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Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

Running Back #27
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 9
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 240 lb.
Born:January 18, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 1 (4)
Draft Team:JAX

Leonard Fournette: Running it back with Bucs

Fournette announced Friday that he's re-signing with the Buccaneers, NFL reporter Josina Anderson reports.

Analysis: Fournette's return essentially finalizes Tampa Bay's efforts to keep its championship roster intact. The 26-year-old wasn't much of a factor during the regular season in 2020, with just 97 carries for 367 yards and six scores across 13 games, but he emerged as one of the Buccaneers' top offensive weapons during the playoffs. Through the team's playoff run, Fournette kept a grip on Tampa Bay's top backfield role even after Ronald Jones returned to full health, logging 448 total yards and four scores through just four games -- including 136 scrimmage yards and a TD in Super Bowl LV. If Fournette can reprise his playoff form through the 2021 regular season he'll be a highly intriguing fantasy option, and in any case, his return is seriously damaging to the prospects of Ronald Jones and second-year back Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

March 26, 2021 8:39 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Leaning toward Tampa exit?

Fournette and the Buccaneers haven't made much progress in contract talks, Joey Knight of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: The Bucs largely have managed to keep their championship squad together, re-signing Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh. It's still possible the team brings back Fournette and/or Antonio Brown, but it seems the veteran RB is being patient and hoping for better offers.

March 24, 2021 7:25 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Closes out title run in fine form

Fournette rushed 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown and secured all four targets for 46 yards during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Analysis: While Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski will likely get more press for their performances, Fournette turned in another efficient performance through both the ground and air. The fourth-year back took the reins of the backfield beginning with the wild-card win over Washington and kept a firm hold of the top job even with Ronald Jones healthy over the last three postseason contests. Fournette's underrated ability as a receiver once again played a key role, as he checked in second in receptions and receiving yardage on the night for the Buccaneers. Fournette's strong finish during Tampa Bay's championship run may earn him a bigger payday elsewhere, but there's no question he filled a pivotal role in the team's Super Bowl title.

February 7, 2021 7:46 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Productive in championship game win

Fournette rushed 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and brought in five of seven targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Analysis: The fourth-year back once again paced the Buccaneers' backfield, with his pass-catching skills giving him the edge over Ronald Jones (10 rushes, zero targets) in terms of playing time. Fournette also made a significant impact on the game with a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, one that saw him bounce out of a pile and get into the end zone up the right side of the field. The 26-year-old has logged double-digit carries in all three of the Buccaneers' playoff games to date while also turning 17 targets into 14 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown. He'll be poised for another robust role during a Super Bowl LV matchup against either the Bills or Chiefs on his home field of Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 7.

January 24, 2021 3:58 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: 107 total yards, TD in playoff win

Fournette rushed 17 times for 63 yards and secured five of six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.

Analysis: Even with Ronald Jones (quadriceps) active and taking 13 carries in his own right, Fournette served as the true lead back and turned in a second consecutive strong postseason effort. The fourth-year pro constantly ground out tough yards against a stingy Saints front, and he paced the Buccaneers in receptions while recording a clutch six-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter to even the score at 20-20. The running game figures to once again play a prominent role in the frigid temperatures at Lambeau Field in next Sunday's NFC Championship Game, meaning Fournette could be set for another busy afternoon.

January 17, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Bound for another start

Coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that Fournette will start Sunday's NFC divisional-round game in New Orleans, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Fournette also led Tampa Bay's backfield during last weekend's wild-card win over Washington, when he carried the ball 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown while also reeling in all four targets for 39 yards. Ronald Jones (quadriceps) sat out against Washington and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup, according to Arians, so Fournette could realistically be primed for workhorse duties once again versus the Saints.

January 15, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Steps up in Jones' absence

Fournette rushed 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and secured all four targets for 39 yards in the Buccaneers' 31-23 wild-card win over Washington on Saturday night.

