RB Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 228||Born: 7-24-1996||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 18): Mixon was invigorated in his return home and he is producing despite some of the worst quarterback play in the league. He's back in our RB2 consideration against Pittsburgh this week.
Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers - $5900
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Bengals are 0-10 and riding a fourth-round rookie quarterback, so Joe Mixon should serve as the offensive engine until further notice. He's taken on 62 carries over the past 3 weeks - 86% of team opportunities - and turned them into a solid 266 yards, with a goal-line touchdown. (That touchdown, which came last Sunday, was the first rushing touchdown by a Bengals back all season.) Mixon is a tremendous talent, but there are simply too many roadblocks between him and reliable productivity. The offense as a whole is toothless right now, with Ryan Finley under center and his top three outside receivers injured. And the front line remains a mess of replacement-level run blockers, forcing Mixon into pile-ups more often than not. His 3.6 average is a clear byproduct of that. Mixon is certainly gifted enough to produce as a fantasy option, but his ceiling is capped tightly by his situation. The Pittsburgh run defense has been a dominant force for much of the year, sitting fifth league-wide in yards allowed per attempt and fourth in touchdowns. Subtle cracks have shown of late: the Steelers allowed only 2 runners to top 70 yards over their first 7 games, but it's now happened in each of their last three. Still, it's easy to forgive such a three-game blip against a stretch of quality running games. And it's worth pointing out that this group hasn't allowed a touchdown on the ground since Week 5 - they've held Marlon Mack, Todd Gurley, and Nick Chubb out of the end zone along the way. Even with star down lineman Stephon Tuitt on injured reserve and the inside linebackers struggling, this is a deep and stout unit. Cameron Heyward and Javon Hargrave are unsung heroes up front, keeping Devin Bush and Mark Barron clean in pursuit across the field. This isn't always a shutdown unit, and lapses do occur against talented runners - including Joe Mixon, who averaged 7.0 yards per rush against the Steelers last season. But in general, it's unwise to trust a limping offense like the Bengals' against it.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Joe Mixon's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs OAK (15 / 86 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec - 17.3 points, $5500)
Mixon started the game off hot. On the first offensive play, he caught a short swing pass and bounced off a defender near the line of scrimmage and then stayed in bounds down the sideline for a 17-yard pickup. His second touch, he took a pitch and dashed through a small crease on a 30-yard run. Later in the first quarter, he had one of the more impressive 3-yard touchdown runs of the season. He took a pitch left and a slew of Raiders were there to drop him for a loss but he spun out of a tackle and completely reversed field, weaving his way back to get into the end zone. The impressive run was the Bengals first rushing touchdown of the season by anyone other than Andy Dalton. After the first quarter, it was tougher sledding to Mixon. He had a couple nice gains, including a 15-yard rush on a pitch off of right tackle. However, the Raiders shut down the run for the most part and the Bengals poor pass blocking made it impossible to sustain drives.
2019 Week 10 vs BAL (30 / 114 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec - 20.1 points, $4700)
Mixon played a season-high 76% of the snaps. He hadn't played more than 63% of the snaps in any game this season. The Bengals were obviously focused on riding Mixon to try to keep the pressure off of their rookie quarterback in his first start. The blazing start by the Ravens offense that put the Bengals into a huge hole early didn't change the game plan. Mixon made a beautiful move after catching a short dump off, beating the first defender to the outside and then accelerating down the sideline for a 23-yard gain. He picked up big chunks of yardage on the ground throughout the game, hitting the hole fast and lowering his pads to finish runs with power. He hurdled a defender on a 3rd-and-2 to get the Bengals into the red zone and setup the first offensive touchdown. The Bengals used a much larger variety of run plays coming out of the bye, instead of relying almost exclusively on zone concepts. It opened up some holes for Mixon, who easily had his best game of the season.
