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|An early-season wrist injury cost Devontae Booker significant playing time this past season, which is disappointing because many believed that he would end up out-scoring veteran C.J. Anderson in the Denver backfield if he was given the opportunity. Despite playing in 13 games, Booker failed to reach even 300 yards on the ground and faded into relative obscurity as the season went on.
Booker is likely considered the "starter" heading into camp but don't be fooled by that. The Broncos selected Royce Freeman in the third round of the draft and there's really no question that he's the preferred option for fantasy purposes. Booker simply lacks the size, speed or strength to be an every down workhorse and despite his production in the passing game, he's not good enough there to completely keep Freeman off the field in all passing downs.
Booker is a late-round PPR option at best but he would almost certainly take over as the top back on the roster if Freeman were to go down with an injury, so there's some upside there as well.
| Royce Freeman injures ankle in Week 7|
Reported high ankle sprain
By: Doug Orth | Fri Oct 19, 12:30 am
|RB Royce Freeman has high-ankle sprain. (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This season just doesn't look like it is going to go Freeman's way. In a game in which the game script could not have been better and the rookie could have seen in upwards to 20 carries, he instead suffers an injury that will almost certainly sideline him through Denver's Week 10 bye. As a result, Phillip Lindsay should see enough of an increase in work to move into low-end RB1 territory, while Devontae Booker will likely work in a change-of-pace role.
|Broncos going with "hot hand" in backfield|
"Doesn't matter who starts"
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 17, 7:30 pm
|Phillip Lindsay didn't start, but in on the second play and got the ball. Vance Joseph said not considering starting him: “No, because it doesn’t matter. Our deal with that room is more of game plan. It’s what they do best. It’s more of who has the hot hand that day." (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Lindsay has played nine more snaps than Royce Freeman and 13 more than Devontae Booker. Lindsay is the league's third-leading rusher after two games, but one has to wonder if this is the coaching staff's way of holding out hope (or trying to get more out of) Freeman. The 190-pound Lindsay is a poor bet to hold up with a heavy workload, plus Freeman supposedly had the "hot hand" in August. It's hard to trust either player as anything more than a flex option at the moment.
|Royce Freeman named Week 1 starter|
Some sort of committee still expected
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 3, 6:05 pm
|Vance Joseph says Royce Freeman No. 1, Devontae Booker third-down and Phillip Lindsay for a "package" of plays. (Ryan O'Halloran on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Step 1 of the Freeman Plan is now complete, but the rookie is going to have to carry over his preseason dominance into the regular season in order to eventually become the feature back in Denver. It should happen eventually, but the Broncos have been selling a committee pretty hard for a while. If Freeman shows well - Seattle should be accommodating in Week 1 - then he could easily live up to his fourth-round ADP. Just don't expect it to happen right away.