LeGarrette Blount: Updated Fantasy Analysis & Outlook for Buccaneers RB

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LeGarrette Blount: Updated Fantasy Analysis & Outlook for Buccaneers RB
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With Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie running back Doug Martin emerging as a legitimate NFL running back, backup LeGarrette Blount has become somewhat of a confusing element in the fantasy football world. 

While last season Blount was at least a good No. 2 back in most leagues, this year Blount has faded into a reduced role and is usually only effective in leagues with a large number of teams. 

Let's take a look at Blount's updated fantasy analysis and outlook. 

 

Profile 

Blount, a 6'0", 247-pound power back, lost his job to the rookie Martin early this offseason. He's seen the majority of his snaps stolen and has been reduced to mainly a goal-line role so far this season. 

In six games Blount has carried the ball only 25 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Martin has carried the ball over 100 times and been extremely effective. 

While Blount may see more snaps as the season progresses with it being unknown how well Martin will adapt to the prolonged exposure to hits at the professional level, Blount will have to impress the coaching staff to be given that opportunity. 

 

Analysis

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Blount is a bruising back, but has not been effective in short-yardage situations so far this season. As Roy Cummings of AOL points out, Blount may have lost his job as the goal-line back:

Running back LeGarrette Blount may have lost his job as the goal-line back after failing to score on three tries from the 1-yard line in the loss to the Saints. The Bucs will have to consider using Doug Martin from here on. They can’t afford to waste scoring opportunities.

With Blount failing to score three times from the 1-yard line, he has essentially lost the faith of the coaching staff to a rookie. This is horrible news for fantasy owners as Blount's ability to hawk touchdowns from Martin was his only redeeming quality for owners. 

 

Outlook

Blount is essentially worthless to fantasy owners at this point unless Martin succumbs to injury or fatigue. 

While he may be able to hawk a few touchdowns here and there, Blount has lost the trust of both the coaching staff and fantasy owners. He used to be a great short-yardage option, but having seemingly even lost that ability, how fantasy owners feel about him should be the least of his concerns. 

There's no reason to take a flier on Blount in any leagues unless Martin misses a game. In that scenario he will become a hot commodity, but until then he should sit on the market with the other ineffective fantasy options. 

 


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