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Mixon was traded from Cincinnati to Houston this offseason, and he will be the starter for the Texans in 2024. Mixon should be considered a high-end No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3. Ending up in Houston was a great landing spot for Mixon, who has averaged at least 15.7 PPR points per game in each of the past four seasons. The Texans offense should be explosive with C.J. Stroud at quarterback, and Houston has an above-average offensive line. Mixon should have the chance to score double-digit touchdowns (he's averaged 13 total touchdowns a year for the past three seasons), and he should be a factor in the passing game (he has 112 receptions in the past two seasons). He also has little competition for touches, which is ideal. While he's getting older at 27, Mixon should have the chance for a big season with his new team in 2024.

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 1034 4.02 9 52 376 3 19711.6
2022 814 3.88 7 60 441 2 16912.1
3y Avg. 1018 4.02 10 0 51 377 3 20212.6
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  • Texans' Joe Mixon: Gets extension from Houston

    Mixon has signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per Schefter, Mixon's reported deal with Houston -- which runs through 2026, according to Jonathan M. Alexander of the Houston Chronicle -- is for $27 million and includes $13 million guaranteed. The Bengals sent the 27-year-old to the Texans in exchange for a 2024 seventh-rounder, setting the stage for Mixon to take over as the lead back in his new locale, replacing Devin Singletary, who signed on with the Giants in free agency. Also in the mix for carries for Houston will be 2022 fourth-rounder Dameon Pierce, but the team's decision to extend Mixon clearly demonstrates confidence in the 2017 second-rounder, a context that should allow him to maintain steady weekly volume in 2024.
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  • Texans' Joe Mixon: Headed to Houston

    The Bengals are slated to trade Mixon to the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Previous reports indicated that Cincinnati intended to release Mixon, but instead the running back is in line to be dealt to Houston for a conditional seventh-round pick, per Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston. The 27-year-old will thus fill the void created by the departure of Devin Singletary and is on track to lead a Texans backfield that also includes Dameon Pierce. In 17 regular-season games with the Bengals in 2023, Mixon had 257 carries for 1,034 yards and nine TDs to go along with 52 catches for 376 yards and three more scores.
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  • Joe Mixon: Released by Bengals

    Mixon was released by the Bengals on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. It was suspected that Mixon could be a potential cap casualty for the Bengals, and that has turned out to be the case. He spent his first seven seasons in Cincinnati and finished the 2023 campaign with 1,410 yards and 12 touchdowns from scrimmage. The veteran back turns 28 years old in July and now will be looking for a fresh start elsewhere.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Possible cap casualty

    Mixon is a potential cap casualty this offseason, though it won't be surprising if he's back with the Bengals instead, Jeremy Fowler of reports. The same was said last offseason until Mixon renegotiated his contract in mid-July to lower his base salaries for 2023 and 2024 while adding some incentives. He's now scheduled for an $8.85 million cap hit in the final year of his deal, with the Bengals carrying $2.75 million in dead money for 2024 if the running back is traded or released before he's due a $3 million roster bonus March 18. The timing of the bonus at least means we should have some clarity early in the offseason, whereas last year there were rumors swirling around Mixon from January to July. Possibilities for 2024 include a trade, release, contract extension or simply keeping him under his current deal. He turns 28 in July, coming off a 2023 campaign with 1,410 yards and 12 touchdowns from scrimmage.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Tops 1,000 yards in two-TD finale

    Mixon rushed 14 times for 111 yards and a touchdown while catching one of two targets for a six-yard touchdown in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Browns. He finishes the season with 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns on 257 rushing attempts, along with 52 catches on 63 targets for 376 yards and three touchdowns. Mixon took advantage of Cleveland resting numerous defensive starters with the Browns preparing for the playoffs. He opened the scoring with a one-yard rushing touchdown, and after eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards in a season for the fourth time in his career with a 44-yard carry, Mixon celebrated by capping that possession with a six-yard receiving score. The 27-year-old running back has one more year left on his deal after restructuring his contract in July, so Mixon should be back in the lead role for the Bengals next season.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: In clear for Week 18

    Mixon (illness) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Browns. Mixon sat out Thursday's practice after coming down with an illness, but he returned to the field Friday as a full participant to clear up any concern about his status heading into the season finale. The veteran back has played more than 60 percent of the offensive snaps in all but one of Cincinnati's 16 games to date, but given that the 8-8 Bengals are eliminated from the playoffs and have little at stake in Week 18, it's possible the coaching staff looks to lighten Mixon's workload heading into the offseason. If that's the case, rookie fifth-round pick Chase Brown could take on a heightened role as Cincinnati's No. 2 option out of the backfield.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Misses practice with illness

