Devontae Booker Fantasy Outlook Week 8: A safe PPR floor against the Chiefs

What is the fantasy outlook for New York Giants running back Devontae Booker on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs?

Saquon Barkley will miss at least one more week as he nurses his sprained ankle. The Giants and fantasy football managers alike will turn to Devontae Booker as he is set to make another start on Monday Night Football. What should fantasy managers expect from the Giants’ backup running back against the Chiefs?

Devontae Booker remains an every-week fantasy starter

While he’s obviously not Barkley, Booker is still serviceable enough to be fantasy-viable every week. The Giants lost Barkley in the first quarter of their Week 5 loss to the Cowboys. In that game, Booker played 88% of the offensive snaps. He’s made two subsequent starts and played 72% and 82% of the snaps, respectively.

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Booker has finished as a fantasy RB2 each of the last three weeks. He’s basically been “discount Barkley” — similar usage, but not quite as good productivity. Booker has done his part to help fantasy managers get by until Barkley returns.

Booker has a great matchup against the Chiefs

In his last three games, Booker has had to go up against the Cowboys, Rams, and Panthers. Those three teams are all in the bottom half of fantasy points allowed to running backs. The Chiefs allow the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs — the easiest matchup for the Giants all season.

The Giants are double-digit underdogs, which is usually a negative for running backs. However, since New York uses Booker as a three-down back, negative game script would actually be a boon. Booker ran 20 routes last week and 32 the week before. He’s a factor in the passing game and could rack up several receptions, bolstering his PPR value.

The Chiefs surrender targets to running backs

Kansas City’s opponents have heavily targeted the running back position relative to league average. Against the Chiefs, 24% of opposing passing targets go to running backs, the fourth-most in the league.

Over his past four games, Booker has seen 11 targets. He hasn’t been particularly efficient with just 59 receiving yards on 9 receptions, but fantasy managers are most interested in the volume. Booker’s receiving usage and Kansas City’s penchant for surrendering targets to running backs give Booker a safe PPR floor.

Should fantasy managers start Booker?

This question is likely already decided. If you’ve come this far, it’s doubtful you can swap out Booker at this point. Perhaps you roster Kadarius Toney or Sterling Shepard and have the option to flex one of them. If so, they are definite considerations to start over Booker.

As a running back, Booker comes with a guaranteed touch floor. He’s touched the ball at least 16 times each of the past three weeks. That type of usage is hard to walk away from. You’ve probably already made this decision, but I would confidently stick with Booker in fantasy lineups on Monday Night Football.

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