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Leonard Fournette Expects 2,000 Yards as Offseason Fantasy Winner

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was a “2018 Bust of the Year” candidate, but could be in line for a major rebound as a 2019 Offseason Winner. Even after an injury-ruined sophomore season, Fournette remains firmly atop the team’s depth chart, and is again in line for workhorse “Volume” wide open. Plus, Nick Foles is an immediate and stark upgrade over Blake Bortles, and the line should be markedly improved in 2019. With an expected bump in receiving usage, Fournette’s shaky health may be the only obstacle to a massive 2019 RB1 campaign in which he expects 2,000 rushing yards.

The Injury risk could not be any higher with Fournette, who’s consistently missed time due to foot and ankle injuries dating back to his LSU Days. His bruising style invites contact and opens him up to serious punishment. Still, nearly every other “Fantasy Factor” has improved for Fournette this offseason. Volume has never been an issue, and now TJ Yeldon is gone. Fournette’s only “competition” for carries will be Alfred Blue (lol) and fifth-round rookie Ryquell Alexander.

Meanwhile, “Surrounding Talent” has improved considerably. At QB, Foles should generate far more defensive respect and scoring opportunities to help Fournette’s efficiency. Plus, the line receives a boost from rookie RT Jawaan Taylor. After losing LT Cam Robinson in Week 2 and LG Andrew Norwell in November, this line was without their two top-talents for much of the year. Just health will also go a long way.

Yes, new OC John DeFilippo remains a “Scheme” question mark. His offenses have been consistently pass-happy, but he promises a shift considering this team’s composition, with Fournette as the centerpiece: “Fournette is going to be a major reason where our offense goes. We’re really looking forward to Leonard having a big year.” Already, this seems to mean more passing-game involvement for Fournette. He was heavily involved as a receiver in OTAs, and Foles historically loves throwing to his backs.

Of course, none of this will matter if he’s bit by the injury bug again. Still, with a Round 3 Price Tag, Fournette could pay off huge with 12+ games. For more on Fournette’s offseason, click here.

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