RB Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-1, 228||Born: 7-24-1996||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): The Bengals offensive line is deteriorating and taking Mixon's value with it. He's a flex play on volume and role heading into a matchup with Jacksonville.
Week 7: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
FBG says: Good matchup. Joe Mixon is one of football's most gifted natural runners, but you'd never know it from watching him operate in this pitiful offense. Given almost no blocking help, and working with a passing game that scares no one, Mixon has yet to find any consistent running room here in 2019. He's topped 60 yards in 3 of 6 games thus far, but been held below 20 in each of the others. Even when game flow is neutral for Mixon and the winless Bengals, he's typically swarmed at the point of attack, resulting in just 3.4 yards per rush on the year. Defenses don't respect Andy Dalton's arm, and they don't have many issues collapsing the shoddy line. Backup Giovani Bernard hasn't found any room either, with just 49 ground yards (2.1 per carry) through 6 games. They'd love to have back left tackle Cordy Glenn, the team's only strong blocker, but Glenn's preseason concussion still has him sidelined. Replacement Andre Smith was lost last week to an ankle sprain, and new faces John Jerry and former first-rounder Billy Price didn't bring any noticeable improvements Sunday. Until something clicks somewhere in this offense, Mixon will continue to run into brick wall after brick wall in search of some kind of running room. The Jaguars' talented defense continues to underachieve against the run. On the year, they've allowed opposing running backs to average 5.3 yards per rush, with 4 of them topping 80 on the day. Last week, they bottled up hobbled Saints lead back Alvin Kamara, but allowed a handful of chunk runs to Latavius Murray (44 yards on 8 attempts). The Jaguars are generally strong up front, where Calais Campbell remains one of the league's most dominant linemen. But there are deficiencies up the middle and on the second level, where linebackers Myles Jack and Quincy Williams have been shaky at best. Williams may have lost his starting job for good last week, as Najee Goode showed some playmaking ability against the Saints. Still, that's not nearly enough to move the needle for this struggling unit. The Bengals' run game is stuck firmly in neutral but still projects a bit better than usual here.
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 6 vs BAL (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 mostly stuck in neutral (Sun Oct 13, 06:15 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed eight times for 10 yards in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens while adding two receptions for 29 yards on three targets. Our View: Mixon has been scratching out viable fantasy stat lines despite the decline of the Bengals offense, especially the offensive line. His fantasy teams will be uncertain about whether to start him next week against Jacksonville.
link to story Bengals | Joe Mixon flirts with triple digits (Sun Oct 6, 04:41 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon rushed 19 times for 93 yards in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals while adding a 16-yard reception on his only target. Our View: Mixon didn't have trouble getting consistent gains against the Cardinals run defense, but it wasn't a good day for the Bengals offense until they fell behind 23-9 and Mixon wasn't a big part of comeback. He'll be a low ceiling RB2 against the Ravens next week.
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