Analysis: Fournette took on lead-back duties after Ronald Jones suffered a quadriceps injury during pregame warmups, and the 25-year-old excelled in the role while offering some critical balance for the Buccaneers offense. Fournette's three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was a critical one, as it extended Tampa Bay's lead to double digits after Washington had closed to 21-16. The fourth-year pro would be primed to helm the backfield again next weekend in a divisional-round battle against either the Rams or Saints if Jones is unable to suit up.

January 9, 2021 9:30 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Reverts to complementary work

Fournette rushed five times for 13 yards and secured both of his targets for 14 yards in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: With Ronald Jones returning from both a finger injury and the reserve/COVID-19 list, Fournette went back to his clear backup role after handling 17 and 12 total touches in Weeks 15 and 16, respectively. The 25-year-old figures to continue serving in the same role in the coming postseason, and his expected active status in the playoffs could render veteran LeSean McCoy (undisclosed) a healthy scratch. Fournette was serviceable while usually functioning as a complementary option during his first Bucs season, posting 600 total yards and six rushing touchdowns across 13 games while playing on a one-year deal.

January 4, 2021 9:30 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Likely bound for pass-catching role

Fournette is expected to serve as the Buccaneers' top pass-catching/third-down back in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While Ronald Jones was sidelined for the past two games following his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Fournette served as the Bucs' lead option on the ground, carrying 23 times for 83 yards and three touchdowns. After Jones was reinstated to the roster this week, head coach Bruce Arians suggested that the third-year player would slot back in atop the depth chart, leaving Fournette to fill more of a change-of-pace role. The Buccaneers could elect to rest their starters to some extent at during Sunday's game, but as it currently stands, Fournette will likely be in store for a downturn in carries compared to the previous two weeks.

January 3, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Ready to face Atlanta

Fournette (abdomen) and Ronald Jones (finger) both have been removed from the injury report for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Fournette went from a healthy scratch Week 14 to the lead role Weeks 15 and 16, taking 23 carries for 83 yards and three touchdowns over the past two weeks. He'll likely have a lesser role -- if he's even active -- with Jones cleared to return from a two-game absence.

January 1, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Logs limited practice Thursday

Fournette (abdomen) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Fournette maintained his activity level for a second session in a row, while No. 1 running back Ronald Jones (finger) increased his own by logging a full session Thursday after spending two weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Because Fournette was a healthy scratch in Jones' last appearance Week 14, the same fate could befall him again in a backfield that otherwise has healthy options like Ke'Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy. As a result, Fournette may watch Sunday's regular-season finale against the Falcons from the sideline.

December 31, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Limited by abdominal injury

Fournette (abdomen) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Fournette received more work than normal the last two games with Ronald Jones (finger) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, earning 14 touches to Ke'Shawn Vaughn's 18 and LeSean McCoy's four. With Jones back in the saddle Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion as well, the Buccaneers have their top four running backs poised to suit up Sunday in Atlanta. Still, the health of Jones and Fournette need to be monitored to get a sense of whether the former is set to take on his typical No. 1 role.

December 30, 2020 1:10 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Solid in abbreviated start

Fournette rushed nine times for 34 yards and a touchdown and secured all three targets for 32 yards in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.

Analysis: Fournette made another start in place of Ronald Jones (finger/reserve/COVID-19) but wasn't in too long, as the Buccaneers already owned a 33-0 lead at halftime. Coach Bruce Arians thus opted to give seldom-used rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn some extended run, but Fournette still delivered for fantasy managers on championship week with solid production on a per-touch basis and a walk-in four-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter. Jones is likely to suit up in a Week 17 battle against the Falcons, but Fournette has at least served a purpose for those who were able to pluck him off the wire at a critical point in the fantasy season by posting three total rushing scores over the last two games in Jones' stead.

