Joe Mixon Fantasy Football News 2018

The Bengals "fear" RB Joe Mixon needs arthroscopic surgery on the knee he injured in Thursday night's win over the Ravens, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Mixon is getting a 2nd opinion before a final decision is made. We'll update his status as soon as we know more. Mixon's absence would leave Gio Bernard as Cincinnati's lead back -- and a strong fantasy starter.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Mixon will have a "procedure" Saturday to remove a "particle" from the knee. Mixon's expected to miss 2 weeks. That's still bad news for fantasy owners, obviously, but better than it could have been.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon suffered a right knee injury in the 1st half of Thursday night's game against the Ravens. He headed back to the locker room but returned to the game after missing just 1 series. He exited again late in the 3rd quarter, though. Mixon was shown standing on the sidelines, so this doesn't have the look of a serious injury. But we'll update his status when we learn more.

UPDATE: Mixon returned (again) in the 4th quarter.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon has dropped 12 pounds from last season, currently tipping the scales at 218. “I was working in that heat,” Mixon said of his offseason. “I feel like that’s where I play my best. I was trying to get low last year but I wasn’t able to make it. I feel real good. My body feels real good. I feel like I’m in really good shape.” We've seen trimming down work well for plenty of RBs, so consider this good news for Mixon. With every opportunity to capture a feature role in Cincinnati, he's a prime 2018 breakout candidate.

The Bengals added Miami RB Mark Walton in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Walton might have gone much higher had he been able to enter last year’s draft. He broke out for 1,117 yards and 14 TDs on a 5.3 yards-per-carry average in 2016, adding another 240 yards and a score on 27 catches. He averaged 7.6 yards per carry through 5 games this past season, but his campaign was cut short by a right ankle injury that required surgery. Walton then disappointed in the pre-draft process, registering a 15th percentile SPARQ score at 5’10 and 202 pounds. He joins a crowded Bengals backfield alongside Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard. Mixon is signed through 2020; Bernard 2019.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon has dropped weight this offseason and is currently tipping the scales at 225 pounds, according to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website. Mixon reportedly showed up to rookie minicamp last year at 238 pounds -- 12 pounds heavier than he checked in at the Combine. Shedding some lbs. usually works out well for RBs, so consider this report good news for Mixon's 2018 fantasy value. He's coming off a mostly disappointing rookie campaign but has breakout potential with Jeremy Hill out of the way this year.

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Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He was reportedly a game-time decision and will be playing at less than 100%. Mixon is a low-end fantasy starter vs. a tough Baltimore run defense.

The Bengals expect RB Joe Mixon (ankle) to play against the Ravens today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, although a final decision won't be made until pregame warmups. That suggests Mixon won't be anywhere close to 100%. Throw in a tough Baltimore run defense, and the rookie looks like a low-end RB2 for Week 17.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Ravens after putting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. We'll look for an update on his status on Sunday morning, but his game doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET. Mixon will be a volume-based RB2 if he suits up. Ditto for Gio Bernard if Mixon ends up inactive.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives him a shot to play against the Ravens this weekend. We'll get another update on the rookie tomorrow.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. He went down early in last weekend's game and never returned. The rookie seems unlikely to play in Sunday's finale vs. the Ravens. That'd leave feature-back duties to Gio Bernard.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon headed back to the locker room in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Lions with an ankle injury. He's officially questionable to return. We'll pass along an update when we get one.

UPDATE: Mixon only played 7 snaps against the Lions.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return as Cincinnati’s lead back against the Lions on Sunday. Mixon tallied 22 and 26 touches in his last 2 full outings.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That puts him on track to be cleared for this weekend's game against the Lions. That's a plus matchup for Mixon, but Cincinnati's crumbling offense lowers his fantasy ceiling and floor.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, so he's at least made some progress through the protocol. We'd tentatively expect him back for Week 16. Gio Bernard will again serve as Cincinnati's feature back tomorrow. But a matchup with the league's 2nd-ranked RB defense makes him just a borderline RB2 play.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Vikings. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday, but it looks like he still has at least 1 stage of the protocol to pass through. We’ll look for another update on his status this afternoon — and we’ll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday. RB Gio Bernard will again operate as Cincinnati's feature back if Mixon is out.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play against the Vikings this weekend, but he still has multiple stages of the protocol to pass through. We'll get another update on Mixon tomorrow.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) remained sidelined on Wednesday. So he hasn't made much, if any, progress through the protocol. We'll see if he's able to get on the field tomorrow. Gio Bernard will again serve as Cincinnati's feature back this weekend if Mixon can't play -- albeit in a tougher matchup against the Vikings.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Bears. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to be cleared for Week 15. Mixon's absence this weekend leaves Gio Bernard in something close to a feature role. The only other RB on the Bengals' roster is 5th-round rookie Brian Hill, who joined Cincinnati in mid-November and doesn't have an NFL carry to his name. The matchup isn't ideal against Chicago's 11th-ranked RB defense, but volume makes Bernard a strong RB2 play. He's handled 15+ touches in in 25 NFL games and averaged 14.8 PPR points in those outings.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) remain sidelined on Thursday. With multiple stages of the protocol to pass through still, he's a long shot to play against the Bears this weekend. That'd make Gio Bernard something close to a feature back. The only other RB on Cincinnati's roster is 5th-round rookie Brian Hill.

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday. That's not a surprise considering he suffered the head injury just 2 days ago. Mixon probably needs to return to a limited practice tomorrow to have any shot of playing this weekend. Fantasy owners should proceed as if he won't play. That'd leave Gio Bernard in a feature role.

 
 
 

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