The preseason consensus pointed to Melvin Gordon as the next man up if something happened to Javonte Williams, but by Week 4 it appears like the situation in Denver has shifted. As Williams went down with a season-ending knee injury on Sunday against the Raiders, Mike Boone got the first crack at starting for the Broncos.
That’s because the Raiders scored a defensive touchdown because of Gordon’s fumbling problems again on Sunday. Even though Boone only ended up with three runs for 20 yards, considering Williams’ injury and Gordon’s problems, he should be one of the most sought-after players on the waiver wire heading into Week 5.
It doesn’t follow, however, that Boone will start for the Broncos. Gordon was flagged for his fumbles and likely has a relatively short leash, but you have to believe the Broncos will give him the first crack at a lead role for the remainder of the season, given how long they’ve given him so far. If it holds true, Gordon may finish the season as one of the league’s top 15 running backs.
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) October 3, 2022
Both Gordon and Boone are anticipated to get more playing time in Week 5, and while Gordon is on 92% of rosters, Boone is available in the vast majority of leagues. Even if Gordon has genuinely damaged himself with his fumbles, he still has a chance to stay the top option and is likely to earn double-digit touches in a timeshare.
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— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) October 3, 2022
Depending on what the Broncos have to say about the Gordon/Boone divide, that may imply Boone is the best waiver-wire alternative. The Colts have Deon Jackson and Phillip Lindsay as other running back alternatives to help replace Taylor.
but if Nyheim Hines is still available in your league, I would grab him over Boone. Boone now has a clear road to a major role, and all it would take is an injury or another costly turnover to put him in the spotlight. This is the rest of Week 5’s waiver wire targets.
Against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15 of the 2019 season, starting running back Dalvin Cook suffered a shoulder injury and had to leave the game. Boone benefited from this by getting more playing time.
Boone carried the ball 13 times for 56 yards and two scores in the game, helping his team to a 39-10 victory. Boone ran 17 times for 148 yards and a score in Week 17’s 21-19 loss to the Chicago Bears. Boone concluded the 2019 season with a total of 273 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Boone recovered a fumble by punt returner DeAndre Carter in the Vikings’ 31-23 Week 4 victory over the Houston Texans in 2020. Boone’s efforts on special teams in Week 4 earned him the NFC’s weekly honor of “Special Teams Player of the Week.”
A two-year deal was reached between Boone and the Denver Broncos. On the first day of the 2021 season, September 1, he was put on injured reserve. On October 16th, he went live.