RB - TB
Week 17 Outlook
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and RB Leonard Fournette are both interested in re-uniting for the 2021 season, as reported by NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Fournette was a stud in Super Bowl LV, leading all Buccaneers running backs with 16 carries for 89 yards and an explosive 27-yard touchdown run to put the game on ice late in the third quarter. Fournette also added four receptions for 46 yards through the air and is the clear favorite in passing targets when compared to fellow running back Ronald Jones II. The former top-five pick in the 2017 NFL draft will likely receive offers from teams during free agency but the Bucs and Fournette have a mutual interest in re-uniting for the 2021 campaign in Tampa Bay. If Fournette returns to the Bucs in 2021, his draft stock in fantasy redraft leagues should rise considerably from his average draft position (ADP) a year ago during his tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette carried 16 times for 89 yards and a touchdown, while catching all four targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 31-9 blowout win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
Fournette provided the hard-nosed, north and south running that allowed the Buccaneers offense to function at its highest level on Sunday, particularly the impressive 27-yard touchdown run mid-third quarter to put the game out of reach for a Chiefs team that struggled on both sides of the ball throughout the night. Fournette signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent earlier in 2020 after being released by Jacksonville and ended up outpacing Ronald Jones II in total touches throughout the postseason. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues should opt to draft Fournette ahead of Jones if both running backs return in 2021, as the former has performed at a higher level in crucial moments with a bigger workload.
Leonard Fournette carried 12 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and caught five of seven targets for 19 receiving yards in a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday.
Fournette has gained the edge in the Buccaneers backfield, absorbing all targets (7) and getting two more carries than Ronald Jones II including a hard-nosed 20-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to help Tampa Bay defeat Green Bay 31-26 in Lambeau Field. The former top-five draft pick was signed by the Bucs as a free agent early in the season and has proved to be extremely valuable, scoring three touchdowns this postseason to help Tampa Bay return home to play in Super Bowl LV.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette carried 17 times for 63 yards and caught five of six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-20 Divisional Round win against the New Orleans Saints.
Fournette saw a slight edge in utilization against the Saints on Sunday, getting nine more opportunities than Ronald Jones who returned from a quad injury. Fournette converted one of his six targets into a six-yard touchdown to even the score at 20-20 near the end of the third quarter. The Buccaneers will likely continue to rely on Fournette in the passing game while splitting him and Jones in a 50/50 timeshare out of the backfield when they travel to Green Bay in the NFC Championship game next weekend.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told reporters he expects Leonard Fournette to start Sunday against the Saints regardless of whether Ronald Jones II is active.
Fournette got the nod in the Wild Card round vs. Washington with Jones aggravating his quad during the pregame. Arians said Jones is likely to be a game-time call, but expects Fournette to start either way, making him a solid option in DFS lineups.
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