Joe Mixon Fantasy Outlook Continues to Improve With First Rushing TD of 2019 Season Against Raiders

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Joe Mixon was a huge disappointment in fantasy football for most of the season. Despite being drafted in the early rounds all summer, he ranked only 37th among running backs with 7.6 fantasy points per game through the first eight weeks of the season.

He has turned things around since the Cincinnati Bengals' bye week though, and his fantasy outlook is rising steadily.

Coming out of their bye with Ryan Finley taking over at QB, the Bengals leaned on Mixon far more in Week 10 than they had in any of their first eight games. He played 75 percent of the offensive snaps after not topping 65 percent in the first half of the year, and his 30 rush attempts blew away his previous season-high of 19. He tallied 114 yards on the ground and added 37 on two receptions in that one.

In Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, his volume hasn't been quite as high, but the increased production has held up. In the first half he ran the ball seven times for 47 yards, scoring his first rushing TD of the season while adding another 17 yards on on reception (two targets).

Mixon had lost his status as an every-week fantasy starter early in the season, being a matchup-dependent RB2 most weeks. With the combination of expanded volume and production he has quickly re-established himself as someone you'll want to include in your starting lineup each week.

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