Sunday AM update: The Colts defense will likely be without linebacker Darius Leonard, who is listed as doubtful with a groin injury. Defensive linemen Denico Autry (ankle, knee) and Justin Houston (hip) are both listed as questionable. ESPN’s PPR projections have Mixon with 16.8 points. Given his involvement in the passing game, Mixon is a start in most leagues regardless of how the game script plays ut.
After a huge 42.1 PPR point performance in Week 4, Joe Mixon returned to his mediocre baseline against a tough Baltimore defense in Week 5. Aside from Week 4, Mixon has been a bit of a disappointment to fantasy owners this season, as he has only averaged 10.65 points per game if you remove the Week 4 outlier. Can Mixon start to build more trust with fantasy owners in a Week 6 match-up with the Colts? We break down the fantasy analysis below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bengals RB Joe Mixon
Volume has never been a problem for Mixon this season, as he has never received fewer than 16 carries in a game. He is the clear cut lead within the Cincinnati backfield, yet he has found limited success.
He is averaging only 3.7 yards per carry. On the plus side, Mixon continues to be involved in the passing game despite the presence of Giovanni Bernard, which improves his PPR value.
Unfortunately for Mixon, the Colts are not a match-up to exploit, as their rushing defense has held opponents to an average of 86.4 rushing yards per game. They have impressively allowed only one rushing touchdown this season, and are holding running backs to an average of 3.6 yards per carry. Mixon’s volume alone makes him an every week starter, though his lack of production and tough match-up both cause his value to take a hit.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Mixon as a low end RB1/RB2.