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RB Ronald Jones II - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 195Born: 8-3-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): It sounds crazy to upgrade a healthy scratch, but the Bucs offense is upgrading every week, and Peyton Barber's ability to add value to his touches isn't. A strong passing game could get defenses to back off and create runways for Jones speed. Hopefully he is active on game day soon.

Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Peyton Barber is a serviceable lead back, but nothing more. A bit on the small side for a one-speed, no-elusiveness runner, Barber isn't maximizing the Buccaneers' ground-game opportunity. With a solid front line and a passing game that's terrifying opposing safeties, this unit should be churning out impact plays and icing leads down the stretch. But Barber has turned 35 carries into just 91 yards, failing to produce much of anything beyond his blocking. This may be the week Ronald Jones gets a jersey and gets involved. Jones had a horrendous preseason and isn't exactly a blue-chip prospect - he's rather thin and wiry for a lead guy - but has to offer more dynamism than this. The tag team of Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers simply isn't producing or scaring anyone, and the explosive rookie could open things up even more. The Steelers still trot out one of the league's toughest run matchups, if an inconsistent one. Over 19 games dating back to the start of last season, they've held 10 opponents under 100 total ground yards, which is nice. But they've allowed the other 9 to average a whopping 164. This year, they've held generally well against lead backs Carlos Hyde and Kareem Hunt (a combined 3.43 yards per attempt). But they still tend to break down up front and give up splash plays. Tyrod Taylor kept the Browns alive with a handful of big runs in Week 1, and last week Sammy Watkins added a 31-yard reverse inside the Pittsburgh 10 that set up the Chiefs' third touchdown. This isn't a unit to avoid in fantasy, as running games of all shapes and sizes can catch them napping. Big-bodied backs often find success against the Steelers' shoddy tackling more often than not. But at times, it's a thoroughly prohibitive one, so fantasy leaguers should prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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Latest News

Buccaneers | Week 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers inactives (Sun Sep 9, 11:54 AM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared OG Adam Gettis, OT Alex Cappa, CB Brent Grimes, RB Ronald Jones, OG Mike Liedtke, DT Vita Vea and WR Justin Watson inactive for Week 1.

Our View: Jones isn't even worthy of a gameday active spot, that's how bad his preseason and camp was. He's not worth a roster spot in typical redraft leagues either.
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