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Player Spotlight: Joe Mixon and the Bengals Backfield

A detailed look at how Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill could impact Joe Mixon's fantasy prospects in 2017.


  • The Bengals are counting on Joe Mixon to prove drafting him is worth the negative press associated with his character issues.
  • Giovani Bernard’s recovery from ACL surgery provides Mixon the window of opportunity he needs to secure the starting job, or at least open the season in Bernard’s usual pass catching role. 
  • Jeremy Hill is Mixon's only healthy competition. Hill has been awful at doing anything besides falling into the endzone since his breakout 2014 season.
  • Some of the best scouting minds in the business see Mixon as a special player, capable of making a huge impact both on the ground and through the air.


  • It's hard to remember a highly drafted rookie entering the league with bigger questions about his character than Mixon.
  • Mixon’s receiving skills overlap with Bernard’s and Bernard is the better pass blocker. Once the veteran is healthy, Mixon’s receiving upside could be limited.
  • Hill’s career is trending downward, but he’s been the busiest goal line back in the league over the last three seasons, this side of LeGarrette Blount. Why would the Bengals be quick to abandon what’s been working for them at the goal line?
  • Cincinnati's offensive line is projected as the worst in all of football. 
  • Mixon is being drafted as if none of these cons exist.


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