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Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals

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Draft: 2017 Round 2 (16)
College: Oklahoma
Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 226 DOB: 1996-07-24 Age: 21
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#19 4 4.02

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2017 CIN 2 17 45 2.6 0 4 4 20 5.0 0 6.5 3.3
2017 (Projected) CIN   194 835 4.3 6   28 217 7.8 1 147.2  

2017 Outlook
Depth Chart
If you have Mixon off your board for personal reasons, much respect to you. I have a more cynical view when it comes to fantasy football. If a player's off-field behavior won't affect their weekly availability (i.e. suspensions), I'm interested. And when it comes to Joe Mixon's talent and on-field potential, I'm very interested. Mixon's blend of power, speed, and versatility made him possibly the most gifted running back in the draft this spring. His actions off the field led to his fall. Can the Bengals and fantasy owners benefit?

As runners like David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell become the new hotness, many owners want to find their own versions of game-changing dual threat backs. Mixon has this kind of potential, finishing with 1,900 total yards from scrimmage last season at Oklahoma. There's been news out of camp that Mixon is going to get the bulk of the work right from the get-go, but as much as I want to believe Mixon has that potential in 2017, there are some serious roadblocks to consider. The first are fellow teammates Gio Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Bernard has been the Bengals' resident dual threat. He's coming off a torn ACL, and was expected to miss much of camp. But he's been on the field since the start and has apparently surprised coaches and teammates with his recovery. Hill has been a huge disappointment since his tantalizing rookie year in 2014. With that said he's still only 24, and has the support of the coaching staff. With Hill likely to steal goal line work, Mixon's upside is limited.

The 2nd and possibly bigger problem for Mixon is the state of the Bengals line. They weren't world beating last year, and they've lost their two best starters in the off-season. Despite being a need area, the line was hardly addressed in the draft or with an impact free agent. One knock on Mixon in the pre-draft process was vision, and finding the holes when the offensive line isn't mauling people is vital.

I've devoted this much space to Mixon because I believe he could be the next game changing fantasy runner, but I just don't believe it will be in 2017. With Bernard and Hill still having roles and Mixon a controversial rookie, the Bengals might ease in their newest asset. Mixon has RB1 talent, but as things stand in early August, and until I see the coaching staff back up the chatter, I think a low end RB2 finish is more realistic.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB2 Joe Mixon
RB2RB1 Jeremy Hill
RB3RB3 Giovani Bernard
RB4RB4 Cedric Peerman
RB5RB5 Brandon Wilson
Bengals Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Bengals running back usage unclear
RB coach hints at hot-hand approach
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 8, 8:00 am

Cincinnati Bengals
Nobody can pin down exactly how the Bengals’ rotation of running backs Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon will look in its debut Sunday against Baltimore. The coaching staff stayed understandably tight-lipped and players are adopting the do-what-I’m-asked mentality. Jeremy Hill is listed as the starter and expected to start. Signs point to Giovani Bernard continuing to hold down his role on third downs. (

FFToday's Take: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey went on to say: “You plan initially for it and try to put guys in the right places for what their talents can do and once the game gets going there is a flow to it. “If a guy does have a little juice to him at that time then you stick with him.” Sounds like this might be a hot-hand approach and one that could frustrate fantasy owners on Sunday.

Huge role right out the gate for Joe Mixon?
Team website hints at feature-back role for rookie
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 3, 5:55 pm

Cincinnati Bengals editor Geoff Hobson addressed Joe Mixon in a Q&A with readers Wednesday, Aug. 3: Mixon is the real deal. I think you have to think about him as a 15-to-20-carry-a-game guy with three to five catches. Right away. Sept. 10. Vs. Baltimore. That said, I think they should keep Jeremy Hill. ... This guy can still help them. He’s a good back, very good on the goal-line and what a perfect panacea for an offensive line in transition: a stable of three starting caliber backs in Mixon, Hill, and Giovani Bernard. Perfect. Rotate them, make sure you run it 30-35 times to take heat off the young tackles, and how much room do you think that will give A.J. Green and friends? (

FFToday's Take: Mixon has done nothing in camp to remove any of the shine off his luster, and the idea of him starting Week 1 should come as a surprise to no one. Whether or not the Bengals want to give him 250 carries and 40 catches is another story, especially since Hill remains an effective goal-line back and Bernard is a very capable receiver. Mixon's workload in the team's dress rehearsal (third preseason game) could be telling as to whether Hobson is right.

Jeremy Hill still in the RB mix
The forgotten man in the Bengals backfield will still have a role
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jul 7, 10:00 am

Cincinnati Bengals
I don’t see Jeremy Hill going anywhere in this the last year of his deal after head coach Marvin Lewis’ fiery defense of him during the offseason. Hill is going to be far from invisible, at least at the start of things with Giovani Bernard coming off of ACL surgery and second-rounder Joe Mixon learning the ropes. Hill figures to always be a presence inside the 5. (

FFToday's Take: Geoff Hobson from was answering a reader's question in his opinion above. Hobson went on to note that Mixon may start the season as the third-down back given Gio's injury with a lot of split time between Hill and Mixon until one emerges. With Mixon being the superior talent he's the favorite to lead the Bengals' RBs in fantasy points when it's all said and done.

2017 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts
1 BAL L 0-20 8 9 1.1 0 3 3 15 5.0 0 2.4
2 HOU L 9-13 9 36 4.0 0 1 1 5 5.0 0 4.1

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