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RB Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 228Born: 7-24-1996College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Mixon clearly has the most to offer of any Bengals back. Hopefully new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will see this and adjust to give Mixon enough touches weekly to be fantasy relevant. Don't sell low or drop him.

Week 3: at Green Bay Packers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Bengals offense has really struggled so far this season as they have failed to score a touchdown in either of their first two games. The Bengals offensive line has been a train wreck thus far, ranking dead last according to Footballguys offensive line guru Matt Bitonti. Their backfield has also been a mess as nobody has emerged as a clear lead back. Jeremy Hill got the start last week, but he finished with the least amount of snaps with 15, behind Joe Mixon with 16 and Giovani Bernard with 33. Joe Mixon led the team in carries with nine for 36 yards. Mixon looked solid on the few opportunities he did have, but he will need a larger share of snaps and carries to be effective for fantasy purposes. The Bengals will square off against a Packers run defense that struggled last week against the Falcons, allowing Devonta Freeman to rush for 84 yards and a pair of goal-line touchdowns. The Packers defense as a whole got pretty banged up in that game though, most notably losing their star interior defender Mike Daniels early in the game to a hamstring injury. While Daniels had an encouraging MRI on Tuesday, his status is still in question this week's game. If Daniels plays, this will be a neutral matchup for the Bengals running backs. But if Daniels does not suit up, this Packers defensive line will far less effective at stopping the run.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BAL 22 8 9 0 3 3 15 0 0 2.4
2 vs HOU 16 9 36 0 1 1 5 0 0 4.1
3 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 11 * * 3 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 10 * * 2 * * * *
3 at GB PROJ-Bloom * 13 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs HOU (9 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

While he wasn't spectacular, Mixon was the Bengals best running back and led the team in rushing yards. Compared to Hill and Bernard, Mixon has shown the best ability to make something from nothing when the blocking is poor. On a seven-yard gain, J.J. Watt broke into the backfield for a potential tackle for loss and Mixon left him waving at air with a smooth jump cut to the outside. Mixon had another impressive play on a 7-yard reception. Jadeveon Clowney jumped on his back and Mixon carried him forward for another five yards. Mixon's playing time in Week 2 was extremely disappointing for his fantasy owners. He logged just 25% of the offensive snaps (16 total).

2017 Week 1 vs BAL (8 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Mixon was a big part of the Bengals tailback rotation and played every snap on the second series of the game. After being stuffed on first down, he was able to make something out of nothing on the next play. Mixon caught a short dump off from Dalton, made the first man miss and then accelerated down the sideline for a 10-yard gain and first down. Mixon took his next carry for eight yards, showing nice patience before making a sharp cut to get upfield. The two highlight plays early in the first quarter were the only positive plays Mixon had on the day. He managed only seven more yards total on his final ten touches. Mixon played the second most snaps at running back (22) and likely would have led the team had the Bengals not fallen so far behind early in the game.


Latest News

Bengals | Joe Mixon leads team in rushing (Fri Sep 15, 12:36 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon gained 36 yards on nine carries against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 14, both of which led the team. He added one reception for five yards.

Our View: Mixon is clearly the best back on the team, but the Bengals could take a while to use him as such, and he'll also have to contend with a terrible offensive line and middling to poor quarterback play. You need to be patient with him in redraft leagues, but temper expectations.
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Bengals | Joe Mixon mostly bottled up (Sun Sep 10, 09:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Joe Mixon rushed eight times for just nine yards in Week 1 against the Texans and he added three grabs for 15 yards.

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Bengals | Cincinnati to utilize hot hand at RB (Fri Sep 8, 12:17 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RBs Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard are expected to begin the season in a committee, according to running backs coach Kyle Caskey.

Our View: For now there is no clarity in this backfield and it's hard to trust anyone, especially with the questions about the Cincinnati offensive line, but most observers expect Mixon to rise to the top before long.
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