The Facts: Despite all the hype that has been coming from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers about second-year running back Ronald Jones throughout OTAs and minicamp, Barber is "certainly likely" to finish the season with more yards according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Diehards Line: As theRedZone.org notes, it's no secret that the Bucs want Jones to be their lead back after spending a second-round pick on him in 2018 and most reports indicate he has looked much better this spring after a disastrous rookie season. But Auman is less optimistic that the Bucs coaching staff. It's not hard to figure out why. Jones averaged 1.9 yards on just 23 carries as a rookie and has never had pass-catching production dating back to his years at USC. Barber, meanwhile, started every game last year and ran for a team-high (and career-best) 871 yards on 234 carries. He fell just shy of recording 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2018, adding 20 catches for 92 yards to finish at 963 overall. His six touchdowns tied for third on the team. And until Jones lives up to his second-round draft status, there's no reason to believe Barber won't continue to garner the kind of workload we saw last season -- a workload sufficient enough to keep him in the fantasy flex/reserve conversation.