Ronald Jones to undergo pinky surgery Tuesday
One man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity. Ronald Jones will undergo surgery Tuesday on his broken pinky finger. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports the procedure will happen today. A pin will be inserted into Jones’ finger and likely keep him out at least one game. Teammate Chris Godwin had the same surgery earlier this season and missed just one game. The Bucs back is coming off an 80 rush yard performance where he handled 19 of 25 backfield touches in a Week 14 win against the Vikings.
If Jones misses any time, Leonard Fournette, a healthy scratch against Minnesota, will likely get another chance. Fournette’s been mostly a disappointment in Tampa but could be a factor against a team he put up 105 total yards against in a game last year.
Atlanta, who’s been terrible against the pass, has actually been pretty good at stopping the run. The Falcons are giving up 108 rush yards per game, 10th best in the NFL.
Forgotten man LeSean McCoy should also be in the mix for carries out of the backfield. McCoy has just ten carries this year, four of which came last week while Fournette watched from the press box. McCoy made the most of his opportunities putting up 32 yards for an 8.0 yard per attempt average. The former Eagle is available in over 90% of traditional fantasy leagues and just $4900 in FanDuel DFS but is definitely a boom or bust candidate. That being said, if the FanDuel’s Sportsbook -6 favored Bucs can jump ahead, a run focus offense could be apparent in the second half giving McCoy ample chances.