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30 Brian Leonard RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 2/3/1984 | Birthplace: Gouverneur, NY, USA | Team: Tampa Bay | College: Rutgers | NFL Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/415246.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0

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Several Bucs make small dent in Sunday scorebook


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Running back Brian Leonard was the most productive of the small contributors for the Buccaneers in their Sunday loss at New Orleans. He had five rushes for 35 yards, all in the first half, and added three catches for just one yard. Featured back Bobby Rainey had 35 yards on 11 tries and one reception for 1 yard.

Fellow back Michael Hill managed one attempt for 3 yards and two catches for 23 yards. Wide receiver Chris Owusu contributed one catch for 5 yards while fullback Erik Lorig had one snag for 3 yards.


Three Tampa players make it onto stat sheet Week 15


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard, wide receiver Chris Owusu and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood all had minor contributions during a 33-14 loss Week 15 vs. San Francisco.

Leonard managed one catch for 12 yards. He didn't record any catches despite being targeted twice.

Owusu was targeted five times, totaling three catches for 21 yards. Underwood was also targeted five times, totaling two catches for 15 yards.

The Bucs are back in action Week 16 at St. Louis.


Brian Leonard doesn't get a single carry


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard, who got 20 carries when Mike James went down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 10, has seen his carries decline every week since then, to the point that he got none Week 13 at Carolina. Bobby Rainey was the only Buccaneers running back to run the ball, picking up 63 yards on 17 carries.

Leonard still contributed in the passing game, but not extensively. He caught both passes thrown his way for 10 yards.

The Buccaneers have what figures to be a favorable matchup for their running backs Week 14 against the Bills, but Leonard seems an unlikely candidate to take advantage.

Brian Leonard doesn't have much Fantasy value in Week 13


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/27/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard has settled into a backup role once again for the Bucs, getting just 10 touches over the last two weeks after carrying the ball 20 times in Week 10, in relief of an injured Mike James.

Bobby Rainey is the clear starter in Tampa Bay, but Leonard does have value as a handcuff. With the injury issues the team has faced this season, Leonard makes for a decent stash if you own Rainey. He has little Fantasy value otherwise.

Two Buccaneers make small mark in defeat of Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) The Buccaneers didn't need much help from a myriad of skill position players to win Sunday in Detroit. They did get one catch for 3 yards from running back Brian Leonard, who added 3 yards on one carry. Wide receiver Skye Dawson contributed a yard on one rushing attempt.

Brian Leonard takes a back seat


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) Though Brian Leonard got the start at running back and the first two carries in Mike James' first game out with a broken ankle Week 11 against the Falcons, the Buccaneers quickly decided they were better off with Bobby Rainey after watching the speedier back pile up 11 yards, 10 yards and 11 yards on his first three carries.

Leonard got two more carries in the first quarter, but that was it for him, at least as a rusher. In all, he had four carries for 16 yards and four catches for 21. Rainey, meanwhile, had 30 carries for 163 yards and two catches for 4. He also scored three total touches.

Given Rainey's emergence, Leonard will likely be confined to a change-of-pace role Week 12 at Detroit.


Brian Leonard's role in question


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/13/2013) Though Brian Leonard got the first crack at running back when Buccaneers starter Mike James left with a broken ankle Week 10 against the Dolphins, Bobby Rainey ended up stealing the show with 45 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. So now, the frontrunner for Week 11 against Atlanta isn't so clear.

It's a favorable matchup for whichever has the advantage. The Falcons rank 27th against the run, allowing 126.8 yards per game, and have given up the 12th-most Fantasy points per game to running backs. The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch had a season-high 145 yards against them just last week.

Most likely, Leonard and Rainey will share the load against the Falcons, with Leonard getting more consistent touches, but Rainey breaking off bigger plays, so even with the favorable matchup, neither is a slam-dunk starter in Fantasy. Of the three CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts, only Jamey Eisenberg ranks Leonard ahead of Rainey for this week, but none of the three have either back higher than 29th at the position.

Brian Leonard gets 22 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard replaced the injured Mike James and ran 20 times for 57 yards in the win over Miami. He added two catches on three targets for 16 yards.

Leonard ended up sharing backfield duties with Bobby Rainey, who impressed with a 31-yard run and scored the game-winning touchdown. Leonard's touches could decline Week 11 vs. Atlanta, but he still figures to be heavily involved with James out indefinitely.


Brian Leonard could have Week 10 impact


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/7/2013) For PPR owners, Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard has quietly been a nice source of points the last two weeks, racking up 19 total Fantasy points in the two games following Doug Martin's injury. 

Standard league owners may join in the fun Week 10, as Leonard gets to face off against the Dolphins, who have allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. But there's a twist -- no running back has gained 100 rushing yards against them (even with the Dolphins giving up nearly 300 rushing yards over the last two weeks). The damage has been done by committees.

Leonard should also benefit from Miami's tendency to give up receiving yards to running backs. The Dolphins have allowed 49.8 receiving yards per game to opposing running backs -- the sixth-most in the league. 

This doesn't all add up to starting Leonard in every format, but an owner in a deeper league looking to fill a lineup hole may want to consider him as a desperation start with some nice upside. 


Brian Leonard makes solid contribution in passing game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard nearly had 70 yards of total offense during Sunday's overtime loss to the Seahawks in Week 9.

Leonard took a backseat to Mike James in the ground game, but did make his impact felt in the passing game. He finished the game with 68 yards of total offense, logging 20 yards on five carries (4.0 yards per carry) and 48 yards on four receptions in a 27-24 defeat.

