Gameday update: Just like the WR2 spot, it’s hard to figure out which Bucs running back is going to have a good game. However, it appears as if Ronald Jones has taken hold of the RB1 spot with a ridiculous 192-yard performance last week. Leonard Fournette was a non-factor with 19 yards on eight carries to go along with two receptions for 11 yards. This week against the Rams, ESPN projects Jones, Fournette to score 9.6 and 7.9 fantasy points, respectively.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the more interesting running back situations in the NFL this year. There’s no telling whether Ronald Jones II or Leonard Fournette will take the lead and both are capable of having monster games. Let’s go over the fantasy outlook for each backs ahead of their Week 11 matchup against the Rams.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs RBs Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette
Jones seemed to be getting phased out ahead of Week 10 after getting less than 15 carries for three straight games but exploded for a season-high 192 rushing yards and two scores against the Carolina Panthers on 23 carries. His involvement in the passing game is limited but when he’s rushed for over 100 yards in three of the four contests he’s received at least 17 carries. Fournette is averaging less than 35 rushing yards per game but has tallied 10 more targets than Jones since returning from injury in Week 7. Most of his ground yardage comes from his 103-yard game against the Panthers in Week 2. I’m skeptical that he will manage that against the Rams’ strong defensive line.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Jones and sit Fournette. Jones has proved that he can get going against good run defenses while Fournette has had one big game all season.