The Buccaneers have re-signed RB Peyton Barber on a 1-year deal. It's not a surprising move, given that Barber was a restricted free agent. He should face more of a fight for touches in a backfield that will at least include a more experience Ronald Jones. We'll see what else the Bucs add (besides free-agent addition Andre Ellington).

Recent Shark Bites

Through 2 preseason games, Bucs RBs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones have split 1st-team work almost directly down the middle. Barber has tallied 5 carries and 1 target vs. Jones' 4 carries and 1 target. This looks like a committee backfield to open the season, leaving both RBs as uninspiring fantasy options. For more preseason observations, check out Preseason Week 2 Notes.

The Bucs' lead RB role is Peyton Barber's "job to lose," the Pewter Report's Mark Cook writes. RB Ronald Jones had a buzzy spring, but we've now heard from multiple Bucs insiders that Barber remains atop the depth chart. "Right now this staff has full faith in Barber and in what he can bring to the Bucs offense," Cook adds. "In a perfect world, Barber eclipses the 1,000 mark and Jones becomes a dependable complimentary back that can be the home run threat and receiver out of the backfield." We'll see if Jones can make a run at the lead job over the next month. But for now, he's an avoid at his 8th-round ADP. Barber is fine -- although certainly not exciting -- at his 12th-round price tag.

Bucs RB Peyton Barber (ankle) isn’t listed on the final injury report after getting in a full practice on Friday. He’ll resume lead-back duties for Tampa but is just a low-end RB3 or flex option in fantasy lineups.

Bucs RB Peyton Barber missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. He appeared to tweak an ankle in the 2nd half of last week's game against the Browns, and his status for this Sunday's game is uncertain. Barber's absence would leave rookie Ronald Jones as Tampa's lead ball-carrier.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter called RB Peyton Barber his starter again on Monday. We heard this back in the spring, but it's more meaningful now that we're in mid-August. Koetter went on to say that Barber "could be a three-down player if we asked him to." The 3rd-year back got the start in Thursday's preseason opener, handling the team’s first 6 RB touches. He took 4 carries for 21 yards and a TD. Rookie Ronald Jones, meanwhile, played just 1 snap with the starting offense -- and dropped a pass on it. He finished with just 9 yards and a score on 8 attempts. Koetter called his performance "pretty average." Jones is talented enough to make up ground in this battle, but it's looking like this will be a committee backfield to open the season. Don't forget that RB Charles Sims is also around to handle pass-catching work. Jones is way overvalued at his 5th-round ADP. Barber is a fine pick at his 13th-round price tag.

Recent Featured Analysis

Read All Analysis
Premium Content Week 11 Streaming Picks

Derek Carr might not win you a fantasy football championship, but he also won't lose you the next 3 weeks.

1 hour ago Read More
Podcast: We Must Take the Hill 11-12-19

Devonta Freeman's injury has made Brian Hill a thing, and that's not even the biggest Falcons injury situation for fantasy football owners this week.

12:11pm EST 11/12/19 Read More
Premium Content Week 11 IDP Free Agent Focus

This late-round Raiders rookie is getting the playing time. The next 2 weeks feature matchups that could pad his fantasy stats.

5:11pm EST 11/11/19 Read More
Premium Content DFS Showdown Tips: Seahawks-49ers

Russell Wilson faces the league's toughest defense on Monday night. Should that keep him from leading your showdown lineups?

1:11am EST 11/11/19 Read More
Premium Content Week 11 Free Agent Focus

Derek Carr has a couple of nice spots ahead. He leads an injury-fueled set of waiver options for Week 11.

11:11pm EST 11/10/19 Read More
Premium Content DFS Showdown Tips: Vikings-Cowboys

Zeke. Cook. Dak. Diggs. Cousins. There's a lot of fantasy value in the Week 10 Sunday night matchup. Who pops in this week's value charts?

3:11pm EST 11/10/19 Read More
Premium Content Week 10 FanDuel Picks

Tournament targets and cash-game plays for Week 10 on FanDuel.

8:11pm EST 11/9/19 Read More

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Download on Google Play