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Monday, August 13, 2018, 4:05pm
It's still too early in the preseason to declare a starter at some positions, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter took a step in that that direction Monday at running back.
After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position.
"Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more."
Related players: Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims, rookie Shaun Wilson
As the story said, most NFL teams use a committee approach to the running back position and the Bucs will be no exception. In addition to Barber and Jones, they also have Rogers, Sims and Wilson fighting for the role of third-down back. Keep in mind, we think Jones ends up the better fantasy back and have him ranked as our No. 34 RB.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 11:31pm
Peyton Barber is the Bucs’ starting back to begin the season. He was the team’s leading rusher a year ago, despite not getting the most carries. Barber is a power back who is certainly capable of carrying the ball multiple times a game while gaining just enough yards to keep the chains moving.
There’s not a lot of appeal to Barber outside of the fact that he’s starting. He’s a power back, but he hasn’t really been a touchdown machine. With all of the backs on Tampa’s roster, he likely won’t get enough carries to get enough yards to be relevant for fantasy purposes.
2018 Bottom Line
Barber might have a few fantasy games of relevance if he’s able to find the end zone, but outside of that, there’s not much to like here. We expect rookie Ronald Jones to be the starter, even if it takes a while to get there. In the meantime, Barber will just be a frustrating obstacle for fantasy owners. He’s not really worth a spot for fantasy purposes.
2018 Strength of Schedule - TB
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2017 Game Stats
|Per game||8.31||32.54||0.23||0.08||3.92||1.23||8.77||0||1.46||7.13||5.36||6.59||19.54/69.15||27.77% |