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What to do with Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette in Week 9 fantasy football

We go over Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Bucs Week 9 matchup against the Saints.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to running back Leonard Fournette (28) during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.  Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Game day update: Both Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette’s performances have been a bag of mixed results. Earlier in the season, Jones started to establish him as the RB1, but then Fournette starts to make some noise. It will be tough for either guy to have a huge on Sunday night going against a New Orleans’ run defense that is only giving up 90.6 yards, which is good for third in the league. ESPN projects Jones and Fournette to score 9.5 and 11.4 fantasy points, respectively.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the more interesting running back situations in the NFL this year and can’t seem to figure out whether Ronald Jones or Leonard Fournette should lead the ground attack. Tampa Bay will host the New Orleans Saints’ sturdy run defense in Week 9 and it could be hard to key in one which player is the better fantasy option.

Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs RBs Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette

Jones has fallen of off a cliff since notching three straight 100-yard games in Weeks 4 through 6. He’s totaled just 57 rushing yards in his last two outings combined while also tallying five catches for 25 yards. Fournette hasn’t been exceptional either but has been the more productive back. The former Jacksonville Jaguars starter amassed 104 rushing yards on 26 carries in Weeks 7 and 8. He’s also been much more effective through the air with nine catches for 66 yards in his last two games. The workload is being split down the middle and Fournette is making more of his opportunities at this point.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Neither of these options seem like ideal fantasy options at this point, but I’d lean toward Fournette in Week 9. Jones only logged a season-low 17 snaps against the New York Giants in Week 8.