RB Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 240||Born: 1-18-1995||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Fournette is stuck in a sleepwalking offense. He at least has a good matchup against Oakland this week, but Week 14 was his lowest output of the season.
Week 15: at Oakland Raiders
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Leonard Fournette struggled for the second straight week as he led an uninspiring Jaguars rushing offense with just 50 rushing yards from 15 carries. After starting the season averaging 20.4 carries per game with four games of 20 or more rushing attempts, Fournette has dipped to just 14.4 carries per game since Week 9 with over 15 carries in only one game. Efficiency has also been an issue for Fournette in recent weeks, as he has averaged over 3.6 yards per carry in just one of his last five games while exceeding 50 rushing yards just once. His offensive line has not played as well in recent weeks due to excessive penalties and an ankle injury plaguing center Brandon Linder. Fournette remains heavily involved in the passing game, but this recent lack of usage on the ground certainly sheds doubt on the fantasy prospects of Jacksonville's bell-cow back. On another note, the re-introduction of Gardner Minshew as starting quarterback now adds back in that extra dimension of upside on the ground. Minshew's risk-taking playing style and athletic ability led to him rushing for 28 or more yards in half of his starts earlier this season, and he put up 31 rushing yards in last week's game. The Raiders faltered against Derrick Henry and the Titans last week, giving up over 103 yards and two touchdowns to Henry, who had the best fantasy day (non-PPR) any running back has had this season against the Raiders. Oakland also allowed a pair of rushing touchdowns to the Chiefs in Week 13, but they had done a decent job at limiting yardage from running backs in many of their preceding games. Limiting big plays has been a calling card of this rushing defense, as they are one of only a few teams in the league to have not yet allowed a run play of more than 40 yards. They are also giving up just 4.1 rushing yards per attempt, which is slightly better than league-average. Strong run-stoppers on the interior and decent play from their safeties have helped this team excel in spots against the run. Linebacker Tahir Whitehead, while questionable in pass coverage, has played relatively well against the run also. While not a slam dunk matchup by any means for Leonard Fournette, the Raiders do still offer some level of opportunity for him to get back on track.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Leonard Fournette's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs LAC (15 / 50 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
Fournette is going to continue being as productive as the game script allows him to be. He received 7 carries and 1 target (dropped) on the first drive alone as he helped carry the offense into field goal range. Throughout the first half, the Jaguar offensive line was actually doing a good job getting movement on the Chargers front 7 early in the game, but a run-heavy game script was obviously not sustainable once the Chargers started blowing them out. He did get some run as a receiver in the first half, but was oddly not targeted often in the second half while the team was getting blown out.
2019 Week 13 vs TB (14 / 38 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 53 / 0 rec)
Leonard Fournette round tough sledding more often times than not when running the ball against the No. 2 rush defense in the NFL, totaling only 38 yards on 14 carries. He ran tough and pushed several piles, once again showing an improved ability to create yards after contact, but the offensive line failed to provide much room for him and a 25-0 halftime deficit took him out of the second half. Fournette was used predominantly as a receiver though, largely because Foles checked it down so often and Minshew used him as an outlet after extending plays. He caught nine passes for 53 yards, giving him an absurdly low yard per catch average, though he showed good elusiveness and vision after the catch.
2019 Week 12 vs TEN (24 / 97 / 2 rush, 12 / 9 / 62 / 0 rec)
Fournette came to play against the Titans, and the Jaguars wasted a terrific effort by him. He was dominating on the first drive, until a Brandon Linder holding penalty on a long run put the Jaguars behind the sticks. It looked like he was responsible for the Foles sack that ended the drive on 3rd and 15 - a rarity because he has been excellent in pass protection this season. On the third drive the Jaguars fed him again. He was rewarding them and broke off a 34-yard run that was called back on another Brandon Linder holding penalty. Once the Jaguars went down 35-3 in the third quarter, Fournette's contribution was mostly in the receiving game. He has been productive catching the ball all year, but was downright fantastic today. He made players miss in the open field, picked up yards after catch, and on one poorly thrown Foles pass, made a great off-frame catch and then spun to avoid the defender after the catch. He finally found the endzone on a short run right after, and had another short touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 11 vs IND (8 / 23 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 34 / 0 rec)
Leonard Fournette was a complete afterthought in the Jaguars' playcalling on Sunday, carrying the ball a career-low eight times, with only two of those carries coming in the second half. Fournette was able to get chunks of yardage early on but the Jaguars completed abandoned running the ball in favor of letting Foles throw it 47 times. Fournette finished the game with only eight carries for 23 yards. Fournette did salvage some production in the passing game, catching all seven of his targets for 34 yards, but he once again was kept out of the end zone and for the most part was harly noticeable on the field. It was hardly Fournette's fault though, as the Jaguars' coaches just gave him zero chance to make an impact.
2019 Week 9 vs HOU (11 / 40 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Fournette had decent success on the ground in this game. Poor game script and the inability for the offense to stay on the field hampered his overall productivity. He continues to have baseline receiving production that buoys his numbers. However he did drop a target in the first quarter that would have led to a first down conversion.
2019 Week 8 vs NYJ (19 / 76 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
Leonard Fournette had one of his toughest tests of the season against a Jets defensive front that has done a good job of stopping the run all season, but he started the game off with a bang as he took his first handoff 66 yards into Jets territory. The play was a good example of Fournette showing patience on inside zone before breaking a tackle at the second level. Unfortunately for Fournette, he was caught from behind by Jamal Adams after he made a poor decision to cut back to the other side of the field during the run, which has been far too frequent of an occurrence this season. Fournette struggled on the ground for the rest of the game due to a gluttony of negative runs caused by poor blocking from the OL, TEs and WRs. He finished his day with 76 yards on 19 rushes, with 66 coming on that one carry. He did contribute greatly as a pass catcher, however, catching all seven of his targets for 60 yards. The best play came on 3rd down in the fourth quarter in the red-zone, a play that helped set up the aforementioned Chark touchdown. On this play, he ran a wheel route out of the backfield and created easy separation against the linebacker before doing a great job of tracking the pass along the sideline and bringing it in for the conversion. Fournette once again failed to register a touchdown, but he was given the ball often and for the most part he made the best of his opportunities.
2019 Week 7 vs CIN (29 / 131 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
For what feels like is becoming an every week trend, Leonard Fournette was the most efficient and dependable player on the Jaguars' entire offense on Sunday. He carried the ball 29 times for 131 yards, a respectable 4.5 YPC average. He showed nice decisiveness and vision, especially on the outside zone runs the Jaguars frequently called. From a consistency basis, this was probably his best game as a runner thanks to improved vision and his ability to force missed tackles at the second level. Fournette was barely used as a pass catching threat this week, catching each of his two targets for a total of 14 yards, though he did once again line up on the perimeter for a few snaps. Fournette did not find the end zone on Sunday, but he had a solid day without anything really worth complaining about. For an inconsistent Jacksonville offense, that is worth valuing.
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 NewsJaguars | Leonard Fournette runs for 50 yards (Sun Dec 8, 09:55 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette posted 15 carries for 50 yards in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Chargers and he added three grabs for 13 yards on six targets. link to story Buccaneers | Leonard Fournette mostly bottled up (Sun Dec 8, 09:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette registered 15 carries for 50 yards and three grabs for 13 yards on six targets in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. link to story Jaguars | Leonard Fournette involved in run, pass game (Sun Dec 1, 06:33 PM) - Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette rushed for 38 yards on 14 carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13. He also caught nine passes for 53 yards during the game. link to story
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