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Ronald Jones


#30 Running Back

131 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 9
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 24
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 205
40 Time: 4.39

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 11
Jones made the most of an extended role with 33 yards and a TD on 8 carries during the Monday night curb stomping of the Giants. RB Leonard Fournette started the game and saw more touches, but he was given an early night off with the game in hand, and Jones got some extra work and looked good in the process.
The job still belongs to Fournette moving forward, but it was good to see solid production from Jones again. It’s also worth seeing that Jones is no longer looked upon in passing situations as RB Gio Bernard has that role locked up. There is not much value in Jones right now, but he proved again that he can step into the lead back role if something were to happen to Fournette down the stretch.
Week 1
Jones carried just 4 times for 14 yards and left the game after a second-quarter fumble. HC Bruce Arians indicated that Jones didn’t deal with the fumble well and wasn’t focused enough to return to the game. Jones wasn’t targeted in the passing game, while RBs Leonard Fournette and Giovanni Bernard combined for 8 catches and 39 yards.

We expected to see Jones to fall in behind Fournette in a limited ball-carrying role, with Bernard’s pass-catching ability making him a 3rd-down back. However, HC Bruce Arias announced that Jones will start against the Falcons on Sunday.

Could we perhaps see Jones become trade bait for a team losing an RB to injury? The champs could use more depth in their battered secondary. Such a move would be nice for the fantasy values of Jones and the other Bucs RBs.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Jones handled the lead back role for most of the 2020 season. He missed 2 games (broken finger/COVID-19 list, Weeks 15/16).
  • The Bucs signed Leonard Fournette just prior to Week 1. He missed 2 games with an ankle injury; 1 when he was deactivated (coaches decision).
  • With Fournette and Jones active from Week 7-Week 12, Jones out-carried the former Jag 65-45.
  • Tampa Bay ran the ball on 36.3% of its plays during the regular season, the third-lowest mark in the league.
  • In 4 games without Fournette, Jones averaged 24 opportunities.
  • On the year, the USC standout totaled career highs across the board: 192 attempts, 5.1 YPC, 978 yards, 7 TDs. He busted off a 98-yarder against the Panthers.
  • RoJo hit 100 total yards 5 times. He finished a solid 21st in PPR points per game.
  • Jones stunk as a receiver, though: He tallied only 5.9 yards per catch on 28 grabs and posted a 15% drop rate. Pro Football Focus graded him 28th among 28 RBs in receiving grade (min. 40 targets).
  • In the postseason, Jones suffered a quad injury during the Wild Card Round. He watched Fournette hold the edge in postseason touches (82-35). The former Jag out-targeted Jones 21-2.
  • Over the offseason, the Bucs signed reliable pass catching RB Gio Bernard. There’s a real chance he (and Fournette) combine to severely cap RoJo’s receiving upside.
  • Jones enters a contract year in 2021. His future in Tampa Bay is up in the air.
  • The Bucs retained all of their key pieces on offense, re-signing Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski.
  • In May, HC Bruce Arians said Jones would be “splitting time” with Fournette. Look for this backfield to remain fluid, with Bernard ready to step into a larger pass catching role if Jones continues to struggle.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

We know points will be scored in this loaded Bucs offense. Tampa Bay ranked 3rd in scoring last year; 7th in total yards. They brought the entire band back for another run.

Entering the summer, though, we simply can’t rely on Jones to earn (and hold) a fantasy-friendly backfield role. And that’s because of continued backfield competition for both carries and receptions.

He’s at least not coming at a premium with a current ADP approaching Round 9. But we’re likely avoiding this backfield outside of best ball drafts.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Panthers. With RB Leonard Fournette still on IR with his hamstring injury, Tampa is down to RBs Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Le’Veon Bell. We’re expecting a committee attack, with Vaughn leading in carries and Bell in targets.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn (ribs) was a full-go. It's looking like we'll get a Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell Bucs backfield vs. the Panthers this weekend.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones hurt his ankle in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Jets and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we know more.

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Bucs HC Bruce Arians says RB Ronald Jones' "play isn't as good as it should be." After losing a fumble in the opener, Jones blew a blitz pick up and got QB Tom Brady sacked in Week 2. "He’s got to get out of those types of situations," Arians added. "I thought he ran hard and protected the ball, but again, you can’t have those mental errors. … It’s just attention to detail, like missing that blitz." Jones has just 10 carries and 3 targets through 2 weeks and is impossible to trust in fantasy lineups. Don't be surprised if RB Leonard Fournette's role continues to grow.

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Bucs RB Ronald Jones will start Sunday's game against the Falcons, HC Bruce Arians said Tuesday. It feels like an olive branch after Jones was benched for his 2nd-quarter fumble in the opener. "Starting," of course, just means that Jones will be on the field for the 1st play of the game. It doesn't tell us anything about how big a role he'll play. This still figures to be a 3-man committee, with Jones and Leonard Fournette playing on early downs and Gio Bernard in passing situations.

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