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Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Date of Birth:  01/18/1995
Age:  27
Height  6'0"
Weight:   240
College:  LSU
Drafted:  2017 | Round 1 | Pick 4
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB


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Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette is re-signing with the Buccaneers.

Fournette is getting a three-year, $21-million deal to remain in Tampa Bay just one day after visiting New England, which may have helped move things along. It's a very good deal for the former top-five pick considering how running back has been devalued around the league, especially since he probably couldn't have found a better landing spot to win another Super Bowl. The trust Tom Brady has in Fournette catching the ball out of the backfield will make him a strong RB2 option if the Bucs don't add a rookie runner early in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is being activated from injured reserve.

Tampa Bay will get some needed reinforcements on offense with Fournette back against the Rams, and he should have a substantial role as a runner and receiver. We’d expect the Bucs will mostly lean on a two-man backfield of Fournette and Giovani Bernard in the Divisional Round.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been designated to return from injured reserve.

Fournette was expected back for the playoffs, and that should be the case if he gets through practice healthy over the next three days. "Playoff Lenny" will obviously be a big boost to Tampa Bay's offense (especially without Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown), and the team should also be getting Giovani Bernard (hip) back.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

The Bucs have placed Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on injured reserve.

Fournette is expected to be good for the postseason, but his regular season is now over, so Ronald Jones II will be the lead back for the final three games. It's unfortunate that Fournette didn't stay healthy for the fantasy championship and a chance at a 1,000-yard campaign, but his impressive season still ends with RB1 numbers: 180 carries, 812 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 69 receptions, 454 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. It will be interesting to see what the Bucs do at the position this offseason, as Fournette surely increased his stock ahead of 2022 free agency.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of tonight's game.

The crazy injury night for the Bucs continues, as Fournette joins Chris Godwin (knee) and Mike Evans (hamstring) as being out for the night. Fournette's Week 15 ends with nine carries for 34 rushing yards and seven receptions for 33 receiving yards. Hopefully Fournette is able to return for Week 16. Tampa Bay will look to get something going without three of its top players down 6-0  in the middle of the third quarter to New Orleans.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

The Buccaneers are re-signing Leonard Fournette.

After a very strong postseason run, Fournette is back with the Bucs after testing free agency. The former No. 4 overall pick of the Jaguars really got going in January and February last season after joining the Bucs midseason, rushing 64 times for 300 yards and four touchdowns while adding 18 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown in four playoff games. Fournette will again work in tandem with Ronald Jones in the Bucs backfield. Coming off a championship, Tampa Bay did an outstanding job of keeping the team together for another run in 2021.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette is inactive for Week 14.

Fournette appears to be a healthy scratch coming off the bye, so it'll be the Ronald Jones show both today against the Vikings and perhaps for the rest of the season. Fournette would have upside if Jones were to miss time, but he's not a must-hold on redraft teams.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a full participant in today's practice.

It looks like Fournette is up to full strength, so we'll see if the Bucs get him back on the gameday roster after he was held out last week. Ronald Jones has clearly taken control of the Tampa Bay backfield after three straight 100-yard games.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) is inactive for Week 6.

The talk was that Fournette would again be active as an emergency option for Tampa Bay, but the team is instead holding him out today against the Packers. Consider Fournette week-to-week for now.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) is officially questionable for Week 6.

Fournette is set to be a game-time decision again this week. We’d think he’ll be ready to return to the lineup, but keep in mind that the team may not want to rush the bruising runner back with the way Ronald Jones II has been playing. The Bucs kickoff at 4:25 PM ET on Sunday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) is officially active for Thursday night.

Fournette was listed as doubtful entering tonight, so this is a surprise. However, Fournette could potentially be active for depth purposes only at less than 100%, so he's a risky Week 5 FLEX option.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) is doubtful for Week 5.

Fournette probably won't suit up, so the backfield will again be clearly headed by Ronald Jones II with rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn having a change-of-pace role behind him. Fantasy owners should hold onto Fournette, who seems to be nearing a return.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 4.

This was expected after Fournette missed the first two days of practice this week and Bruce Arians expressed pessimism regarding his status this Sunday. Ronald Jones will be the clear top runner for the Bucs against the Chargers, with LeSean McCoy again mixing in on mainly on passing downs.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) officially did not practice today.

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is not optimistic about Fournette’s chances of playing this Sunday against the Chargers, so the powerful running back would probably do well to be listed as questionable on the final Week 4 injury report when it’s released tomorrow.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) officially did not practice today.

It's only Wednesday, so this could just be a precaution/rest situation for Fournette. We'll track his status over the next couple of days of practice leading up to Week 4.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

The Buccaneers are signing Leonard Fournette.

Fournette has certainly landed on his feet after he was unceremoniously waived by the Jaguars a couple of days ago, moving within the state to a Bucs team that should have a chance to contend for a Super Bowl. Fournette is coming off a 1,000-yard season with Jacksonville and is said to be coming off a committed offseason as he was set to enter a contract year, so the talented former No. 4 overall pick in the draft is an intriguing addition to a stacked Tampa Bay offense. Tampa Bay has a crowded backfield, but Fournette will likely be the team's top goal-line option while working in complement with rising third-year player Ronald Jones.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

The Jaguars are releasing Leonard Fournette, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

This is slightly surprising, but not a huge shocker considering the two sides looked poised to part ways after this season, the final year of Fournette's rookie deal. Jacksonville presumably was looking for a trade partner, which is why they waited so deep into the summer to release the former No. 4 overall pick. Fournette will now hit waivers, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands. Meanwhile, the Jaguars are likely set to go with a committee approach at running back, with second-year player Ryquell Armstead and veteran Chris Thompson among those in the mix. Fournette carried 666 times for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns along with 134 receptions for 1,009 yards and two touchdowns in his three seasons with the Jags. Leonard was a relatively high draft pick in fantasy leagues, and moves like this are why it's best to wait to have your draft if possible. That said, we'll see if Fournette lands in a good situation.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

The Jaguars are not picking up Leonard Fournette's fifth-year option, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fournette is on the trade block, so this is not a surprise. The former No. 4 overall pick is now in a contract year as he looks to prove he can be a consistent top performer and one of the best running backs the league. Fournette had 341 touches in 2020.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (illness) has been downgraded to doubtful for Week 17.

