• Ke'Shawn Vaughn

  • RB
  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 26
  • 214 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at New York Jets

Ke'Shawn Vaughn had a nice stat line last week, but it was mostly the result of a single play. Vaughn scored on a 55-yard touchdown run, but that's about all he did. He had just one target (no catches) and finished with six carries for 15 yards outside of that long run. Vaughn is more involved as a backup than Jones was when Leonard Fournette was healthy, but not enough to the point where we'd feel comfortable playing him in Week 17. He does get a favorable matchup against the Jets, but he's nothing more than a desperation flex play.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Carolina Panthers

Ke'Shawn Vaughn had a somewhat surprisingly large role last week after Leonard Fournette went down with an injury. Vaugh nearly matched Ronald Jones in offensive snaps, playing on 19 compared to Jones' 22. However, with the team also adding Le'Veon Bell this week, it's hard to imagine Vaughn getting enough playing time or touches to be worth playing in fantasy.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Chicago Bears

Ke'Shawn Vaughn was a fantasy sleeper at the beginning of the offseason, but then the Bucs added Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy, forcing Vaughn to be a healthy inactive at the start of the season. Now with Fournette and McCoy injured, Vaughn finally saw playing time and finished with six touches (four carries, two receptions) for 26 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in Week 4. Vaughn is the Bucs' only other option at RB now, so he'll definitely see some playing time against the Bears in Week 5. However, we expect Ronald Jones will see the bulk of the work. Vaughn is a risky flex play this week.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The Bucs lost Peyton Barber in free agency and added rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn with a third-round draft pick. Vaughn offers plenty of versatility as he started to run pass routes at Vanderbilt late in his career. Bucs Director of Player Personnel John Spytek said of Vaughn, “He's got the ability to detach and run some of the routes that Coach Arians likes to do.” After the draft, Bruce Arians said Vaughn “can play every down.”

Fantasy Downside
Vaughn will be competing with Ronald Jones and Dare Ogunbowale for snaps. While Ogunbowale wasn’t productive in the stat sheet in 2019, he was very involved as he played the second-most snaps (ahead of Barber) out of Tampa’s three main running backs. He was only 54 snaps shy of first (Jones). Vaughn was also on the list of players to test positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to someone with a positive diagnosis, and being in quarantine may stunt his development in early training camp. The Bucs also brought in veteran LeSean McCoy, further complicating this backfield.

2020 Bottom Line
The Bucs’ backfield is one of the toughest to predict. Arians seems to ride the hot hand at any given moment, and if Vaughn makes any critical rookie mistakes he may be headed to the bench (we saw him sit Jones in 2019 for a pass protection error). Vaughn has a lot of potential, and joins a high-powered Bucs offense that just got Brady in the offseason. But it’ll be a fight for touches in 2020. Especially with the addition of McCoy. While we don't project big numbers for Shady, he'll be involved enough to impact Vaughn Vaughn should be viewed around the top 40 running backs.

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