Bruce Arians noted that Jameis Winston completed at least one pass to every eligible receiver who suited up in Sunday’s win over the Lions, and Arians said Winston will have to keep making use of the running backs in the passing game.
“I think we’re doing a really good job of finding backs underneath stuff now, not just forcing it down the field – when it’s there take it,” said Arians. “If not, the backs are very capable of making a lot of yards for you. That’s something we have to really look into, who’s available, what to do in this game plan on a short week.”
Barber, Jones and Ogunbowale could all see more looks over the final two weeks with WRs Mike Evans, Scotty Miller and Chris Godwin all hurt and likely out (In Miller's case, he's on IR). Ogunbowale has been the main third down and passing down back, but Jones likely benefits the most from this and becomes the safest play of the three.
TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Ronald Jones topped 100 scrimmage yards for the second time all season last week, finishing with 77 yards on the ground and 32 yards as a receiver (on three receptions). He also scored his sixth touchdown of the season. Jones has been serviceable this year, but his numbers have been limited as he splits time with Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale. He should be a solid RB2 play this week in a favorable matchup against Atlanta. He finished with 67 scrimmage yards and a touchdown when he played the Falcons earlier in the year.