Leonard Fournette: Fantasy Football’s Human Enigma

Most football fans know the name Leonard Fournette. Former Heisman candidate running back out of LSU who suffered a gruesome injury before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars back in 2017.

Since then he has battled with injury and production issues. In 3 years in Jacksonville, he totaled 2,631 yards, 17 touchdowns averaging 4.0 YPC. Not shabby but he was inconsistent. Some people labeled him a wash. And I really don’t know what to make of it.

When he signed with Tampa Bay, I was concerned about how many carries he would get since they already have LeSean McCoy and Ronald Jones. But I went ahead and drafted him into my fantasy league anyway because I felt that he was still the best running back on that roster, and would earn RB1 honors.

But in week 1 against the Saints, Fournette only had 5 carries for 5 yards which gave me a whopping 2.9 points from one of my two starting running backs, so I sat him in week 2 thinking that I was wrong about him being RB1 material… BUT THEN, in Week 2, he decides to go ballistic with 12 carries for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns worth a fantasy total of 27.6 points which I definitely would have needed since I got SMOKED this week.

I can’t be mad at the guy for improving, but damn he fooled me. Or did he? Is Fournette a great running back, a bad one who gets lucky, a very inconsistent/ hit or miss one, or a product of a good offensive strategy? Truthfully I don’t know. I have no clue what to do with Leonard Fournette. It gives me anxiety every time I click on him in my league pondering if I should start him or not. But I can’t cut him either. Even the experts like Matthew Berry aren’t exactly sure what to think. This is going to be a loooooong season. Oh boy.

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