Player Outlook
Get used to the idea of taking Mixon with a first-round pick. If you had him last year, that's no biggie, but if you rostered him before then you might hesitate based on past experience. Mixon finally broke through for over 1,500 total yards and double-digit touchdowns while averaging 17.3 PPR points per matchup in 2021, helped by playing every game (until Week 18) and notching at least 17 touches in all but two games. He's definitely in position to do that again, and he'll get help in the form of a boosted offensive line. About the only downside to Mixon is his schedule, which is loaded with stout run defenses including six games against the improved AFC North. He overcame tough matchups last year and should do it again this year. Mixon's a bargain if he's available in Round 2.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 1205 4.13 13 1 42 314 3 24515.3
2020 428 3.60 3 1 21 138 1 7712.8
3y Avg. 923 4.01 7 1 33 246 2 16812.9
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Unlikely to play this week

    Mixon and other starters likely will be held out of Sunday's preseason game against the Giants, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports. Coach Zac Taylor said he's likely to sit most of his key players for a second straight week. It's unclear if Mixon will play in the preseason finale, or not at all this exhibition season, but either way he's locked in for a starring role as Cincinnati's lead back come Week 1.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Among starters who could sit Friday

    Mixon is unlikely to play in Friday's preseason opener against the Cardinals after head coach Zac Taylor said that a majority of the Bengals' starters will sit out the contest, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports. Given that Mixon is entrenched as the Bengals' starting running back, the team has no need to overwork the 26-year-old during the upcoming exhibition slate. With that in mind, look for the team's focus Friday to be on finding playing time for younger players and those competing for depth slotting.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Could play a few more third downs

    Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan prefers resting Mixon on third down rather than early downs, but Callahan did say he'd like to see "maybe a little bit more usage on third down" this season, Ben Baby of reports. Backup Samaje Perine isn't a better pass catcher than Mixon, but Perine did solid work last year, and the Bengals prefer to rest their starter on downs where a run play is unlikely. Coach Zac Taylor noted that more targets for Mixon would mean less for someone else, specifically naming star wide receivers Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. Given that the team still has Perine -- plus another potential passing down back in 2021 sixth-round pick Chris Evans -- it's unlikely this will be the year Mixon gets regular work on third downs. It's been a topic of discussion among fantasy players nearly every season of his career, with some thinking it would happen in 2021 after RB Giovani Bernard ended his eight-year run in Cincinnati. Instead, Mixon found fantasy success with career highs for carries (292), rushing yards (1,205) and touchdowns (16 total), while his mark of 2.6 receptions per game was identical to his career number. Even if he doesn't catch more passes, Mixon has an opportunity to match or exceed his numbers from last year after the Bengals signed three experienced O-line starters (La'el Collins, Alex Cappa and Ted Karras) in the offseason.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Stars in trick-play score

    Mixon rushed the ball 15 times for 72 yards in Sunday's 23-20 Super Bowl LVI loss to the Rams. He added five receptions for one yard and also threw a six-yard touchdown. Mixon was effective as a rusher, delivering three gains of at least 10 yards. However, his primary impact came midway through the second quarter when he delivered a six-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins in the back corner of the end zone on a trick play. Mixon posted one of his better games of the postseason and combined to record 160 rushing yards combined between the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl. He'll return to Cincinnati as the team's lead back for the 2022 season, and it's possible that he'll have more running lanes if the Bengals upgrade their offensive line during the offseason.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Another productive effort

    Mixon rushed the ball 21 times for 88 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game. He added three receptions for 27 yards. Mixon was the only running back to get a carry out of Cincinnati's backfield, and he worked fairly effectively on the ground. His longest rush of the day went for 23 yards late in the first quarter and pushed Cincinnati into field-goal range for their first score of the game. Mixon also was a major contributor in the team's game-sealing drive in overtime, as he broke off a 13-yard run to set up a field goal three plays later. He now has topped 100 total yards in consecutive games heading into a Super Bowl matchup against either the Rams or 49ers.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Tops 100 total yards

    Mixon rushed the ball 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans. He added six receptions for 51 yards. Mixon was involved in all aspects of the Bengals' offense, as he accounted for 14 of the team's 18 rushing attempts while also racking up seven targets. He wasn't all that productive on the ground, though he did find the end zone on a 16-yard rush early in the third quarter. Mixon was also far more efficient as a receiver and topped 50 receiving yards for only the second time since Week 9 of the regular season. Though the passing attack has gotten the majority of the attention during Cincinnati's recent run of strong play, Mixon will be a key contributor in the AFC Championship Game.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Contained in wild-card round

    Mixon ran for 48 yards on 17 carries and caught four passes for 28 yards on five targets against Las Vegas on Saturday. It's a reassuring workload and a reminder that Mixon can take on a high volume of touches depending on the flow of a game, but the Raiders did a good job containing Mixon from scrimmage in this one. The Bengals mostly needed Mixon to run out the clock in the 26-19 victory, and he played that part effectively.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Comes off COVID list

    The Bengals activated Mixon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. Mixon was forced to miss the regular-season finale against Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19, but now that he's cleared league protocols he can officially return to team facilities. Cincinnati's offense thus will have its star running back available in practice leading up to Saturday's wild-card round matchup against the Raiders.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Still on COVID list

    Mixon remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Browns. Mixon, who landed on the list Wednesday, wasn't activated by the Bengals ahead of Week 18 action, so until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols, look for Samaje Perine to head the team's backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Officially on COVID list