    Mixon was added to the Bengals' Week 18 injury report after sitting out Thursday's practice with an illness. If Mixon is able to return to practice Friday as a limited or full participant, it would assuage some of the concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Browns. However, with Cincinnati already eliminated from postseason contention heading into the Week 18 matchup, Mixon could be subject to a lighter workload than usual Sunday even if the illness is fully behind him. Rookie fifth-round pick Chase Brown has worked in a change-of-pace capacity behind Mixon over the last few weeks, but the Bengals could be motivated to give the Illinois product more reps in an otherwise meaningless season finale in preparation for him taking on a larger role in 2024.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Finds end zone against Chiefs

    Mixon rushed the ball 21 times for 65 yards in Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Chiefs. He added four receptions on four targets for 22 yards and a touchdown. After being challenged in his role as lead back for the last several weeks, Mixon out-touched Chase Brown 25-5. He was highly inefficient on the ground by averaging only 3.1 yards per carry, though he found more success as a pass catcher. The highlight of Mixon's performance came on a seven-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter -- his ninth total trip to the end zone in his last 10 games.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Limited impact in lopsided loss

    Mixon rushed 11 times for 43 yards and caught two of four targets for seven yards in Saturday's 34-11 loss to the Steelers. He also caught a two-point conversion Mixon was held to just four yards on five first-half carries as the Bengals took a 24-0 deficit into the locker room. Cincinnati largely abandoned the run in the second half due to the large deficit, though Mixon found a bit more running room and caught a two-point conversion after Cincinnati's lone touchdown in the third quarter. Mixon's 50 scrimmage yards marked his lowest total since Week 10, but backup Chase Brown had only 24 scrimmage yards, so Mixon remains in the lead role heading into a Week 17 trip to Kansas City.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Seemingly cedes ground to backup

    Mixon ran for 47 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries in the 27-24 overtime win against the Vikings on Saturday while adding three catches for 14 yards on three targets. Mixon did fairly well for himself, but the concerning news is that rookie backup Chase Brown poached seven carries and three targets on his own. Brown was less effective as a runner (23 yards) but more effective as a receiver (three catches for 28 yards). That's two weeks in a row that Brown made a noticeable impact as a pass catcher, and it's possible that the rookie has established a role somewhat at Mixon's expense. Mixon will remain the lead back against Pittsburgh in Week 16, though his usage share might be headed toward a low point in his Cincinnati career.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Sees 24 touches in Week 14 win

    Mixon rushed 21 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and brought in three of four targets for 46 yards in the Bengals' 34-14 win over the Colts on Sunday. Mixon saw rookie backfield mate Chase Brown increase his role with 11 touches in his own right, one of which resulted in an impressive 54-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the first quarter. Brown certainly passes the eyeball test as the more explosive of the two players, but Mixon continued to be trusted with the bulk of the rushing work and played a key role through the air himself. The veteran rounded out his productive afternoon with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and he appears to have a clear grasp on the lead role going into a Week 15 home matchup against the Vikings on Saturday afternoon.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: RBs to Start

    After a down game in Week 12 against Pittsburgh in the first game without Joe Burrow (wrist), Mixon rebounded nicely in Week 13 at Jacksonville with 19 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns and six catches for 49 yards on seven targets. His role in the passing game is important here because every time he's had at least four catches, which has happened five times this season, he's scored at least 13.4 PPR points. I expect Jake Browning to continue to lean on Mixon out of the backfield based on the game plan against Jacksonville, and that should allow Mixon to remain a No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues. The Colts get run-stuffer Grover Stewart this week from his six-game suspension, but Mixon's work in the passing game should help him be successful for Fantasy managers this week.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Strong all-around effort in OT win

    Mixon rushed 19 times for 68 yards and two touchdowns and brought in six of seven targets for 49 yards in the Bengals' 34-31 overtime win over the Jaguars on Monday night. Mixon was instrumental in the Bengals' upset, recording six- and two-yard touchdown runs in the first half to help forge a 14-14 tie going into halftime. The versatile veteran also was a distant second in reception and receiving yards to Ja'Marr Chase on the night, and his totals in both categories were season highs. Mixon should continue to be heavily involved as both a runner and receiver as Cincinnati aims to continue giving fill-in quarterback Jake Browning plenty of support in a Week 14 home matchup versus the Colts.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Bust Alert (Start/Sit)

