By now you’ve heard how the saga of Lynyrd Jagyr’d came to an end in a fiery plane crash. Very sad. But out of the flames a new hope is born. I can now stop feverishly refreshing my Twitter feed for Leonard Fournette news like an addict searching for one last crack rock under the couch. Fournette has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, agreeing to a one-year 2 million dollar contract with another 1.5 million in possible incentives. That’s not Bitcoin Cash, it’s real money. You can bet your crypto that Fournette will have a serious role in this exciting Tampa offense. 

In Jacksonville Fournette faced a stacked box (8+ defenders loaded in the box) over 30% of the time each of the last three seasons. Derrick Henry is the only other back to garner such defensive attention since Fournette’s rookie season. Leo will now benefit from a balanced offense with a high powered passing game to keep defenses in check while yielding tons more red zone opportunities. And in 2019 Fournette showed off his impressive hands catching 76 passes; if we learned anything from Brady’s two decades in New England it’s 1) he isn’t above “bending” the rules and 2) he targets his running backs more than anyone. 

All this adds up to Fournette shooting back up my 2020 fantasy football rankings, all the way to #27 overall (in PPR). I’ve aggressively projected him for 200 carries, 800 rushing yards, 50 receptions, 350 receiving yards and 8 total touchdowns in 13 games. While I am crazy bullish on Fournette, make no mistake, there’s some risk that I’m over estimating his workload and this ends up more of an even split committee. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy football:

Ronald Jones – What’s that sobbing noise you hear coming from the ladies room? That’s several of my fellow Razzball writers who have been sitting in a circle rubbing each other all preseason while passing around shirtless pictures of Ronald Jones. It’s a tough break as Bruce Arians has been lying talking for weeks about how great of a season Ronald Jones will have. I’m not taking a victory lap here on my RoJo fade because a) who could have predicted Fournette would end up in Tampa, b) I’m modest (and handsome), c) there is no c, and d) no games have even been played yet, Ronald Jones could still end up having a better season than Fournette. Regardless, this is a major hit to Jonesy’s fantasy stock and I’ve downgraded him down to #113 overall in my 2020 fantasy football rankings.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn – The rookie RB out of Vanderbilt is now buried deeper than Aaron Hernandez on the Bucco’s depth chart. I was excited about Vaughn after he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2020 draft, but really pumped the brakes after Tampa brought in veteran LeSean McCoy back in July. Speaking of McCoy, he’s getting cut now, right? As for Vaughn, feel free to drop him too in all but the deepest (or dynasty) leagues.

Dare Ogunbowale – The Dare dream is all but dead now. He’ll still see some usage in the passing game, but think more Rex Burkhead ceiling than James White.

Alvin Kamara – The only player in the news as much as Leo this week was Alvin Kamara. First, we hear the Saints are open to trading Kamara, presumably due to a contract dispute. Then Kamara’s camp comes in and says they aren’t requesting a trade, still open to negotiating and Alvin will be back at practice ASAP. Later we find out that Kamara received an epidural injection in his spine—bad news according to my sketchy chiropractor. Later later we find out that the injection he received was actually a sacroiliac joint injection—this is beyond my area of medical expertise which is based solely on tidbits from my chiropractor who may or may not be a quack, but it sounds like a sacroiliac joint injection is much less concerning than an epidural. Anyway, if I have the fourth pick in a PPR league today I’m still grabbing Kamara, but I’d be lying like Arians if I told you I feel good about it.

Deebo Samuel – Word on the streets of San Fran is he could be back for week one. But Jones fractures are notorious for their high re-injury rate. I’m a big Deebo fan long term but not interested in taking on any added injury risk in this COVID season, so I’m passing on him this year. Fine being wrong on this one, there’s lots of good wide receivers.

Mohamed Sanu – The Prophet was cut by the Patriots; wonder if he saw that one coming? You weren’t drafting Mo anyway except in very deep leagues, but the real news here might be below the surface: is this a vote of confidence in second year WR N’Keal Harry? I want it to be, so I’ll say yes. I’m drafting The Big Harry all over the place in the 13th-15th round, there’s huge upside with the 2019 first rounder. Also, add Gunner Olszewski to your deep league radar; Bellichick’s dog really seems to like him.

Kerryon Johnson – The news and notes wouldn’t be complete without a Kerryon mention. Due to a leg injury, rookie D’Andre Swift has missed very valuable training camp reps in a year with no preseason and an already watered down training camp. He finally returned to practice Monday, but has still been limited all week. The odds of him making any sort of early season impact decrease by the day. But good news, there’s still space on the Kerryon Johnson bandwagon; we have a pool in the back and the water’s plenty warm!

 

  1. PaulZone says:
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    Hey Donkey,

    In my 10 team ppr superflex league, I came out of the draft a little weak at WR and strong at RB. I noticed the RoJo owner is very weak at RB but strong at WR.

    His RBs: RoJo, Hunt, Montgomery, Coleman, Duke Johnson, Jamaal Williams
    His WRs: Adams, Moore, Chark, Preston Williams

    My RBs: Cook, Drake, Connor, Taylor, Damian Harris, Murray, Mattison, Chris Thompson
    My WRs: OBJ, Green, Cooks, Watkins, Perriman
    QBs: Prescott, Goff, Tannehill
    TE: Andrews

    What do you think of offering him Taylor or Connor for Adams?

    He is desperate as he just picked up Jamaal Williams…

    Please let me know thoughts on if I should try a trade and which RB you’d offer first.

    Thanks man!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, good idea. I’d try to move Conner first, don’t trust him to stay healthy. I’d even be willing to include one of your other WRs (not OBJ) with Conner in that deal. Maybe see if you can Preston back with Adams…you know I love Preston.

      • PaulZone says:
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        He countered Adams / Tevin Coleman for my Connor / Brandin Cooks. Thoughts? Don’t really need Coleman but not a bad Mostert handcuff.

        I could counter Adams / Preston, haha

        • Donkey Teeth

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          I’d do that deal for sure.

          Doesn’t hurt to counter with Preston too as look as you’re sure the other deal won’t be off the table…

          • PaulZone says:
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            Second guessing Taylor as my Flex…some. Think he will be okay as my Connor replacement?

            • Donkey Teeth

              Donkey Teeth says:
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              Yeah I’d be very happy with Taylor at flex. I like him a bit more than Conner…

            • PaulZone says:
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              New deal:

              I get Adams / Brees

              He gets Connor/ Brandin Cooks / Goff

              My qbs after: Prescott, Brees, Tannehill

              Do it, right?

              • Donkey Teeth

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                Yep, pull the trigger

                • PaulZone says:
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                  Done deal. Thanks dude!

                  • Donkey Teeth

                    Donkey Teeth says:
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                    Giddy up!

  2. MB

    MB says:
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    We were actually burning those shirtless pictures

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Save one for the Razzball collage!

  3. Scott says:
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    Thanks for these updates. Question for you though – have you done any auctions instead of drafts? Would love to hear some advice about that because they are awesome, but much more difficult than drafts…. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      No problem, auctions are the best.

      We’re doing a slow auction right now for our podcast league and I have a home league auction Sunday. Unless your league is really deep I’d take a stars and scrubs approach this year. There’s gonna be a ton of turnover on the backend of your roster anyway.

      Do you have any more specific auction questions?

  4. swaggerjackers says:
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    Good update. I haven’t been on the football side of Razz much in the last few years but I like that it’s modeled off the baseball format in terms of updates and actually writing summaries for the players in your preseason ranks. Super helpful to know why so and so is ranked where they are.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Glad to have you back on the football side swaggerjackers!

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