Ronald Jones Fantasy Outlook Still Includes Big Upside Following LeSean McCoy Signing

Jason Schandl
Ronald Jones fantasy outlook includes big upside even after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed LeSean McCoy.
Ronald Jones fantasy outlook includes big upside even after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed LeSean McCoy. / Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

After being a total non-factor in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield as a rookie, Ronald Jones started to carve out a role in 2019 and looked to be on his way to seeing even more work in 2020.

The team put a bit of a damper on that by signing LeSean McCoy, but Jones could still offer some big upside in fantasy football this season.

Ronald Jones Fantasy Football Value

Jones' fantasy appeal has more to do with the offense around him than anything else. The Tom Brady-led Bucs are shaping up to be one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses.

Playing in a great offense means more TD opportunities, the potential for more volume if the RB's team is playing with the lead, and also more efficiency.

There's certainly some potential that this backfield becomes a full-on three (or even four) headed monster, with Jones and McCoy joined by Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Dare Ogunbowale. But the potential that Jones does manage to claim the RB1 role still makes him worth a look.

McCoy posted some decent numbers in 2019, but he was helped out in a big way by playing in an elite Kansas City Chiefs offense. The two previous seasons saw him post the two worst yard-per-carry marks of his career (including 3.2 in 2018). Vaughn is still entirely unproven, as a rookie third-round pick, and Ogunbowale only saw 11 carries in 2019.

Jones led the Tampa backfield with 4.2 yards per carry last year (compared to 3.1 for Peyton Barber and 1.5 for Ogunbowale), and he also got involved as a receiver with 40 targets.

There's certainly some potential that no true RB1 emerges in this backfield, but that's more than baked into Jones' current draft cost. According to FantasyPros' average draft position (ADP) data, he's going off the board as just the RB30.

His potential upside makes that a risk well worth taking in the seventh round.

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