Would You Rather: Start Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber or Dare Ogunbowale in Fantasy Football Week 2

Mike Esposito
San Francisco 49ers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield situation was as confounding as they come heading into the first week of the 2019 fantasy football season. If Week 1 is any indication, it looks like things may have even became a bit more complicated.

Tampa's three tailbacks saw nearly an even distribution of the snaps in their 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Dare Ogunbowale was the most utilized running back on Sunday, playing 38.6 percent of the Bucs' offensive snaps. The remaining two backs, Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones, played 35.7 percent and 31.4 percent, respectively.

Those splits are not something that fantasy owners want to see, and it may take some time before one of the above three emerges as the lead back. However, what each back managed to do with those snaps could give fantasy owners some insight as to whether Jones, Barber or Ogunbowale is worth starting in Week 2.

Despite seeing the fewest snaps, Jones was actually the most productive back of the three. The second-year player out of USC racked up 75 yards on the ground on just 13 attempts, out-rushing his backfield-mates by a huge margin (Barber had 33 yards on the ground while Ogunbowale had zero).

Jones only saw one target against the Niners and ceded most of the passing down snaps to Barber and Ogunbowale, and that does cap his upside significantly. His huge edge in production on the ground in Week 1 could help solidify him as the Bucs' top early-down back though, which could make him the backfield's safest play moving forward.

None of them look like great plays on Thursday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers, all failing to crack the top 36 RBs in our Week 2 fantasy football rankings. If you're in a bind, though, Ronald Jones could be your best bet.

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