In other words, the Giants played with their star running back Monday night for the first time in five games, but Barkley didn’t perform in a 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers like he has at his best in the past — or even like he did right before he injured his ankle.
Barkley said it was good to be back but as the story said he didn't get enough touches, six rushes for 25 yards and six catches for 31 yards. Barkley added, "I’m going to do whatever it takes to get my brain and my feet and my legs caught up together." The good news for Barkley owners is Booker carried just three times and had only one catch on MNF. There was talk Barkley wouldn't ever get the type of workload he got in the past but in his first game back he certainly got a big majority of the RB touches at least.
NYG RB Devontae Booker - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Chicago Bears
Devontae Booker has been surprisingly useful in recent weeks, despite being the clear backup running back to Saquon Barkley. Booker had four receptions and six carries for 46 yards against the Eagles last week. While those aren’t great numbers, fantasy managers in PPR formats can be encouraged by his double-digit touches and his 14 receptions over his past four games. Against the Bears this week, he shouldn’t be considered a high-end option by any means. However, if you’re struggling to find someone who won’t net you a big goose egg, you could do worse than putting Booker in as a low-end flex play in deep, PPR leagues.
If Saquon Barkley – who was seen limping a little on the sidelines according to our own Adam Hutchison – is shut down, then Booker immediately becomes a viable RB2 option. Watch Barkley’s status carefully heading into the weekend.