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What to do with Joe Mixon in Week 11 fantasy football

Joe Mixon saw his biggest workload of the season last week against the Ravens. Will the Bengals keep feeding him this week against the Raiders?

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon celebrates after catching a 1 yard pass for a touchdown during the second quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

In Week 10, the Bengals were bulldozed by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens 49-13. In such a blowout, you wouldn’t expect Joe Mixon to see 30 rushing attempts from Joe Mixon, but we sure did. His previous high was 19 in Week 5 against Arizona. Two factors played into his significant workload. One was Gio Bernard’s injured knee that kept him out for a substantial portion of the game, and the other was Ryan Finley’s inability.

On the season, Mixon has carried the ball 131 times for 434 yards (3.3 yards per carry) and no touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Last week he managed 30 attempts for 114 yards and caught two passes for 37 more yards. If he had seen his average number of touches, he’d be closer to 60 rushing yards.

Fantasy football analysis: Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon

If Bernard were hurt, I’d feel better about Mixon seeing enough run to have value against the Raiders this week, but I expect Bernard to pick up his usual workload when in pass-mode this week since he s healthy.

The Raiders allow the thirteenth-most fantasy points to running backs, but they’re 4.05 yards per carry allowed ranks twelfth-best in the league, and they’ve been better against the run than the pass when defending running backs. Mixon gets a little work in the passing game, but for the most part, it’s Bernard leading the way.

As the starter, he gets enough work to keep his floor from sinking into the basement. You can’t rely on him for an upside game in the Bengals offense as it is, but he does have two touchdowns in his last three starts, and he does average 15 touches a game. He should remain a useful flex play while he keeps that kind of workload.

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