RB - TB
Week 3 Outlook
RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn ran for 18 yards on nine carries. He also caught one pass for nine yards in the Buccaneers Week 2 preseason loss to the Titans.
Vaughn did not look good this game and was extremely inefficient. The Buccaneers as a team only scored three points, so it wasn't just Vaughn. With Giovanni Bernard signing, Vaughn will struggle for playing time this season.
Ke'Shawn Vaughn ran the ball 10 times for 27 yards and one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 10 yards.
Vaughn is way down the depth chart after the Bengals signed Giovanni Bernard. His path to playing time looks bleak as of right now. Unless major injuries strike the Bucs backfield, it's hard to imagine any fantasy relevance for Vaughn.
Buccaneers running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn does not have a guaranteed spot on the team's gameday roster heading into his second pro season.
Vaughn is expected to open the year as Tampa Bay's No. 4 running back behind Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and Giovani Bernard. Greg Auman of The Athletic notes that Vaughn "showed improvement both in his quickness and with his hands" but will have to "establish a role on special teams if he wants to dress as a fourth back on Sundays this fall." Considering the 24-year-old is blocked by three players on the roster, he's not worth stashing in redraft leagues. He ranks 82nd among running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings and 55th in dynasty.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn is expected to mostly play on special teams in 2021, per head coach Bruce Arians.
Vaughn was limited to 36 touches during his rookie season with the Bucs and might be in for a similar workload in 2021. Per Bruce Arians, "Ke'Shawn's made a nice move but he has to be a better special teams players right now because of what's in front of him," which means that Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and even Giovani Bernard are the primary committee heading into training camp at the end of July. The 24-year old running back is still a decent prospect as the RB57 in dynasty leagues, as Arians did go on to say that he has "all the confidence in the world in him as a runner and a receiver." However, he's still untouchable in redraft leagues, whereas Bernard could be a good depth-piece.
Per Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, second-year RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn will have a "breakout year" in 2021.
Many were disappointed by Vaughn's usage or lack thereof during his rookie season in 2020. However, head coach Bruce Arians believes that a breakout for the sophomore RB is coming in 2021. In 2020, Vaughn played in 10 games and had 26 carries for 109 yards and five catches for 34 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy purposes, even though Vaughn has nowhere to go but up, this seems like mostly classic head coach talk. The truth is the Bucs still have both Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette ahead on the depth chart and unless there's an injury the opportunity will likely not be there for Vaughn to be fantasy relevant.