Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK. Pictured: Joe Mixon
- The Cincinnati Bengals gave Joe Mixon a rare three-down workload in 2018.
- Will he inherit a similar role in 2019? How high should he go in your fantasy football draft?
We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.
The three-down workhorse back is a dying breed in today’s NFL. Plenty of running backs still theoretically have the ability to effectively function as a rusher, receiver and blocker, but multi-back committees have taken over a lot of offenses.
Only seven running backs managed to total at least 200 carries and 50 targets in 2018:
- Ezekiel Elliott
- Saquon Barkley
- David Johnson
- Todd Gurley
- Christian McCaffrey
- James Conner
- Joe Mixon
Mixon will be the focus of our discussion here as we explore how his potential status as a featured three-down back in an underrated offense makes him one of fantasy football’s best values.
Bengals Used Joe Mixon as a Bell-Cow Back in 2018
It’s been a long time since the Bengals have allowed any single running back to dominate backfield snaps. Still, this was the case in 2018 with Mixon working well ahead of Giovani Bernard in all nine of their games together.
Mixon (280 touches) became the first Bengals running back to surpass even 250 combined receptions and carries in a season since Berjarvus Green-Ellis back in 2012. Better injury luck would’ve helped Mixon join the league’s increasingly sparse 300-touch club.