The Jacksonville Jaguars have teased fantasy football owners with their offense over and over again. While no runner has been able to step up and seize a dominate fantasy role previously, none of the team’s previous players have the God-given talents of Leonard Fournette, the team’s first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here’s five things fantasy football players need to know about Fournette:
Think of Adrian Peterson in his prime. At 6-foot, 240 pounds, Fournette is a powerful load who runs angry. He can run past defenders—or right through them. Expect for him to handle the load most running situations, especially near the goal line.
The LSU product can quickly kick in his second gear. He’ll provide an outstanding new piece to a Jacksonville offense looking to take pressure off of inconsistent QB Blaine Bortles. Should the Jaguars have a lead late, he’s the perfect “closer” type back who will get better with volume of touches.
While a beast, there are concerns: The Jaguars still have Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon on roster. Unless the team releases/trades one of them, Fournette could be spelled, especially on third downs.
Another concern is the Jaguars as a whole. They’ve had a tendency to under-achieve. If the team is trailing by several touchdowns, as we’ve seen happen all too often, it could limit Fournette’s touches. The D, however, has continued to improve and they added valuable upgrades during the offseason.
While there will be some committee action, Fournette is a special talent on an upcoming team. Consider him a low-end RB1 in traditional fantasy scoring systems. In PPR formats, he may be better suited as a RB2 until he shows he’ll be on the field for all three downs.