RB Ronald Jones II - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 195Born: 8-3-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Something clicked with Jones in the passing game this week. He wasn't as successful as a runner and Peyton Barber scored the game winning touchdown, but as long as Jones is this involved as a receiver, he'll be an everyweek play.

Week 11: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The fantasy world would like to see another two-game sample of Ronald Jones leading the Tampa Bay backfield, but it may never come to be. One game after taking on 18 rushes in Week 9, Jones again fell even with Peyton Barber with 11 against the Cardinals. Frankly speaking, Jones hasn't earned the lead role by any stretch. Barber remains a plodding, one-speed runner, producing just 3.4 yards per attempt. But Jones, supposedly far more gifted and dynamic, has averaged only 3.4 of his own since Week 4. Coach Bruce Arians has long erred on the side of caution with his running game, leaning heavily on veteran fundamentals. As a result, Jones may never overtake Barber as the lead runner. Even if he does take on the lion's share in Week 11, he wouldn't project to much upside. The Saints boast a smothering run defense, and Jones isn't much of a factor near the goal line, making him one of the few low-impact pieces of the Buccaneers' offense. The Saints continue to boast one of football's stingiest run defenses. Since Week 1, they've allowed just a single runner to top 70 yards, and Leonard Fournette needed 20 attempts to do it. Along the way, the Saints have stifled the likes of Ezekiel Elliott (18 for 35), Todd Gurley (16 for 63), and Chris Carson (15 for 53). After years of flailing badly up front, they've packed the line with run-stuffers that set the table nicely. The unsung hero is tackle David Onyemata, who quietly makes plays against the run every week. On the second level, Demario Davis has shaken off a rough start to the season and remains a dependable playmaker. The linebackers get help from safety hybrid Vonn Bell, who has emerged as a star in run support. He's undersized for the role, but fearless in the box. Overall, it's hard to project much success in this matchup, even for productive ground games. Thus, the Buccaneers' punchless attack looks like a non-starter here.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at TEN 22 11 35 0 4 1.0 17 0 0 5.2
9 at SEA 42 18 67 1 2 2.0 15 0 0 14.2
10 vs ARI 40 11 29 1 8 8.0 77 0 1 15.6
11 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 2.8 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 2.7 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Ronald Jones II's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (11 / 29 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 77 / 0 rec)

Jones wasn't able to break any particularly long runs-his longest tote was an 11 yard carry off left tackle in the 3rd- but he was a force in the passing game, securing all 8 of his targets. He took a dumpoff pass from Winston and turned it into a 16 yard gain, converting 3rd and 15 in the 1st quarter. A few plays later, he caught a well-executed screen pass for a 17 yard gain. Jones capped the drive with a strong touchdown run from the Arizona 7 yard line, spinning off of a tackle at the second level. Jones looked good in the first half, but his performance was marred by a brutal fumble in the 4th quarter. Jones caught a checkdown pass and was too casual with his ball protection, letting the ball slip loose as he ran for extra yards after the catch. Jones didn't see any more snaps as Peyton Barber scored the game winning touchdown on the final drive of the game.

2019 Week 9 vs SEA (18 / 67 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Jones appears to have taken control of the backfield as he drew the start and out-touched Barber 20-4 with 18 carries and two catches. Jones scored on a gritty touchdown run early in the 1st quarter, punching the ball in from the 8 yard line after a holding penalty set the Bucs up inside the Seattle red zone. He wasn't able to break any particularly long runs, as his longest run of the day was a 15 yard gain off right tackle late in the 4th quarter. Jones caught a short out route from the backfield for a minimal gain in the 3rd quarter. He leaked out of the backfield and caught a crossing route for a 12 yard gain, helping to set up the game-tying touchdown at the end of the 4th quarter.

2019 Week 8 vs TEN (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Jones basically split backfield duties with 11 carries to Peyton Barber's 10. He had a better average, though neither back had any success at breaking big plays. Jones picked up a 7 yard carry in the 3rd quarter for his longest tote of the day. He managed to secure one target for a 17 yard gain. Jones did not get any carries in the red zone, though fellow backs Barber and Ogunbowale both got opportunities at the goal line.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (4 / 10 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jones was still behind Barber for carries and Ogunbowale for targets, but he did manage a touchdown this week. He showed off some nifty moves between the tackles on his scoring run, as he sidestepped one tackler before plowing ahead into the end zone in the 2nd quarter. The offensive game plan featured Ogunbowale heavily after the Buc fell behind early. Jones wasn't targeted in the passing game this week.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Barber got the start, but Jones mixed in evenly and finished the day with more touches and yards, though Barber scored the only rushing touchdown of the day. Jones' longest run of the day was a 14 yard carry off right tackle in the 2nd quarter. Jones caught a well-timed halfback screen for a gain of 10 and a swing route for another first down pickup in the 2nd quarter.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (19 / 70 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Barber scored on a short run on the opening drive, but the backfield was all Jones after that, save for a few carries by Barber and a few targets for Ogunbowale. Jones exploded up the middle for a 25 yard gain in the 2nd quarter, showing off a nifty spin move, but the play was called back for an illegal shift penalty. He scored from a few yards out at the end of the 2nd quarter, carrying off right tackle. Jones was featured heavily in the 2nd half. He had another big run down called back for a holding penalty in the 3rd quarter. Jones caught a short out route in the 3rd quarter to pick up a 3rd down conversion. Jones appears to be pulling ahead of Barber for backfield duties with Ogunbowale still working in some situations like the two minute drill.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (14 / 80 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 41 / 0 rec)

Barber was the first back to see the field, but Jones got involved in the action early in the 1st quarter, outperforming Barber handily by the end of the game. Jones' only target of the day was a perfectly executed halfback screen that he broke down the left sideline for a gain of 41 yards late in the 1st quarter. Jones continued running strong in the second half, ripping off his longest run of the day(25 yards) in the 4th quarter.

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a slow day for any Tampa Bay halfbacks not named Peyton Barber. Jones had an impressive 12 yard carry off right tackle in the 3rd quarter, breaking several tackles and moving the pile for a first down, but he lost yards with his few other carries. Jones was not targeted in the passing game.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (13 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Jones entered the game in relief of starter Barber later in the first quarter. His first run was a hard charge up the middle of the defense for 10 yards. He converted 3rd and 17 with hard running after catching a swing pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter. Three receivers lined up on the left side of the formation and faked deep routes before blocking for Jones, who broke a couple of tackles and tip toed his way up the sideline for the conversion. Jones didn't really get rolling on the ground until the 3rd quarter, carrying the ball with authority between the tackles and picking up several first downs on the ground. He dodged a tackle in the backfield with a wicked stutter-step on one particularly nifty play. Jones was pretty much featured from that point on, logging several impressive carries in the 4th quarter, all between the tackles as he out-carried Barber 13-8 on the day and appeared to run with a little more juice in his legs.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Ronald Jones totals 106 scrimmage yards (Sun Nov 10, 08:58 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed 11 times for just 29 yards in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals, splitting carries evenly with RB Peyton Barber. Jones also added eight grabs for 77 yards on eight targets.

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Buccaneers | Ronald Jones taking over starting job? (Mon Nov 4, 01:41 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has earned the right to start and play more snaps, according to head coach Bruce Arians Monday, Nov. 4.

Our View: Jones has taken over for Peyton Barber in the Bucs backfield. He's got RB2 upside for Fantasy GMs on a weekly basis with his role.
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Buccaneers | Ronald Jones gets 20 touches (Mon Nov 4, 12:42 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones ran for 67 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and hauled in both of his targets for 15 more yards in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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