Leonard will try to keep his production up in the passing game against the Dolphins in Week 10. Miami had a hard time defending Giovanni Bernard, another pass-catching running back, in Week 9. Bernard had four catches for 25 yards and nine carries for 79 yards against the Dolphins.

Brian Leonard factors in the passing game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard was largely a non-factor in the rushing game Thursday, but he was featured heavily in the passing game in a 31-13 loss to the Panthers in Week 8.

Leonard rushed the ball just once for 7 yards, as he spent much of the game working in the passing game with the Buccaneers down big. He was targeted seven times by quarterback Mike Glennon, hauling in a team-high six passes for 32 yards.

Leonard will likely see a similar workload moving forward, as long as Doug Martin is out. The Buccaneers face the Seahawks in Week 9. 


Brian Leonard could have some Week 8 value. Maybe.


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/22/2013) Because Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has taken a very Belichickian stance on giving away strategy to the media, there's no telling what kind of game plan he has in mind for Thursday's matchup against the Panthers. Common sense, logic, and the wisdom of crowds suggest Mike James will play the role of Doug Martin and get the majority of carries...but then there's Brian Leonard

Greg Schiano has a certain affinity for Rutgers players (Leonard played for the Scarlet Knights). Leonard also had a few nice games in 2007 with St. Louis, getting 15 or more carries three times, gaining 50 or more total yards (with a 102-yard rushing performance) in all three games. 

We're 99 percent sure that James gets the lion's share of carries. He had a bunch in Week 7 and is the better back. But that's the precise reason why there's the inkling of thought that maybe Schiano is playing a big game of chess with all of us, and will choose to zag with Leonard. 

It's an amazingly paranoid manner of thinking, but we've seen things like this happen before (think Knowshon Moreno over Ronnie Hillman last year), and it's worth it to at least explore the possibility of rostering Leonard in deeper leagues (18 teams and beyond), in case the Bucs decide to surprise everyone with a bit of trickery. 


Buccaneers get fringe contributions


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2013) Though they didn't play a big role on offense, running back Brian Leonard, tight end Tom Crabtree and wide receiver Tiquan Underwood all made statistical contributions for the Buccaneers Week 7 at Atlanta. Leonard had two carries for six yards and one catch for 9, and Crabtree had one catch for 14.

Underwood had only one catch for 6, but his performance would have been more memorable had an illegal use of hands penalty on offensive lineman Davin Joseph not negated a 13-yard touchdown grab late in the fourth quarter. Officially, Underwood had just the one target.


Brian Leonard makes one grab


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Buccaneers fullback Brian Leonard caught one pass for 3 yards during the Week 6 loss to Philadelphia. He was targeted just once in the passing game. The Bucs play at Atlanta Week 7. 


Bucs gets contributions from role players Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Buccaneers wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, running back Brian Leonard, fullback Erik Lorig, running back Jeff Demps and running back Mike James all had minor contributions on offense Week 4 vs. Arizona.

Demps had one carry for 14 yards and one catch for 8 yards, Ogletree had five catches (nine targets) for 30 yards, Leonard had two catches for 11 yards, Lorig had one catch for 20 yards and James had one catch for 2 yards.


Buccaneers make minor contributions Week 3


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2013) Buccaneers fullback Erik Lorig and running back Brian Leonard made minor contributions to the Week 3 loss at New England. Lorig caught one pass for 1 yard on one target. Leonard was targeted twice and made one catch for 17 yards in the game. Leonard didn't have a carry. The Bucs play against Arizona Week 4. 

Bucs get several minor contributions in Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) The Buccaneers received minor offensive contributions from a few role players Week 2 against the Saints.

Running back Brian Leonard finished with one carry for no gain and backup tight end Nate Byham caught one pass for a 34-yard gain in a 16-14 defeat.

The Buccaneers will travel to New England for a Week 3 showdown against the Patriots.


Bucs have several minor contributors


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard, tight end Nate Byham and wide receiver Kevin Ogletree all contributed in Sunday's Week 1 loss at the Jets. 

While Ogletree didn't come down with a catch on two targets, Leonard went for 4 yards on one grab. He was targeted just once. Byham, also targeted once, caught one pass for 1 yard. The Bucs play at home against the Saints Week 2. 


Brian Leonard finds the end zone


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2013) With Doug Martin sidelined, Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard earned the start and got some work in with the first-team offense Saturday night against the Dolphins in preseason action.

Leonard scored from 1-yard out in the first quarter. He played into the third quarter and rushed for 38 yards on 10 carries. He caught his only targeted pass for no gain.


Brian Leonard sits out Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, but it doesn't not appear to be injury related. Leonard, who appears to have moved into the lead in the backup running back battle, is simply sitting out to get the other backups some extra reps. 

Brian Leonard rumbles for a score in Bucs debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Buccaneers running back Brian Leonard received a large share of the workload in Thursday's preseason opener against the Ravens, as he led the team in touches and rushing yards.

Leonard took over at running back after Doug Martin handled the first series, appearing to have locked up the backup spot. Leonard ran the ball six times for 23 yards, and added the team's lone touchdown on the ground, a 3-yard run in the second quarter. 


Brian Leonard to be third-down back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2013) Even though the Buccaneers signed running back Peyton Hillis on Tuesday, the team still plans to use Brian Leonard as their third-down back behind starter Doug Martin, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Leonard is coming off a down season with the Bengals where he caught just 11 passes for 67 yards. In his career he has just 113 catches over six seasons and has never caught more than 30 passes in a year.


Bucs sign ex-Bengal Leonard


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2013) According to his representatives, Brian Leonard has signed with the Buccaneers. He's expected to work as a fullback and occasional ball carrier and receiver.