Bucs RB Ronald Jones has been placed on the COVID list. We'll see if he tested positive for the virus or was just a close contact. But between this and Tuesday's finger surgery, he seems like a long shot to play vs. Atlanta this weekend. That'll leave the backfield to Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy and Ke'Shawn Vaughn.
Bucs RB Ronald Jones will have surgery on Tuesday to have a pin placed in his broken pinky finger, the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports. Stroud notes that this is similar to the injury Chris Godwin had earlier this season. Godwin ended up missing 1 game. Jones hasn't yet been ruled out for this weekend's game vs. the Falcons, but fantasy owners should at least make plans to be without him. Jones' absence would leave Tampa with RBs Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy and Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Despite being a healthy scratch last week, Fournette is the best candidate to take over as lead back if Jones sits.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Vikings. That leaves RBs LeSean McCoy and Ke'Shawn Vaughn behind Ronald Jones on the depth chart. HC Bruce Arians said during the bye week that he wanted to get Jones the ball more -- and it looks like he's ready to do it.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. RB LeSean McCoy is back today and, along with RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, will play behind Ronald Jones.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Fournette can’t be trusted in Week 6 fantasy lineups, but his return would add a threat to RB Ronald Jones’ workload. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is set to return this weekend after missing last Thursday night’s game.
Bucs RBs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy were limited in Wednesday's practice with their ankle injuries. Both guys missed last Thursday night's loss to the Bears but have a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. Check back tomorrow for another update on the Bucs backfield.
The Buccaneers have ruled RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) out for Thursday night's game against the Bears. RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is doubtful for the game. Those 2 absences make Ronald Jones an even stronger fantasy start. They also make Ke'Shawn Vaughn available as a deep option for desperate fantasy managers.
Bucs RB LeSean McCoy has been diagnosed with a grade 2 ankle sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy is considered "week to week" and is a long shot for Thursday night's game vs. the Bears. We'll see if Leonard Fournette can return from his own ankle injury for that one. If not, RB Ronald Jones will be in a workhorse role again.
Bucs RB LeSean McCoy was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Chargers with an ankle injury. Tampa is already without RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), leaving Ronald Jones as the feature back.
The Buccaneers have ruled RB Leonard Fournette out for Sunday's game against the Chargers because of the ankle injury that has kept him out of practice all week. That should leave Ronald Jones as the clear lead back for a game that finds Tampa favored by 7.5 at home. LeSean McCoy also figures to see more snaps. With just 1 carry and 8 receptions through 3 games, though, he's not much of a fantasy football option.
The Buccaneers are releasing RB Dare Ogunbowale. We know a cut or 2 was coming at this position after the Bucs signed LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette during training camp. Ogunbowale's departure leaves some 3rd-down work available and could leave Ke'Shawn Vaughn room on special teams. McCoy has been talked about as a 3rd-down option since arriving, but we'd bet on targets being spread among the top 3 backs.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport hear that RB LeSean McCoy remains in the Bucs' plans, despite the addition of RB Leonard Fournette. "Particularly in the passing game and on third downs," Garafolo says. So it sounds like we're looking at a 3-back committee in Tampa. Ronald Jones remains highest in our RB rankings but looks no better than a borderline RB3 at this point.
The Buccaneers have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Leonard Fournette, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. The biggest question facing fantasy owners, of course, is what Fournette's arrival will mean for RB Ronald Jones' workload. We'll have to see about that. HC Bruce Arians has spent the summer talking up Jones, though. The Fournette signing seems to be the latest indication that Ke'Shawn Vaughn isn't ready for a significant role right away. It also might mean that LeSean McCoy won't make the team. Adding a former top-5 NFL Draft pick certainly has the potential to cut into Jones' work, but we'll continue treating him as the lead back here. How Fournette's arrival affects Jones' ADP will determine whether the 3rd-year back is a draft value.
The Buccaneers have activated RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn off the COVID-19 list. That comes less than 2 weeks after Vaughn landed on the list and gives him most of August on the field. We'll see how LeSean McCoy fits into a seemingly now-full Bucs backfield picture.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians called Ronald Jones the "main guy" in his backfield. "He’ll carry the load," Arians added. He went on to say that Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and Dare Ogunbowale are "fighting for roles." After flopping as a rookie, Jones turned in a much better sophomore season. And we've heard nothing but positivity surrounding him this offseason. Even if he can capture two-thirds of this backfield work, he'll boast exciting fantasy upside in what should be a high-scoring Bucs offense. Jones continues to climb our RB rankings.
The Bucs have signed RB LeSean McCoy. It's a 1-year deal for the veteran minimum, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, which says a lot about how much McCoy has to offer at this point. The 32-year-old was a healthy scratch for 6 of the Chiefs' final 11 games last year (including playoffs) and totaled just 29 carries and 12 targets in the other 5. He finished the season with 4.6 yards per carry but ranked 44th in Elusive Rating and 35th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. McCoy isn't even a lock to make the Bucs' final roster -- let alone be a fantasy factor this season. We'll keep an eye on the situation. But for now, we're not adjusting the projections for Ronald Jones or Ke'Shawn Vaughn.
Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy is a healthy scratch for today's AFC Championship against the Titans. He played just 1 snap last week, so it's not a major surprise. Damien Williams will continue to serve as Kansas City's feature back, with rookie Darwin Thompson as the #2 back.
Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy is a healthy scratch for tonight's game against the Bears. The 31-year-old has been running on fumes over the 2nd half of the season. Kansas City will roll with RBs Damien Williams, Spencer Ware and Darwin Thompson tonight. Williams is the best fantasy bet of the bunch.
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