Ronald Jones Fantasy Outlook Improves With Increased Usage in Bucs Offense

Max Staley

After a disastrous rookie season that saw him rush for just 44 yards on 23 carries, Ronald Jones II was mainly an afterthought in fantasy drafts this summer. He had an average draft position (ADP) of RB52 in standard leagues, per

However, through four weeks Jones has established himself as the top RB on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are finally seeing flashes of the talent that convinced Tampa Bay to select Jones with the No. 38 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Through four weeks, Jones has totaled 50 rushes for 234 yards (4.7 yards per carry), and he's looked far more explosive than Tampa Bay's other back, Peyton Barber.

Entering Week 4, Barber handled 51 opportunities (targets and carries) to Jones' 33. However, Week 4 may have been a changing of the guard, as Jones out-touched Barber, 20-9, and was on the field for 49 percent of the team's snaps. Conversely, Barber played just 26 percent of the Bucs' offensive snaps.

If this trend holds true, and Jones takes hold of Tampa Bay's lead back role, he has serious fantasy upside.

Jones is one of only 10 RBs who have averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry while seeing at least 50 carries. The other names on that list include some of fantasy football's top players, including Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook, which is certainly encouraging for Jones' fantasy outlook.

It will be important for fantasy owners to monitor Jones' usage in Week 5. Right now, he's best viewed as an RB3 or FLEX option, but he has a chance to establish himself as an every-week RB2, if he takes over as the workhorse in Tampa Bay.

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