What’s Next For Fournette?

Updated: September 3rd 2020

With the sudden release of Leonard Fournette, fantasy players are left scrambling to find out what it means for the Jaguars and what it means for Fournette. Here are a couple teams (in no particular order) that are possible landing spots for Fournette based on their financial commitment to the running back position in 2020 and the positional need. Because of his unique contract situation, some teams could be looking to claim Fournette and use this season as an audition before committing to him long term if they choose.

Keep in mind that no matter where Fournette lands it will likely take him a few weeks to become acquainted with his new offense and will likely be at least in a rotation with current backs on the team. There are very few options where he would return to exactly the same value and volume that he held while in Jacksonville.

Chicago Bears

The injury this preseason to David Montgomery only compounded to his disappointing 2019 season. His backup (Cordarrelle Patterson) is a converted WR and Tarik Cohen is more of a passing down/spread formation option. The Bears need to find a way to help either Nick Foles or Mitchell Trubisky and Fournette is an already accomplished runner who can take some of pressure off. It would definitely help to not have their formations as easily to read as they were when either Montgomery or Cohen were on the field since Fournette has proven to be both a strong runner and pass catcher.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Doug Pederson rarely gives a full workload to just one back. He is always looking to have a spell option for his main guy. Sanders would definitely be the 1A if the Eagles picked up Fournette but the usage would likely mimic what the Saints were doing with Kamara and Ingram a couple seasons ago. It would be a huge blow to both their fantasy value unless the offense was to take another step forward in terms of scoring opportunities.

 

New England Patriots

The Patriots are likely going to be more of a run-heavy team in 2020 regardless of whether it is Cam Newton or Jared Stittham under center. Having Fournette would amplify that and provide another rotational back for Josh McDaniels to roll out on tired defenses. Fournette would also be the best running back that Belichick has had since Corey Dillon and we know how that worked out.

 

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins traded for Matt Breida and still have Jordan Howard. Still, Fournette would be a better option than either and for a team that wants to be trending upward this would become a sneaky good offense with him in their lineup. For the reasons I like New England, Brian Flores is a Belichick disciple and expect he would recognize value when he sees the opportunity.

 

Los Angeles Chargers

A dark horse, the Bolts don’t really have a true thumper at the position. Ekeler was just paid but the team could use a 1B to keep him fresh. With Fournette’s contract only for 2020 it would be an easy catch and release scenario for a team that has trouble keeping players healthy for a full season.

 

Seattle Seahawks

Penny has struggled to stay healthy, same with Carson, and the team has been looking to find their next Marshawn Lynch ever since he left (then returned briefly). Fournette could learn the system over the first month or so behind Carson and be ready to take the reigns by mid-season and into the playoffs (when Seattle really needs him).

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