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Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: LEONARD FOURNETTE RB JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Talk about going all-in on a player.  Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone caused quite a stir early Friday when comments from a June interview from the team website shared his thoughts on what he thought of both his quarterback and his running back going into 2017.  When a query was relayed to Marrone about his plans for the offense, he deadpanned that he wanted to "run the ball every play."  The reporter who asked the question reiterated that Marrone appeared dead stoic when given the answer and that he seemed 100 percent serious.  So that little statement said two very clear things.  The first is that Marrone has no faith in QB Blake Bortles and the second is that Leonard Fournette could be set for an Ezekiel Elliott-like debut.

Now as far as Bortles is concerned, it is easy understand the issues Marrone would have with the enigmatic passer.  Bortles has proven that he has very poor accuracy, ill mechanics, and a poor feel for the rush.  Throw in a boatload of turnovers in his career and Marrone certainly seems gun shy there.  On the other side of things, Fournette might be in line for a crazy workload as a rookie and again might be in the Elliot 2016 statistical ballpark on that alone.  In terms of Fournette himself, the scouting report seems pretty clear here and also visually obvious when watching his old LSU tape.  For a big back like Fournette is, he has tremendous burst and speed that is uncanny for such a runner.  So picking up yardage in chunks and being a home run threat whenever he touches the football are certain.  On the negative side, Fournette was not much of a pass catcher at LSU and he so he has much more value in standard formats where he can make the RB 1 grade then in PPR where he drops down to a top RB 2.  Also, Fournette dealt with a slew of injuries in college and a lot of that can be blamed on his upright running style.  So in essence, Fournette should be drafted in the late first round in standards and middle of the second in PPR.

2017 PROJECTION:  1,242 yards 10 TD 20 receptions 157 yards 1 TD  


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