up 5.3 yards per carry on 71 attempts as a member of the Vikings. For the time being, Boone's primary competitor for the No. 2 role is Royce Freeman, a 2018 third-round pick who last year accumulated 170 yards over 35 carries for the Broncos' 13th-ranked rush offense.
Boone agreed Wednesday with the Broncos on a two-year deal, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. Boone made most of his contributions on special teams for the Vikings in 2020. The 25-year-old running back enters a crowded backfield in Denver, though Phillip Lindsay (hip) -- a restricted free agent -- hasn't officially re-signed and could head elsewhere. Still, with Melvin Gordon and Royce Freeman in the fold, Boone may have a tough time finding a meaningful role on offense.
Boone isn't receiving a tender from the Vikings, making him an unrestricted free agent, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Tomasson notes that the Vikings are interested in retaining Boone, but the team deemed the price to tender him too high for a third-string running back and special teams contributor. Boone will likely test the market in hopes of finding a No. 2 running back job, but if none materializes, it's possible he opts to return to Minnesota and retain his previous role.
The Vikings want to keep Boone, but it isn't clear if they're willing to pay him $2.13 million, the minimum tender for a restricted free agent, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The team could try to sign him for less than the tender costs, but in the process might end up losing Boone to another franchise. While the 25-year-old is best known in fantasy circles for his disappointing performance in Week 16 of 2019, the Vikings seem to value his contributions on special teams. That's where Boone got 231 of his 250 snaps in 2020, logging just 19 plays and 13 touches on offense.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
|3||09/26||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|6||10/17||Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|8||10/31||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|12||11/28||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|13||12/05||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|16||12/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||29||22.38|
|17||01/02||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|18||01/09||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||24||126||1||2||9||0||18|