Fournette will almost certainly sit out the finale, so his season finishes with 265 carries, 1,152 yards, and three touchdowns on the ground with 76 receptions for 522 yards through the air. Fantasy owners would have obviously liked for the LSU product to find the end zone more, but his reviving output kept him in the RB1 ranks. Fournette should be drafted as a solid RB1 in 2020 with a chance to rebound with double-digit scores.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (neck) is officially listed as questionable for Week 17.

Fournette is expected to play in the regular season finale on Sunday, but the Jaguars don't kickoff until 4:25 PM ET, so be sure to have a backup plan if your fantasy championship matchup is still going on.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette gets 27 touches against the Jets.

Fournette carried 19 times for 76 yards and caught seven passes for 60 yards to help lead a balanced Jaguars offense in the team's Week 8 victory. Entering a critical year in his career, Fournette has certainly responded to this point, with 163 carries for 791 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown along with 35 receptions for 263 receiving yards through eight games—a 326,carry, 1,582-yard, two-touchdown pace rushing and 70-reception, 526-yard pace receiving at the halfway point in the season. And the touchdowns should be set to increase for Fournette, who has been one of the best selections in 2019 fantasy drafts given his commitment to staying in shape along with his versatile role in the Jacksonville offense. Fournette next faces the Texans in London next Sunday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette has career day in Week 4 victory.

Fournette rushed 29 times for a career-high 225 yards and caught two passes for an additional 20 yards. The attempts were also a career-high, and Fournette's 81-yard run was the second-longest of his career. The only complaint fantasy owners could have is that he didn't find the end zone for the fourth time this season, but the LSU product is on pace for over 1,600 rushing yards and 64 receptions at the season's quarter-mark. The scores will come, so Fournette is moving closer towards solid RB1 status ahead of next Sunday's matchup against the Panthers.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Nick Foles says the Jaguars need to get Leonard Fournette the ball.

There's been talk this offseason and into training camp that Jacksonville wants to get Fournette more involved in the passing game, and the team's quarterback added to that, saying that Fournette is "very talented catching the ball." Foles added that he's catching passes in practice "every single day" and is "a special back and we need to get him the ball." The former Super Bowl MVP takes what the defense gives him and has no issue checking the ball down, and Fournette has the ability to make plays as a pass-catcher. Fournette's career-high in receptions is 36, set in his rookie season in 2017, but don't be surprised if he hits 50+ receptions this season. There's risk after an up-and-down first two NFL seasons, but Fournette offers obvious upside in 2019 fantasy drafts.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette says he "put a lot on [himself] this offseason."

Fournette had a disappointing 2018 season that included him admitting he could have been in better shape, but he reportedly sounds like a different person this offseason. The big running back says he spent time getting his body right, and "just mentally coming back ready to play football." Also, new Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said he's not holding anything that happened in the past against Fournette, as all his players will have a clean slate with him; and running backs coach Terry Robiskie says Fournette told him he wants to do great things like run for 2,000 yards in a season and lead the team to a Super Bowl. After it looked like there was a serious chance that the Jaguars would simply release the former No. 4 overall pick, Fournette might've come to a realization that he needs to be on-point, and hopefully he'll be at his best in 2019. Expect Fournette to be a lot closer to his rookie season when he rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns than last season when he had under 500 rushing yards.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Tom Coughlin says he has "full confidence" in Leonard Fournette.

Jacksonville's early offseason actions confirm Coughlin's words, as they appear to be ready to ride an offensive attack led by Fournette and new quarterback Nick Foles. Coughlin said: "[Fournette] does have some things he's got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he's a young, young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year, and I think he wants to -- we want him to be a great player and I think he's in the same mindset." While 2018 was certainly a rough patch—with the franchise frustrated about the running back, who admitted himself he could be in better shape—the Jags are not giving up on the fourth overall pick of the 2017 draft. Expect Fournette to get a heavy workload this season, which could lead to him being a major value in fantasy drafts if he's fully committed and reports to the team in great condition.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette met with Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Fournette met with Coughlin "and the rest of the team’s brass to clear the air and move forward together for 2019," adding that it "sounds like it went well for both sides and things are headed in the right direction." At the end of the regular season, it looked like Fournette was probably headed on his way out of Jacksonville, but this indicates there's a good chance he'll be back next season. This isn't a huge surprise considering the Jaguars just spent the fourth overall pick on Fournette not even two years ago, so the team will be hoping the running back can commit himself this offseason and perform like the offensive centerpiece they were expecting when they drafted him out of LSU. Fournette's fantasy value is probably best with the Jags, as they're a team that could give him 25+ touches per game, which probably wouldn't happen for any new team he joins.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle/foot) is officially inactive for the Jaguars.

