How to deal with Leonard Fournette, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Ronald Jones in the 2022 and DFS fantasy football playoffs

Tampa Bay is in the playoffs (shockingly) and will be looking to defend its Super Bowl title from last season. With Leonard Fournette available to return from the injured reserve this week, what should we fantasy football DFS managers and competitors expect Fournette, Ronald Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn?

Leonard Fournette is eligible to return this week

A hamstring injury ruled out Fournette for three weeks. Last week he was working alongside during practice and reports said he looked fine. He is expected to be good for the Wild Cards round.

If Fournette plays, he will find his first role in the backfield. In the three weeks leading up to his injury, he averaged 16.3 carries and 6 receptions for 118.4 yards per game. He also totaled 6 touchdowns. Fournette is an RB1 stuck in the Tampa Bay offense.

Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Ronald Jones split two weeks ago

I’m essentially going to skip Week 18 because it was a bizarre 41-17 Bucs blowout against an already knocked out Carolina Panthers team. The week before, in a game that was tighter than anyone had expected, the backfield split between Jones and Vaughn was 10-8 in favor of Jones. Two weeks earlier, Jones had ordered 20 races out of Vaughn’s 7.

None of this really matters if Fournette is healthy. When Fournette is in the game, he commands the entire backfield. In his last healthy game before being injured, Fournette made 19 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown. Jones was second with just 3 sacks. Vaughn and Jones don’t think they have enough opportunities to have reliable potential with Fournette’s return.

Playoffs and DFS on the rise for Tampa Bay backfield

Fournette will have a hefty price tag in the daily fantasy contests, but it could be worth it against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the past four weeks, the Eagles have surrendered the second most fantastic points per game to opposing backs, allowing 334 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns and 155 additional receiving yards and one touchdown.

Fournette should be treated like a top-of-the-line RB1 this week and an elite option in the fantastic playoff formats in a team that has as much of a chance as anyone of making it to the Super Bowl. Jones and Vaughn, however, are nothing more than “break the glass in an emergency” options.

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