Show Navigation
Show Menu

Shark Bites

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Vikings. That leaves RBs LeSean McCoy and Ke'Shawn Vaughn behind Ronald Jones on the depth chart. HC Bruce Arians said during the bye week that he wanted to get Jones the ball more -- and it looks like he's ready to do it.

Recent Shark Bites

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette showed up to training camp in "great shape," HC Todd Bowles said. "I don't know too many players in the offseason that are going to stay in shape year-around," Bowles added. "As long as they're in shape in training camp. He ran great in the test yesterday – he’s explosive, he's quick and we're happy with him." So the Fat Lenny Era is officially over. Fournette never moved in our RB rankings and is a nice pick at his late-2nd-round ADP.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette is down to 245 pounds and "back in shape," per insider Doug Kyed. Fournette's belly made headlines in June, but it sounds like he's back to playing weight. We'll keep an eye on his conditioning over the next few weeks, but Fournette looks safe to draft at ADP.

We're not done hearing about RB Leonard Fournette's offseason weight gain. Here's what Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times had to say on the subject this week, via the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: “Coaches were not happy, and that’s an understatement, when (Fournette) didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing damn near 260 [pounds]. And that’s not a good sign for a guy that you’ve just spent a three-year contract on.” There's certainly still time for Fournette to get into shape ahead of the regular season. This is a red flag worth keeping in mind, though, given Fournette's history of lower-body injuries and his Round 2 ADP.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette "seemed to be a little heavy and struggled some in the heat" on the 1st day of minicamp, The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud observed. Fournette confirmed that's he's packed on some lbs., telling reporters that weighs “240-something” and wants to play around 230 or 228 pounds. Fournette has 3 months before the start of the regular season, so we're not sounding the alarms right now. But his conditioning will certainly be worth monitoring when we get to August.

Despite the addition of 3rd-round rookie RB Rachaad White, it doesn't sound like the Bucs plan on altering RB Leonard Fournette's role much this season. “Why it’s tough to get Lenny off the field, he’s a three-down back,” OC Byron Leftwich said. “He’s a smart guy, and he and Tom [Brady] can play ball. They can play ball together when it starts moving on them and things are changing and things have to happen, Lenny and him can play ball. They’ve been in these situations. That’s why it’s hard to really get him off the field because of what he brings and the connection him and Tom have. I think it’s unique. It’s not that we’re forcing him on that field. It’s because he’s the best in what we’re asking him to do." Fournette averaged 13.1 carries and 6.1 targets across 14 healthy games last season. Perhaps White cuts into those numbers a tad, but we're expecting the rookie to be more handcuff than standalone fantasy option this season. Fournette checks in as a top 10 RB.

Related Fantasy Football

Podcast: Vikings Talk with Arif Hasan

Podcast: Vikings Talk with Arif Hasan

6 hours ago

Minnesota Vikings insider Arif Hasan delivers insight into what the new offense might mean for Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson. And then it's time for a couple of values on defense.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium Content14 Undervalued Players to Target in Fantasy Drafts

14 Undervalued Players to Target in Fantasy Drafts

17 hours ago

These 14 values should be the backbone of your 2022 fantasy draft strategy.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium Content10 Overvalued Players to Avoid in Fantasy Drafts

10 Overvalued Players to Avoid in Fantasy Drafts

20 hours ago

Javonte Williams leads this list of 10 players going too early in fantasy drafts.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium Content14 High-Upside Sleepers

14 High-Upside Sleepers

11:18am EDT 8/15/22

14 of our favorite late-round fantasy picks with league-tilting upside.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentStock Up/Stock Down Report (8-6 through 8-12)

Stock Up/Stock Down Report (8-6 through 8-12)

7:53am EDT 8/13/22

A quick look at the 18 players that moved up or down the rankings over the past week, including Kenneth Gainwell, Ronald Jones, D.J. Chark and ... Julius Chestnut?!

Read More »
Podcast: Cowboys Talk with Michael Gehlken

Podcast: Cowboys Talk with Michael Gehlken

3:15pm EDT 8/12/22

Dallas Cowboys writer from the Dallas Morning News offers insight on Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard, Jalen Tolbert and more ...

Read More »
Premium Content Premium Content2022 Team Defense Strategy Guide

2022 Team Defense Strategy Guide

10:00am EDT 8/12/22

Follow the rankings on draft day, right? Well when it comes to defense ... not so much.

Read More »

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.
3D Projections

3D Projections

3D Projections: True Dimension of Every Player’s Potential

Based on our award-winning projections, an axis of data points give insights far deeper than a ranking

View Our Accuracy Awards View Our Accuracy Awards »

Advice Draft Strategy

Advice That’s Actionable on Draft Day

Round-by-Round Draft Strategy Guides, Sleepers, Undervalued Players, Busts and Handcuffs

3D Projections

Draft War Room

Draft War Room: Intel Turned Into Killer Picks

Command your entire draft with a dynamic tool synced to your league. Updating and adapting in real time.

3D Projections

Keep Dominating Throughout The Season

Quickly find the free-agent gems, pull the trigger on the perfect trade & make the right start/sit decisions.

Keep Dominating
Draft Sharks

$6/month thereafter, billed semi-annually, one-click cancel anytime.

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play