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Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
 
 
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ECR# 8# 14-
Best Rank# 3# 4-
Worst Rank# 19# 23-
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total190.4217.0-
Avg Game11.913.6-
Avg Projection200.8184.2-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. LAC at CIN
Week 2 at CLE vs. KC
Week 3 at PHI vs. CAR
Week 4 vs. JAC at TB
Week 5 at BAL at NO
Week 6 at INDBYE WEEK
Week 7 vs. CLE vs. JAC
Week 8 vs. TEN at DEN
Week 9BYE WEEK vs. LV
Week 10 at PIT at MIA
Week 11 at WAS vs. NYJ
Week 12 vs. NYG at BUF
Week 13 at MIA vs. NE
Week 14 vs. DAL vs. ATL
Week 15 vs. PIT at LV
Week 16 at HOU vs. DEN
Week 17 vs. BAL at KC
Player Projections Comparison
 
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts273.0164.0
Rush Yards1,183.4709.7
Rush TDs7.54.5
   
Receiving
   
Receptions39.666.0
Rec Yards305.4654.6
Rec TDs1.73.9
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points200.8184.2
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2019 Points 
Week 11.733.4
Week 22.717.3
Week 315.48.1
Week 46.324.2
Week 510.97.3
Week 63.92.8
Week 76.418.5
Week 813.78.2
Week 99.3
Week 1015.110.8
Week 1116.313.2
Week 127.9
Week 1313.012.7
Week 1424.627.3
Week 1515.68.1
Week 167.36.9
Week 1729.68.9
Total190.4217.0
Average11.913.6
Player Targets Comparison
 
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
2019 Targets 
Week 137
Week 256
Week 327
Week 455
Week 5116
Week 634
Week 728
Week 843
Week 94
Week 1032
Week 11312
Week 120
Week 1345
Week 1445
Week 1537
Week 1626
Week 17111
Notes for Player Combination
 
