Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette

29-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It's been four years since Fournette's last 1,000-yard season, and the physical back might be running out of tread on his tires. He did score eight rushing TDs and average 4.5 yards per carry in 2021 for the Buccaneers, but since then his efficiency, and his opportunities, have shrunk. Fournette did turn himself into an effective passing-down option in Tampa Bay, and he might still be able to provide a team with useful backfield depth, but at 29 years old he could have a hard time out-performing a younger, cheaper running back for that sort of role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Buccaneers in March of 2023.
Motivated, hopes to sign soon
RBFree Agent
July 9, 2024
Fournette plans to sign with a new team before the start of the 2024 NFL season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Fournette is now four years removed from his last 1,000-yard rushing season, though in 2021 and 2022 he did surpass 1,000 yards from scrimmage with Tampa Bay due to his notable role in the receiving game. Last year, the 29-year-old veteran appeared in two regular-season games for the Bills as a depth piece before returning to the team's practice squad during the playoffs. Fournette still boasts a versatile enough skillset to carve out a role in a backfield light on depth, but at this stage in his career it's unlikely he secures enough touches for fantasy relevance without injuries ahead of him, even in an ideal landing spot.
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How do Leonard Fournette's 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
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  • 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.
Broken Tackle %
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Positive Run %
83.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.5%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
0.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
0.0%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Leonard Fournette's measurables compare to other running backs?
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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 is a free agent after being released by the rebuilding Buccaneers. At 28, it would be surprising if Fournette were truly done playing, but he might have damaged his market somewhat last year after appearing overweight in the offseason and then arriving to training camp out of shape. Fournette began the year as the starter, but the Buccaneers began to phase him out in favor of third-round pick Rachaad White by Week 10, and the two mostly split snaps thereafter, with Fournette averaging just 3.5 yards per carry for the season. Still just two years removed from producing 1,266 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games, Fournette might need to try out for a contract closer to training camp, proving he's in shape and ready to work before a team signs him.
It took a few games for Fournette to establish himself as the Buccaneers' clear best option in the backfield last season, but after a big performance against the Patriots in Week 4 he earned Tom Brady's trust, and over the next 10 games the running back averaged 103.0 scrimmage yards per game while scoring 10 total touchdowns. A late-season hamstring strain cost Fournette four games, but he returned to score two more times in the divisional-round loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams. The 2017 fourth overall pick still has above-average power and speed, averaging a career-high 4.5 yards per carry in 2021, and he also improved as a receiver in his second year with the Bucs, dropping six of 84 targets after a brutal seven of 47 the year before. Fournette re-signed with the Bucs this offseason on a three-year, $21 million contract, while Ronald Jones left for Kansas City, leaving Giovani Bernard, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and third-round pick Rachaad White as the backups. Fournette might not see six targets per game again, but he's the clear lead runner in what should be a top-10 offense, playing with a Hall of Fame QB who has always loved throwing to his running backs.
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.
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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Cut from practice squad
RBFree Agent
January 16, 2024
The Bills cut Fournette from their practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.
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Moves back to practice squad
RBBuffalo Bills
January 8, 2024
Fournette reverted to the Bills' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
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Bumps up to active roster
RBBuffalo Bills
January 6, 2024
Fournette was elevated to the Bills' active roster Saturday.
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Makes Buffalo debut Saturday
RBBuffalo Bills
December 24, 2023
Fournette rushed five times for 20 yards and was not targeted in the receiving game in Buffalo's 24-22 win over the Chargers on Saturday. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.
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Poised to make season debut Week 16
RBBuffalo Bills
December 23, 2023
The Bills are elevating Fournette from the practice squad for Saturday's game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Wants to continue NFL career
RBFree Agent
July 9, 2024
Fournette is planning to sign with an NFL team prior to the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Fournette was released by the Bucs last offseason and struggled to latch on with a team thereafter, recording only 12 carries for 40 yards across two regular-season games with the Bills. Despite the tepid response from teams around the league, Fournette wants to continue his NFL career. While a turnaround seems unlikely, he will be entering only his age-29 season, so he could prove productive if given an opportunity.
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