Professional football has exploded in popularity over the last 10 years and a big reason for that has been the evolution and involvement of fantasy football. As fans enter the preseason, not only do they want to know how the players on their own teams are looking but also how certain players around the league are performing for fantasy purposes.

With a plethora of offensive weapons on their roster, the Bucs are somewhat of a hot bed of fantasy options (depending on how much you believe in their ability to score touchdowns). One player who seems to be highly coveted is rookie running back Ronald Jones, who NFL.com says is the No. 3 ranked player most poised to dominate in fantasy as a rookie.

Jones, who has drawn a lot of comparisons to Jamaal Charles, lands in a great spot to find fantasy success right out of the gate. The Buccaneers had a void atop their depth chart with Doug Martin out of the mix, and I like RoJo to move ahead of Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers sooner rather than later. While he does need to work on his pass protection, Jones has the playmaking tools needed to make an impact.

Is Jones high on your fantasy big board? Do you think he’ll beat out Peyton Barber enough to be an impact in fantasy this year?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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cgmaster27
cgmaster27
3 years ago

I’m terms of fantasy not sure I’d pick Jones before the 6th round. Kotter is going to lean on barber as he trusts him more out if the gate. My mid season though Jones could be considered a steal.

Ken Grant
Ken Grant
3 years ago

Not Jamaal Charles. Chris Johnson. Get your stinkin’ minds right, NFL.com.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Ken Grant
3 years ago

Only one “m” in Sims.

BucWild02
BucWild02
3 years ago

I’ve read on this site that Koetter will likely put Barber in position to start since he has the coaches trust. That all goes out the window when they start seeing explosive plays from RoJo. These coaches need to win now. Not next year. Now. RoJo showed in college that he can tote the rock 25+ times per game. As long as he doesn’t fumble, I think the Bucs lean on him sooner rather than later.

Nicky
Nicky
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

I been talkin about this trojan an yes my no.2 rb who will be snatched in the 4th round 5th the latest cause this rook is off the charts at times, it’s gonna be a tad difficult to feed him 20-25 rocks agame cause of his size at 5’11” 207 lbs but give him the rock 13-18 times a game an jaws will be droppin on a weekly basis
#jawdropper

Nobody
Nobody
Reply to  BucWild02
3 years ago

He’s not going to be on the field during passing downs. He isn’t a proficient pass blocker (let alone accomplished) and he isn’t experienced in the passing game (neither the typical running back route tree nor the Screen game). That means he won’t be on the field for a healthy portion of the snaps next year. Once he does prove himself reliable, he’ll see more snaps, but I wouldn’t expect that until the end of this year (at the very earliest). He was taken off the field in College for underclassmen and players who are significantly less explosive than him… Read more »

BucWild02
BucWild02
3 years ago

RoJo was actually rated 4th behind Derrius Guice who was #3 according to NFL.COM.

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
3 years ago

Rojo might get decent yardage, but wont have the TDs to make him solid in fantasy. Barber will get the carrys in short yardage and Simms will get the receiving yardage on third downs.

Casey Morgan
Casey Morgan
3 years ago

Why does everyone think 208 pounds is too small for a RB? The actual NFL average is 215. Matt Forte, Reggie Bush, CJ Spiller and LeSean McCoy weigh less than Jones. Only two of the top 10 running backs in the NFL last year stood over 6’0.” There have been plenty of successful RBs well under 200 like W. Dunn.