Gameday update: It is hard to trust a Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back this season as you are never sure who will be the feature back for that week. As of now, it seems that Leonard Fournette is holding the RB1 title, out-snapping Jones by 51 over the last two weeks. On Sunday, the Bucs are going up against a Panthers’ defense that is allowing 20.1 fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. ESPN projects Fournette and Jones to score 10 and 8.1 fantasy points.
You have probably heard by now that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense set an NFL record by attempting just five rushes during their Week 9 debacle versus the Saints. Expect a progression to the mean this week, especially against the Panthers’ run defense.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs RBs Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette
This remains a committee, but there are a few markers that seem to give Fournette the edge in Week 10. First of all, he has been the Buccaneers’ preferred back in the past couple of games as he has out-snapped Jones 84-33 and handled more touches by a margin of 24-18. Fournette caught six passes against the Saints and is starting to appear impervious to game flow, which is good news for his fantasy owners. Moreover, Fournette wrecked the Panthers back in Week 2 as he topped 100 yards on 12 carries, caught four passes and scored two touchdowns. Jones also scored in that game, but he gained just 23 yards on seven carries and added two receptions for four yards. The Panthers have been a little tougher against the run since then, but they still rank as the fifth-friendliest defense against RBs in terms of DraftKings points per game.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Fournette and Jones are both start-able in 12-team formats, but Fournette is definitely safer. Right now, it looks like he has a higher floor and ceiling. However, there isn’t much separation between the two when it comes to DraftKings pricing; Fournette looks like a pretty good value at $5,500 while Jones comes in at $5,300.