RB Leonard Fournette - Jacksonville Jaguars
|6-0, 240||Born: 1-18-1995||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
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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
2018 Week 16 vs MIA (18 / 43 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Fournette salvaged his day with a short touchdown on the first drive, but was otherwise extremely ineffective. 3 catches for 28 yards looks decent on the statline, but he had one horrible drop. The team has also begun recently leaking that Fournette is ten pounds heavier than he was to begin the season. Fournette's second season has been an incredible disappointment - battles with injuries, a suspension for fighting, weight gain, and being vastly outplayed this year by TJ Yeldon. At this point, it wouldn't be the worst idea for the team to explore trade options. Yeldon will depart via free agency and Carlos Hyde will likely be a salary cap casualty, so the team will likely bring him back due to a lack of other veteran options on the roster. He should definitely be challenged by adding another young back in the spring. Fournette cannot be counted on going forward, both from an injury and performance standpoint.
2018 Week 15 vs WAS (11 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Fournette got a decent workload in the first half, before seeing his workload reduced in the second. Head coach Doug Marrone stated that the team wanted to see David Williams get some work after he had a good week of practice. Backup runningback Carlos Hyde was also a healthy scratch. Maybe the team doesn't want to risk injuring Fournette in an already-lost season. Maybe the coaching staff is making signals to the front office. The teams starting quarterback has been benched, the top backup (who was traded for in-season) isn't even suiting up, and now their fourth overall pick starting runningback is seeing reduced work. It's a strange situation.
2018 Week 14 vs TEN (14 / 36 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Fournette was contained on early runs, fell down on his first reception, was stuffed on three goal line carries, and a good portion of his meager production came when the game was out of hand. He's not longer a fantasy RB1 or automatic start.
2018 Week 12 vs BUF (18 / 95 / 2 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
The lone bright spot for the Jaguars had over 100 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns before getting himself ejected from the game in the second half. He is a legitimately good inside runner, underrated as a receiver, and arguably the best goal line back in the NFL right now. He is automatic from inside the 5 yard line. The team rode him even after going down 14-0 in the first quarter, eventually tying the game 14-14 before halftime. In the second half, Buffalo stacked the box and called incessant run blitzes. Jacksonville couldn't hit any completions to force Buffalo to call the dogs off in the defensive front. A brawl between the two teams ended with Fournette coming off the sideline and punching Shaq Lawson. He will be suspended for one week. This momentary lapse of judgement honestly saved the franchise. If it had not happened, Fournette would have scored on the next play, the Jaguars probably would have won, and the team would be continuing on with the status quo.
2018 Week 11 vs PIT (28 / 95 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)
Fournette touched the ball 30 times in his 34 snaps on Sunday, further reinforcing the idea that he is the centerpiece of the Jaguars' offense. Fournette carried the ball 28 times in the game, and in the first half he showed the talent that made him the fourth overall pick. He showed acceleration to the hole and then, for the first time in his career showed the make to make defenders miss and bounce off of him at the second level on a consistent basis. Fournette's balance, strength and athleticism were all on full display throughout the game, and he was the only true playmaker for the offense. His best carry was an outside zone run where he cut it up field and made a safety miss before breaking another tackle for a 20 yard gain. Fournette also lead the team in receiving - in both yardage and number of receptions ó proving his worth goes beyond simply running the ball. He was able to explode for a 20-yard gain on a screen pass in the second half to set up his own eventual touchdown run, which showed him leaping over the offensive and defensive lines from the five-yard line for the end zone. Fournette was not as effective in the second half because the Steelers eventually began to run a goal line style defense when the Jaguars had the ball in their own territory. They knew Fournette was the only player doing damage, and they devoted all 11 players to shutting him down in the second half. It was an effective strategy, especially in the final drives of the game where Fournette was routinely stuffed.
2018 Week 10 vs IND (24 / 53 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
The Jaguars featured Fournette heavily in his return - especially in the first half as a runner. Overall, he did not have much success at all, as the Jaguars ran a lot of heavy personnel and slammed him up inside. He scored on a short 1 yard touchdown run in the second quarter - set up by his own catch-and-run play action screen pass. He needs to be used in the open field more in this way, instead of just running him into the teeth of heavy fronts. His second touchdown (also from 1 yard) came on an easy pass to the flats after running a play action fake.
2018 Week 4 vs NYJ (11 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Fournette started the game as a workhorse after missing the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. He totaled 11 touches in the first quarter. 1st down runs under center were not effective. He did have one counter play that was well blocked to the playside and probably would have gone for a nice gain that got stuffed for a loss by Jamal Adams shooting a gap from the backside like a missile. Runs from shotgun were more successful. He exited at the end of the first quarter with hamstring tightness and never returned.
2018 Week 1 vs NYG (9 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Fournette started the game off exactly how one would expect ñ as a workhorse lead back. Most encouraging were a catch-and-run off of play-action from the I formation on the first drive of the second half and his effective on shotgun runs/RPO gives. Unfortunately, he left the game midway through the second quarter with an injured hamstring, as his leg got caught underneath him as during a tackle.
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