Fournette was listed as doubtful coming into today, so this was expected. The second-year running back’s disappointing season ends with 133 carries for 439 yards and five touchdowns along with 22 receptions for 185 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Fournette even admitted he could be in better shape, which isn’t something the Jaguars (or fantasy owners) want to hear—but at least he admitted it, and hopefully he comes into 2019 more focused and motivated. Next summer, Fournette will probably still be in the top-three rounds as a potential bounce-back candidate, but he’s shown he has obvious downside as someone that’s battled injuries and some off-field issues through two years.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle/foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

This has not been a good season for Fournette and the Jaguars, and it looks like the second-year running back won't hit the field agin until next season. Expect Fournette to be ruled out at 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette handles 21 touches in Week 16 win.

Fournette rushed 18 times for 43 yards and a touchdown, also adding three receptions for 28 yards. The LSU product carried significant risk entering the game after barely playing in the second half of Week 15's loss, but despite efficiency issues, fantasy owners who rolled with him were rewarded with a short touchdown in the first quarter. Fournette will look to carry Jacksonville to an upset over the Texans next week, but the risk keeps him on the low-end RB2/FLEX radar.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette handles 14 touches in Week 15 loss.

Fournette rushed 11 times for 46 yards, also adding three receptions for 18 yards. The LSU product barely saw touches in the second half despite a lead for the Jaguars, so his workload will be a big concern for fantasy owners over the final two weeks as Jacksonville looks ahead to 2019. For now, consider Fournette more of an RB2 than RB1 next week against the Dolphins.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Titans shut down Leonard Fournette in Week 14.

Fournette carried 14 times for 36 yards along with two receptions for five yards in the Thursday night loss. Meanwhile, on the other side, Derrick Henry rumbled for 238 yards for a Titans team that rolled to a blowout victory. Fournette was visibly frustrated with his team, particularly when he was stuffed in the goal line early in the game and then had a couple of holding calls bring back nice runs later in the game. This obviously wasn't an ideal performance coming off his one-game suspension and in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. He'll look to bounce back with a bigger game next week against the Redskins, but it's not an easy matchup.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette's one-game suspension was upheld.

Appeals officer James Trash affirmed the suspension, which was fully expected. Fournette squared up and started a fight with Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson right in front of fans during Sunday's loss, and now he'll officially miss Week 13 against the Colts. This is a big blow to fantasy owners relying on their workhorse running back in the final week of the fantasy regular season (for most), and it'll be Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon handling the load in Jacksonville's backfield this weekend. They're both in the FLEX mix.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette has been suspended one game for actions in Sunday’s loss to the Bills.

Fournette was ejected for fighting Buffalo defensive end Shaq Lawson in Week 12, and it seemed clear that he started the brawl by squaring up with the defender (who was also ejected). Now, he will miss Jacksonville’s Week 13 game against the Colts, which is obviously a big blow to fantasy owners looking to make the playoffs. Carlos Hyde and T.J. Yeldon both should be usable fantasy options next Sunday, but Hyde will be the preferred play in standard leagues as an RB2.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette has been ejected against the Bills.

An ugly fight just broke out in the Jaguars-Bills game, and Fournette squared up with Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and threw a punch. Lawson even continued to try and fight Fournette as the two went into the same tunnel after their ejections. Before leaving, Fournette had 18 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns along with three receptions for 13 yards. He's unlikely to face a suspension from this incident, but we wouldn't rule it out completely.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette handles 30 touches in loss to the Steelers.

Fournette rushed 28 times for 95 yards, also adding two receptions for 46 yards. The LSU product was basically Jacksonville's only source of offense, but four-straight three-and-outs in the fourth quarter allowed Pittsburgh to overcome a 16-0 deficit to win 20-16. The Jags now almost certainly need to win out to have any chance of making the playoffs, but there's a chance they scale back Fournette's workload to keep him healthy for 2019 and beyond, so that's something to keep in mind for fantasy owners down the stretch. For now, he should remain an RB1 against the Bills next week.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette scores twice in return to the lineup.

After missing the last four games with his hamstring injury, Fournette returned to the lineup and immediately received a heavy workload, carrying 24 times for 53 yards and a touchdown along with five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Both touchdowns came at the goal line, with one being punched in on a goal-line carry and the other coming on a play-action fake that left Fournette wide-open in the flat. Carlos Hyde received just three carries behind Fournette, as the second-year runner is back to being a workhorse at 100%. Fournette will look to have another big game next week when he faces a Steelers team he had success against last season.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

UPDATE: Leonard Fournette (hamstring) practiced fully.

The team initially listed Fournette as a limited participant in today's practice, but he was a full participant. The second-year running back is set to return after the team's bye week, and he could immediately be set for a heavy workload on a team that needs to start winning games. Fournette is at least an RB2 option for Week 10 as he returns to the field.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was officially a limited participant in practice.

A full participation would have been an extremely positive sign, but this is still a positive nonetheless. Fournette is expected to return this week against the Colts, but it's no sure-fire lock quite yet. Check back in on his practice status tomorrow and Friday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette has been ruled out for Week 8.

This was basically just a formality, as no one expected Fournette to play this Sunday against the Eagles in London. New acquisition Carlos Hyde could get a good number of touches in a game where the Jaguars are going to want to set the tone, and T.J. Yeldon is also likely to remain heavily involved in the game plan. Fournette might have a shot to play in Week 10 when the Jaguars return from their bye week.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is out for Week 7.

Fournette will have missed five games this season after Sunday, and he has just 90 total yards this season, but the Jaguars and fantasy owners must hope that the second-year running back can get back to 100% this season. He might try to go in a highly-anticipated matchup next Sunday in London against the Eagles, but consider him 50/50 at best for now. T.J. Yeldon will start again versus the Texans, and he's an RB2/FLEX option for the game.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not expected to practice today.

