Leonard Fournette Fantasy Value Could Rebound Thanks to Huge Workload

Jason Schandl
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Leonard Fournette has never really lived up to his hype as the fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, and that disappointment has carried over to the fantasy football world. He's played only 21 regular season games through his first two seasons, posting a promising RB8 fantasy football finish in 2017 before falling to RB37 in standard scoring last year.

Healthy again, he has been off to an underwhelming start to 2019, recording 7.4 and 8.7 fantasy points in his first two outings. It's not time to give up on Fournette yet though, as he's still posting some great volume, suggesting a potential fantasy football bounce-back season.

For context on how impressive that snap share is, only two running backs have a higher number so far in 2019 — Christian McCaffrey and Le'Veon Bell (pending Week 2's Monday Night Football game).

It's not just a high snap share that Fournette is seeing either, he's getting plenty of work when he's on the field. He has notched at least 19 opportunities (rush attempts and targets) in each of his two games, and his 40 total are tied for seventh in the NFL.

Volume is far more consistent and predictable than efficiency for RBs, so an elite workload like this is nothing to scoff at, especially after he averaged at least 19.9 opportunities per game in each of his first two NFL seasons.

Fournette has another couple weeks of tough matchups on tap, taking on the Tennessee Titans on Thursday and the Denver Broncos in Week 4. Still, his huge workload makes him a must-start player if he's on your fantasy roster.

This is also a great buy-low window for Fournette in trade offers, and his tough Thursday Night Football matchup could leave him available at an even steeper discount if he struggles to convert his volume into fantasy production again.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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