The RB Prospect Elite 8: (3) Kenneth Dixon vs (6) Devontae Booker

The running back prospect Sweet 16 is fun for the whole family. It should give you an idea of what the RotoViz staff thinks about a variety of RB prospects, and also the methodology some of our writers use when selecting them.

After an intrepid first round, we are now in the Elite Eight. The matchups should get even tighter, and the arguments will be even more intense. Sit back, learn some more about the 2016 RB class, and enjoy! And in case you missed the last Elite Eight matchup, check out the link below.

(2) Derrick Henry vs (10) C.J. Prosise

(3) Kenneth Dixon vs (6) Devontae Booker

Dixon managed to squeak a win out against the diminutive yet potent Tyler Ervin, and now will face the formidable Booker. The Utah alum dominated his match-up with Jonathan Williams, but Dixon is almost sure to post a tougher test. The common theme in this tournament has been love for pass-catching, and both of these players do that very well. Let’s see who will come out on top.

Anthony Amico – Devontae Booker

This is pretty simple for me. If I draft Dixon, I am doing it because I expect him to be some kind of PPR dynamo. Booker is the player who could fill a workhorse role right away in the NFL, just as he did at Utah. I also think he ends up being cheaper to acquire than Dixon.

Matthew Freedman – Devontae Booker

These guys strike me as being pretty similar, but Booker is slightly more versatile and was the workhorse for a Power Five team.

Shawn Siegele – Kenneth Dixon

In a battle between two guys with similar profiles, I’ll take the younger player with more production from the smaller school (since we know small schoolers tend to be undervalued and not the other way around).

Charlie Klienheksel – Kenneth Dixon

See Siegele, Shawn. Virtually the same size, Dixon’s combined rushing/receiving TDs/game (4.7) is on par with Booker’s (4.8).

Jordan Hoover – Kenneth Dixon

A really close call here, but I’ll side with the younger of the two options.

Scott Smith – Kenneth Dixon

Give me Dixon by a hair. With both guys being similar in production I will take the guy that I think I can get cheaper. This one really is a toss up however I like Dixon just a tad bit better.

Justin Winn – Devontae Booker

These guys are fairly similar. Both are workhorses who are fairly big and were productive receivers. But Booker is a tad bigger and handled bigger workloads. More significantly, Booker has the unknown working in his advantage. I know Dixon is an unspectacular athlete. I think Booker might actually be a good one. So give me Booker.

Tim Talmadge – Devontae Booker

Kenneth Dixon broke out earlier but Booker has been more productive since he transferred to Utah. We don’t know much about Booker as an athlete but I like his production comps a bit more.

Heith Krueger – Kenneth Dixon

Close, but I’ll take Dixon here. Slightly higher BMI, slightly higher percentage of the total offense, younger breakout age, and a higher YPC over a longer period of time.

Final

Once again, it appears that Dixon will slide through in a close matchup. He has won two rounds by a total of two votes, and we will see if he can continue his run against C.J. Prosise in the Final Four. The arguments for both Dixon and Booker were somewhat similar throughout this battle, and there is even some discrepancy as to who will actually cost more. I feel as though we could do this again in a month and get completely different results.

Have your own takes on this matchup? Please comment on the message boards or hit us up on Twitter to keep the conversation going. Stay tuned next time for the 1 vs. 8 matchup of Ezekiel Elliott vs Kenyan Drake.

Our updated look at the bracket is below.

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