    The Bengals officially placed Mixon (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mixon reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 and is not in line to play Sunday against the Browns. Head coach Zac Taylor was less definitive about the matter, noting that Mixon and all the other Bengals players recently placed on the list will have the chance to test out of the protocols before the regular-season finale, according to Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer. That said, the Bengals have already secured a home-field advantage for the wild-card round of the playoffs and will need a number of scenarios to work in their favor to move up to the No. 1 seed, so Mixon will more than likely be limited if he clears the protocols before Sunday, if he even dresses for the contest at all. Assuming that's the case, Samaje Perine would be in line to head the Bengals' Week 18 backfield, with Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams in the mix to see complementary work.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Tests positive, set to miss Week 18

    Mixon (illness) tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Browns, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Bengals haven't yet officially confirmed Schefter's report, but assuming the test result is confirmed, look for Mixon to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Wednesday. Mixon will have the ability to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 protocol prior to Sunday, but since he'll miss some practice time at a minimum, he'll more than likely be out for the regular-season finale, especially with Cincinnati having already clinched a playoff berth. Samaje Perine will stand to inherit the lead role in Cincinnati's backfield if Mixon is indeed ruled out for Week 18, while Chris Evans would also handle a larger role as a change-of-pace option.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Stays busy in win

    Mixon rushed 12 times for 46 yards while catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 34-31 win over Kansas City. Mixon put forth a workmanlike effort, racking up 86 scrimmage yards despite none of his 19 touches going for more than 15 yards. He was stuffed from the Chiefs' one-yard line on the Bengals' final drive, but that proved to be a blessing in disguise for Cincinnati, as a subsequent penalty on the defense allowed the Bengals to run out the clock before kicking a game-winning field goal. Mixon has at least 18 touches in each of his last nine games heading into the season finale in Cleveland.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Big bounce-back effort

    Mixon ran for 65 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries while catching six passes for 70 yards and one touchdown on six targets against Baltimore on Sunday. Mixon had a quiet few weeks preceding this game, but with this strong dual-threat output, he's back on rhythm as the Bengals head into a crucial Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs. Mixon's usage is very high almost every week in the Cincinnati offense, and he'll be in good position for a productive finish to the season, especially if quarterback Joe Burrow can maintain his momentum after a 525-yard, four-touchdown breakout game against the Ravens.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Ankle feeling fine

    Mixon (ankle) was a full practice participant Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports. Mixon's full activity to begin Week 16 clears up any concerns about the health of his ankle, which he tweaked late in Sunday's win over the Broncos. Head Zac Taylor said Monday that he expected Mixon to begin the week as a limited participant in practice, but the running back instead managed to take part in the Bengals' first session without any restrictions. He'll lead the Cincinnati backfield this Sunday against the Ravens.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Slated to practice Wednesday

    Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Mixon (ankle) will practice Wednesday, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports. Mixon may be listed as a limited participant, but Taylor noted that the running back is "feeling pretty good" at this stage of the week. With that in mind, Mixon's status should still be monitored closely, but he's trending in the right direction as Sunday's game against the Ravens approaches.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: May have reps capped in practice

    Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said Mixon will likely begin Week 16 prep as a limited participant in practice after injuring his left ankle in Sunday's win over the Broncos, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. According to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, Taylor said reports on Mixon's ankle injury are "encouraging," so the running back looks like he'll have a good chance to play next weekend against Baltimore even if his reps are capped in practices Wednesday through Friday. Mixon handled a relatively normal snap share (59 percent) in the 15-10 win over Denver, but he struggled to find much open real estate as a runner (17 carries for 58 yards) or as a receiver (one catch for two yards).
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Bottled up by Broncos

    Mixon carried the ball 17 times for 58 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over Denver. He added one reception for two yards. Mixon was limited to under 60 rushing yards for the third consecutive game and was held out of the end zone in consecutive contests for the first time since Week 3. Of particular concern is Mixon's lack of involvement in the passing game of late, as he's recorded only seven catches across his last five contests. More positively, he continued to dominate work out of the backfield, accounting for 17 of the 26 rush attempts for Cincinnati on Sunday. Finally, it will be worth monitoring Mixon's practice status throughout the week, as he appeared to suffer an ankle injury on one of the team's final drives, according to Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Held in check Sunday

    Mixon carried the ball 18 times for 58 yards and caught both his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers. For the first time since Week 3, Mixon failed to get into the end zone as his nine-game TD streak got snapped. He also didn't sniff 100 scrimmage yards for the second consecutive contest, after reaching that mark in three straight. Mixon still reached 1,000 rushing yards for the season, the third time in his career he's accomplished that feat, and he'll look to get back to his scoring ways in Week 15 against the Broncos.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Suits up Sunday

    Mixon (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports. Though an illness prevented Mixon from practicing this past week, he'll give it a go Sunday. Assuming no setbacks, he should lead the Bengals' Week 14 rushing attack, with Samaje Perine on hand to work in a complementary role and Trayveon Williams in reserve.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Expected to play in Week 14

    Mixon (illness) is expected to play Sunday against the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. An illness led to Mixon not practicing this past week, but Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site previously relayed that coach Zac Taylor anticipated that the team's top running back would be ready to suit up versus San Francisco. Official confirmation of Mixon's Week 14 status will arrive upon the release of his team's inactives prior to Sunday's 4:25 ET kickoff.
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