Leonard Fournette Fantasy Football News 2020

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that Leonard Fournette is now the team's "nickel" RB, playing in "hurry-up and obvious passing situations." Fournette racked up 6 catches on 7 targets in last weekend's win over the Raiders, while RB Ronald Jones caught just 1 of 2 targets, dropping the other. Fournette also trailed Jones by just 2 carries (13 to 11), so it seems to us that he was more than just the "nickel" RB. We'll see how the situation evolves over the next few weeks. Jones has run well this season and might hang on to lead ball-carrying duties. But Fournette already appears locked in as the primary pass-catching back.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. HC Bruce Arians said Friday that Fournette will "reassume his role” in this weekend’s game against the Raiders. We’ll see exactly what that means. Fournette would be a flier in Week 7 fantasy lineups. His return does add some risk to RB Ronald Jones’ profile.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That presumably puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Raiders. Ronald Jones has taken control of Tampa's backfield with Fournette out over the past 3 weeks, so Fournette can't be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups. But his return does add a bit of risk to Jones' profile.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. RB LeSean McCoy is back today and, along with RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, will play behind Ronald Jones.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) will be "active but limited" against the Packers today. "It is not expected to be a regular workload for Fournette, who is improved from his ankle injury, but still not 100 percent," Schefter adds. Fournette obviously isn't a fantasy option with that expectation. Ronald Jones is a good bet for 15+ touches today.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Fournette can’t be trusted in Week 6 fantasy lineups, but his return would add a threat to RB Ronald Jones’ workload. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is set to return this weekend after missing last Thursday night’s game.

Bucs RBs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy were limited in Wednesday's practice with their ankle injuries. Both guys missed last Thursday night's loss to the Bears but have a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. Check back tomorrow for another update on the Bucs backfield.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Bears. It's a major surprise after he was listed as doubtful. Fournette didn't practice all week and might just be up as an emergency option. We wouldn't use him in fantasy lineups. Ronald Jones remains a solid RB2.

The Buccaneers have ruled RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) out for Thursday night's game against the Bears. RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is doubtful for the game. Those 2 absences make Ronald Jones an even stronger fantasy start. They also make Ke'Shawn Vaughn available as a deep option for desperate fantasy managers.

The Buccaneers have ruled RB Leonard Fournette out for Sunday's game against the Chargers because of the ankle injury that has kept him out of practice all week. That should leave Ronald Jones as the clear lead back for a game that finds Tampa favored by 7.5 at home. LeSean McCoy also figures to see more snaps. With just 1 carry and 8 receptions through 3 games, though, he's not much of a fantasy football option.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) missed Wednesdays practice. It's the 1st we've heard of the injury, so it's possible that this is more of a rest day. We'll get another update tomorrow. Fournette's absence would make RB Ronald Jones a much stronger fantasy play vs. the Chargers this weekend.

Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones carried just 7 times for 23 yards (plus a TD) and caught 2 passes for just 4 more yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers. RB Leonard Fournette, meanwhile, racked up 103 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries, while also leading the the backfield with 5 targets and 4 receptions (for 13 yards). So are the Bucs altering their backfield roles? "Not right now. I think everybody's role is good right now," Arians told ESPN's Jenna Laine. "[Fournette] still doesn't know enough of this offense yet to be the starter." The coach acknowledged that Jones did "screw up" the handoff that resulted in a fumble (charged to QB Tom Brady) but also called that "easily correctable." And he praised Jones' blitz pickup. We'll see how the work gets split in Week 3 and beyond. Consider Week 2 at least a warning that we can't count on lead touches for any particular player right now.

The Buccaneers are releasing RB Dare Ogunbowale. We know a cut or 2 was coming at this position after the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette during training camp. Ogunbowale's departure leaves some 3rd-down work available and could leave Ke'Shawn Vaughn room on special teams. McCoy has been talked about as a 3rd-down option since arriving, but we'd bet on targets being spread among the top 3 backs.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Ronald Jones is still "our guy," despite the addition of RB Leonard Fournette. "It's his job," Arians added. "Nothing has changed for him. It's his job, he's got it, he's got to screw it up to lose it and I don't see that happening." Arians has spent all summer talking up Jones. But the Bucs have also added Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and now Fournette to the backfield. If nothing else, Jones is on a short leash. We'd only draft him as a RB3/4 now.

The Buccaneers have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Leonard Fournette, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. The biggest question facing fantasy owners, of course, is what Fournette's arrival will mean for RB Ronald Jones' workload. We'll have to see about that. HC Bruce Arians has spent the summer talking up Jones, though. The Fournette signing seems to be the latest indication that Ke'Shawn Vaughn isn't ready for a significant role right away. It also might mean that LeSean McCoy won't make the team. Adding a former top-5 NFL Draft pick certainly has the potential to cut into Jones' work, but we'll continue treating him as the lead back here. How Fournette's arrival affects Jones' ADP will determine whether the 3rd-year back is a draft value.

 
 
 

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