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Fantasy Buccaneers: Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones

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Drafting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs has always been a little tricky. In 2015 , I looked like an absolute genius finding a Pro Bowl caliber Doug Martin in the second half of my fantasy football draft. Then, in 2016 I was left scrambling to replace him after spending an earlier pick on him. Still, again I drafted the former Bucs running back in 2017 in the sixth round. We know how that worked out.What about 2018? Is there a running back worth drafting? If so, who is he – or – is there two guys you should have on your radar heading into your league’s draft?Let’s look at fantasy draftable Tampa Bay running backs.*Statistics provided by Pro Football FocusPlayer: Running Back, Peyton Barber (RB50 in 2017)2017 Fantasy Football Statistics:- 423 rushing yards- 3 rushing touchdowns- 2 fumbles- 16 receptions- 114 receiving yards- 0 receiving touchdowns- 86 PPR points (.45 points per opportunity)Last season, some wondered if Peyton Barber would even last on this team. Now, the question is how much of a contributor will be. After carrying the ball just 30 times in the first eleven games of the year, Barber totaled 71 in the final five.Taking over the primary role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running game he only had one game with 100-yards or more Youth Carlton Davis Jersey , but he also never gained fewer than 50.In his five-game opportunity to prove he had NFL staying power the undrafted back ranked 25th in fantasy scoring. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t assured a roster spot just four months earlier.2018 Fantasy Football Projections:- 374 rushing yards- 2 rushing touchdowns- 1 fumble- 0 receptions- 0 receiving yards- 0 receiving touchdowns- 50.5 PPR points (RB77)Is this disrespect, the presence of Ronald Jones, or a combination of the two? If Barber matches these projections it would mean he’d drop in every statistical category recorded for NFL running backs. Every. Single. One.Now, I’m not saying you should spend your top pick on Barber, but barring injury I don’t see how he’s going backwards.Does this mean he’s draftable? Well, that’s where we get into the weeds a little bit. Right now, the only thing we truly know is Dirk Koetter has no problem using multiple running backs in his offense. In fact, sometimes it seems he’s so fixated on using multiple backs it leads to pulling a hot one to bring in a cold one.So White Peyton Barber Jersey , Barber is going to get touches. But how valuable those touches will be for your fantasy roster is up in the air right now.2018 Fantasy Football Outlook: RB, Peyton BarberBest Match-Up: Week 16 @ Dallas CowboysWorst Match-Up: Week 12 @ San FranciscoWhere to Draft: 10th roundFantasy Playoff Potential: If your league’s championship round is in Week 16 then Peyton Barber has two match-ups against bottom-five fantasy run defenses in the semi-final and final round. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsPlayer: Running Back, Ronald JonesObviously, there are no 2017 fantasy football stats for Jones. However, with the opportunity available to become a three-down back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined with his explosive ability, there’s some excitement surrounding what the USC rookie might bring to the field in 2018.2018 Fantasy Football Projections:- 960 rushing yards- 5 rushing touchdowns- 2 fumbles- 27 receptions- 202 receiving yards- 1 receiving touchdown- 179 PPR points (RB28)Four running backs were drafted before Jason Licht added Rojo to Tampa’s mix. But there are five rookies expected to produce higher than him according to PFF’s fantasy projections.Of those four, three were drafted before Jones. Those being Saquon Barkley (NYG), Rashaad Penny (SEA) and Sony Michel (NE).The one newcomer leapfrogging Jones from draft position to fantasy projection is Denver Broncos rookie Royce Freeman.Looking at the four Youth Chris Godwin Jersey , there’s a trend, and it’s play expectation. Outside of Michel in New England, all three of Jones’ fellow rookies ranked ahead of him pre-season are guys expected to get the majority of carries by quite a bit of a gap between them and the next guy.The potential and history the Buccaneers have shown to split carries and spread the running back exposure is certainly playing a part in Jones’ early ADP.2018 Fantasy Football Outlook: RB, Ronald JonesBest Match-Up: Week 16 @ Dallas CowboysWorst Match-Up: Week 12 @ San FranciscoWhere to Draft: 8th roundFantasy Playoff Potential: Jones has the same soft playoff schedule Barber has of course. If he develops into the team’s main running threat by then, you’re going to be happy you grabbed him.Thursday Buccaneers at Chicago Bears Injury Report With the weekend approaching, both teams look to get a clearer picture as to who will be available and improving their chances to play this Sunday. For the Buccaneers, there was no change in status for any of the 7 players listed on the Wednesday report and no new additions. Beau Allen remained as a non participant while Vita Vea, Buccaneers first round pick this year White Chris Conte Jersey , remained limited as he still eyes his first NFL game action after injuring his calf prior to the season. Gerald McCoy and Demar Dotson both were limited and are expected to be fine for this weekends match-up. For the Chicago Bears, the injury report remains bleek for Miller, Cooper and Amukamar, all three of which did not participate for the second day in a row. As a whole, the Bears have a very healthy group heading into the game with a defense led by potential defensive MVP, Khalil Mack.

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