RB Trayveon Williams - Cincinnati Bengals

5-8, 206Born: 10-18-1997College: Texas A&MDrafted: Round 6, pick 2019

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Week 12: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

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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

11 at OAK 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
12 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *
12 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

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