RB Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars

6-0, 240Born: 1-18-1995College: LSUDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals

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FBG says: Great matchup. Leonard Fournette's Week 6 rushing line (72 yards on 20 carries) disappointed some folks, but it shouldn't have. He did well to grind that out against the Saints' stout run defense; it was the first time since Week 1 they'd allowed a runner to top 65 yards. Fournette didn't break one of his signature long runs, but picked up what he was given by the Jaguars' line. At least he looked spry and powerful on a 16-yard cutback run, stiff-arming Marshon Lattimore for extra yardage. He's still on a tear, averaging 5.1 yards per rush on the young season. And even if that number has been inflated by a handful of huge runs, they weren't fluky plays for the explosive Fournette. He's been able to find big holes in strong defensive fronts, giving him both a high volume-based floor and a top-notch fantasy ceiling. If the Jaguars' interior blocking improves - it's led by a talented duo in Brandon Linder and Andrew Norwell - Fournette will bring even more RB1 consistency to the table. The Bengals run defense remains football's weakest, sitting dead last league-wide on both a per-carry and per-game basis. They've already allowed 6 different runners to top 65 yards, though none have been egregious as last week's embarrassing display against Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Bengals consistently bit on option fakes and seemed unprepared to face Jackson's speed and shiftiness; he wound up producing 152 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Jackson wasn't alone, either, with running backs Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill all chiming in with chunk runs of their own. Simply put, the Bengals sorely lack playmakers on the second and third levels. The line is generally solid, led by run-stuffing nose tackle Andrew Billings on early downs. But while linebackers Nick Vigil and Preston Brown are dependable tacklers, both are slow-footed in pursuit and often find themselves well out of the play. It hasn't helped that free safety Jessie Bates has taken a big step back after a dominant rookie year. He and the other safeties are making very few plays in the box, leaving the ho-hum front seven on its own. Altogether, it's been a formula for one of fantasy's best matchups, and Leonard Fournette is in prime position to capitalize.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs TEN 54 15 66 0 8 6.0 26 0 0 9.2
4 at DEN 71 29 225 0 3 2.0 20 0 0 24.5
5 at CAR 77 23 108 1 7 4.0 29 0 0 19.7
6 vs NO 55 20 72 0 6 6.0 46 0 0 11.8
7 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 20 * * 4.7 * * * *
7 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 17 * * 4.8 * * * *
7 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 22 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Leonard Fournette's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs NO (20 / 72 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 46 / 0 rec)

Fournette didn't post gaudy numbers against the Saints but he was easily the Jaguars best offensive player. He finished the game with only 72 yards on 20 carries, but this was largely because two of his best runs were wiped out by penalties. He didn't have much running room against a good Saints defensive front, but he once again did a nice job of getting yards after contact and fighting through arm tackles. The next step he needs to take as a runner is to work on creating his own yards when the blocking isn't there for him. As a pass catcher Fournette was productive, catching six of his eight targets for 46 yards. But his game catching it out of the back field showed both negatives and positives. In the first quarter he caught a 3rd down checkdown pass and had to avoid a P.J. Williams tackle to pick up the first down, but he was easily brought down in space a few yards short. On the other hand, he showed some improvement in the pass catching department when he motioned out wide to the perimeter from the backfield and then caught a slant to convert a 3rd down.

2019 Week 5 vs CAR (23 / 108 / 1 rush, 7 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Fournette was not bad by any means against the Panthers, but he was also not as good as his 23 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown statline indicates. 48 of those yards came on a single run and the touchdown was a one-yard layup score. But when he was creating positive plays, it was due to his improved ability to break tackles and move the pile, something he failed to do too often in 2018. His vision is still too hit or miss, but he is a better pure runner than he has been in years past. As a pass catcher, Fournette saw a whopping seven targets but only four of those were converted to receptions. He finished the day with 29 yards receiving with his longest catch going for 14 yards. He is not going to make anyone miss in space after being thrown the ball like McCaffrey will, but he can get the easy yards quickly due to his burst, making him a dangerous target on check downs.

