Joe Mixon Fantasy Production Likely Limited by Ankle Injury in Week 2 vs 49ers

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Joe Mixon's ankle injury caused him to make an early exit from the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 1 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and the uncertainty around his status for Week 2 clouded the running back's fantasy football outlook all week.

On the surface Mixon is in a good spot on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but the language around his potential Week 2 return isn't nearly as encouraging. Yes, he's active, but when a player needs to "test the injury in pregame warmups," it often leads to a limited output in that game.

Mixon's first-half workload in Week 1 was solid but unspectacular, with five rushes and two receptions, and even a slight reduction if he's playing shy of 100 percent can send his fantasy value plummeting.

This situation is the worst of both worlds for fantasy owners. Mixon gets a huge downgrade from the uncertainty of his workload, but if you added Giovani Bernard from the wavier wire you're also in a tricky spot since Mixon could still be in line for lead back touches. Game flow and/or how his ankle holds up will have an effect on Mixon's output, but you have to set your lineup before the game starts.

A fully healthy Joe Mixon could seemingly be a terrific fantasy play against the 49ers this week. However, that's not what we're getting here.

Mixon certainly isn't a must-bench player, especially if your team is hurting for running back depth. But with so much uncertainty about Mixon's workload, you'll have to downgrade him from an RB1 to an RB2, at least for this week.

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