Joe Mixon Injury Update Boosts Giovani Bernard Fantasy Outlook in Week 8

Max Staley
Joe Mixon injury update boosts Giovani Bernard's fantasy outlook for Week 8.
Joe Mixon injury update boosts Giovani Bernard's fantasy outlook for Week 8. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals star running back Joe Mixon remained sidelined during Wednesday's practice. It's a worrying sign for Mixon, who was unable to suit up last Sunday due to a foot injury suffered in Week 6.

If Mixon is able to play he'd be safe to use as a low-end RB1 against the Tennessee Titans, but Giovani Bernard would once again serve as the team's lead back if Mixon can't go.

Giovani Bernard Fantasy Outlook

A matchup with Tennessee is not nearly as daunting as you might think. The Titans' defense has been average this season, sitting at No. 17 in Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics (No. 16 against the run). Tennessee is also surrendering the 17th-most PPR points per game to opposing RBs this season.

Bernard only managed 37 rushing yards on 13 carries against a beatable Cleveland Browns' defense last week.

That doesn't inspire much confidence, but Bernard could really thrive as a pass-catcher here. He turned 5 targets into 59 receiving yards and a score last week as well. And with Cincinnati likely to be playing from behind, as 5.5-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook, Bernard could be looking at another decent workload through the air.

If Mixon is sidelined yet again, Bernard is safe to fire up as a low-end RB2 or a decent FLEX option. But he'd be rendered irrelevant if Mixon is back, so it'll be important to monitor the Bengals' practice reports throughout the week.

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