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Experts' Pick
 
 
Josh Jacobs
RB - LV
at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
vs. LAC, Sun 4pm EDT
 
 
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Updated: Sep 29th, 2020
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 4# 7-
Best Rank# 1# 4-
Worst Rank# 94# 29-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent at CAR vs. LAC-
Matchup RatingThis is a 5 star matchup. RBs perform better than their average vs CARThis is a 4 star matchup. RBs perform a litter better than their average vs LAC-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Rush Att25.526.7
Rush Yds121119.8
Rush TD1.11.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total198.378.6-
Avg Game13.213.1-
2019 Average13.213.1-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
 
Josh Jacobs
RB - LV
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at CAR vs. LAC
Week 2 vs. NO at CLE
Week 3 at NE at PHI
Week 4 vs. BUF vs. JAC
Week 5 at KC at BAL
Week 6BYE WEEK at IND
Week 7 vs. TB vs. CLE
Week 8 at CLE vs. TEN
Week 9 at LACBYE WEEK
Week 10 vs. DEN at PIT
Week 11 vs. KC at WAS
Week 12 at ATL vs. NYG
Week 13 at NYJ at MIA
Week 14 vs. IND vs. DAL
Week 15 vs. LAC vs. PIT
Week 16 vs. MIA at HOU
Week 17 at DEN vs. BAL
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
 
Josh Jacobs
RB - LV
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
2020 Points 
Week 131.95.1
Week 210.58.6
Week 36.36.5
Week 47.336.1
Week 520.59.4
Week 612.9
Week 73.1
Week 812.9
Week 912.8
Week 1025.6
Week 1112.4
Week 122.4
Week 13
Week 147.4
Week 1517.4
Week 166.9
Week 1720.9
Total198.378.6
Average13.213.1
Player Targets Comparison
 
Josh Jacobs
RB - LV
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
2020 Targets 
Week 162
Week 234
Week 343
Week 446
Week 538
Week 63
Week 74
Week 81
Week 91
Week 104
Week 111
Week 123
Week 13
Week 145
Week 153
Week 162
Week 171
Notes for Player Combination
 
Josh Jacobs
RB - LV
at CAR, Sun 1pm EDT
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
Joe Mixon
Joe Mixon
RB - CIN
vs. LAC, Sun 4pm EDT
Expert 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
The Panthers were the team you wanted to play running backs against in 2019. They allowed a massive 5.32 yards per carry and allowed a touchdown every 14.0 carries. We can talk all day about how Jacobs doesn't catch as many passes as he should, but in this game, it won't matter. The Panthers allowed 363.1 fantasy points on the ground alone last year. No other team was above 297.8 points. The Panthers allowed 18 percent more fantasy points on the ground than any team in the league, think about that for a minute. Now, to be fair, they did hire a new defensive coordinator, but this team is clearly lacking talent to be an elite run-stopping unit. They also lost a lot of the talent they did have. It led them to an all-defense draft. Seriously, they didn't draft a single offensive player. That's a lot of young players in the starting lineup. Trust Jacobs as an RB1 this week and expect big results. He's worth both cash-game and tournament consideration.Now that Mixon is under contract, it's business as usual. The coaching staff said they realized at the mid-way point last year that this offense needed to revolve around Mixon. The result? He totaled 214 touches over the final nine games. That's a ridiculous 23.8 touches per game. Now you add a more potent offense alongside him? There's massive upside here. The Chargers have one of the best pass-rush/secondary combos but haven't been true showstoppers when it comes to the run. They allowed a healthy 4.29 yards per carry last year with 14 rushing touchdowns (one every 25.9 carries, ranked as the seventh-most often). The issue is that their opponents averaged just 57.7 plays per game in 2019, the second lowest in the NFL. There were just four running backs who topped 17 carries against them last year, and each of them finished with at least 17.8 PPR points and as a top-eight running back that week. The biggest worry about Mixon and the Bengals offense is the Chargers running their slow-paced offense draining the clock. It's not a brutal matchup for Mixon and he can succeed here, so start him as you normally would. I might avoid in cash lineups just because of the low-play potential here if the Bengals fall behind and can't get their defense off the field. I do think Mixon has tournament appeal, though.
Jacob Wayne
Lineups
The Panthers' run defense was awful in 2019 as they allowed the most yards per carry, the most yards per game, and the most touchdowns per game by running backs. This is the same defense that lost longtime veteran and former All-Pro linebacker Luke Kuechly to retirement. Josh Jacobs is going to have all of the room in the world to run this week and the only thing that can keep him from producing a top-5 game is workload, something that shouldn't be an issue given his elite talent.While I'm tepid about Joe Burrow this week, I'm very high on Joe Mixon in this matchup. Zac Taylor will be looking for every opportunity to get the ball to Mixon in order to make things easier for his rookie quarterback. The Chargers struggled against pass-catching running backs last year and Mixon has the versatile skill set to take advantage. The Chargers did bring in Linval Joseph, Chris Harris Jr., and rookie Kenneth Murray to shore up the defense, but the Bengals' offensive line can only get better and Mixon is a superstar talent.
Isaiah Sirois
FantasyPros
Josh Jacobs is going to be a workhorse back this season, and he takes on one of the league's least effective rushing defenses from last year. The Panthers were one of the two best teams to target wtih running backs last season, and they've since lost Luke Kuechly! While I think new head coach Matt Rhule can get things turned around, and the addition of Derrick Brown is a step in the right direction, I'm still going to target the Panthers until they prove that they're a team to avoid.I like Mixon for Week 1. Without a preseason, Joe Burrow may have more growing pains than most rookie quarterbacks, and the Bengals could opt to run with Mixon instead. He takes on a beatable Chargers front seven this week, and he'll have a healthy Jonah Williams to block for him. The Bengals' run blocking improved over the course of last season, and I'm cautiously optimistic that they'll keep growing in this one.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Carolina was the worst fantasy running back defense in the NFL last year. Jacobs has an excellent chance to start the season with a bang on the road.The Chargers were just 22nd against fantasy running backs last year, Mixon should be a low-end RB1 in Week 1.