Fournette looks doubtful for this Sunday against the Texans, as it looks more and more likely the second-year running back might just be out until after Jacksonville's Week 9 bye week. We'll see if Fournette can make progress to a limited practice tomorrow, though.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will try to practice tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be a big test to see if Fournette might be able to give it a go this Sunday against the Texans. So there should be more clarity on the situation after tomorrow's practice, as there should be a better idea of the direction he's trending ahead of the official injury report for the game being released on Friday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not expected to practice today.

The second-year running back is not expected to play this weekend against the Texans, but we'll update you with his practice status throughout the week. Expect T.J. Yeldon to lead the backfield again in Week 7.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will miss Week 6, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

This was fully expected, and it means T.J. Yeldon will again carry the load this Sunday against Dallas. With Corey Grant (Lisfranc) out for the reason, the Jaguars probably have to add someone to their backfield. Fournette is questionable at best for a Week 7 matchup against the Texans.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette has been ruled out for Week 5.

The Jaguars could've dragged this out to Friday or even Sunday, but there was little doubt Fournette would miss this weekend's game against the Chiefs. T.J. Yeldon is poised for a heavy workload against one of the worst tackling teams in football, so he's an RB1/RB2 option in fantasy lineups. Fournette is probably on the doubtful side of things for Week 6 against the Cowboys.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not practicing today.

It would be a major surprise if Fournette plays this weekend against the Chiefs. Consider him week-to-week for now, but we'll update you if he's listed as out, doubtful, or questionable when the official injury report for Week 5 is released on Friday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has now been ruled out against the Jets.

The second half is just getting underway with Jacksonville up 16-0, so the team probably figures they shouldn't risk Fournette injuring himself more. Fournette's day ends with 11 carries for 30 yards and one reception for five yards. There's no guarantee he's ready for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has returned to the game.

It's a surprise the Jags are putting Fournette back in the game while he's dealing with hamstring tightness, but he's back in the game. His touches might be limited moving forward for the rest of today, though.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is questionable to return against the Jets.

The Jaguars are calling it "hamstring tightness" for Fournette, which is obviously not a great sign after he missed the last two games with a hamstring injury. Perhaps Fournette will be able to work himself back into the game, but we expect they'll take it slow with him so early in the season so he can get past the hamstring issues.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is officially active against the Jets.

After missing the last two games, Jacksonville’s star second-year running back is back. Fournette worked his way into a full practice participant during the week, so he should be very close to 100%. You can safely insert him into fantasy lineups as a strong RB1/RB2 option.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Fournette was a full participant in today's practice, which indicates he has a very good chance of suiting up on Sunday against the Jets. It would probably take a setback in pre-game warmups to keep Fournette out of the game, and thankfully the Jaguars play in the early slate of games, so his status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday. He should be ready to go as a backend RB1 option versus the Jets.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette was officially listed as limited in today's practice.

Fournette was also limited during practice last week, so it's hard to feel great about his Week 4 status until he gets a full practice in. We'll see how he's listed for tomorrow's practice.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 3.

Fournette was limited in practice all week, so he’s making progress in recovery from his hamstring injury, but the Jags are taking it slow with their star running back early in the season. T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is active and should get most of the touches in Jacksonville’s backfield, but Corey Grant could get more work with Yeldon also at less than 100%. Consider Fournette questionable for Week 4 against the Jets.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 3.

Unlike last week, Fournette was at least able to get in limited practices throughout the week, so there's a lot more optimism surrounding his status for Sunday. The Jaguars play in the 1:00 PM ET games, so we'll know Fournette's status by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday. If he plays, Fournette can be safely inserted into fantasy lineups; it would be unwise for Jacksonville to risk playing their star runner if he's not ready to go. T.J. Yeldon (ankle) is also questionable for the Jags.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains limited in practice.

A full practice would be ideal, but expect Fournette to remain limited tomorrow before being listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Titans. If he's a gametime decision, you'll know his status by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday. We'll update you with Fournette's game status tomorrow.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) was officially limited in today's practice.

This is a good start to the week for Fournette, who wasn't able to practice at all last week before not playing in Sunday's win against the Patriots. Ideally, he'll be able to get up to a full practice at some point this week. Fortunately, the Jaguars play in the earlier games this Sunday, so his status will be known before every game besides tomorrow night's Thursday nighter between the Jets and Browns.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 2.

Fournette didn’t practice all week, so this was fully expected. The second-year back tested the hamstring in warmups, but he simply isn’t ready to go today against the Patriots. Fournette is certainly no lock for Week 3, as the Jags aren’t going to want this hamstring issue to linger—which could happen if he tries to play at well less than 100%.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 2.

Fournette has called himself a game-time decision, which is bad news for fantasy owners with Patriots-Jaguars kicking off at 4:25 PM ET. We would lean towards the second-year back being inactive, and if so, T.J. Yeldon would be a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option. Should Fournette suit up, he is probably in danger of being limited and/or ineffective, so it might be best to simply start someone from the early slate of games and wait for your RB1 to be back to full strength.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not practicing today.

This makes it two straight missed practices for Fournette, who will reportedly test the hamstring out tomorrow. The second-year running back is probably headed for a questionable designation when the official injury report for the game is released tomorrow. Fournette might just need to test his hamstring in warmups on Sunday, but keep in mind the Jaguars play in the late-afternoon slate if you're between him and someone in tonight's game for your fantasy lineup.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is not expected to practice today.

