RB Rodney Anderson - Cincinnati Bengals

6-0, 224Born: 9-12-1996College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 6, pick 2019

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Week 11: at Oakland Raiders

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FBG says: Tough matchup. It took 30 carries - and 8 mostly-ineffective games beforehand - to get there, but Joe Mixon has finally notched his first 100-yard day of the season. With the Bengals breaking in rookie quarterback Ryan Finley, they fed Mixon early and often, and he came away with 114 yards in a 36-point loss to the Ravens. It was only the second time all year he's topped 70 in a game, and frankly, he did well just to achieve that in this hopeless offensive situation. Mixon remains handcuffed by an anemic pass game, led by rookie quarterback Ryan Finley, that doesn't exactly pull defenses out of the box. He also contends with swarming defenses that overwhelm the Bengals' bottom-tier offensive line. With top blocker Cordy Glenn still sidelined and disgruntled, and the likes of Billy Price and Trey Hopkins struggling badly on the inside, Mixon spends much of his time running into crowds near the line. Even with momentum, he remains a dicey fantasy play in a nightmare of a situation. This just might not be his year for efficiency, or for a high fantasy ceiling. Chunk runs and touchdowns are few and far between right now. The Raiders' beleaguered defense has taken a major step forward against the run. Through 9 games, they've allowed only 3 runners to top 60 ground yards. Of course, it's worth noting that one of those performances came just last week, with Melvin Gordon racking up 108 and a touchdown. Gordon was able to exploit the Raiders' shaky linebackers, consistently turning small lanes into chunk runs. Up front, this has the look of one of football's tougher units. The remade defensive line has bordered on dominant thus far, with tackles P.J. Hall and Jonathan Hankins anchoring nicely on the inside. Their space-eating ways allow the overmatched linebackers more room to maneuver. There's concern behind them, however, as safety Karl Joseph and slot hybrid Lamarcus Joyner look likely to miss significant time. That layer has been crucial in support of the linebackers, so the team will need to cobble together a quick plan to atone for both of them sitting. It doesn't move the needle much for Week 11, but does give a bit more hope to the Bengals' Joe Mixon, who can do damage when given open-field room.

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