2019 Week 8 vs LAR (17 / 66 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 1 rec - 17.7 points, $4600)
Mixon only averaged 3.9 yards per carry but even that was an improvement compared to recent performances. Despite playing from behind, the Bengals were also able to get Mixon a season-high 21 touches. He had some success in the first half with a number of chunk gains that have been rare for the Bengals offense this season. He found some room off of left tackle on a 13-yard run the second play of the game. On a second-quarter touchdown drive, Mixon touched it seven times and gashed the Rams right up the middle for runs of 11 and 12 yards. He converted with a tough run up the middle on a fourth down to keep the drive alive and eventually finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown catch on a pretty play design that the Bengals used successfully against Buffalo. The Bengals motioned a receiver across, causing the defense to vacate the right side of the field and leaving Mixon all alone for an easy catch. After a strong first half with no negative carries and a few chunk Gaines, the second half Bengals rushing offense reverted to form. Mixon lost yards on two of first first three carries out of halftime and didn't gain more than four yards on any run.
2019 Week 7 vs JAX (10 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec - 7.4 points, $5000)
Mixon lined up in the slot with speedy linebacker Myles Jack matched up against him and was able to beat him to the outside for a 2-yard touchdown catch. That was about it for highlights on the day. Mixon averaged 1.7 yards after contact on his 10 runs and still only gained 2 total rushing yards on the day. That means, on average, he was hit 1.5 yards behind the line of scrimmage on his carries. There's simply no room to run and the Bengals running game looks completely broken. The Bengals are also tipping their hand with their play calling and by subbing in Giovani Bernard so often. A Jacksonville defender said after the game that when Bernard was in, they assumed it would be a pass and when Mixon was in, they assumed it would be a run. It is hard to understand why Mixon played just 54% of the snaps despite the Bengals taking a lead into the fourth quarter. With a slew of injuries on the offensive line, it is hard to see the situation for Mixon getting much better any time soon.
2019 Week 6 vs BAL (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec - 5.9 points, $5500)
With the Bengals falling into an early hole, Mixon played just 48% of the snaps. There was no room to run and the Bengals quickly gave up on trying. Mixon's long run of the day went for just three yards. He did his best work as a pass catcher. He showed great body control to pirouette and make the grab on a short pass and then somehow got through a small gap between a trio of Ravens defenders to turn what should have been a short gain into a 23-yard catch.
2019 Week 5 vs ARI (19 / 93 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec - 11.9 points, $6100)
It was a strong performance from Mixon, who racked up 109 yards on 20 touches. Mixon and the running game came out on fire. On the opening drive, he ripped off runs of 9, 3, 13, 5, 18, and 9 on consecutive carries to get the team into the red zone. With 1st-and-goal at the 8, Mixon received back-to-back carries. After a four yard gain, he was dropped for a loss on the second carry and the Bengals ended up having to settle for a field goal. It looked like Mixon might be on his way to a big game but the Arizona defense tightened up considerably. After the opening drive, Mixon carried five times in the remainder of the first half for a total of three yards. He opened the second half with a 15-yard gain up the middle, bursting through the middle of the line and lowering his pads to finish the run with physicality. He was visibly frustrated when a strong run for 7 yards early in the fourth quarter was called back due to an illegal block above the waist. Mixon has had a lot of solid gains wiped out by offensive line penalties this season. He showed nice vision on a 16-yard reception on a screen to start the Bengals first touchdown drive late but soon gave way to Giovani Bernard as Cincinnati went to the hurrays-up offense down the stretch.
2019 Week 4 vs PIT (15 / 62 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 1 / 0 rec - 10.3 points, $5800)
Mixon played a season-high 61% of the snaps despite the Bengals trailing most of the game. His usage was actually encouraging, with 15 carries and 5 targets. He simply wasn't able to get anything going as a receiver and didn't get any goal line opportunities. The huge number of sacks made it impossible for Mixon to really get rolling. For example, he had four touches on the opening drive. The Bengals got into Pittsburgh territory and after a solid five-yard run by Mixon on first down, Dalton was sacked for a nine-yard loss and the drive promptly stalled out. It was that kind of day for Mixon and the Bengals offense. Mixon's biggest highlight came on a beautiful blitz pickup where he demolished the blitzing defensive back to allow Dalton time to complete it for a nice gain to John Ross.
