Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Jaguars' Fournette, Chiefs' Hunt Should Make Early Fantasy Splashes

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Jaguars' Fournette, Chiefs' Hunt Should Make Early Fantasy Splashes

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Greetings, fantasy folks! Well, you're REAL people playing fantasy ... ah, you get the idea.

Welcome to Week 1 of the 2017 campaign.

As usual, we have a lot of new faces in a lot of new places. I'm going to look at some of the new blood in the NFL this year, starting with a couple rookies who should make an impact on your squad.

START 'EM

Jacksonville rookie running back Leonard Fournette has already ascended to the top of the Jaguars' depth chart, which should be no surprise to anyone. After all, he was the fourth overall pick in the draft this year and there are high hopes for this multi-talented player from LSU. With prototypical size for a running back, Fournette exploded for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns his sophomore season before being held back by injury as a junior.

He has solid speed combined with the strength to break tackles. Chris Ivory will be his backup, but count on Fournette to get the lion's share of carries. He's the club's new toy and nothing short of injury will keep him off the field.

This week Fournette will face a Houston club that performed respectably versus the running back position in 2016, allowing an average of 17.8 fantasy points per game (19th in the league).

It's tough to forecast a rookie's performance in his very first game, but I'm not afraid to try. It is easy to envision that Jacksonville's offense will be built around Fournette. I think it will take a stronger defense than Houston's to slow this guy. He will get tons of carries and should at least get a few looks in the passing game. He should also be a given as their red-zone back. I like Fournette as a solid RB1 candidate in his first game as a pro.

Another promising rookie back could have a nice performance in his first appearance. Call me a homer, but I like Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt versus a tough New England run defense, a unit that limited opposing backs to a mere 15 fantasy points per game last season. …

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