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Joe Mixon


#10 Running Back

214 Projected Points

ADP: 2.6
Bye: 10
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 226
40 Time: 4.45

2021 Projections & Outlook


#10 Running Back

214 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
2.6 264 1109 8 4 1 56 435 2

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What You Need to Know:

- Mixon signed a 4-year extension just prior to Week 1 of last season.

- Injuries quickly became the theme of his 4th year. He landed on the injury report with shin, chest and foot injuries. The right foot injury ended Mixon’s season after Week 6.

- No specifics were given on Mixon’s injury, but the lengthy absence was curious after HC Zac Taylor initially called the RB “day to day.” The good news is that Mixon was a full-go for the start of OTAs in late May.

- Prior to the foot issue, Mixon struggled to produce behind a bad O-line. His 1.9 yards before contact per attempt ranked bottom-5 among qualifiers.

- Mixon saw 20+ opportunities (carries + targets) in all 6 games. He was on pace for a career-high 56 catches.

- Mixon averaged 3.6 yards per carry; 2.55 yards after contact per attempt. The poor O-line certainly played a role.

- He faced 8+ defenders in the box on just 8.4% of his carries. Cincy will continue going 3-WR heavy with Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and top pick Ja'Marr Chase.

- The hope is that the O-line improves. Veteran RT Riley Reiff is locked into a starting role, and Round 2 rookie OG Jackson Carman will battle for another. LT Jonah Williams will need to stay healthy after landing on IR in back to back years.

- The Bengals released Gio Bernard in April. The career-long Bengal had caught 30+ balls in 8 straight seasons.

- There isn’t a clear handcuff to Mixon. Samaje Perine, Trayveon Williams and rookie Chris Evans will battle for the role.

- OC Brian Callahan said the following this offseason: "I don't want Joe to leave the field, and I think he's up for that challenge.”

- Joe Burrow suffered a major knee injury last November. A slow start is possible for the young passer, but the doctor working on Burrow’s rehab said in May that he’s on track for Week 1.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line

Before a lost 2020, Mixon tallied 1,400 total yards in back to back seasons. That production surfaced primarily with Andy Dalton under center and Gio Bernard siphoning receptions.

Mixon’s 2021 setup looks like his best one yet. Joe Burrow is track to return for Week 1, while Gio Bernard is finally gone. Plus, impact rookie Ja'Marr Chase joins an already strong WR corps. So Mixon should find more room to run— even with modest O-line improvements.

Only 25, the highly-athletic Mixon looks like one of the league’s top rebound candidates and a desirable RB1/2.


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The Athletic's Paul Dehner expects "monster numbers" from Bengals RB Joe Mixon this season. Dehner projects Mixon to play around 80% of the offensive snaps and add 15-20 receptions to his previous career high of 43. That'd make Mixon a shoo-in for RB1 numbers with a shot at the top 5. He's an exciting pick at his current mid-2nd-round ADP.

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Bengals RB Joe Mixon is "full go" for OTAs, HC Zac Taylor said Tuesday. Mixon missed the final 10 games of last season with a right foot injury that we never learned much about. It shouldn't be an issue in 2021, though. The Bengals have talked up a bigger receiving role for Mixon this season, which would be a nice boost to his fantasy value.

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Bengals OC Brian Callahan was asked about his plans for a 3rd-down back this season and had this to say: "I don't want Joe (Mixon) to leave the field, and I think he's up for that challenge." Nice. Mixon has been an excellent pass-catching back dating back to his college days. But that part of his game has never been fully unleashed in Cincinnati. He topped out at 43 catches back in 2018 -- although he was on pace for 56 through 6 games last season. The Bengals cut RB Gio Bernard this offseason and only added 6th-round rookie Chris Evans and undrafted rookie Pooka Williams to the backfield so far. A healthy Mixon is a good bet for a new career high in receptions this year. His ADP at the Round 2-3 turn in FFPC best-ball drafts right now (RB15) makes him a good target.

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Bengals HC Zac Taylor ruled RB Joe Mixon (foot) out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Taylor said there's a "possibility" Mixon plays again this season -- but fantasy owners shouldn't be banking on it. Gio Bernard gets another game as Cincinnati's lead back this weekend and creeps toward RB2 territory vs. a crumbling Dallas defense.

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The Bengals have placed RB Joe Mixon on IR with his foot injury. He actually returned to the game after suffering the injury back in Week 6 -- and will now end up missing at least 6 games with it. Strange. The earliest Mixon is now eligible to play is Week 14. We'd try to keep him stashed on fantasy rosters, but it'll be Gio Bernard as lead back for at least the next 3 games vs. Washington, the Giants and Dolphins.

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