2019 Week 3 vs BUF (15 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 34 / 1 rec - 17.5 points, $5500)
Mixon finally got it going a little bit against Buffalo in the second half. He had a big hole to run through on an 11-yard gain up the middle early but only touched it four times total in the first half. He made a sweet run for 11 yards, using a stutter step to freeze a defender in the backfield and then beating him around the corner. Mixon was in for a first-and-goal play from the 1-yard line. Dalton faked it to him on the read option and kept it himself for the short rushing touchdown. Mixon took a pitch in the red zone around the corner for a 12-yard gain, getting hit just shy of the goal line. The next play, Dalton again faked the handoff to Mixon on play action. Mixon then veered outside after the fake and was wide open for a one-yard touchdown reception. Mixon made a 33-yard catch and run on a screen pass to set up a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Bengals offense finally got on track in the second half when Mixon got going. It may provide a blueprint for the offense going forward.
2019 Week 2 vs SF (11 / 17 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec - 5.7 points, $6500)
Mixon barely practiced in the week leading up to the game due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 1. He showed no ill effects from the injury, looking as quick and explosive as usual. Mixon had to work for every yard. Even when he made the first man miss, he was still picking up minimal gains. Mixon had a couple impressive runs down near the goal line in the first quarter to pick up positive yards. On 2nd-and-4 from the 5-yard line, he ran through an arm tackle in the backfield, juked a defender with a nice cut back to the inside and ran for a 3-yard gain. He powered through a defender to pick up a first down just short of the goal line on the next play. He was stuffed in the backfield for no gain on 1st-and-goal and missed out on a potential score when the Bengals scored on a 2nd-down play action pass. The few times a hole actually opened up and Mixon was able to break off a solid run, the offensive line was called for holding. He burst through the right side of the line for a 12-yard pickup that was called back due to a hold by the left tackle. He also had an 11-yard reception called back due to a hold. Mixon was visibly frustrated with some of the flags and the body language wasn't great at times. His lone positive run that wasn't called back was a 9-yard burst up the middle when the Bengals were backed up near their own end zone. Mixon played just 54% of the snaps but his usage was pretty typical until the game got out of hand. There was no reason for the Bengals to put him out there on a tender ankle in the fourth quarter while trailing by 30+ points.
2019 Week 1 vs SEA (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec - 3.7 points, $6700)
The Bengals had a screen setup well for Mixon but Jadeveon Clowney was able to leap and tip the pass away. Dalton went right back to the same play the next down but Seattle was all over it, dropping Mixon for a 3-yard loss. There was no room to run for Mixon early. His first quarter carries went for 1, -1, 3, and 2 yards. He looked dangerous in the open field on a 10-yard reception on a swing route. After the quiet first half, Mixon rolled his ankle on the third play of the second half and never returned. He was spotted on the sideline late in the game walking gingerly on the an-kle. Early reports indicate the injury looks more mild than originally feared and Mixon may even be available for Week 2.
Latest NewsBengals | Joe Mixon continues second-half surge (Mon Nov 18, 12:45 AM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon ran 15 times for 86 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders. He also caught one of his three targets for 17 yards. link to story Bengals | Joe Mixon cracks the century mark (Sun Nov 10, 04:28 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed 30 times for a season-high 114 yards in Week 10 against the Baltimore Ravens while adding two receptions for 37 yards on three targets. Our View: Mixon gave everything he had even though a good amount of his carries came when the game was out of hand. He was effective early and would be a much more valuable fantasy commodity in even an average offense. He'll be a solid RB2 play against Oakland next week.
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