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Leonard Fournette 2020 Dynasty Outlook
Leonard Fournette was a monster at LSU posting over 1,000 rushing yards his freshman year and almost 2,000 the following year. His sophomore season he was an Consensus All-American. Unfortunately, the injury bug hit his senior year limiting him to 843 yards in 7 games. Even with the injury, he was the first RB chosen in his class.
With the 4th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU.
Injuries plagued his first 2 seasons as he missed 3 games in year one, but still coming out as the RB9. His second year he only played half the games, but still averaged 15 ppg finishing as the RB40. A lot of people wrote him off as an injury prone bust, but he decided to prove them wrong in 2019. He played all but 1 game and finish as the RB7 while only scoring 3 TDs. The most impressive stat was the 76 receptions for 522 yards, though he failed to score through the air.
Looking to 2020, Fournette might be in a new jersey, but he will be the same player. The box won’t be stacked against him as much as it was in Jacksonville because he won’t be their only weapon. He showed how valuable he will be to Brady with the dump off passes, and he will have positive regression in the TD category without question. I would look for him to be a top 6 RB in fantasy by the end of the season.
Leonard Fournette Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
Leonard Fournette’s value beyond this season has everything to do with how he performs this year. He has the opportunity to prove that it’s the Jags, not his play.
If he proves worthy to be “the guy” in Tampa Bay, then his future is bright and is a sure thing for a RB1 value. If not, than it’s back to the drawing board but he’ll still hold value, but it may drop to RB2 depending on his landing spot. He’s currently only 25 years old, so his future in the league is bright no matter what. But fantasy managers will hope he stays in Tampa Bay longer than a season.
According to the RotoHeat team, Leonard Fournette’s ADP is #34 overall and #15 among RBs in PPR formats. His value in picks in both 1QB and SuperFlex is an early to mid 1st rounder.
In 1QB leagues, players comparable in value to Leonard are Lamar Jackson, Travis Kelce, Allen Robinson, Stefon Diggs, DK Metcalf and Cooper Kupp. With the new move, his value has overtaken Diggs, and Cooper in my eyes. Lamar is a must only if you have a QB need, otherwise stick with Fournette. Same goes for Kelce and TE’s. Robinson and Metcalf are guys I’d look to buy here because this will be his highest value, so make the most of it if your comfortable at RB and need an WR upgrade.
A player with similar value to Fournette in SuperFlex leagues is also Travis Kelce. Others include Kenny Golladay, Dak Prescott, Joe Burrow, Courtland Sutton and Julio Jones. I love both QBs because they’re young studs who haven’t yet reached their peaks and will give you Fournette numbers for even longer. In a win-now situation, I’m going with Julio because he’ll be a top 5 WR again in 2020. Kenny G is a guy you could go either way with and be content. I’m passing on Sutton because I’m not sure he will hold the value he has now.