Today we bring you our first fantasy bold prediction of the year. If you have been following our youtube or Instagram channel you may already know this one. For those who do not we tell you that we think Joe Mixon can be a top 5 running back this year! Yes for those who drafted Mixon last year and saw him struggle early on you may not agree. But let us tell you why we think he can be a top 5 running back!
Last Year’s Analysis
Last year the Bengals offense was just terrible. They benched Andy Dalton to bring in Ryan Finley only to bench him for Dalton. The team had numerous injuries including those to star wide out A.J. Green and first round pick Jonah Williams. William’s injury left the offensive line doomed from the star and several other injuries hurt the offense as a whole. Yet through all of that Mixon managed to put up over 1100 yards rushing and finished RB13 in PPR leagues. He had a very strong second half of the year once Zac Taylor started to realize utilize his playmaking abilities. Through the last 4 weeks of the season he finished as the RB6 which is very impressive. The hope I have for him is that he continues to build upon the momentum from the end of last year. This often is seen with top notch playmakers.
Looking to 2020
The Bengals offense should continue to grow in its second year under Zac Taylor’s tenure. There is also no surprise that Joe Burrow will most likely be under center as he has blown away the Bengals staff in meetings. To me this really helps out Mixon’s value having a rookie like Burrow under center because he should look for Mixon in the passing game. I expect a lot of screens to get Burrow situated early in the season and a ton of runs out of the shotgun. If the offensive line can stay healthy that will be a huge plus for Mixon as well. I think he has top 5 talent in this league the offense just needs to come together now. He could improve his touchdown numbers a lot this year which should boost his fantasy value. I expect another 1100 to 1200 yard season with 10-13 overall touchdowns.
Joe Mixon is going to be a guy I try to gather in many of my leagues at the right price. I love him at the late first round turn and will be drafting him every chance I get. The Bengals offense should be much improved and should look to utilize him as much as they can. Having their full arsenal of weapons back will allow things to open up. Also expect a much better offensive line as they get healthy. For all those reasons Joe Mixon being a top 5 back is our first fantasy bold prediction for 2020.