Joe Mixon Could Be 2019 Fantasy Football Bust

By Stephen Knox
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The Cincinnati Bengals lost veteran guard Clint Boling to retirement and their first-round draft pick, left tackle Jonah Williams, for the season. It's the team's offensive line that has at least one fantasy expert worried about the Bengals' star running back Joe Mixon this coming season.

While Mixon will be the workhorse in Cincinnati, it's the players blocking for him that make Yahoo!'s Brad Evans wonder if the Bengals' running back will be a fantasy football bust in 2019.

Mixon is ranked in the top-10 running backs and has an average draft position of 13 overall, so fantasy owners will have to use a first- or second-round pick on the back. He's coming off a season in which he totaled 1,464 yards from scrimmage on 280 touches, and it's that potential workload that has potential fantasy owners salivating.

But with this coming season being Mixon's first as a workhorse back, there are some questions as to whether he can handle the load, especially with a questionable offensive line in front of him. With other backs like Todd Gurley, James Conner, Nick Chubb and Dalvin Cook being selected within five picks of Mixon, grabbing a seemingly more sure thing could be a prudent move.

Despite Mixon's potential upside, there's also big-time bust potential for the third-year back. Proceed with caution if you plan to spend an early-round pick on the Bengals' running back.

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