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NFL, Fantasy Football, Fantasy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Leonard Fournette, Tom Brady, Jacksonville Jaguars
What happens with Leonard Fournette in Tampa Bay?
With Leonard Fournette landing in Tampa Bay, the running back has a chance to turn in the RB2 production that his fantasy owners expected in Jacksonville.
Zachary Cohen
03 September, 2020

When the Jacksonville Jaguars released Leonard Fournette, the idea of him ending up in Tampa Bay was floated instantly. A few days later, that has become a reality, as Fournette signed a one-year deal to play with Tom Brady and Co.

Some were quick to say this landing spot isn't ideal for Fournette's fantasy prospects, as the Buccaneers do have Ronald Jones, LeSean McCoy, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Dare Ogunbowale already. However, head coach Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay front office have shown that they are not very high on those other backs. If the Bucs were high on Jones, they wouldn't have drafted Vaughn in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft. And if they liked what they were seeing from Vaughn, they wouldn't have signed McCoy.

With that said, Fournette has an opportunity to end up being a big-time fantasy contributor this year. He might not get the volume he got in Jacksonville, but he could still get 15+ carries, and those will be more important touches for him. In Jacksonville, Fournette wasn't a threat to score that many touchdowns, but this Buccaneers offense should put up a lot of points. That means Fournette can realistically finish with eight or more touchdowns.

Overall, Fournette is now our RB25 heading into the season. So if you drafted him to be your RB2 and were worried when he was released, you should rest knowing that there's a realistic chance he'll still turn in RB2 production.