Joe Mixon Fantasy Outlook Drops With Worrying Training Camp Absences

Max Staley
Joe Mixon's fantasy football outlook drops with continued absence from training camp.
Joe Mixon's fantasy football outlook drops with continued absence from training camp. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Joe Mixon looked primed for a breakout 2020 season. He was flat-out dominant down the stretch in 2019, and the Cincinnati Bengals have built a quietly dangerous offense this season.

Unfortunately, fantasy managers may pump the breaks on the Mixon breakout. The fourth-year star has been missing a lot of time at Bengals camp recently, and was absent once again on Friday afternoon. This is a situation fantasy managers will need to monitor closely as drafts approach.

Joe Mixon Fantasy Football Outlook

Mixon is currently coming off the board with an average draft position (ADP) of RB8 (No. 10 overall), per FantasyPros. However, this mysterious absence could impact that.

He was seen on the sidelines at Bengals practice on Tuesday, but he has been absent all together since then. The team has cited migraine issues as the reason for his absence.

Joe Mixon Holdout

However, it's not exactly a secret that the former second-round pick is looking for a new deal. There was even some speculation that Mixon could holdout back in April – it's entirely possible that these absences are holdout related. Simply put, this is a mysterious situation and anyone looking to draft Mixon this weekend should proceed with caution.

This certainly isn't what fantasy managers want to see from a potential first-round pick, especially with many drafts happening this weekend.

If Mixon does miss any extended time, Giovanni Bernard would see a huge bump in value, and Trayveon Williams would be an intriguing, under-the-radar option.

We still have Mixon as the RB6 in our 2020 rankings, though that could change if and when Cincinnati puts out any concrete news.

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