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Exec News Desk: Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette Stirring Optimism

Corey Parson The Fantasy Executive August 2, 2017 4:27AM EST

Training Camp can be a misleading time of year for Fantasy Football owners. Last week Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said that he would like to give the football to rookie running back Leonard Fournette on every play. In this News Desk update for Executive Edge subscribers, I discuss what Fantasy Football owners should expect from Leonard Fournette in his rookie season. Every rookie running back will not perform like Ezekiel Elliott or Jordan Howard. To be honest most perform similarly to how Melvin Gordon did in his rookie season. Leonard Fournette was the first running back selected in the 2017 NFL draft and rightfully so. The 22-year-old Fournette is a big and physical back that defenders will not want to engage with. Selecting Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the draft lets you know exactly what the Jaguars want to do on offense. They want to pound the rock with Leonard Fournette so they can protect their weak link quarterback Blake Bortles. There is news coming out of Jaguars camp that Leonard Fournette has not only opened eyes with his physical running style, but is also flashing his ability as a route runner. Leonard Fournette is one of the players that I will be keeping an eye on over the next month during training camp and preseason.

If you have listened to the Fantasy Football Frenzy on FNTSY Radio you know how I feel about Bengals Tight End Tyler Eifert. I don’t want to hear about how dynamic he is and what a great red zone target he is when he is on the field. The guys just don’t stay healthy enough to garner any interest from me. Eifert claims to be fully healthy to start camp, but trust me a setback is coming. The problem is not the player or the talent, it’s the draft stock. Eifert goes off the board as the 5th tight end in most leagues. That’s way too high for a tight end with a bad back who has never played 16 games.

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