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2019 NFL fantasy football predictions: ESPN thinks Leonard Fournette will be a bust

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We’re still more than two months out from the start of the 2019 NFL season but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about potential sleepers, busts, breakouts, and more when it comes to fantasy football.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have several players you should nab in middle or later rounds, but one player several ESPN analysts think you need to value less (or stay away from completely) is running back Leonard Fournette.

In their 2019 preview, both Matt Bowen and Keith Lipscomb singled out Fournette as the running back who has the greatest chance to bust this season... and it’s not hard to see why.

After a rookie campaign that saw him get over 300 touches in 13 games with 1,342 yards from scrimmage and double-digit touchdowns, it was reasonable to think Fournette could help you as a solid RB2 or a decent flex play in certain leagues. If you were playing in a 0.5 points-per-reception league, he failed to get you 12 or more points in only two of the 13 games he played. That’s not bad and in fact good!

But last year was a disaster for Fournette as a lingering injury kept him out most of the season. He had double digit fantasy points in just four weeks. The team then signed several complementary pieces like Alfred Blue and drafted a guy in Ryquell Armstead who, combined, could take a significant amount of touches away from Fournette.

What do you think though? Is Fournette prime for another bust year? Or will he get back to producing closer to what his rookie season saw? Let us know in the comments below!