Steer clear of betting on Bucs’ backs
On the ground, neither Peyton Barber nor Ronald Jones have great odds when it comes to leading the league in yards and touchdowns. This is not surprising given the lack of production a year ago and the decision not to make any major changes to the offensive line by the Buccaneers this offseason.
Barber and Jones were both given steep +6500 yards to lead the league in rushing touchdowns. This even ranks them behind quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Josh Allen and tied with Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson. The two Buccaneers’ running backs combined for just six scores on the ground last year, so there is little reason to invest money into them this year.
Surprisingly, Jones has better odds than Barber to lead the league in rushing this upcoming season. While neither of them have great odds in this category as well, Jones has +7500 odds, while Barber has +10,000 odds; considering Barber is still slated to be the lead back this season and vastly out-produced Jones a year ago, this makes little to no sense.
When it comes to betting on Jones and Barber this year, it is the safest bet to steer clear from the Bucs’ running backs altogether. While Barber and Jones could certainly prove us all wrong, they have a long way to go after last year’s abysmal numbers on the ground.