December 26, 2020 1:09 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: In line for another start

Fournette is expected to get the start at running back Saturday in Detroit, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: There's a void at the top of Tampa Bay's backfield with Ronald Jones (finger) still on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Jones is missing his second game in a row, allowing Fournette a chance to be the team's primary RB again. While Fournette wasn't efficient with his looks last Sunday in Atlanta -- 17 touches for 65 yards from scrimmage -- he scored a pair of one-yard TD runs during that contest.

December 26, 2020 9:14 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Positioned for another start

Fournette is on track for a second straight start Saturday in Detroit after Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Ronald Jones (finger, reserve/COVID-19 list) is unlikely to be available, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Even if Jones clears all COVID-19-related protocols in time to rejoin the Buccaneers this week, the running back will have to prove his surgically repaired left pinkie finger doesn't present any issues with his ball security in order to play. Arians believes it's doubtful that Jones will be able to overcome both obstacles on a short week, so look for the Buccaneers to once again roll with Fournette as their lead back. After being a healthy inactive in the Week 14 win over Minnesota, Fournette returned to the lineup for Sunday's 31-27 win over the Falcons and played two thirds of the offensive snaps while finishing with 49 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to go with three receptions for 16 yards.

December 22, 2020 2:29 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Pair of TDs in spot start

Fournette rushed 14 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also brought in three of five targets for 16 yards.

Analysis: On paper, Fournette was set up for a tough matchup against a stingy Falcons run defense while drawing the start for Ronald Jones (finger/reserve/COVID-19), and that's about how matters played out. However, the big back salvaged his day from a statistical standpoint with a pair of third-quarter one-yard touchdown runs. Fournette also was a solid part of the passing game out of the backfield, as his five targets actually tied him for second on the afternoon with Chris Godwin. Fournette performed well overall while handling his second-highest workload of the season on the ground, but Jones is likely head back to the lead-back role if he's healthy enough to suit up for a Week 16 Saturday afternoon matchup versus the Lions.

December 20, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Prepared for start

Coach Bruce Arians reiterated Friday that Fournette is being prepped for the start Sunday in Atlanta, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: A healthy scratch last week, Fournette now has his first chance to play a game for Tampa without any competition from Ronald Jones, who had finger surgery Tuesday and was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. The starting assignment brings Fournette back to fantasy relevance, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll handle the same type of workload Jones got last week (18 carries, two targets, 67 percent snap share). Arians mentioned that Ke'Shawn Vaughn has "come on like gangbusters," and the team still has LeSean McCoy on hand for passing-down work -- a role he took back last week after Fournette played his way out of it with drops and missed blocks.

December 18, 2020 9:43 AM EST

Leonard Fournette: Will start if Jones can't play

Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Fournette will start Week 15 if Ronald Jones (finger/COVID list) is unavailable, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fournette was a healthy scratch during last weekend's win over the Vikings, but with Ronald Jones having undergone finger surgery and been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list over the past two days, the state of Tampa Bay's backfield is newly in flux. LeSean McCoy, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Kenjon Barner would all also be candidates to mix in if Jones is ultimately ruled out.

December 16, 2020 4:03 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: Could start this week?

Fournette could have a key role on offense if Ronald Jones (finger) isn't able to play in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

Analysis: The report even suggests Fournette might be the starter, one week after he was a healthy scratch for the 26-14 win over Minnesota. Jones' availability is up in the air after he had finger surgery Tuesday, and coach Bruce Arians said Fournette looked great during Wednesday's practice. Fournette's range of outcomes for Week 15 spans anywhere from 20-plus touches to another healthy scratch. Stay tuned throughout the week.

December 16, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Leonard Fournette: No go Sunday

Fournette (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: In a surprising turn of events, Fournette will be the healthy scratch in the Buccaneers backfield after a Week 13 bye. Instead, LeSean McCoy, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Kenjon Barner will be the available running backs behind starter Ronald Jones. Fournette's next chance to suit up is Sunday, Dec. 20 in Atlanta.

December 13, 2020 8:47 AM EST

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