In 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars used their fourth overall pick on RB Leonard Fournette from LSU. At the time, Fournette was viewed as the best of a strong class of backs, both by the league and fantasy players. In a rookie class that included Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook and many others, Fournette was routinely the top rookie drafted in all fantasy formats. Back to the Jaguars, the opted for Fournette over quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, despite the clear instability of QB Blake Bortles, who would go on to nearly lose his job to veteran journeyman Chad Henne. While the New York Giants early selection of RB Saquon Barkley continues to draw criticism, and rightfully so, the Jags’ decision goes seemingly unnoticed.
Now, nearly two years after that selection, Fournette is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons. Following a traffic stop in Jacksonville, Fournette was arrested and charged with multiple violations, including speeding and “knowingly driving with a suspended license.” The team released the following statement...
“We are aware of the situation and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”
While these charges on their own are minor, it’s just another strike against Fournette. As a rookie in 2017, Fournette overcame pre-seasons injury concerns, which lingered from his college career, to rush for over 1,000 yards, scoring 10 touchdowns and finishing as a top 10 fantasy back.
Fournette’s second season got off to a poor start as he injured his hamstring in the first half of the team’s Week One game, an injury that lingered through most of the season. Fournette didn’t return at full strength until Week 10 and he failed to break 100 rushing yards in any game last season. Fournette was suspended by the team in Week 13 after an on-field fight against the Bills.
Perhaps it was the nagging injuries or the disappointing production, but things got even worse for Fournette as the season concluded. After setting out the team’s finale, Fournette and fellow RB T.J. Yeldon drew criticism from EVP Tom Coughlin after they were caught sitting on the bench, disengaged from their teammates during the game. Coughlin called his starting back selfish and later made the decision to void Fournette’s remaining guaranteed money. This sparked the rumor that the team could consider moving on from Fournette altogether.
The two sides, namely Fournette and Coughlin later met to “clear the air” and put things behind them. Jaguars HC Doug Marrone would later say that Fournette was “in a really good place.” That was nearly three months ago and now Fournette has an arrest on his record.
Dynasty Rookie Mock Draft
I recently had the opportunity to join Rotoworld’s own Evan Silva on his Fantasy Feast podcast, along with host Ross Tucker. On the show, Evan and I took part in a two-round dynasty rookie mock draft. With the NFL Draft now less than two weeks away, it is the perfect time to dive deep into the rookie pool. Here is a quick look back at our alternating picks.
1.01 Hakeem Butler, WR Iowa State
1.02 A.J. Brown, WR Mississippi
1.03 N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
1.04 Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
1.05 D.K. Metcalf, WR Mississippi
1.06 Miles Sanders, RB Penn State
1.07 David Montgomery, RB Iowa State
1.08 T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
1.09 Kelvin Harmon, WR North Carolina State
1.10 Damien Harris, RB Alabama
1.11 J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR Stanford
1.12 Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
2.01 Darrell Henderson, RB Memphis
2.02 Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
2.03 Noah Fant, TE Iowa
2.04 Andy Isabella, WR Massachusetts
2.05 Justice Hill, RB Oklahoma State
2.06 Miles Boykin, WR Notre Dame
2.07 Deebo Samuel, WR South Carolina
2.08 Rodney Anderson, RB Oklahoma
2.09 Parris Campbell, WR Ohio State
2.10 Devine Ozigbo, RB Nebraska
2.11 Irv Smith, TE Alabama
2.12 Jace Sternberger, TE Texas A&M