Booker rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries and added 38 catches off of 51 targets for 275 yards in 2018. He lost one fumble during the season.
Despite a career high in catches, Booker still ended 2018 with 37 fewer touches than either of the first two seasons of his career. The presence of rookies Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman was a major factor as a large chunk of Booker's carries came in games in which one of the two young stars were injured or ejected. The new, reduced role might be good for Booker as he was certainly more efficient running the ball, averaging 5.4 yards per carry as compared to his his average of 3.6 in his first seasons. He also managed to reel in some clutch catches in the passing game, which has arguably been his strong suit. He figures to have a similar third-down role in 2019, but the risk will be that Lindsay could continue to develop into a strong three-down option, eating further into Booker's opportunities.
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.
It feels like 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 their struggles, has actually ranked among the best of the league 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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