Fantasy Football Leonard Fournette: 2018 Player Profile

Fantasy football Leonard Fournette

If you want your running backs to be battering rams, then this fantasy football Leonard Fournette player profile is for you. As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated running backs in standard scoring and points per game leagues.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but most of the guys at the top are no longer in the league anymore.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best running back value lies.

Fantasy Football Leonard Fournette

Current ADP (As of 9/3/2018):

Standard: Number 7 among running backs.  Number 8 overall.

PPR: Number 8 among running backs.  Number 10 overall.

 

Stats:

FANTASY FOOTBALL LEONARD FOURNETTE SCORING — STANDARD

Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 8 180.6 5 15.1

FANTASY FOOTBALL LEONARD FOURNETTE SCORING — PPR

Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 9 230.2 7 17.1

FANTASY FOOTBALL LEONARD FOURNETTE USAGE

Carries Carries Per Game Targets Targets Per Game
2017 268 20.6 48 3.7

 

Overview: Leonard Fournette is a man amongst boys on the football field.  The problem is he is a man with a bad ankle.  Over the last two years, Fournette has seemed to have recurring injuries in the lower half of his body.  You know, the part that makes him so valuable.  It is probably the only reason we are not talking about him in the same breath as Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell, David Johnson, and Ezekiel Elliott.  Because when Fournette is healthy, he is just as good as any of them.  In standard leagues, Fournette was top-five in points per game, despite missing three games.

Strategy: Leonard Fournette is one of the reasons I am hoping that I have a late-round pick in fantasy drafts this year.  His current overall ADP is barely in the top ten.  It is a testament to just how deep the NFL is at running back.  Nobody would bat an eyebrow if the 8th rated running back ended the year as the number one running back in fantasy football.  If Fournette didn’t have health concerns, I would have him rated with the top four backs, but he does.  Which is why I have him behind Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt.  If I do end up with Fournette, I am looking at a much stronger second round pick than someone picking much earlier.  You are talking about the difference between your second pick being Julio Jones or your second pick being Jerick McKinnon.

Ceiling: I already said it and I’ll say it again.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Leonard Fournette ended up the number one overall running back in fantasy football.

Floor:  What will actually happen is my injury concerns will be justified. Not only will they be justified, but they will be worse than we originally thought.  All that Louisiana cooking made it so that he actually has gout.  Unfortunately, it was discovered too late and they have to amputate the foot.  Despite his new peg leg, he still manages to be an RB2, because all the other running backs have much worse diseases.

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