The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield is one that has plenty of potential for fantasy upside, but there hasn’t been a clear leader for the job. That is, until now. Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Ronald Jones is the “main guy” in the Buccaneers ‘ backfield and everyone else is fighting for roles, per Scott Smith of the team’s site.
Is this coach speak? It very well could be, but it is also our first insight into how Jones, rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn and LeSean McCoy will be placed on the depth chart to start training camp. Last season Jones slowly won playing time from Peyton Barber despite outplaying him for much of the season. That committee approach is what keeps fantasy players from investing too much into Jones.
But, I think we can feel confident that Jones will get his chance to hold onto that lead role and even earn passing down work after a good 2019 as a receiver. Vaughn is young and will need to learn a lot in a short time while working with a perfectionist at quarterback in Tom Brady.
McCoy is the wild card, but he will most-likely take on a complementary role at this point in his career. All signs point toward Jones getting the nod to start the season and that is enough to push him into your draft queue with Brady and company poised for strong offensive output this season.