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RB Mark Walton - Cincinnati Bengals

5-9, 205Born: 3-29-1997College: Miami (Fla.)Drafted: Round 4, pick

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Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. Joe Mixon continues to shine as the Bengals' bell cow back. Far more explosive than any runner the Bengals have had in years, Mixon has peeled away with the lead role, averaging 4.73 yards per carry and 84 per game. His Week 6 trampling of the Steelers' stout run defense (11 rushes for 64 yards, including the would-be game-winning touchdown) was impressive and actually his lowest ground total of the season. In a complete 180-degree turn from his so-so rookie season, Mixon has generated 4 yards or more on 51% of his runs thus far. That blend of dynamism and down-to-down grinding ability is exactly what coordinator Bill Lazor's striking offense needs. Mixon still runs behind a ho-hum front line, one that's relatively weak on the right side and still missing first-round center Billy Price. But the electric Mixon is producing as though he doesn't care, and matchups mean less and less to his value each week. There's hardly a run defense more vulnerable than Kansas City's right now. Through 6 weeks, they've allowed running backs to average a stunning 5.45 yards per carry, with 6 running for 67 yards or more. The root of the problem lies up front, where the line is capable of penetration but too often washed out of the play. That puts far too much responsibility on the linebacking group, which is average at best. Anthony Hitchens has taken a step back here in 2018, while Reggie Ragland remains a one-speed tackler who struggles in pursuit. Fantasy players are wise to prioritize runners in this tasty matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
3 at CAR 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 at ATL 28 5 9 0 4 2 28 0 0 3.7
5 vs MIA 12 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 0 0.3
6 vs PIT 19 2 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.2
7 at KC 0 4 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
7 at KC PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 1 * * * *
7 at KC PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * 2 * * * *
7 at KC PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

Mark Walton's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 6 vs PIT (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Walton played 31% of the snaps filling in for Giovani Bernard but did little do impress. He looked hesitant on his two carries and was stacked up for a short loss both times.

2018 Week 5 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)

Walton was tackled almost immediately on two attempted screen passes. While he didn't get many touches, Walton did play 20% of the snaps after logging 38% of the snaps in Week 4. He has earned trust as a pass blocker and is coming on a bit after a rough preseason.

2018 Week 4 vs ATL (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

With only two running backs active and Giovani Bernard banged up, Walton saw his first extended action and proved reliable. He got off to a shaky start, as he looked uncomfortable on a screen pass and seemed to cut upfield too early. He wasn't able to catch the pass, which was big because it was set up well and may have gone for a 40-yard touchdown. But he quickly found his footing. He caught a swing pass for a 24-yard gain a couple drives later. He was also on the field for most of the final drive of the game and did well in his pass blocking assignments. It was a major step forward for a rookie who had struggled in camp and through the early part of the season.

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Schedule

7@ Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10vs New Orleans Saints
11@ Baltimore Ravens
12vs Cleveland Browns
13vs Denver Broncos
14@ Los Angeles Chargers
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers