Why fantasy owners should be concerned about Leonard Fournette vs. Browns

In news that is making fantasy football owners shudder, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette sat out Friday’s practice.

There’s no word yet that Fournette will not be able to play Sunday against the Browns, but he practiced this week on a limited basis until Friday. NFL Network reported Fournette did not participate in Friday’s session “as he rests his ankle,” but that wording is cryptic enough to be disconcerting to fantasy owners.

How about Cleveland’s run defense. Yes, the Browns are 0-9, but their 86.4 yards rushing allowed per game is the fourth-best in the NFL.

Still, no apologies here for the emphasis on fantasy when it comes to Fournette. Despite him missing two of Jacksonville’s last three games (he also missed the Nov. 5 game against the Bengals for violating a team rule) and being ineffective in the other, the Jags are 3-0 during that stretch. They also have T.J. Yeldon, Chris Ivory and Corey Grant as running back options and should be just fine in Cleveland if Fournette can’t play because of his ankle or can’t play well because of the weather.

“Fortunately, Maxwell stepped in this week and he went in there and played good football and did a pretty good job,” Carroll said. “I need to watch the film to see all of the plays. I think [general manager John Schneider] pulling him out of the ether for us this week worked out very fortunately for us, and we had an experienced guy to go against some big-time players, and he hung in there really well.”

Davis was giving Seattle’s offense a spark before he went down in the third quarter, gaining 41 yards on a pair of screen passes to go along with 18 yards on six carries. He was making his Seahawks debut, having been promoted from the practice squad last week. He started ahead of Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls, the latter of whom was a healthy scratch.broncos_066-500x500

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