It's only the first practice of the week, so this was pretty much expected as the Jaguars look to get their workhorse running back ready for Sunday against New England. Hopefully Fournette is able to get in at least a limited practice session tomorrow. Be sure to check in on Fournette's practice and official game status tomorrow and Friday.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette's hamstring injury is considered minor, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said.

Fournette has already said he's going to play next week and that he didn't return to yesterday's game as a precaution. Nevertheless, we'll keep a close eye on the injury report throughout the week. Unfortunately, the Jaguars play in the late-afternoon game this week, so hopefully we get clarity on the situation ahead of the weekend.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been downgraded to out against the Giants.

This was expected after the second-year back left in the first half holding his hamstring while limping off the field. Now we just have to hope this isn't a multi-week injury for Fournette, but fantasy owners shouldn't count on him being available for Week 2. Before leaving, Fournette had nine carries for 41 rushing yards and three receptions for 14 receiving yards.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette limps off with apparent hamstring injury.

Fournette limped off the field after a third down in the second quarter against the Giants, and he limped to the sideline holding his hamstring and limping a bit. Now Fournette is headed to the medical tent. There's a chance his day is done, which would be a big blow to the Jaguars as they look to start the season 1-0.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette says the game is "a lot slower" for him this year.

The second-year back talked about getting a year under his belt, comparing it to being a freshman in college—the next season, things slow down after being used to the game speed. Fournette also says he's "learned the system from top to bottom" and has made a lot of progress, "especially learning the blocking schemes and who I've got [to block]." T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant are going to get some work on third downs, but Fournette is clearly going to be Jacksonville's workhorse in 2018. He's a strong pick in the first or second round of fantasy drafts.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette is "leaner" this year.

After the Jaguars' first minicamp practice today, Fournette says he weighs under 225 pounds after playing at 235 pounds last season. Fournette said, "I feel like I play my best where I played in college – 223, 224," so he's planning on playing at this weight during the season. This is excellent news, as the second-year back is still plenty big enough to deliver punishment to defenders (as he showed at LSU), and the weight drop should mean added speed and quickness. Typically, running backs that drop weight tend to perform better, and fantasy owners should see this as a major positive. It also shows the Fournette, who has had some slight character concerns including a team-imposed suspension during his rookie season, is committed to being great right now. Fournette is a clear workhorse RB1 entering 2018.

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Leonard Fournette handles 26 touches in AFC Championship loss.

Fournette rushes 24 times for 76 yards and one touchdown in the 24-20 defeat. He also caught two passes for 13 yards. Fournette ran hard, including a four-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but New England consistently got key stops in the second half to advance to Super Bowl LII. Jacksonville’s offense will be centered around Fournette in 2018, and he should be a first- or second-round pick in all fantasy drafts as a solid RB1.

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Leonard Fournette scores three times in playoff win over the Steelers.

Fournette left the game in the first half with a lower-leg injury, but returned to start the second half. He finished with 25 carries for 109 yards and the touchdowns, also adding two receptions for 10 yards. In two games at Heinz Field this season, the rookie had a season many rushing touchdowns as Le’Veon Bell (five). He will be the focal point in the AFC Championship against the Patriots, but they probably won’t allow him to beat them.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) will return to today's Divisional Round game.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told CBS's Evan Washburn that his rookie running back will play in the second half. Obviously, this is great news for the Jaguars as they'll be looking to ride their strong running game to run out the clock and advance to the AFC Championship. Pittsburgh has the ball to start the second half, but Fournette should be out there when Jacksonville gets the ball.

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Leonard Fournette's injury is being called an ankle injury.

The Jaguars are officially calling their rookie running back questionable to return to today's Divisional Round matchup with Pittsburgh. Fournette has dealt with ankle and foot issues all season, and it wouldn't be surprising if he was unable to return to the game. For now, T.J. Yeldon will handle most of the load in Jacksonville's backfield, with Corey Grant mixing in. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Fournette.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette leaves Divisional Round game with an injury.

On a first-down reception in the second quarter, Fournette appeared to injury his lower leg area while making a spin move on a Steelers defender. The rookie running back immediately went over to the sideline and appeared unable to put much pressure on the leg. Fournette is headed to the locker room, and he'd be a huge loss if he is unable to return to the game. The bruising runner already has two touchdowns in the first half.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette contained in playoff win.

Fournette rushed 21 times for 57 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards. The rookie back didn't find much room to run with Buffalo stacking the box in his first career playoff game, but he will take the victory. Jacksonville will need to ride Fournette next week in Pittsburgh to upset the Steelers in the AFC Divisional Round.

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Leonard Fournette gets 23 touches against the Titans.

With the Jags locked into the AFC's three seed, they didn't go light on their rookie running back, handling him almost all the backfield work in Week 17. Fournette had 19 carries for 69 rushing yards along with four receptions for a team-high 67 receiving yards. The fourth overall pick's regular season ends with 268 rushing attempts for 1,040 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns along with 36 receptions for 302 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. He faces the Bills in the first round of the playoffs.

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Leonard Fournette gets 21 touches against San Francisco.

Fournette couldn't get much going on the ground against the Niners, who played very good run defense against the Jags. But the rookie did convert on a goal line touchdown. Overall, Fournette had 18 carries for 48 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 22 yards. Fournette will be a strong option next week against the Titans.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) was officially a full participant in practice today.

After missing Sunday's win against the Texans, Fournette is ready to go for Christmas Eve against the 49ers. We'll update you if the talented rookie runner suffered a setback in practice, but for now you can safely insert him into fantasy lineups for the first week of fantasy championships.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) is officially inactive.

