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Leonard Fournette Signs with the Bucs

by Kate Magdziuk
Updated On: September 3, 2020, 6:27 pm ET

Just over 24 hours after clearing waivers, Leonard Fournette has found a new home only 205 miles down the road. Per Ian Rapoport, Fournette and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal worth up to $3.5 million with incentives. It's a low-end deal that puts Fournette as the 40th highest-paid running back in the NFL in the 2020 season. No matter which way you cut it, the Bucs got a steal.

To summarize, the Bucs have now acquired Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette to add to the already-loaded arsenal of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Brady's (apparent) personal favorite, Scotty Miller, Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians do seem to make every last-ditch effort to give Brady the tools to win another Superbowl.

The Fantasy Impact

Despite the crowded backfield in Tampa Bay, Leonard Fournette should be regarded as the team's RB1 without question. The team's 2020 camp has been muddled with reports between third-year back Ronald Jones, rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn, and veteran LeSean McCoy. However, this signing tells us they may not have felt as secure with their backfield as they may have led us to believe.

Fournette is intriguing for fantasy football drafts considering his role in the NFL's best (potentially) offense in 2020. However, Fournette's range of outcomes is significant. Despite scoring just three touchdowns on the season, Fournette finished 2019 as the RB7 in PPR formats. However, his greatest asset as a fantasy stud is his three-down skill set and ability as a workhorse.

Fournette ranked seventh in total scrimmage yards in on 341 total touches, in 2019. which ranked as the third-highest touch total on the season. Considering Fournette's new home and the myriad of weapons available to Tom Brady, fantasy managers should be cautious regarding their expectations for Fournette this season. Though Fournette is an upgrade in the running backs room, there may not be enough volume to go around in order for him to be a reliable fantasy option week-to-week. As for Jones, Vaughn and McCoy, their upside in fantasy is limited, barring injury.

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Ron Rivera Announces Dwayne Haskins as Week 1 Starter

After the return of Alex Smith from a devastating leg injury and discussion of retirement, the Washington Football team has chosen second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the Week 1 starter. The move isn't particularly notable for fantasy football teams in 2020. Haskins was limited as a passer in his rookie season, exceeding 30 passing attempts just once and 200 passing yards twice in his seven games as a starter.

As for the rest of the Washington Football Team's offense, we should continue to limit expectations outside of second-year wideout Terry McLaurin. McLaurin finished 2019 as PFF's most-highly graded rookie receiver, and for good reason. Given the lack of weapons surrounding him, McLaurin faced coverage as the team's WR1 as a rookie while absorbing a 19% target share and producing 33% of the team's receiving yards.

The team ranked dead last in points scored, and first downs in 2019, with the fewest passing yards and second-fewest total scrimmage yards. Given the club's tumultuous offseason and lack of roster depth, it's best to save any hype outside of McLaurin for another year.

Anthony Lynn Announces Tyrod Taylor as the Week 1 Starter

It shouldn't come as a major surprise to see Tyrod Taylor announced as the Los Angeles Chargers starter. It is his second year in Head Coach Anthony Lynn's system, and it seems as though the team isn't looking to push 2020's sixth-overall pick to his limits just yet. 

The last full-game action with saw with Taylor was in his two games as the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback in 2018. They didn't go exceedingly well, as Taylor led the team to a 0-1-1 record, completing just 52.9% of pass attempts and boasting a 1:1 TD to INT ratio. Despite the shaky stat line, it's worth noting that he did rank as the QB13 in fantasy over those two games, thanks in part to his rushing floor. He's an interesting option in 2-QB leagues.

Also worth noting, in Taylor's last full season as starter, LeSean McCoy finished as the RB7. He ranked fourth in total scrimmage yards while gobbling up 77 targets as a proficient receiver. We should expect a lot from former UDFA Austin Ekeler, who finished with just 12-fewer receiving yards than Christian McCaffrey in the 2019 season.

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Quick Hits

Alvin Kamara returned to practice on Wednesday amid contract negotiations. It sounds as though the two sides are close to a deal, despite the rumor that Kamara may be on the trade block. ... Justin Jefferson projected to be the Vikings WR3 in 2020. Offseason reports continue to vet second-year wideout Bisi Johnson as the WR2, but considering Stefon Diggs' abandoned 94 targets, there should be plenty to go around. ... Van Jefferson is projected as the Rams' WR3 for the 2020 season, bumping Josh Reynolds off the map. It's difficult to project just how much work the WR3 in the Rams Offense will see in the coming season, however, particularly with the emergence of Tyler Higbee in the 12-personnel offense. ... Jets rookie wideout Denzel Mims has practiced for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in camp. By all accounts of Jets beat reporters, it sounds as though this offense is one to stay far away from, even if Mims does see a significant target share in his rookie season.

Kate Magdziuk

Kate Magdziuk is a contributor for Rotoworld, RotoViz, and host of BallBlast: A Fantasy Football Podcast. You can find her on Twitter @FFBallBlast.