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What to do with Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber in Week 16 fantasy football

The Bucs backfield remains a tough one to figure out each week. We break down what it means for a plus fantasy football matchup with the Texans in Week 16.

Ronald Jones II of the Bucs carries the ball during the regular season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 08, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ronald Jones II and Peyton Barber have split snaps and touches fairly evenly this season, with each playing on about a third of the Buccaneers’ offensive plays. Jones has slightly out-touched Barber, averaging about 13 touches per game, compared to Barber’s 11 touches per game. Both players have poor rushing efficiency stats, with Jones averaging 3.7 yards per carry and Barber sitting at an ugly 3.1 yards per carry, both worse than the league average of 4.3 yards per carry. Barber has seen more red zone touches and has scored two more touchdowns than Jones.

The combination of poor rushing efficiency along with a split in workload has resulted in each averaging less than 10 DraftKings fantasy points per game, so neither RB represents an appealing fantasy option in most weeks.

Fantasy football analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones II and Peyton Barber

The Buccaneers’ running game draws a plus matchup in Week 16 against the Houston Texans. The Texans have had a below average run defense in terms of efficiency and overall volume, allowing the ninth most DraftKings fantasy points per game to RBs while allowing 4.6 yards per carry, tied for sixth most. Houston has also allowed the most receptions to RB, which gives opposing RBs a boost in PPR leagues. While Jones and Barber generally aren’t appealing start options due to their lack of production along with a split in snaps, they have some start appeal in select leagues, particularly deeper leagues that award points for receptions.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Ronald Jones II and Peyton Barber unless in a deeper leagues and PPR leagues.