Reports emerged last night that Fournette was going to be out against the Texans, and now it’s official. Chris Ivory will reportedly start against the Texans, and he’s in the FLEX conversation for Week 15. Fournette should be back next week, but it’s no lock.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) will not play tomorrow, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen has been told Fournette will not be active against the Texans. Considering the rookie runner didn't practice all week, this was fully expected. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will receive most of the carries in Week 15, and they are both in the FLEX conversation (though with some risk). Mortensen also reports Fournette is dealing with an ankle injury, which isn't a great sign for his Week 16 status. The bruising rookie running back has dealt with leg injuries since the preseason, but hopefully he's back next week.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) is listed as questionable for Week 15.

Though the rookie running back is questionable, he didn’t practice all week, which doesn’t bode well for his status on Sunday against the Texans. The Jags have already sat Fournette once this season because of his ankle injury, and they probably will again this weekend unless he’s suddenly feeling close to 100%. At 9-4 with a winnable game against the Texans, Jacksonville is probably going to keep a potential January playoff run in mind. Expect Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon to carry the load against Houston, but we’ll get a definitive answer by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) remains out of practice.

This is now two straight missed practices for Fournette, so it's becoming a bit of a concern. It's not lock the rookie running back is out there this weekend against the Texans, so be sure to check back in tomorrow when the official injury report is released to see how he's listed.

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Leonard Fournette (quadricep) did not practice today.

It's only the first practice of the week and there is no reason to be alarmed. The rookie running back has been nicked this season, which is a slight concern for his long-term outlook because he's such a physical runner, but he should be fine. Expect Fournette to be back out at practice in at least a limited capacity tomorrow.

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Leonard Fournette handles 28 touches in 30-24 win over Seattle.

Fournette rushed 24 times f0r 101 yards and a touchdown, adding four receptions for 18 yards. The rookie back didn't back down from one of the NFL's best run defenses, and his success on the ground opened up the play-action for Blake Bortles. Fournette exceeded expectations in Week 14, and he should be safely back in the RB1 rankings when Houston comes to town next Sunday.

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Leonard Fournette scores against the Colts.

Indy did a solid job of limiting Fournette, who carried 20 times for 57 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 22 yards in the win. The score is what made it a really good fantasy day for Fournette, and he might need another score next week against the stingy Seahawks defense to deliver in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is practicing fully for Week 13.

The rookie workhorse has been dealing with an ankle issue for weeks now, but he appears healthier than he's been and could be a monster down the stretch here. Fournette has been below 35 rushing yards in two of the last three games, but the Jaguars know they need to feed him the ball to be most effective on offense. Fournette is a great RB1 this week against the Colts.

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Leonard Fournette held to 42 total yards in Week 12 loss.

Fournette rushed 12 times for 25 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards. The rookie has now been held out of the end zone in three-straight games, and he's averaging just 2.96 yards per carry over that stretch. Fournette should bounce back, but he's come up short as fantasy owners fight for playoff spots. Hopefully he comes through against the Colts in Week 13 for those who need it.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is off the Week 12 injury report.

He was limited in practice all week, but he'll officially be active on Sunday against the Cardinals. While Arizona might try to shut down the run and force the passing game of the Jaguars to beat them, Fournette should get a heavy workload and is an RB1 for the matchup.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) remains limited in practice.

Fournette being limited isn't too big of a concern, as he probably won't be 100% for the rest of the season and will have his practice rest managed each week. We'll see how he's listed on the official injury report for the game when it's released tomorrow.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice.

Fournette was limited twice and also missed a practice last week before playing on Sunday. We'll update you with his practice status throughout the week, as he's not a total slam-dunk to play, but expect him to be out there this weekend against the Cardinals.

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Leonard Fournette gets 30 touches in Jaguars' win.

So much for that ankle injury, as the Jaguars fed Fournette in a win over Cleveland. The rookie running back carried 28 times for 111 yards and added two receptions (on three targets) for seven yards. Fournette's 28 rushing attempts tied a season-high, and it's clear Jacksonville believes handing him the ball a ton is their best chance at winning games—even if he isn't at 100%, which he says he won't be until the offseason. When Fournette is on the field, he's basically a lock for 20+ touches. Keep him in your lineup as an RB1 next week against the Cardinals.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is active for Week 11 against the Jaguars.

The rookie running back didn’t practice on Friday, which raised major concern for his status today against the Browns, but he’ll be out there as the Jaguars look to avoid allowing Cleveland to get their first win of the season. Though there is some risk if Founrette aggravates his ankle or is rested in a potential blowout, he should be in almost all fantasy lineups as an RB1.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is officially questionable for Sunday.

Fournette was announced as a non-participant in practice earlier today, and now he's officially questionable for the game against the Browns. Expect him to be a true game-time decision, so there might not be any real clarity until 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is not practicing today.

After being limited on Wednesday and Thursday, this is a bit of a concern. Fournette has been dealing with ankle issues for a few weeks now, and it's certainly no lock he's out there on Sunday against the Browns. Not that it would affect whether he plays in the game, but the Louisiana boy Fournette also said he isn't thrilled about playing in the cold weather (with potential snow) in Cleveland. We'll see how he's listed when the official injury report for the game is released later today, but it looks like the rookie running back will be a game-time decision this week.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) remained limited in practice.

A full participation would alleviate any concerns about Fournette's status for Sunday, especially after he didn't play because of the injury in Week 7, but don't be too concerned about the rookie back playing against the Browns. When Fournette didn't play in Week 7, he didn't practice all week either—so at least limited participation is a positive sign. We'll see how he's listed when the injury report for the game is released some time tomorrow.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice today.

