Devontae Booker
Devontae Booker
29-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Booker's lone season in Las Vegas proved relatively productive, as he topped 500 total yards for the first time since 2017 while scoring multiple touchdowns for the first time since he was a rookie in 2016. His 4.5 yards per carry was a marked improvement on his early days in Denver, and Booker had no problems handling an inconsistent role as he saw double-digit touches in a game only twice all year. The performance earned him a modest two-year deal from the Giants, and his balanced skill set makes him the most likely candidate to win the No. 2 job behind Saquon Barkley on a revamped depth chart. Given the serious knee injury Barkley is coming back from, that could create opportunities for Booker to see significant volume if the Giants feel the need to manage Barkley's workload or if he misses time again, but if Barkley returns to his bell-cow ways, Booker will again have to make do with scraps. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Giants in March of 2021.
Limited work against Washington
RBNew York Giants
September 20, 2021
Booker recorded two carries for nine yards while hauling in his lone target for two yards in Thursday's 30-29 loss to Washington.
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Although Saquon Barkley was questionable for Thursday's Week 2 matchup as he continues to recover from his 2020 knee surgery, he played 84 percent of the team's offensive snaps. As a result, Booker was on the field for just 14 percent of the offensive snaps and recorded three touches. The 2016 fourth-rounder should continue to see a minimal role while Barkley is healthy.
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How do Devontae Booker's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
16.7%
 
Positive Run %
83.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
56.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.5
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
4.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
23.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
2.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
129.4
 
Cornerbacks
115.1
 
Safeties
145.8
 
Linebackers
133.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Devontae Booker's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
219 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
8.68 in
 
Arm Length
31.67 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Booker was a proven pass catcher out of the backfield as he caught at least 30 passes and averaged 8.23 yards per reception throughout his first three years in the league with the Broncos, but he logged just 24 total offensive snaps in 2019 as his niche role diminished almost entirely. The former community college standout from Sacramento was a Raiders fan growing up as he now joins the silver and black on a one-year deal, to work behind Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard.
Booker has all but proven himself as a passing down back at this point, as his 134 career targets yielded 99 catches for 815 yards (73.9 percent catch rate, 6.1 YPT), but he's demonstrated little beyond that unfortunately. He can't break tackles in the NFL like he did at Utah, and he otherwise struggles to elude tacklers. Now with Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman established ahead of him, it's hard to project more than 300 or so snaps for Booker in Denver. If he makes a fantasy impact this year, it likely will require at least one of those runners ahead of him to get hurt. The Broncos actually signed Theo Riddick to replace Booker on passing downs, but Riddick suffered a shoulder fracture in the first week of the preseason.
For the second straight season, Booker failed to do much with his opportunities, falling short of 4.0 YPC and finding the end zone once in 13 games. Even with C.J. Anderson heading out the door this offseason, the 2016 fourth-round pick isn't guaranteed a lead role in the Denver backfield, or even a significant increase in touches. Coming out of Utah, his patience, burst and pass-catching skills seemed to make Booker a great fit for the Broncos offense, but those traits haven't been evident in the NFL. With Bill Musgrave taking over as offensive coordinator from Mike McCoy (who took over from Rick Dennison), Booker will need to adapt to his third scheme in three years. He's had trouble staying healthy, dealing with a preseason knee injury as a rookie and then wrist surgery, which delayed the start of his 2017 campaign, but even when he's been on the field he's had trouble making an impact. Denver used a third-round pick on Royce Freeman in the 2018 draft, and last year's preseason darling De'Angelo Henderson remains, so Booker needs to hit the ground running to lock down a major role.
Booker had an opportunity to claim the starting job in Denver last year after C.J. Anderson injured his knee in Week 7, but instead the rookie flopped in the lead role, failing to top 3.3 YPC for seven straight games after Anderson went down. Much of the blame can be laid on an offensive line that struggled to open holes and on a passing game that gave defenses plenty of incentive to stack the box, but Booker himself displayed little of the vision, patience or burst that he flashed in college. The Broncos brought back Mike McCoy to take over as offensive coordinator and re-made their O-line in the offseason, which offers the hope of a more productive running game. On the other hand, the team also re-made its backfield as Jamaal Charles will join a healthy Anderson in a fierce competition for touches that might leave little room for Booker. Further muddying the picture, Booker had surgery on his wrist in late July, with the recovery timetable estimated at 6-8 weeks. He's said to be targeting a Week 3 return, but even if that happens, he'll have missed an opportunity to prove himself in training camp and the preseason. It's unclear if he'll be involved in the offense once he's available.
Booker is a decisive, inside grinder who looks like a good fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut running game. His hands could go either way — he's shown the ability to be a factor in the passing game, but he also had fumbling problems in college. Booker is also old for an NFL rookie — he turned 24 in late May — and his initial progress was held back by a springtime knee injury. He's expected to be fine by summer camp, however, and he's more of a threat to C.J. Anderson than Ronnie Hillman is.
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Small backup role in opener
RBNew York Giants
September 13, 2021
Booker had four carries for seven yards and caught his lone target for six yards Sunday against the Broncos.
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Garners eight touches
RBNew York Giants
August 29, 2021
Booker rushed seven times for 14 yards and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 22-20 preseason loss to the Patriots.
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Starts and scores
RBNew York Giants
August 22, 2021
Booker rushed six times for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Browns. He also caught both his targets for 13 yards.
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Top option behind Barkley
RBNew York Giants
August 14, 2021
Booker rushed three times for 12 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game in Saturday's 12-7 preseason loss to the Jets.
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Facing challenge from Clement?
RBNew York Giants
August 6, 2021
Booker has been working as the Giants' top running back at training camp, but he's been outplayed by Corey Clement so far, according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com.
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