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RB Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-0, 240Born: 1-18-1995College: LSUDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Fournette salvaged his week with a garbage time touchdown, but this was a picture of what he'll face when the game script isn't controlled by the Jaguars defense. That could be the case again this week against the Ravens.

Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Leonard Fournette certainly looks the part of an NFL banger. He's difficult to bring down, dominating defenders at a high NFL level and finishing runs with authority. And he's showing himself fully capable in the passing game, not falling into the groove of two-dimensional plodders that telegraph a play. But he's consistently confronted with stacked defensive boxes - and protected by a fairly weak front line - so we've yet to see much dynamism. At his combine, Fournette That at least teases the explosive potential Fournette boasts if and when he's given a plus game script and a reasonable point of attack. Fournette did well to rack up 40 yards against a tough Titans front 7 last Sunday, and while the sledding stays tough against the Ravens, his start has been encouraging overall. If the Jaguars can provide him any room, he'll produce majorly at some point. The Ravens have been stout against the run thus far; neither the Bengals' batch of runners nor the Browns' elite front line have gotten the better of them. They've given some allowances to passing-down specialists Giovani Bernard and Duke Johnson, who have found room in space, but interior backs have yet to create anything of note. Jeremy Hill and Isaiah Crowell have combined for just 63 yards on 16 carries. There's a bit of injury concern at play: run-stuffing tackle Brandon Williams left Week 2 with a foot injury, but the team doesn't believe it to be serious, and he looks likely to suit up Sunday. If so, expect business as usual for a unit that's held 7 of its last 11 opponents under 100 ground yards.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at HOU 39 26 100 1 3 3 24 0 0 18.4
2 vs TEN 40 14 40 1 5 2 21 0 0 12.1
3 vs BAL 0 17 59 1 4 3 21 0 0 14
3 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 16 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 16 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 40 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Fournette did not get ANY help from the people around him but frankly he was better than his numbers say. He provides the offense their only source of explosion and he showed this even on runs that had no chance due to the blocking. He broke tackles and moved piles more than anyone could really have expected. He was even able to score a touchdown later in the game. Sadly he will continue to face 9 defenders in the box as long as his inept QB plays with him.

2017 Week 1 vs HOU (26 / 100 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

The star of the show. Fournette was everything that he has been billed as and the Jaguars fed him like a workhorse back. He had touched the ball over 20 times by the end of the first half alone. They trusted him as a receiving back, giving him chances on a screen and as a dump off option. As a runner, he was down right punishing. The blocking was inconsistent in front of him but when given the room he dominated the Texans linebackers and defensive backs. He wore them down with his power on contact and showed better feet and quickness than anticipated. His best play was a run to the outside where he was able to beat one defenders angle and then use a deadly stiff arm to advance the ball to the goal line. He was given several goal line carries and should be the teams sole back in that regard.

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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette scores again (Sun Sep 24, 12:35 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 59 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. He also caught three passes for 21 yards during the game.

Our View: For the second straight week, Fournette was bailed out in fantasy by a garbage time score, but this time, his team was in control of the game. He'll be in all of our lineups next week against the Jets.
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Jaguars | Jacksonville RBs running into a crowd (Tue Sep 19, 11:14 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RBs Chris Ivory (73.3 percent) and Leonard Fournette (52.5) rank first and fifth, respectively, in the NFL in regards to how often they face eight defenders in the box.

Our View: Opponents know the Jaguars want to run the rock and keep the ball out of the hands of QB Blake Bortles. They are responding by loading the box and daring the Jaguars to throw. If a game goes according to plan, Fournette is going to get plenty of work and he has no problem slamming it against an 8-man front all day. When games go off script (see Week 2 vs Tennessee), the running backs are put on the back burner.
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette gets into end zone (Sun Sep 17, 08:28 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette rushed 14 times for 40 yard and a touchdown in Week 2 against Tennessee. He also added two receptions for 21 yards on five targets.

Our View: Fournette got the score when the game was out of hand, so his owners should consider themselves lucky. He'll be a boom/bust RB2 in a tough matchup against the Ravens next week.
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette keeps legs churning (Thu Sep 14, 10:15 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette had 61 yards rushing after contact in Week 1.

Our View: Fournette is a powerful, determined runner, and performed well against what should be a very good Houston defense. Tennessee struggled against a similarly powerful running in Oakland's Marshawn Lynch last week, so they are vulnerable. The Jaguars also lost Allen Robinson for the season, and between that and Blake Bortles being Blake Bortles, Fournette is going to see a lot of work. We like him a lot this week, and he should put up some solid RB1 numbers.
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Schedule

3vs Baltimore Ravens
4@ New York Jets
5@ Pittsburgh Steelers
6vs Los Angeles Rams
7@ Indianapolis Colts
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Cincinnati Bengals
10vs Los Angeles Chargers
11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Arizona Cardinals
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Houston Texans
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Tennessee Titans