    The first game for Mixon without Joe Burrow (wrist) didn't go well in Week 12 against Pittsburgh. Mixon had only eight carries for 16 yards and two catches for 44 yards on two targets, and his eight PPR points were a season low. He should rebound slightly against the Jaguars in Week 13, but I'm nervous about Mixon in this matchup. Jacksonville has only allowed three running backs to score a touchdown this year and none on the ground since Week 6. The Bengals offense will likely struggle again with Jake Browning under center, and the Jaguars will focus on stopping Mixon. It could be another rough outing for him on Monday night, and I would only use Mixon as a flex option in the majority of leagues.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Garners 100 total yards in loss

    Mixon rushed 16 times for 69 yards and brought in all five targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' 34-20 loss to the Ravens on Thursday night. Mixon was the most consistently productive member of a notably short-handed offense, posting his third-highest rushing yardage total of the season while also scoring his first receiving touchdown since Week 9 of last season on a four-yard grab just past the midway point of the second quarter. That throw came from Joe Burrow, who suffered a wrist injury on the play that forced him from the contest for the remainder of the night. With Burrow's status for a Week 12 contest against the Steelers on Sunday, Nov. 26 now in doubt, Mixon's already pivotal role in Cincinnati's offense could expand further if the team's star quarterback remains sidelined for that game.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Produces TD with 19 touches

    Mixon (chest) had 14 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions for 31 yards off of six targets in Sunday's 24-18 win over the Bills. Mixon suited up for Sunday Night Football as expected after dealing with a minor chest injury early in the practice week. Cincinnati's workhorse wound up handling 19 combined touches, which is right in line with the 18.7 touches he averaged prior to Sunday's win. Mixon's touchdowns and receptions are slightly behind last year's pace, but we could see the entire Bengals' offense receive a boost in the second half -- continuing with next Sunday's tilt versus Houston -- if Joe Burrow continues his recent hot streak.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Active versus Buffalo

    Mixon (chest) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Bills. Though Mixon was officially listed as questionable for the contest, the running back's status for Sunday night's game never appeared to be in much danger after he logged full practices both Thursday and Friday. With his active status versus Buffalo confirmed, Mixon is slated to continue to lead the Bengals' backfield in Week 9, a context that has yielded steady volume for the 2017 second-rounder this season. Through his first seven games, Mixon is averaging 16 carries for 64.7 yards and 2.7 catches for 18.1 yards, while Trayveon Williams is second among the team's RBs with a total of seven carries and four catches in that span.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Listed as questionable, expected to play

    Mixon (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Bills after practicing fully Thursday and Friday. After being limited Wednesday, back-to-back uncapped sessions have Mixon trending upward ahead of Sunday night's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. Given that he's been able to work fully twice in a row, Mixon's Week 9 status doesn't appear in much danger despite the questionable designation, with Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer relaying that coach Zac Taylor noted Friday of Mixon that "he'll be good. He was just sore."
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Practices fully Thursday

    Mixon (chest) returned to a full practice Thursday. Mixon was limited at Wednesday's session, but the running back logging a full practice one day later sets the stage for him to continue to lead the Bengals' rushing attack Sunday night against the Bills. Through seven games to date, Mixon has dominated the team's backfield touches, having carried 112 times for 453 yards and two TDs while adding 19 catches (on 24 targets) for 127 yards. For some perspective, Trayveon Williams is ranked second among the team's RBs with just seven rushes.
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  • Bengals' Joe Mixon: Solves 49ers defense in win

    Mixon rushed 16 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and secured all three targets for 23 yards in the Bengals' 31-17 win over the 49ers on Sunday. Mixon enjoyed rare rushing success against the 49ers' normally stout front seven, with the veteran looking explosive on multiple runs throughout the afternoon. Mixon came into the contest averaging just 3.8 yards per carry for the season, but his yardage total Sunday was his highest yet in 2023. The seven-year pro also recorded his second touchdown of the season on a five-yard rush with 2:54 remaining that sealed the victory for Cincinnati, and he'll head into a Week 9 home matchup against the Bills next Sunday night with multiple receptions in three straight contests as well.
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