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Game of Week 5: vs. the Colts (Thursday night)

It’s time to launch Boone for the rest of the season. Gordon has been a major disappointment with four fumbles and just one touchdown in four games. His last fumble led to a TD Raiders comeback in a game Denver lost, and his first fumble of the season came on the goal line against Seattle in Week 1 — another Broncos loss. These facts cannot be ignored.

After Williams left Sunday’s game in Las Vegas, Boone got burned, making three carries for 20 yards (6.7 ypc) and catching a ball for nine yards. It’s a small sample, but at this point Boone has more upside than Gordon. Additionally, the fifth-year RB from Cincinnati, who spent his first three seasons with the Vikings before joining the Broncos in 2021, has zero career gropes over 90 keys in total.

As Denver’s RB2, Gordon could start Thursday night against the Colts and the NFL’s sixth-best rushing defense (89.5 yards per game), but Boone should have plenty of opportunities in what will be an effort of committee. Eventually, Boone will become the lead, a development that should happen sooner rather than later. He is widely available in all Yahoo and ESPN leagues and is a go-to player in deeper formats with slim waivers.

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