Game day update: The Tampa Bay Bucs made Leonard Fournette a healthy scratch for Week 14. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is active for the first time since Week 8.
This week, the Bucs are facing a Vikings’ defense that has only given up seven rushing and one receiving touchdown to opposing running backs. That being said, is it possible that Jones finds his way into the end zone? Yes, but we could also see the Bucs lean more on their passing game. With Fournette inactive, he could see some work on third-downs too, to boost his floor.
The backfield production in Tampa Bay has been hard to predict. Even with how lackluster the Minnesota Vikings might be this season, this might not be the gimmick matchup it seems to be for the Buccaneers’ backs.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs RBs Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette
Jones is the go-to back for Tampa Bay and his production has been hit-or-miss to say the least. Before the Week 13 bye, Jones tallied his first career receiving touchdown — a 37-yard completion on his only catch of the day — on the way to a 17.30-point performance in Week 12. It was his fifth game of 15-plus points this year. He’s also only scored more than 15 points when going for over 100 total yards, which he’s failed to do four of the last seven games. Now, going against a Vikings team that finds itself as the second-best in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed, Jones might be in line for another disappointing performance.
Fournette’s role in Bruce Arians’ offense is nowhere near as impactful as fantasy owners thought it would be when he first signed with the Buccaneers. Where he has seen some more action, though, is in the passing game. Fournette has had more targets than Jones in every game since Week 7. Even with that being said, he’s yet to score more than 10.10 points in the last five games. The Vikings have also only allowed just one receiving touchdown to opposing running backs all year.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Sit both Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette.