Ronald Jones Dynasty Outlook – The Road to 2020
In full disclosure, I’m not a Rojo guy but had an offer recently in one of my deeper leagues that caused me to take a look and see if he’s worth a chance. In this league, I’m thin at running back and I had an owner offer me Rojo for Dwayne Haskins (there’s a little more to it but that was the core of the deal–a couple later picks were exchanged as well). Needless to say, I took the plunge and will see if it backfires in my face!
Ronald Jones was a guy that came into the league and was over-drafted for what he is–an athletic one-trick pony with fumbling concerns. 2018 didn’t help matters, where he saw less than 30 carries and averaged an abysmal 1.9 yards per attempt. 2019 saw the return of the great Bruce Arians, and with that Jones saw some light at the end of his dark tunnel, averaging 4.2 yards per attempt on his way to 724 yards and 6 touchdowns, while adding another 309 yards receiving.
Ronald Jones Dynasty Outlook – 2020 and beyond?
As of the time of this writing, FantasyPros cumulative ADP has him in the fifty’s for running backs across multiple sites. He’s firmly in the junk heap but for the right (cheap) price, I’m willing to put a chip on him and see if the Arians reclamation project continues to develop. If he can get pass protection down better, you can easily see him produce another 1,000-yard season, where this time the 1,000 is on the ground. The Buccaneers heading into 2020 have much bigger issues to shore up–the offensive line being the biggest of those issues.
If Jones can get 10-15 carries a game, as well as 2-4 receptions per contest, he can be a viable weekly starting option (not saying RB1 but certainly RB2 range). When we saw him get in those ranges, he was serviceable if you needed running back help. Ultimately, my goal for you is to get you to think about him if you are in need of depth on your roster. Not saying he will be a stud by any means, but Arians can really get the most out of running backs, and with most teams utilizing two backs now, Jones could get you some fantasy value in 2020.
So my trade was Haskins, my #4 linebacker and a late two for Rojo and a mid 3rd, and I feel fine about the deal because this is a one quarterback league and I already had two starting quarterbacks ahead of him. If this were Superflex, I’d pass and just leave Haskins on my taxi squad, to see if Rivera likes him or not. At 22 years old, Haskins should have opportunities if he isn’t the starter in Washington. Ultimately, both owners take the risk because of the red flags, though reading JD Stenger‘s piece over at the Pewter Plank, he believes the team may see another jump going into year three for Jones which is a plus (for what it’s worth).