Ronald Jones
  • Ronald Jones

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  • 27
  • 208 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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by Jordan Heck

KC RB Ronald Jones - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Just two seasons ago, Ronald Jones was a 1,000-yard scrimmage back. He wasn’t as productive in 2021, but that’s simply because Bruce Arians quit giving him the ball. Jones has still been a productive back, averaging 4.8 yards per carry over the past two seasons. He’s been good when given the chance, but he simply wasn’t given a chance last year. That will likely change this year as Jones gets a change of scenery in Kansas City. We saw Darrel Williams have a sizable role last season, and Jones will take over some of that. Jones is currently projected by 4for4 to finish with more rushing attempts than Clyde Edwards-Helaire this season for the Chiefs.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Jones has never been considered to be a great receiver. He saw just 13 targets last season, and the year before he had a 66.7% catch percentage on 42 targets, which ranked 38th among running backs that year. This is bad news considering the Chiefs had the second-most pass attempts in the league a year ago. So Jones’ production will have to come through the ground, where he’ll be splitting carries with CEH. Kansas City also has some depth at the position in Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore, and rookie draft pick Isiah Pacheco.

2022 Bottom Line
Fantasy managers will need to hope Jones can carve out a big enough role in this offense, which is going to be difficult to do. When CEH and Williams were both healthy and playing during a five-game stretch last season (Week 11-Week 16), Williams only averaged 7.6 touches per game. It’s difficult to make an impact in fantasy when you’re not on the field enough. Jones will likely have a bigger role for the Chiefs than he did for the Bucs a year ago, but it won’t be big enough unless CEH goes down with an injury. Jones is draftable as a late-round flier, or as a handcuff for CEH, but he’s not going to be someone you want in your lineup every week.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at New York Jets

Ronald Jones didn't run well last week in a tough matchup, but he saw a lot of volume which turned into production. Jones finished with 20 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown while finishing 2-16 on three targets. Meanwhile, backup Ke'Shawn Vaughn saw seven touches, and Le'Veon Bell played on just three snaps. Jones played 52% of the offensive snaps compared to Vaughn's 36%. It's a much higher split than we were seeing with Leonard Fournette and Jones before Fournette's injury. But even with the higher split, Jones is seeing enough touches to make him a strong fantasy option heading into Week 17. Especially because he's facing a Jets defense that's given up the most average fantasy points to running backs this year. New York has given up the 4th-most rushing yards and the 2nd-most receiving yards to running backs so far. Jones should be viewed as a must-start RB1 this week.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Carolina Panthers

Bruce Arians is forced into playing Ronald Jones this week as Leonard Fournette suffered an injury in Week 15. Jones played well in Fournette's absence, rushing for 63 yards on eight carries (7.8 ypc). But even with Fournette out, Arians turned to Ke'Shawn Vaughn just about as often. Jones played on 22 offensive snaps compared to Vaughn's 19 snaps. Vaughn also matched Jones in targets (2) and had just five fewer carries. The Bucs also added Le'Veon Bell who likely won't have enough of an impact on his own, but could easily steal playing time away from Jones. Jones should still end up leading this backfield in touches, but it's hard to anticipate him matching Fournette's production. To make matters worse, Jones will draw a tough Panthers matchup this week as Carolina has given up the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Jones is a talented back who had a 1,000-yard season a year ago, so he's more than capable of playing well this week in Fournette's absence. We like him as a lower-end RB1.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints

It was another rough game for Ronald Jones last week, who was out-rushed by Tom Brady in both attempts and yards. Jones played on just eight snaps last week, the sixth time this season he's played 10 offensive snaps or less. Jones simply isn't on the field enough to warrant fantasy consideration. He can be left on waivers in Week 15.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 @ Buffalo Bills

Ronald Jones only played two snaps last week as he exited the game early with a non-COVID illness. He isn't listed on the injury report heading into Week 14 so we'd assume he'll be fine to play. Although it doesn't really matter because Jones barely plays anyways. He should be off the fantasy radar for Week 14.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Atlanta Falcons

Even with Leonard Fournette scoring four touchdowns, Ronald Jones still somehow managed to find the endzone last week. It's the second straight game he's scored a touchdown after scoring just once in his first nine games. Outside of the score, Jones played his usual role of playing between 15-20% of the offensive snaps with under 10 carries and no targets. Jones doesn't see the field enough to warrant fantasy consideration, even though he's been an endzone threat the past two games.

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Indianapolis Colts

After playing just one snap in Week 10, the Bucs remembered they had Ronald Jones on the team and gave him a few more opportunities in Week 11. He finished with eight carries for 33 yards and a touchdown while seeing no targets. He only played on 19% of the offensive snaps though, meaning he's still only hit 20% or more of the offensive snaps in just one game all season. He's simply not on the field enough to warrant fantasy consideration.

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