Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Fournette’s 2020 season defined the phrase “outhouse to the penthouse.” He was shopped around all preseason by the Jaguars, but when they couldn’t find a taker he instead was a shocking cut on the eve of Week 1. Just a few days later, he signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers and eventually earned himself a ring with a strong playoff run capped by 135 scrimmage yards and a TD in the Super Bowl. Fournette’s regular-season production was less impressive, as he managed only one 100-yard rushing performance, but working in a timeshare with Ronald Jones was a good fit for the fourth-year back given his difficulty staying healthy, and he returned to Tampa Bay on another one-year contract signed in March. Fournette offers a good blend of power and speed, but he and Jones are more interchangeable than complementary, so barring an injury to the latter, Fournette isn’t likely to see the volume to put together a 1,000-yard campaign. He should still have some big games, but there’s also a little more competition for third-down snaps and targets after the Bucs added Giovani Bernard this spring. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Buccaneers in March of 2021.
Scores twice in IR return
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 23, 2022
Fournette (hamstring) rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns and secured all nine targets for 56 yards during the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Rams in their NFC divisional-round matchup Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The Buccaneers were particularly cautious about bringing Fournette back from his hamstring injury too soon, and their decision appeared to be validated with the versatile back's impressive performance. Fournette finished with the team lead in receptions on an afternoon during which the Rams often played very effective coverage and also frequently made Tom Brady uncomfortable in the pocket. Additionally, although his rushing opportunities were capped to a degree by game script, the 27-year-old also was reasonably effective when asked to carry the ball. Fournette is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, but given the positive impact he's had over his two seasons in Tampa Bay, he should be a strong candidate to re-sign.
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How do Leonard Fournette's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.8%
 
Positive Run %
87.8%
 
% Yds After Contact
54.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.5
 
Rushing TD %
4.4%
 
Touches Per Game
17.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
41.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.6%
 
% Team Targets
11.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
82.1%
 
Drop Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.8
 
% Targeted On Route
23.3%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.26
 
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Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuccaneers 2021 RB Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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1926%
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14410%
2433%
514%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Leonard Fournette's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
228 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
 
Hand Length
9.25 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Fournette put together a productive season last year, adding value as a receiver to his solid work on the ground. A physical runner who prefers going through tacklers rather than around them but still possesses breakaway speed in the open field, the LSU product posted the highest yards per carry of his career despite the struggles of the offensive line, but it was his shocking volume through the air - 100 targets - that really stood out. Fournette saw nearly double the number of targets per game that he had through his first two NFL seasons, and he was one of only four running backs in the league to finish with triple-digit targets, joining Christian McCaffrey, Austin Ekeler and Tarik Cohen. At first glance, that group seems like the football version of the Sesame Street game, "One of These Things (Is Not Like the Others)." The Jaguars apparently weren't too impressed with the volume-based production, as they tried to trade Fournette in April and ended up waiving him in late August. He then signed with Tampa Bay just a few days later, joining a backfield where Ronald Jones previously had been set to operate as the lead runner. Fournette could take over that role soon enough, but it appears he'll be part of a committee initially, with Jones also getting some work, Ke'Shawn Vaughn in the mix, plus LeSean McCoy in the passing-down equation.
A bruising running style and heavy workload dating to his college days caught up with Fournette last year. Various lower-body injuries cost him seven games, and a league suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct sidelined him for one more. When he was on the field, Fournette often looked sluggish, and his 3.3 YPC can't be dismissed as merely a product of too many carries in short-yardage situations (11 carries inside the 5-yard line, T-15th). Nonetheless, the Jaguars seem committed to the 2017 fourth overall pick as their bell cow, letting T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde leave in free agency and then replacing them with former Texans backup Alfred Blue and fifth-round pick Ryquell Armstead. When he's 100 percent healthy, Fournette still shows power and explosiveness, with just enough wiggle to make the occasional defender miss in space despite presenting such a large target. His running style fits the team's smash-mouth personality, and with Nick Foles replacing Blake Bortles under center, the offense could become even more dependent on its ground attack. Fournette doesn't offer much as a receiver, though, so what upside he possesses comes via goal-line opportunities and touchdown potential --- all of his rushing TDs last season came inside the 5-yard line. The team is still committed to winning on the basis of its rushing attack and defense; Fournette just needs to stay healthy enough to take advantage of the plan.
Nagging lower-body injuries cost Fournette three games his rookie season and caused him to look less than 100 percent healthy in a few more, but the Jaguars otherwise had few complaints about the No. 4 overall pick. At 6-0, 228, Fournette runs with purpose if not outright menace, using his ferocious burst to attack holes and tacklers head on, and he finished 10th among running backs in evaded tackles. He's more than just a power back, though, showing respectable hands as a receiver and improving instincts as a pass protector, along with nimble feet that can leave defenders looking foolish on the rare occasions he decides to avoid contact rather than plowing through it. The Jaguars gave Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon some run last season to keep Fournette fresh, but the rookie still saw plenty of carries as the offense evolved into a clock-chewing complement to the team's elite defense. His history of injuries dating back to college is a concern, and even with Ivory out of the picture, Fournette's workload may not increase much with Corey Grant set to take on a larger role in the backfield. Fournette's work at the goal line - he tied for 10th in the league with nine carries inside the 5-yard line - should ensure he remains productive, and the signing of G Andrew Norwell stabilizes the offensive line.
Ankle injuries limited Fournette to seven games in his final season at LSU but didn't cost him on draft day, as the Jaguars pounced on him with the fourth overall pick to be their new lead running back. At 6-1, 235, he's a dominant physical runner who terrorized college defenses with his combination of speed and burst, not to mention the willingness, even the desire, to run over and through would-be tacklers. Fournette does have a little finesse to his game, showing good balance in traffic and some receiving skill, but his angry, downhill style is best suited for a running game designed to wear down the opposition over four quarters. Such a scheme would be a departure for a Jacksonville offense that previously was built around Blake Bortles, but head coach Doug Marrone and new executive VP Tom Coughlin both prefer an old-school, smash-mouth style, so such a change wouldn't be surprising. If there's one concern with Fournette it's his ability to hold up under the punishment his running style exacts over a 16-game NFL schedule, but he'll head into camp fully recovered from last year's ankle woes. Even with T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory still on the roster to share the carries, Fournette is expected to see a heavy workload right away to justify his draft slot, and he could emerge as the league's next true bell cow.
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Activated from injured reserve
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 22, 2022
Fournette (hamstring) has been officially activated from IR in advance of Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams.
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Expected to come off IR
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Hamstring
January 22, 2022
The Buccaneers plan to activate Fournette (hamstring) from IR ahead of Sunday's playoff game against the Rams, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
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Practicing again Thursday
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Hamstring
January 20, 2022
Fournette (hamstring) was spotted participating in Thursday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Status unclear for divisional round
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Hamstring
January 19, 2022
Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the Buccaneers continue to take a "wait-and-see" approach with Fournette (hamstring) leading up to Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Hamstring issue lingers
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Hamstring
January 16, 2022
Coach Bruce Arians noted that Fournette, who wasn't activated from IR ahead Sunday's playoff win over the Eagles, hasn't been able to hit top speed without feeling his hamstring injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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