ESPN Fantasy analyst Matthew Berry said Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette is going to be one of the most productive rookies fantasy-wise in the 2017 NFL season.
“I like his fit here [in Jacksonville],” Berry said on Saturday. “Leonard Fournette is an easy RB2 this year.”
That... is quite the prediction.
The pick of Fournette definitely signals the Jaguars want to be more of a physical smash mouth team, so their offense will match what the defense put on the field last season. Fournette is a supremely talented running back who can punish defenses with power and get chunks of yardage with speed, if the blocking in front of him paves him the way. He's not the most agile running back, but when Fournette has running lane, he picks up speed quickly and can hit the home run.
But with Blake Bortles as the quarterback, the team will likely be down a score or two in the second half — when defenders are tired and Fournette’s skill set and potential are maximized.
What do you think? Is Fournette worthy of the RB2 designation? Or is that a bit much for a Jaguars team that desperately needs to upgrade their offensive line?