Leonard Fournette
Running BackRB
LSU Tigers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Leonard Fournette in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Will not play in bowl game
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Ankle
December 16, 2016
Fournette (ankle) will not play in LSU's upcoming bowl game against Louisville, Ross Dellenger of The Advocate reports.
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The star running back has played his last game in an LSU uniform as it was announced Friday that he would sit out of the Tigers' bowl game. A preseason ankle injury hindered Fournette for much of the season, causing him to miss four games at different points of the campaign. According to Dellenger, Fournette and head coach Ed Orgeron came to the mutual decision to have the talented back sit out of the bowl in order for him to be 100 percent healthy for the start of the draft process. Fournette will not require surgery on his ankle, but will spend the next month resting and rehabbing it. Look for Fournette to be full speed for the upcoming NFL Combine as he sets his sights on being the top running back selected in the 2017 Draft.
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Other than Jadeveon Clowney, it's difficult to remember a prospect whose high school film was as comically lopsided as Fournette's. To say he bullied his competition would be a horrible understatement, as Fournette is already built like an NFL runner at around 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, and his speed and power combination was simply unfair at the high school level. Of course, the SEC will be a much bigger challenge for Fournette, but he should still remain one of the absolute best athletes on the field of any given game, even as a true freshman. Other than veteran backs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, it's not obvious who will compete for carries in the LSU offense now that Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue are gone. Even in a crowded backfield, Fournette should make a fantasy impact as a true freshman.
Last year's most-hyped recruit, Fournette did not disappoint. Indeed, all he did was fan the flames of hype by running for 1,034 yards (5.5 YPC) and 10 touchdowns on just 187 carries. LSU lost running backs Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, who combined for 202 rushes, to graduation, paving the way for Fournette to push for 20 carries per game this season. At 6-1, 230, with big-play athleticism, Fournette could outproduce his draft day price with a huge workload. The only thing that might limit his fantasy value is LSU's passing game. Tigers quarterbacks were hideous last year, so Fournette might need to move the chains himself.
Fournette (6-1, 230) arrived at LSU with unfairly high expectations, but through two seasons he's had no trouble meeting those expectations. Fournette's 1,034-yard, 10-TD freshman season in 2014 was just a warmup – he improved to 1,953 yards (6.5 YPC) and 22 TDs in 2015, adding 19 receptions for 253 yards and a touchdown. Last year may have represented the best-case scenario – he exceeded 200 yards in one third of his games in 2015 – but the floor is incredibly high, too. LSU is a favorite to win the national championship, and Fournette is the engine of the offense.
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Headed to NFL
RBLSU
Ankle
December 5, 2016
Fournette (ankle) announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
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Considered day-to-day ahead of bowl game
RBLSU
Ankle
December 4, 2016
Coach Ed Orgeron suggested Sunday that Fournette (ankle) will be day-to-day for the team's Citrus Bowl appearance against Louisville, Steve Jones of the Courer-Journal reports.
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Will miss final game of regular season
RBLSU
Ankle
November 23, 2016
Fournette (ankle) did not make the trip to College Station and will not play in LSU's regular season final against Texas A&M, Kim Kleinpeter of NOLA.com reports.
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Remains day-to-day
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Ankle
November 23, 2016
Head coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday that Fournette (ankle) remains day-to-day but noted that the star running back is still "very sore," Sam Spiegelman of the AJC's SEC Country blog reports.
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Questionable for Saturday
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Ankle
November 21, 2016
Fournette is considered day-to-day and remains questionable for Saturday's game against Texas A&M, Ross Dellenger of The Advocate reports.
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