A lot of fantasy football managers are steering clear of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' backfield this season and for good reason. The team doesn't have a clear No. 1 running back, but Ronald Jones has a chance to exceed expectations in 2021 and comes with a lot of upside as an intriguing RB3 option.
Ronald Jones Fantasy Outlook
It was not hard to see that Jones was a more powerful back than his counterpart Leonard Fournette last season. Jones averaged 5.1 yards per carry compared to Fournette's 3.8 mark and that was on 95 more attempts. The only thing holding Jones back was his tendency to fumble the football.
However, that didn't stop Jones from being a consistent fantasy producer. In fact, the fourth-year pro scored a touchdown or topped 70 total yards in 11 of the 14 games he played in last year. He finished the 2020 season as the No. 20 RB in PPR leagues averaging 13.3 points per game.
Jones' upside is capped given he won't see much receiving work thanks to the signing of veteran Giovani Bernard this past offseason. With that being said, Jones could lock down the early down role for the Buccaneers if he is able to keep pounding the rock down the middle at an efficient rate. It wouldn't be surprising to see him average double-digit carries under head coach Bruce Arians.
Ronald Jones ADP
Even if Jones s stuck in a rotational role alongside Fournette, he has shown that he can make the most out of every opportunity he gets. He is a player currently being drafted as a RB3 that has FLEX consideration on a weekly basis and could creep into RB2 territory by the end of the year.
Jones has an average draft position of No. 93 overall and No. 35 among RBs in PPR leagues, according to FantasyPros. Meanwhile, he comes in three spots below Fournette at RB37 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.
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