2018 was an interesting one for the Bengals. A 5-1 start saw Cincy carry one of the NFL’s best offenses go all out in what was looking like a comeback season for the team after a couple of poor seasons prior. And then… injuries. AJ Green down, Andy Dalton down, Joe Mixon down for a couple of games, everybody went down, and the Bengals went on to a pedestrian 7-9 finish.
The Bengals aren’t looking too bright in 2019; their defense sucks balls, their offensive line is not an NFL standard line, their 1st round pick (T Jonah Williams) is out for all of 2019, their quarterback is mediocre and who knows how their superstar receiver AJ Green bounces back from a couple of injury-riddled seasons. Weapons like Green, Star RB Joe Mixon, underrated wideout Tyler Boyd are still popular, as is the unknown, former top-10 pick John Ross, the man with lightning fast speed but barely no NFL production. The Bengals are an interesting fantasy team, but some areas of their team are virtual unknowns, making some Bengals player selections a little risky for Fantasy players.
The Star - Joe Mixon, RB
2018 was a breakout season for the controversial RB Mixon, and he looks ready to back that up even further in 2019. Mixon ran for 1 168 yards on the season with 8 rushing touchdowns and a 4.9pyc average. These numbers were good for 5th in the NFL and 1st in the AFC, and are even more incredible considering these variables;
- Mixon missed 2.5 games on the season
- He played with one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL blocking for him
- He was the main focus of opposing defense when Andy Dalton and AJ Green got injured (for reference, his starting quarterback over the last portion of the season may be released by Cincy before the season)
- He only received more than 25 carries in THREE games
- He had Marvin Lewis as his head coach
Expect another dominant fantasy season from Mixon, especially with new head coach Zac Taylor expected to use him in a Todd Gurley-like role in Cincy’s backfield.
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