A limited participation suggests Fournette's ankle issue isn't that big of a deal, but it's possible this is the ankle that forced him to miss Week 7 against the Colts. He should be fine, but we'll update you on his Thursday practice status when it's revealed tomorrow.

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Chargers limit Leonard Fournette in Week 10.

In his return from a team-imposed one-game suspension for violating team rules, Fournette couldn't get anything going against the Chargers, carrying 17 times for 33 yards. He did also add 13 receiving yards on two receptions in the game. It would've been nice to see Fournette get fed more carries with the hope of him breaking one, but the Jaguars did end up with the victory. His next opponent, the Browns, have a good run defense, but Fournette will be an RB1 with big bounce-back potential in Week 11.

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Leonard Fournette's reason for being inactive has reportedly emerged.

On FOX NFL Sunday, Jay Glazer reported Fournette missed the team photo, a team workout, and a treatment, so Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone rightly sent the message that things like that will not be tolerated. Fournette is an excellent player, but he needs to start taking things more seriously so he can continue to be great. Consider him likely to play next week against the Chargers.

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Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette a surprise inactive for Week 9.

Fournette is reportedly not playing because he violated team rules, so Chris Ivory will get the start for Jacksonville. This is obviously a surprise, so fantasy owners will have to look elsewhere for a running back this week. We'd consider both Ivory and T.J. Yeldon decent FLEX options, but you might have a better option already on your roster. Fournette should be back in the lineup next week.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a full participant in today's practice.

After missing one game in Week 7, the bye week has done him good and the rookie back will be ready to go this Sunday against the Bengals. Expect Fournette to easily surpass 20 touches, as he's had at least 23 touches in every game except one this season. You can safely insert him into your lineup as a superb RB1, and with the bye week out of the way, you can hopefully keep him in there for the rest of the year.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) is inactive against the Colts.

Despite not practicing, the expectation all week was that Fournette would play today, but things changed last night after multiple reports said the rookie running back was not expected to play. Chris Ivory will now step in as the starter and a very good fantasy option, as he should be in line for at least 20 touches against the Colts. It’d be a surprise if Fournette wasn’t ready in Week 9 after Jacksonville’s Week 8 bye.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette (ankle) is not expected to play tomorrow, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says the Jaguars do not expect to have their rookie running back against the Colts, as he'd have tomorrow and then the Week 8 bye to rest and get to 100%. This is by no means definite, and Fournette and the team both indicated throughout the week he was expected to play, but fantasy owners need to start making plans and should pick up Chris Ivory if he's available. The Jaguars play in the earlier games tomorrow, so Fournette's status will be official by 11:30 AM ET.

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Leonard Fournette (knee) is questionable for Week 7.

The rookie back was cleared to return to last week's game and is expected to play on Sunday, but he hasn't practiced all week. Still, the questionable designation is a good sign considering he hasn't done anything in practice during the week, and he did say he "most definitely" expects to play—but the coaches might ultimately decide if he plays. Luckily, the Jags play in the 1:00 PM ET games, so we'll know by 11:30 AM ET if he'll be active or inactive against Indy. Chris Ivory should be rostered as insurance for everyone that has Fournette on their fantasy team.

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Leonard Fournette (ankle) did not practice today.

He didn't practice yesterday either, but there wasn't much concern about the rookie bruiser's status after the team said he was cleared to go in last Sunday and intimated that he'd be ready for Week 7. But two missed practices isn't a great sign, and it looks like there is a possibility he misses this Sunday against the Colts. Fournette owners should probably pick up Chris Ivory as insurance unless you have a stacked group of running backs.

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Leonard Fournette is being checked on the sidelines.

The rookie running back is getting his foot looked at on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Rams for what is being called an ankle injury. It doesn't appear he did anything too bad to his ankle, so it'd probably be better than a foot injury as was first speculated (remember, Fournette dealt with a foot issue this preseason). Fournette had 21 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown with two receptions for eight yards in the game. The touchdown was on Jacksonville's first offensive play of the game and was a 75-yarder. The rookie back should be ready to go next week against the Colts, as the team said he was ready to go back into the game.

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Jaguars continue to feed rookie Leonard Fournette.

Fournette carried 28 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns while adding a three-yard reception against the Steelers, as he put on a show all afternoon. On Fournette's first touchdown, he leaped from about five yards out and elevated into the end zone. And on his second touchdown he received great blocking and showed off his breakaway speed, running 90 yards untouched. And in between, Fournette waved Steelers safety Mike Mitchell to come and try to tackle him during a run before lowering his shoulder right into him. The fourth-overall pick in the draft is simply a monster that's getting handed the ball a ton. He's one of the best options against the Rams in Week 6.

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Jaguars feed Fournette in 23-20 overtime loss to the Jets.

Fournette rushed 24 times for 86 yards, and also caught a team-high four passes for a team-high 59 yards and one touchdown. The fourth-overall pick is getting all the work he can handle, and he's established himself as a secure RB1. Despite averaging 3.5 yards per carry, Fournette is on pace for 1,140 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He's also on pace for 48 catches for 500 yards and four scores through the air.

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Leonard Fournette scores against the Ravens.

The Ravens did a good job limiting the rookie back on the ground as the Jags lit them up through the air. Fournette carried 17 times for 59 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 21 yards in the game. The touchdown came with the game pretty much already in hand, and it certainly helped the rookie's fantasy day. Fournette plays the Jets next week and needs to be in fantasy lineups.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Leonard Fournette rushed 14 times for 40 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss.

He also caught two passes for 21 yards. Fournette's touchdown came on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter, as the Titans contained him for most of the game. With Baltimore's elite defense on deck for a London matchup next Sunday, Fournette should be treated as more of a low-end RB2/FLEX play.

