Posted: 5/24/2021 2:14 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette will likely split time again in 2021, according to recent comments made by head coach Bruce Arians.
'They're both (going to) play. They're so talented and they both bring so much to the table. Hopefully, if they're both healthy, they are splitting time. I know fantasy doesn't like that, but those two guys ... I mean, RoJo is one of the best runners I've been around. Lenny had that great run in the playoffs. He showed what they drafted him for in the top five,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Somehow Arians is able to convince himself that Jones needs to split time despite calling him "one of the best runners I've been around." Be that as it may, both players figure to take a hit for fantasy purposes as a result of the Bucs adding Giovani Bernard, who will likely steal most of the work on certain passing downs. Jones may occasionally flirt with RB2 status, but there is unlikely to be enough volume for any member of the trio to be a consistent fantasy starter.
Posted: 3/30/2021 7:25 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are expected to battle it out for the starting running back job in 2021, according to comments made by head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday, March 30.
'It's a new football team. Last year's team won the Super Bowl, this year's team hasn't done (anything). Starting positions will be defined in practice,' Arians told Pewter Report.
Huddle Up: Jones easily outpaced Fournette in touches during the regular season (220-123), but the former tested positive for COVID-19 and needed surgery on his finger late in the season. As most Tampa Bay fans now know, it was all "Playoff Lenny" or "Lombardi Lenny" after that. Jones is the more productive player and consistently does more with his touches than Fournette, but the latter is the more trustworthy receiver out of the backfield. Both backs have RB2 upside but should be viewed as high-end flex options for now.
Posted: 3/26/2021 4:02 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 26.
Huddle Up: This isn't great for his fantasy value as he'll have to share time with Ronald Jones in a contract year. Fournette proved his worth in Jones' absence, though, and he'll be a low-end RB2 with upside in non-PPR formats.
Posted: 3/24/2021 5:23 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette (Buccaneers) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly made 'no real headway' in their contract talks, according to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
Posted: 3/16/2021 12:42 pm GMT
Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette (Buccaneers) has received a strong offer from the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Fournette would have more value in somewhere other than Tampa, where he would split work with Ronald Jones. He hasn't proven to be dependable enough in the passing game to be an RB1 target, but he could be a good RB2 in fantasy.
Posted: 2/11/2021 11:52 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Leonard Fournette said he would like to re-sign with the Buccaneers this offseason but does not know what will happen during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Fournette is coming off a terrific postseason where he posted 448 total yards and four touchdowns in four games. He should receive interest from multiple teams if he hits free agency and could find a starting job. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy back next season depending on his situation.
Posted: 2/08/2021 3:47 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Leonard Fournette has interest from the Bucs in returning for 2021.
Huddle Up: Fournette may be in line for a big payday after a great postseason run. If he lands elsewhere with a bigger role, he could return to low-end RB1 status. If he returns to share work with Ronald Jones, Fournette is an RB2 or RB3 in fantasy.
Posted: 2/08/2021 3:25 am GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette had 97 carries for 367 yards and forced 11 missed tackles during the postseason after rushing for 300 yards and forcing 12 missed tackles on 64 carries in the regular season.
Huddle Up: An injury to Ronald Jones late in the year likely played a part in Fournette's increased role in the playoffs, but he took full advantage of the opportunity. He will be a free agent heading into 2021, but his postseason performance was a reminder that he can be a solid fantasy starter when given the reins to a backfield.
Posted: 2/07/2021 9:42 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette is a player the Buccaneers will be open to re-signing this offseason depending on the amount of interest he receives in free agency, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Huddle Up: Fournette recorded 600 total yards and six touchdowns during the regular season and has posted 313 yards and three touchdowns in three playoff games. He should receive interest from multiple teams and could be the starter for the Bucs in 2021 depending on what they do at the position. Fournette will have fantasy value and could be a starting option in some leagues.
Posted: 2/05/2021 6:12 pm GMT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette has not fumbled since Week 17 of the 2017 season -- a total of 613 carries -- according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: Fournette has logged a league-most 48 rushing attempts this postseason and also has accounted for 62 of the Bucs' 90 running back touches in the playoffs, including 14 receptions for 102 yards on 17 targets. Ronald Jones will still be involved but isn't as careful with the rock (2 fumbles this season), and has watched as Fournette has emerged as the Bucs' main man.