Ronald Jones Fantasy Outlook Drops Significantly Following Leonard Fournette Signing With Buccaneers

Max Staley
Ronald Jones fantasy outlook drops following Leonard Fournette joining Buccaneers.
Ronald Jones fantasy outlook drops following Leonard Fournette joining Buccaneers. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Ronald Jones was one of the most intriguing fantasy football options all offseason. Unfortunately for his fantasy managers, though, most of that intrigue was wiped away on Wednesday night.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added yet another big-name star to this offense, signing Leonard Fournette to a one-year deal. This move makes Tampa Bay's backfield a bit of a mess for fantasy purposes, but it clearly hurts Jones' 2020 fantasy value.

Ronald Jones Fantasy Football Outlook

Jones was coming off the board with an average draft position (ADP) of RB31, per FantasyPros. That will fall significantly in the near future, and it's hard to view Jones as anything but a late-round flyer at this point.

He'll be competing with Fournette, third-round pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy for early down work. Right now, Fournette has to be considered the favorite to handle the bulk of the rushing volume.

Jones is even more unlikely to carve out a role as a pass-catcher. Fournette caught 76 balls last year, McCoy has averaged 45.7 receptions per year for his career, Vaughn averaged 2.3 at Vanderbilt in 2019, and even Dare Ogunbowale caught 35 balls for this team last season.

Jones, meanwhile, caught 31 balls on an average of 1.9 per game last year.

To make matters worse, McCoy is reportedly the favorite to handle pass-catching duties already.

Simply put, Jones just doesn't have a clear path to volume as a rusher or a receiver. Barring an injury, Jones will likely be completely irrelevant for fantasy purposes, though the high-octane offense he's playing in does give him some upside as a late-round flyer.

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