Fournette was facing one of the best run defenses in the league. But with Tom Brady being unable to have consistent success through the air, the team leaned on Fournette. He ended up with 4 TDs and one of the best fantasy games by a RB this season. With the Bucs OL overmatching the Indy front 7, Fournette frequently found space to run. And when the Colts were getting pressure on Brady, Fournette was the primary outlet receiver in this game. He led the Bucs in catches while finishing 2nd in targets and yards, which was largely due to the WRs having little success in this matchup.
With almost 1,000 yards and 8 TDs on the year, Forurnette will continue to be a lock for weekly fantasy lineups. He’s handled at least 16 touches in 7 of his last 8 games after being in more of a committee during the first 3 weeks of the season. He’s also posted at least 74 total yards in 7 of his 8 games, so his floor has been quite high. After an easy matchup this week against the Falcons, he’ll face three top-9 defenses in Weeks 14-16 before a cake matchup against the Jets in Week 17. But regardless of matchup, his dual threat role makes him impossible to bench.
Fournette carried the ball 10 times for 35 yards and caught 6 balls for 39 more yards in the Week 11 drubbing of the Giants. Fournette started the game and was a focal point of the impressive opening drive, but he shared much of the remaining part of the game with RB Ronald Jones, who vultured a 3rd quarter TD.
Jones got an extended run with the game no longer in doubt, so there shouldn’t be much to worry about just yet. Fournette is still going to be the starter moving forward, but a tough matchup against the stout Colts run D could make for a long afternoon in Indianapolis.
It was a less than stellar week for Fournette against the Saints, producing just 26 yards on his 8 carries. He also caught 3 of his 5 targets for 17 yards.
This was the first time in the last 5 weeks that Fournette didn't see double-digit targets. It was also his worst rushing yardage performance over that span. He gained 80 or more yards in 3 of the 4 games.
Going forward, Fournette should be fine. He still dominated the RB touches in a game where Tampa Bay trailed by a good margin. In neutral or positive game scripts his work will normalize. In leagues where you were already starting Fournette, there is little reason to divert course after this contest.
Fournette kept rolling in Sunday’s blowout win over the Bears. He toted it 15 times for 81 yards, including a 2-yard TD plunge in the 1st quarter. He added 2 catches on 4 targets for 9 yards.
And his game could have been bigger. Fournette had another shot at the goal line but was stuffed. And he saw an end zone target that fell incomplete. He was also pulled early in the 4th quarter, ceding the final 5 carries of the game to RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
Fournette still finished the week as a top 12 RB across fantasy scoring formats. He’s now finished as a top 15 PPR RB in 4 straight weeks and is up to RB9 in total PPR points.
Playing a fantasy-friendly role in an elite offense, Fournette should continue to produce as a low-end RB1.
Fournette continued to establish himself as the #1 option in Tampa Bay’s backfield. Rushing 12 times for 67 yards, Fournette added 4-43 receiving on 5 targets. And the former Jag finally found the end zone, this time on a well-blocked goal line run. Ronald Jones mixed in for just 5 carries and didn’t touch the ball until late in the 1st. Gio Bernard did check in on a 3rd down in the red zone and promptly score on a route out of the backfield. His presence might prove frustrating going forward, but it’s clear Tom Brady has no issue targeting Fournette both when lined up at WR or in the backfield. Fournette enters Week 6 (at Philly) with 11 PPR points in 4 of 5 games.
Fournette saw a massive workload in this one, likely due to the absence of Gio Bernard, the weather conditions and his effectiveness. He saw an 82% snap rate in this game, and he proved that he still has the juice when he gets a full workload. He was the highlight of the offense against the Patriots in a game where Brady and the receivers failed to ever get consistently going due to the rain and the constantly changing schemes in the secondary. Fournette was productive throughout and finished with over 135 total yards on 23 total touches (20 rushes for 91 yards and 3 catches for 47 yards). This was Fournette’s highest number of touches, highest rushing yardage total and highest receiving yardage totals he has put up this season. Fournette will have another opportunity to produce for the Bucs and fantasy managers this weekend against a Dolphins defense that has given up nearly 500 rushing yards and 5 rushing TDs through four games this season. We have him ranked at RB16 this week against Miami. His next three games on the schedule are MIA, @PHI, CHI.
Fournette rushed 11 times for 52 yards in the Bucs' Week 2 win over the Falcons, adding 4 receptions for 24 additional yards.
Fournette is the most trusted Bucs RB, which is huge for a team QBed by Tom Brady. He has now out-touched backup RB Ronald Jones 29-11 through 2 games. Fournette can have some big games going forward as this looks to be among the most dynamic, high-scoring offenses in the league.
Fournette should be used as an RB2/flex option and has a decent Week 3 matchup against the Rams, who allowed David Montgomery to run all over them in Week 1.
Fournette opened the season with the starting role over RB Ronald Jones II. Neither of them was especially effective in a rushing attack that totaled just 14 carries. Fournette totaled 9 rushes for 32 yards. More importantly, he was targeted 7 times and caught 5 passes for 27 yards.
Despite the Week 1 usage, Jones will be the starting RB Sunday against the Falcons. Expect Fournette to share the rushing load. Last season, he had 6 TDs on the ground. His pace from Week 1 would get him close to Fournette’s best receiving year: 2019 with 76 catches for 52 yards. However, he hasn’t caught a TD pass since 2018.