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Joe Mixon or Dalvin Cook

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  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
 
 
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Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total239.4190.4-
Avg Game17.111.9-
Avg Projection231.4200.8-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. GB vs. LAC
Week 2 at IND at CLE
Week 3 vs. TEN at PHI
Week 4 at HOU vs. JAC
Week 5 at SEA at BAL
Week 6 vs. ATL at IND
Week 7BYE WEEK vs. CLE
Week 8 at GB vs. TEN
Week 9 vs. DETBYE WEEK
Week 10 at CHI at PIT
Week 11 vs. DAL at WAS
Week 12 vs. CAR vs. NYG
Week 13 vs. JAC at MIA
Week 14 at TB vs. DAL
Week 15 vs. CHI vs. PIT
Week 16 at NO at HOU
Week 17 at DET vs. BAL
Player Projections Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts259.2273.0
Rush Yards1,138.11,183.4
Rush TDs9.87.5
   
Receiving
   
Receptions59.739.6
Rec Yards526.2305.4
Rec TDs1.81.7
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points231.4200.8
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
2019 Points 
Week 124.01.7
Week 225.12.7
Week 320.315.4
Week 413.06.3
Week 519.810.9
Week 611.43.9
Week 726.96.4
Week 823.113.7
Week 911.6
Week 1024.315.1
Week 1111.716.3
Week 127.9
Week 1310.413.0
Week 1413.524.6
Week 154.315.6
Week 167.3
Week 1729.6
Total239.4190.4
Average17.111.9
Player Targets Comparison
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
2019 Targets 
Week 123
Week 235
Week 352
Week 485
Week 561
Week 623
Week 722
Week 864
Week 97
Week 1073
Week 1163
Week 120
Week 1344
Week 1424
Week 1533
Week 162
Week 171
Notes for Player Combination
  Dalvin CookD. Cook
RB - MIN
Dalvin Cook
Joe MixonJ. Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Expert 
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
Dalvin Cook is yet another running back who has been working on an extension this offseason. While the star back hasn't reached an agreement with the Vikings yet, I expect him to be on the field in Week 1 as he's maintained will be the case. The offense could look a little different without Stefon Diggs and Kevin Stefanski, but Mike Zimmer is a smart coach and he knows the team's best chance to win is by running early and often.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.
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
Although Cook returned for the 2018 season opener after tearing his ACL the previous October, he didn't look fully healthy while averaging 2.7 yards per carry over three September games. He finished '18 strong, then posted the best numbers of his career in 2019.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.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
Dalvin Cook is the centerpiece of his offense, which is something that very few players in the NFL get to claim. At the time of writing, we're seeing him threaten to holdout if he doesn't get the contract extension he's looking for from the Minnesota Vikings. While Cook has the leverage in terms of his involvement in the offense, he still has yet to play a full 16-game season. This holdout may extend into the regular season and that's worrisome for fantasy owners. We'll have to take a wait-and-see approach right now, but he's a solid first-round pick if he does end his holdout.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.
Wolf of Roto Street
Roto Street Journal
The only way Dalvin could maintain Top-3 value was if Kubiak replaced Stefanski. He did, and the zone blocking remains in place for another blow up.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 further
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
Cook caused some waves early in the offseason with discussions of a potential holdout, but the new CBA essentially makes holding out a no-win situation for a player, and Cook reported when camp opened. There's no doubting Cook's value when healthy. Gary Kubiak will likely continue to employ the run-blocking scheme that fit Cook so well last year, and Cook is one of perhaps five players or so who has a legitimate chance to finish as the No. 1 running back in fantasy. The key, of course, is the "when healthy" part, as Cook has played in just 29 of 48 games in his young career. And, despite the futility of a holdout, Cook's unhappiness with his contract could potentially lead him to protect himself more than he otherwise would with minor injuries. But all of that is just window dressing given Cook's talent. His nearly limitless ceiling dictates that he be taken as a top-5 or 6 back, though drafters would be wise to lock up Alexander Mattison in the later rounds.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.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
It turns out Gary Kubiak is very good for a run-game. Cook took his game to another level in 2019, finishing as the No. 5 running back despite missing two games. Not only did he total 18-plus carries in eight games, but he also ranked third in yards per route run among running backs. With Stefon Diggs gone, we could see him highlighted even more in the passing game, though Justin Jefferson will eat some of them. Cook also led the league with 21 carries inside the five-yard-line. Health has always been a question mark with Cook, but when healthy, he's easily a top-10 back.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.
Rob Wilson
The Fantasy Footballers
Contract discussion will be an offseason issue. If he stays healthy, Cook should have no issue finishing as a top three back in that Minnesota rushing attack.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.
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
*Prays "Please stay healthy, please don't holdout"Cant wait to see Mixon behind a healthy O-line and likely to become Joe Burrows favorite target
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Cook had a breakout season with 1,654 yards from scrimmage and 13 touchdowns in 2019. Cook should be a perfect fit for Gary Kubiak's running back friendly offense and he should be an elite RB1 again in 2020.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.
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Dalvin Cook has massive league winning upside! (If he can say healthy.) That's the argument I'm hearing a lot of and it always comes with that little caveat in brackets, whispered in the hope you won't notice. Sadly with Cook it's hard not to notice him breaking down towards the end of every season and surely the Vikings must be as well. When you add in the awkward contract situation and things look very iffy when it comes to taking the Viking in the first five picks. That brings me to a major problem, Alexander Mattison. Mattison isn't a special back but he's shown he can do the job absolutely fine and that means a smart coach will use him to spell Cook a lot more. That's not what you want as the Cook owner as it really caps his upside. Feel free to take Cook somewhere in the Top 5 this draft season but know you're risking your season on a very shaky foundation.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.
Dalton Kates
APEX Fantasy Leagues
Was the RB2 in PPG last year. Stefanski moves on, but still plenty of opportunity for him to thrive in the passing game again with Diggs gone. Elite RBWorkhorse 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.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Initial holdout threat seems to have lost some teeth and I'm sensing that he won't sit out - likely to move to No. 5 among my RBs when that feels more like a lockMixon 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 that
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
With Cook seemingly ready to report to the Vikings and play in 2020, his value remains as a sure-fire RB1. The reason I don't have him in my top-5 is because of his injury history and the emergence of Alexander Mattison as a legitimate change of pace back. Target Cook at the turn.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.
Justin Dodds
Locked In Football
At the time of writing, Cook is without a new contract and has said he will hold out without a new deal. People who drafted Le'Veon Bell a couple of years back during his season-long holdout will certainly have their doubts about drafting Cook with their first-round pick. While this is definitely something to monitor, Mattison's consensus ADP is currently #112 in half PPR redraft leagues, so handcuffing Cook with your 8-9th round pick is definitely feasible. 
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
"The things I do coming out of the backfield, the things I do in between the tackles, I block, I pretty much do it all," Cook said. "I don't have to come off the field. I think some guys just don't do as much as I do, and I think that's why I'm today's (top) back." Cook solidified himself as an elite option at the position last season, but his injury history remains lengthy and concerning. -Pioneer Press Cook has slipped a couple of spots due to him threatening a holdout. As soon as he signs something he's the RB4, but I'd hesitate drafting him until he signs something.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.