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Austin Ekeler
RB - LAC
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Bengals were abysmal last season as they suffered through suspect quarterback play from Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley. Still, Mixon rushed for 4.1 yards per carry and had 35 catches. With Joe Burrow now at quarterback and Zac Taylor's offense featuring plenty of receiving talent, Mixon will have much more room to run and more scoring opportunities in 2020.Ekeler finished as the RB4 in PPR leagues last season despite sharing backfield work with Melvin Gordon who's now on the Broncos. However, I'm a little hesitant to jump to conclusions with his projection for this season as Philip Rivers is also gone from the team. Rivers has always been a QB who peppers his running backs with targets and last season was no different as Ekeler hauled in 92 catches. Replacing Rivers is Tyrod Taylor, a scrambling QB who has historically not thrown to his running backs. Ekeler will get a significant increase in his carry count with Gordon out, but I don't see him getting enough targets to make him a top-5 guy again.
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
The Bengals addressed their poor offensive line play by selecting center Billy Price in the 2018 draft's first round, then tackle Jonah Williams 11th overall in '19. The hope is that Williams, who missed all of '19 with an injury, helps provide Mixon with better blocking.Melvin Gordon's 2019 holdout resulted in Ekeler racking up 490 scrimmage yards, 24 receptions and six touchdowns over four September games prior to Gordon's return. With Gordon having left for Denver, Ekeler will be the Chargers' main man in 2020.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Mixon now has the contract he coveted in Cincinnati and he's poised to be a workhorse back in a much-improved offense. From Weeks 11-17 last season, Mixon was the RB3 in all of fantasy football. And that was with Ryan Finley throwing the ball and completing 40% of his passes. Mixon's going to receive 18+ carries a game and there should be plenty of scoring opportunities to go around now that Joe Burrow is at QB. If you're drafting now and have concerns about Alvin Kamara and Dalvin Cook's contract situation, I'm fine taking Mixon over them.Ekeler should see a drop-off in overall targets with Tyrod Taylor now at QB, but it won't be as much as some people are projecting. Ekeler's chances of repeating as the RB6 simply aren't there again this season, but he's going to be a fantastic RB2 option for your roster.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
Joe Burrow at QB makes this offense instantly and infinitely more potent. Jonah Williams, last year's top ranked run blocker, will immediately improve the line. Mixon was the RB4 from Week 10 on, when the team fully (finally) committed to him, and now will be in an even rosier situation. *UPDATE* New contract only locks Mixon in furtherBack on a huge deal, suggesting he'll remain a focal point -- even moreso than when he was the RB4 in PPR. Avoided any major Draft Day additions as well (only 4th rounder Josh Kelley added)... Ekeler has top-3 upside.
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Mixon's value was up in the air for a week or two before he agreed on a new deal with the Bengals that will keep him in Cincinnati for several more seasons. With that locked in, Mixon is good to go for the 2020 season and it should be a good one. The downside for Mixon is his lack of usage in the passing game, which admittedly limits his upside a tad. But he was a true workhorse back over the latter half of the 2019 season, and will now be playing behind a better offensive line with a better quarterback in an offense that should score plenty of points. He may not have the ceiling of the top three or four backs being drafted, but if he's healthy, RB1 status is nearly a lock. Draft him with confidence. 
David Zach
FantasyPros
 Gordon vacated touches, improved Offensive Line, projection model darling, finally "THE" guy
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Don't sleep on a Joe Mixon bounce back in 2020! The Bengals were truly awful last year, but Joe Burrow, AJ Green, Tee Higgins and a slew of other additions indicate a new dawn in Cinci. Mixon remains the clear lead back and should get another 300-350 touches. The improved attack and Joe Burrow's love of passing to RBs means Mixon has seriously high upside in 2020. He's a strong first round pick.I'm very torn on Austin Ekeler in 2019 and could see myself slotting him in anywhere from RB8 to RB 14 in half-ppr before the pre-season concludes. He remains a pass-catching monster but I'm not yet convinced he'll provide enough volume in the running game to justify a first-round pick. I expect a slight reduction in the quality of this attack overall with Philip Rivers gone and I could also see Joshua Kelley or Justin Jackson chipping into his goal line and between-the-tackles work. Ultimately, this really comes down to your risk-aversion. In PPR he'll be a monster but otherwise, he's a risk you may choose to avoid. If he's sitting there in the second round though, he's going to be very hard for me to pass up on.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It's one thing to project a breakout for a player due to an increase in opportunity. It's another thing to project a breakout due to an increase in offensive production. Mixon got the opportunity last year under Zac Taylor, as he totaled 18-plus touches on 10 different occasions. But he'll need the offense to take a step forward in 2020 if he wants to ascend into stardom, as he's been an RB2 or better in just 57 percent of his games over the last two years. You must pay attention to his contract status as you approach drafts because Mixon has stated he'll hold out without an extension. This is a real thing with running backs, as they're trying to preserve their health while cashing in on a second contract. Stay tuned.After seeing Ekeler's contract extension this offseason, it seemed a little light for a workhorse, leading many to believe they'd draft a running back early on. They waited until the fourth round to select UCLA's Joshua Kelley, who's a bigger complementary back. The Chargers offense isn't likely going to be as high scoring as it was with Philip Rivers under center, but Ekeler remains the top dog in the backfield. Still, don't just anticipate this offense is going to be as potent, or that he'll have as many scoring opportunities, which is why he's best-suited as a high-end RB2 than an RB1.
Rob Wilson
The Fantasy Footballers
The fantasy world was ready last year, the casual fan is ready this year. Mixon should truly breakout in Zac Taylor's offense with Joe Burrow behind center.Melvin Gordon left and Ekeler remains. Some of the vacated carries and targets should funnel his way, while touchdown totals project to decline
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
Cant wait to see Mixon behind a healthy O-line and likely to become Joe Burrows favorite targetHoping he can hold up between the tackles for an entire season. If not, expect Jackson to bite into those goal line TDs, but its not enough to scare me off, the guy is a playmaker for real..
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Mixon had a horrible start to the season, but finished the year strong and he had 1424 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns on the season. Joe Burrow should make the passing game more dangerous, which should help Mixon see better running lanes, but the offensive line still needs a ton of work.Ekeler had 1,550 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns while splitting touches with RB Melvin Gordon for 12 games. Gordon leaving for Denver should give him an increased workload, but Ekeler's quarterback situation is less than ideal and they added Joshua Kelley in the NFL Draft, which could create another RBBC.
Dalton Kates
APEX Fantasy Leagues
Workhorse RB in what should be an improved offense and OL. One of 5 RBs to have over 1k yards and 35 recs in each of the past two seasons.Top 5 finish last year. Unlikely to be true workhorse, but will be the lead back in what should be an underrated offense. Tyrod at QB may hinder Ekeler's receiving production, but overall Ekeler is a special player and we want to be chasing this type of profile.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Mixon has 2 of the 3 things that make a fantasy star - volume and talent. What's he been missing is a ripe environment and the hope is rookie QB Burrow can fix thatAveraged better than 1.0 FAN PTS/TOUCH in Half PPR formats each of his 3 seasons, and if he can maintain that with a QB change in 2020, another RB Top 10 finish likely
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
Mixon finished the 2019 season on a strong note averaging nearly 100 yards a game on the ground (98) and scoring six total TDs.With Joe Burrow now under center, the Bengals have a chance to surprise people offensively, and that all begins with the ground game. Look for Mixon to finally have the breakout season we've been waiting for since he entered the league.Ekeler finally gets the starting role in LA but he also loses his dump off heavy QB - Philip Rivers. Now he'll have the combination of Justin Herbert and Tyrod Taylor to get him the football. With Herbert likely to be the starter sooner rather than later, I like Ekeler's chances of finishing inside the 10 at RB.
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
 In .5 PPR leagues last season, Austin Ekeler (14.71 PPG) actually performed better than Miles Sanders (14.36 PPG) in the second half of the season. Sanders is getting loads of love while Ekeler has been more of a forgotten stud. Ekeler did not have a game with double-digit rushes after Week 4 last season and was still an RB1. He'll get it done, no matter what.
Kevin Wheeler
The Draft Zone
Mixon jumps off the page as an RB who did a lot with nothing last year, but I'm nervous about a potential holdout. 
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
How many more terrible situations does he have to survive before he finally gets a real supporting cast? The team has finished in the bottom half of the league in yards and points the last 3 seasons. Mixon manages to survive as RB34(rookie year where he only started 7 games), 9, and 13.I'm bad at ranking outliers. Had a career high 132 carries last year, yet to go over 560 rushing yards. Makes his money in the passing game, which now unknown. Can't be more efficient than last year: 108 targets, 92 receptions. I think it would be safe(?) to pencil him in for 1000 total yards and 5 TDs. Which would put him in the RB20s range. 20 touches a game without Gordon(4 games)23.75ppg 12 touches a game with Gordon(12 games)14ppg. 6 rushes a game with Gordon The Chargers were 28th in att last year and that still leaves almost 17 rushing attempts per year Gordon also got a healthy 55 targets in his 12 games, albeit with Rivers, Melvin also paced as RB11 after his return