Joe Mixon Fantasy Outlook Troubled by Upcoming Schedule and Limited Usage in Passing Game

Dan Israeli
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Cincinnati Bengals' running back Joe Mixon has been one of the biggest busts of the 2019 fantasy season, currently sitting as the the RB19 in our Week 7 fantasy running back rankings.

Typically taken early in the second round of fantasy drafts, Mixon has disappointed with a lone (receiving) touchdown and just one game of exceeding 100 yards from scrimmage this season.

Unfortunately for Mixon's fantasy owners hoping he can overcome this slow start, his rest-of-season outlook is not that promising either. In addition to playing on a bad team and behind a poor offensive line, Mixon does not have a favorable fantasy schedule in the weeks ahead, with tough matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

One of the most troubling developments for Mixon in fantasy has been his usage in the passing game. Through six weeks, Mixon has just 14 receptions (on 19 targets) for 97 yards. Meanwhile, backup RB Giovani Bernard has 14 receptions (20 targets) for 108 yards.

The fact that Mixon has been unable to steal a significant pass-catching role is not helping his bottom line in fantasy, as the Bengals have been constantly forced into pass-heavy game scripts due to their porous defense giving up big leads early in games. Mixon has also gone nowhere as a runner this season, rushing 74 times for 252 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and zero touchdowns.

For those stuck with Mixon, it is worth seeing what you can get on the trade market, as his name value as a perceived every-down back may still net something of value in return. There is a chance he can improve on his year-to-date performance, but it will likely be extremely difficult considering all of the negative surrounding factors.

The Bengals have a Week 7 matchup with the Jaguars, who have surprisingly given up the seventh-most fantasy points to RBs, according to Yahoo! Fantasy Football. If Mixon performs well against the Jags, it could create a sell-high opportunity, as his current trade value is very low.

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