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Jaguars feed Leonard Fournette in his first game.

The fourth overall pick in the draft handled 29 touches for the Jaguars in their blowout Week 1 win over the Texans. He had 26 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown, along with three receptions for 24 yards. The TD came from the goal line and he punched it in, which is a great sign with Chris Ivory also in the backfield. It's clear Fournette is going to be handed the ball a ton this season, and he's a clear RB1 every week.

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Leonard Fournette returned to practice for the Jaguars today.

Fournette missed about two weeks with a foot issue the Jaguars were being cautious about, but he's back now. It's a great sign for his Week 1 outlook, as he'll have several practices to get back into the swing of things. Fournette's first game will be against the Texans on September 10, and he'll look to make a statement. The presence of Chris Ivory in the backfield is a slight concern, especially if Ivory takes goal line carries, but Fournette is expected to get a lot of work as a rookie.

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Leonard Fournette (foot) started running yesterday.

The Jaguars rookie running back was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said he started running and will be back "soon." Fournette previously said he isn't concerned about the foot issue, and it doesn't sound like a major issue at all. He should be good to go for Week 1 and is safe to draft in your fantasy league. Perhaps his early season workload will be a slight concern if he needs to work his way back into things, but Fournette will certainly be close to a workhorse back at some point this season.

Leonard Fournette | Buccaneers RB

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette says he will be ready for Week 1.

Fournette is dealing with a foot issue that he says is unrelated to the ankle issues he had last season at LSU. The talented back said the foot is "nothing to worry about." The Jaguars are taking it slow with Fournette and he might not play for the rest of the preseason, but there's not much question he'll be good to go for the regular season. Fournette could be an immediate workhorse for the Jaguars and is currently being drafted in the late-second or early-third round of fantasy drafts.

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Leonard Fournette won't play in this Thursday's preseason game.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told this to reporters and it's the least bit surprising. It was revealed yesterday that Fournette is dealing with a "nagging" foot and that the team is taking a cautious approach with their rookie running back. Unless he gets back to 100%, Fournette very likely will not be playing in the third preseason game either. Receiver Marqise Lee, who is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, also will not play on Thursday.

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Leonard Fournette has a foot injury.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said they are "being careful with him." It's unclear what exactly is the issue with Fournette's foot, but it sounds like he might sit out the rest of the preseason. This isn't ideal for his fantasy value, obviously, as he would have to work his way back into the swing of things if he does indeed miss a couple of weeks with this issue. Marrone did say the rookie back's foot is "nagging," so it doesn't appear to be an injury that would start him on the PUP list for the regular season or anything like that. Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon will try to take advantage of more reps with Fournette out.

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Rookie Leonard Fournette scores in first preseason game.

The fourth overall pick in the draft looked as advertised, carrying nine times for 31 yard and a touchdown at the goal line. Fournette certainly runs hard, and he might quickly become one of the least favorite backs for defenders in the NFL to tackle. Chris Ivory started the game and also ran hard, but this will probably become Fournette's backfield this season.

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Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, and T.J. Yeldon listed as co-starters on Jaguars unofficial depth chart.

The fourth overall pick is the favorite to start for Jacksonville, but he's going to have to earn it. Look for them all to get work with the first team offense when they face the Patriots in their first preseason game on Thursday.

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Jaguars executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin talks positively of Leonard Fournette.

Dan Graziano of ESPN, who covered Coughlin for quite some time with the Giants, says his description of his rookie running back this morning was "eye-opening." Coughlin heaped praise on the fourth overall draft, describing him as "powerful, strong, better hands than I ever thought" while adding that Fournette is someone that can "make a big difference" at the end of games as someone that should have gas in his tank. The rookie says the team has "been on me, to get in my books more, learn defenses, stay in shape and keep my weight down, and I like that." It sure sounds like the Jaguars are prepared to make Leonard Fournette an immediate workhorse back, even with Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon on the roster.

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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said, "I like to run the ball every play."

Bortles had been throwing more than most quarterbacks, which isn't ideal and unlikely to happen this season. Marrone is an old school-type coach that wants to "go back to the old way" and "change the game." Jaguars executive VP Tom Coughlin probably wouldn't mind pounding the ball, and the team drafted Leonard Fournette number four overall for a reason. The big, talented rookie running back will be the centerpiece of the offense. Fournette looks like he could get upwards of 20 carries per game as a rookie, but Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon are also in the mix. Fournette should be considered at least a solid RB2 for now.

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Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone says he is happy with the way Leonard Fournette is catching the ball at OTAs.

The fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft could be in for a monster workload as a rookie if he surprises as a pass catcher when the games count. T.J. Yeldon should still see pass-game work, but Fournette seems poised for a workhorse role as the Jaguars try to finally make a leap and be competitive. Fournette will probably be compared to Ezekiel Elliott from a fantasy perspective all summer, but remember, the Cowboys had a much better offensive line in 2016 than the Jaguars do now. Still, Fournette should be a reliable RB1 if the talented Jacksonville defense can keep games close, which they should.

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The Jaguars select RB Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Although he battled injuries and rushed for less than 1,000 yards in 2016, Fournette was a beast throughout his college career. The high-point was in 2015, when the powerful back rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Tigers. Many believe that Fournette could have been a first-round pick straight out of high school, and his freakish size and speed combo make it hard to argue with that. Fournette should immediately become one of the better between-the-tackle runners in the NFL, but his fantasy upside will be somewhat capped with T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory also on the team. Still, he has the potential to create an Ezekiel Elliott-type impact as a rookie for Jacksonville