2019 Week 4 vs DEN (29 / 225 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Fournette's huge day did not just come from an explosive first half. He was getting consistent yardage on the ground early in the game as well, gaining positive yardage on a mix of Gap and Zone runs. He continues to get volume in the pass game. Even if he is not a game-breaking receiving threat, he is dependable. His first reception was his biggest gain and came on a checkdown from Minshew, where he had a ton of space and went for 15 yards. The Jaguar offense mostly stalled out in the first half due to sacks and penalties. In the second half, Fournette and the Jaguar offensive line took over the game. They set the tone on the very first play of the second half, with Fournette breaking a carry at the line of scrimmage, picking up 12 yards after and finishing the run with physicality. He largely authored a drive that took over 10 minutes of game time. After Minshew's touchdown pass to Ryquell Armstead capped the drive, the Broncos went 3-and-out on their ensuing possession. With the Bronco defense completely gassed at this point, Fournette took over the game. His first carry of the possession went for over 80 yards. The nickelback was unblocked off the edge on a blitz and could have made a stop in the backfield. But he made a business decision, taking a bad angle at the line of scrimmage. Fournette ran through an arm tackle at the line of scrimmage, broke another tackle in the secondary, and was off. He was finally brought down inside the 15. He broke a 27 yarder a couple drives later on a Counter play, again breaking multiple tackles and finishing the run with authority.

2019 Week 3 vs TEN (15 / 66 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 26 / 0 rec)

Fournette's first carry of the night was probably his best until his late-game 69 yarder. He hit the backside A-gap on Inside Zone, picking up 9 yards. It was negated by a holding penalty. He again hit the cutback lane on Inside Zone for 7 yards and converting a first down on his first recorded carry of the game. He received targets in the passing game, his first a screen pass where he started split out as a receiver. He dropped his next target (slightly off-frame and high) in the flat, and was nailed directly after making the catch on his third target. On his fourth, he finally caught a flat pass in some space with a one-on-one vs a defensive back, but Malcolm Butler was able to bring him down. That is a matchup that Fournette should win. He did make a nice off-frame catch over the middle of the field in the fourth quarter on a 3rd and long. Although he did not convert the first down, he did bring the ball into Josh Lambo's field goal range. After his first few initial carries, the run game was a comedy of errors. Some of it was poor blocking (the interior of the line and tight ends appear to all be liabilities in the run game), and some of it was Fournette not being able to gear down and change direction on-the-fly - exacerbated even more by the intermittent rain during the game. On the first play of the final drive, Fournette made up for his frustrating night by popping off a 69-yard run. He created mostly on his own, breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage before busting into the secondary.

2019 Week 2 vs HOU (15 / 47 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Fournette has a disastrous day running the ball for Jacksonville. Despite a strong effort on the two-point conversion, he was stuffed at the goal line, a strong metaphor for his day against Houston. He ended the game with 15 carries for a meager 47 yards, partially due to poor run blocking and partially because of his poor vision and open field ability. After a week where Fournette looked quick and decisive, he continued to run into the backs of his blockers and miss open rushing lanes on Sunday. His worst play came when he was able to get past the second level on an inside zone play for 14 yards, but he was tackled easily in space by Tashaun Gipson. If Fournette can break that tackle like he's expected to, he probably scores a touchdown. Fournette did however once again show great promise as a receiver, finishing the game with four catches for 40 yards. His after the catch ability is a big part of the offense and is a vital aspect of his game with a rookie quarterback at the helm.

2019 Week 1 vs KC (13 / 66 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)

Because of the collapse of the Jaguars defense, Fournette was only sparingly used against the Chiefs. The deficit simply became too large and they got away from the run. But before that, Fournette looked explosive, ran with a purpose, and showed better open died moves than he has in the past two seasons. He ended the game with 13 carries for 61 yards and four receptions for 28 yards. He lost his first career fumble, but aside from that he had a good day at the office. Maybe most encouraging was the way offensive coordination John DeFilippo utilized him early on. He moved him all over the field to put him in favorable situations, including lining him out wide to set up a tunnel screen that Fournette gained 12 yards on.


Latest News

Chiefs | LeSean McCoy gashing defenses on first down (Tue Oct 15, 02:57 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy leads all rushers - minimum 20 rush attempts - with 6.79 yards per carry on first down. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ranks second at 6.32, while Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (5.87), Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (5.83) and San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (5.71) round out the top five.

Our View: McCoy can still play at a high level...provided he hangs onto the rock and does a good job in pass protection. The Chiefs travel to Denver to play the Broncos on Thursday night. McCoy has flex appeal in that matchup.
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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette plays well in Week 6 (Sun Oct 13, 04:54 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries against the New Orleans Saints in Week 6. He also caught six passes for 46 yards during the game.

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Jaguars | Leonard Fournette hits triple digits (Sun Oct 6, 09:00 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette rushed 23 times for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers and he added four grabs for 29 yards on seven targets.

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