Joe Mixon Week 14 Start/Sit: Fantasy Outlook for Bengals RB vs. the Colts

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon is coming off of the best fantasy week of his season -- should he be back in starting lineups in Week 14?

Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon was fantasy football’s top-scoring running back last week, his third top-10 finish in six weeks. Is it possible the veteran is getting stronger with time, or was last week a bit misleading in Jake Browning’s second NFL start? Should you trust him in your lineups in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts?

Should You Start Joe Mixon in Week 14?

As a Mixon manager, I was vocal in complaining about the early usage of Chase Brown last week — that may have been a bit premature.

While it’s true that the fifth-round rookie was used early and often, it didn’t stop Mixon from outscoring every running back last week, courtesy of a pair of touchdowns and a season-high six receptions (117 total yards, per the Week 14 Cheat Sheet).

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I think it’s possible that Browning played the best game of his career last week, which certainly fueled the Mixon explosion. But even if you dial back some of that offensive success, the combination of goal-line work and volume puts Mixon into starting lineups every single week.

I don’t mind the thought process in adding Brown (nine carries for 61 yards on Monday night), but I think you’re getting overly aggressive if you think he’s a Flex option this week.

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Should You Start Mixon or Jahmyr Gibbs?

I like the floor Mixon provides, but not enough to take it over the ceiling of the Detroit Lions rookie. Jahmyr Gibbs’ explosion — 5.6 yards per touch — elevates his potential above what we can expect from Mixon, even in a tough matchup.

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This is close, and I’m comfortable in starting either, but I’d lean Gibbs. At the end of the day, I want to see Browning lead this Bengals offense into scoring situations at least one more time before assuming that it is “real” and that I can count on Mixon holding significant scoring equity.

Should You Start Mixon or De’Von Achane?

Maybe I’m crazy here, but I have Mixon one spot higher. De’Von Achane played behind Raheem Mostert last week, something that isn’t clear if you just look at the box score given that the rookie racked up work in the second half of a blowout win.

With Mixon, it’s essentially a guarantee that he handles 14-18 touches. For me, that’s comforting over a player in Achane who is facing a Tennessee Titans defense that is more vulnerable through the air than on the ground. As was the case in the Gibbs question, I’m happy to start either, but if it’s two guys for one spot in a close matchup, I’m siding with Mixon.

Kyle Yates’ Week 14 RB Rankings

1) Christian McCaffrey | SF (vs. SEA)
2) Alvin Kamara | NO (vs. CAR)
3) Zack Moss | IND (at CIN)
4) Bijan Robinson | ATL (vs. TB)
5) Isiah Pacheco | KC (vs. BUF)
6) Austin Ekeler | LAC (vs. DEN)
7) Josh Jacobs | LV (vs. MIN)
8) De’Von Achane | MIA (vs. TEN)
9) Saquon Barkley | NYG (vs. GB)
10) Rachaad White | TB (at ATL)
11) Kyren Williams | LAR (vs. BAL)
12) Tony Pollard | DAL (vs. PHI)
13) Joe Mixon | CIN (vs. IND)
14) Jahmyr Gibbs | DET (at CHI)
15) David Montgomery | DET (at CHI)
16) Javonte Williams | DEN (at LAC)
17) Travis Etienne Jr. | JAX (at CLE)
18) Raheem Mostert | MIA (vs. TEN)
19) Derrick Henry | TEN (at MIA)
20) James Cook | BUF (at KC)
21) Breece Hall | NYJ (vs. HOU)
22) D’Andre Swift | PHI (at DAL)
23) Ezekiel Elliott | NE (at PIT)
24) Jerome Ford | CLE (vs. JAX)
25) Jaylen Warren | PIT (vs. NE)

26) Chuba Hubbard | CAR (at NO)
27) Alexander Mattison | MIN (at LV)
28) Najee Harris | PIT (vs. NE)
29) AJ Dillon | GB (at NYG)
30) Keaton Mitchell | BAL (vs. LAR)
31) Gus Edwards | BAL (vs. LAR)
32) Devin Singletary | HOU (at NYJ)
33) Tyjae Spears | TEN (at MIA)
34) Dameon Pierce | HOU (at NYJ)
35) Roschon Johnson | CHI (vs. DET)
36) Zach Charbonnet | SEA (at SF)
37) Khalil Herbert | CHI (vs. DET)
38) Kareem Hunt | CLE (vs. JAX)
39) Ty Chandler | MIN (at LV)
40) Miles Sanders | CAR (at NO)
41) Tyler Allgeier | ATL (vs. TB)
42) Samaje Perine | DEN (at LAC)
43) Joshua Kelley | LAC (vs. DEN)
44) Kenneth Gainwell | PHI (at DAL)
45) Chase Brown | CIN (vs. IND)
46) Rico Dowdle | DAL (vs. PHI)
47) D’Ernest Johnson | JAX (at CLE)
48) Jamaal Williams | NO (vs. CAR)
49) D’Onta Foreman | CHI (vs. DET)
50) Cordarrelle Patterson | ATL (vs. TB)

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