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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 Nov 20): Fournette's availability was in question for Week 11, but he was strong in the cold and powered the Jaguars offense. We might have to sweat out some game-time decisions, but it appears Fournette is ready to perform as long as he is cleared to play even though his ankle is going to be an issue for the rest of the season.

General News (Thu Nov 23): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

General News (Wed Nov 22): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

General News (Mon Nov 20): will likely have to deal with his lingering ankle injury the rest of the season, and his workload will be limited during the week before games.

Week 12: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Jaguars own the league's most potent rushing offense this season. Leonard Fournette has been key in leading the Jaguars to just over 160 rushing yards per game--top in the league. Last week, Fournette rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in his last four games as he logged a staggering 28 carries. This was a particularly impressive outing against a Browns defense that had allowed just 3.1 yards per rush attempt through Week 10. Fournette now has over 20 carries in five of his eight starts this year--an enormous workload for the rookie running back. There are definitely some injuries to consider on this Jaguars rushing offense, including Fournette himself who has been dealing with a banged-up ankle for most of the season. Left tackle Cam Robinson has also been playing with an ankle injury while right tackle Jeremy Parnell was sidelined with a knee injury last week and is questionable for this week's game. The Cardinals have been tough on opposing running backs for most of this season, allowing the 10th fewest fantasy points per game to the position with just 101 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per rush attempt. They did allow Texans running backs to rack up 126 rushing yards and a couple touchdowns last week, but this was without elite defensive lineman Corey Peters who was out with an ankle injury. If not for a 34-yard run by D'Onta Foreman, this would have been another impressive day against the run as the Cardinals held lead back Lamar Miller to just 61 yards on 22 attempts. While their linebacker play leaves much to be desired, rookie safety Budda Baker has made a big impact in run defense--particularly last week as he led the team with 11 solo tackles, one sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss, coming up big on a number of occasions against the run. If Corey Peters returns this week, the Cardinals will pose a tough test for Leonard Fournette and this banged up Jaguars defensive line. Without Peters though, this run defense is only average.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs LAC 45 17 33 0 4 2 13 0 0 4.6
11 at CLE 52 28 111 0 3 2 7 0 0 11.8
12 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 21 * * 3 * * * *
12 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 22 * * 2 * * * *
12 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 19 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CLE (28 / 111 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Fournette was used as a battering ram for the Jaguars offense. His 33-yard run, which he was able to execute because of his vision to bounce outside after the hole was clogged and then his speed to beat the linebackers angles, was one of the Jaguars two only explosive plays on the day. He was the first back to run for over 100 yards on the Browns this season, and he did so because he looked like he was in better condition injury wise compared to last week. He had better burst inside and finish on his runs and his frequently used spin move was more effective.

2017 Week 10 vs LAC (17 / 33 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

For the first time in his career, Fournette looked ordinary. He was unable to evade defenders or break off long runs. He got a few key first downs on one to two-yard short-yardage chances, but that was about it as his longest run was eight yards. He showed his usual strength but the explosion was not the same as in other games. He was held out of a number of series during the game but did play in overtime. In the passing game, he made more of an impact as a blocker than as a pass catcher, an area he has shown improvement in.

2017 Week 6 vs LAR (21 / 130 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Fournette started the game off on fire, taking an inside carry 75-yards for a touchdown thanks to his rare blend of speed and explosion for his size. Other than that he had a fairly quiet day outside of a couple of chunks carries inside. The Jaguars also did not feature him as a receiver, leaving him with 0 targets for the game, which mitigated his impact. The line played worse than they have most of the rest of the season, but Fournette really did not have a poor showing on his own. He showed power, vision, and toughness, but there simply was not much there. He exited the game with an ankle injury in the 4th quarter but was later cleared to return.

2017 Week 5 vs PIT (28 / 181 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Fournette was a star vs the Steelers defense. He had a ton of runs that went for minimal gains but he had several games changing plays that show how big he is to the Jaguars franchise. His first touchdown run was a leap over the entire OL/DL that started at the 5-yard line and ended in the end zone. His second touchdown run was a burst to a small opening and then leaving every defender in his trails as he scored from 90-yards out. Maybe his best run was on a 12-yard run where he invited safety Mike Mitchell to come tackle him and then ran him over for the first down. Fournette is the real deal, is scoring touchdowns at a good rate and the Jaguars are finally giving him more work. He did give up one sack in pass protection.

2017 Week 4 vs NYJ (24 / 86 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec)

Fournette had his most productive all around day as a pro against the Jets. On the ground he was once again electric; He ran with quickness, vision, power, speed and fury. He moved every pile in his way and, save for one ill-advised toss play that lost yardage, he almost always turned a negative play into a positive one. His two best plays though came in the passing game, and this doesn't even count the aforementioned touchdown reception he had on the first drive. On a screen in the 4th quarter, Fournette caught the pass and flew through the second level with much more speed than you would ever anticipate out of somebody his size. He ended up gaining over 25 yards on the play almost simply because nobody wanted to get in front of him. The other play was another alley screen that Fournette was able to turn into a touchdown after turning the corner and outrunning the defense, but this was called back due to holding.

2017 Week 3 vs BAL (17 / 59 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Fournette had another game that was more impressive on the field than in the box score. For one, two of his biggest runs, each over 10 yards, was called due to penalties. He also ran behind an OL that was consistently allowing defenders into the backfield. On the bright side, there were a few more plays where he was able to find daylight this week as compared to last week. He showed terrific vision and toughness, as he has all season. He again produced as a receiver and ultimately scored his third rushing touchdown in as many games by the end of the day.

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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Latest News

Jaguars | Week 12 injury report for Jacksonville (Fri Nov 24, 02:36 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns (ankle) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals. DL Patrick Omameh (quad), OL Jermey Parnell (knee), LB Donald Payne (hamstring) and CB Jalen Ramsey (hand) were all limited in practice Friday, Nov. 24, and are listed as questionable. QB Blake Bortles (wrist), LB Blair Brown (hamstring) and PK Josh Lambo (hip) practiced fully Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), S Tashaun Gipson (knee) and WR Marqise Lee (knee) were each limited in practice Friday and also have been removed from the injury report.

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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette cleared for Week 12 (Fri Nov 24, 02:27 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is absent from the team's Week 12 injury report despite practicing in limited fashion all week.

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Jaguars | Limited practice for Leonard Fournette (Thu Nov 23, 03:32 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 23.

Our View: We're not terribly concerned about this, and feel like Fournette will get his full load of carries this weekend, and put up RB1 numbers.
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette also limited (Wed Nov 22, 05:13 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: This ankle problem is going to limit Fournette from here on out. He's still a RB1 for fantasy owners against the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette's ankle likely to linger (Mon Nov 20, 09:31 AM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) will likely have to deal with his lingering ankle injury the rest of the season, and his workload will be limited during the week before games.

Our View: This is no surprise to those who watched Fournette star in college for the LSU Tigers. The ankle/foot problems that plagued him then have followed him to the pros. When at full strength, Fournette can dominate but even if he's banged up and managing the pain the rookie can lead the way on the ground. Fournette said he dealt with throbbing ankle pain in Week 11.
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Schedule

12@ Arizona Cardinals
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14vs Seattle Seahawks
15vs Houston Texans
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Tennessee Titans