Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon has been a consistent force on the squad since his arrival in 2017. Mixon, a 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma, earned his 1st Pro Bowl appearance last season.
He also showed up big with rankings among his NFL peers. Mixon was 4th in 2021 for rushing touchdowns and 8th in yards from scrimmage.
Below, we look at Joe Mixon’s 2022 fantasy football average draft position (ADP), where you should draft him and why his 2021 performance has set him up for a great 2022 season.
Joe Mixon’s ADP: 15.58
(ADP data courtesy of MyFantasyLeague.com)
Mixon has an ADP of 15.58 in redraft leagues, which puts him in the 2nd round of most drafts, depending on the size of your league. His ADP is lower than his teammate WR Ja’Marr Chase (9.65) though.
Among wide receivers, Mixon’s ADP puts him 7th at the position, behind the likes of RB Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings), RB Najee Harris (Pittsburgh Steelers), and RB Derrick Henry (Tennessee Titans) and slightly ahead of RB D’Andre Swift (Detroit Tigers), and RB Nick Chubb (Cleveland Browns).
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Joe Mixon’s 2021 stats
Carries | rushing yards: 292 | 1,205
Rushing touchdowns: 13
Receptions | receiving yards: 42 | 314
Receiving touchdowns: 3
Where should you draft Mixon?
Mixon is set up perfectly for success.
The star back is going to have a drastically improved offensive line. The Bengals signed New England Patriots C Ted Karras, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RG Alex Cappa, and Dallas Cowboys T La’el Collins. All 3 are projected starters and should give Mixon a huge boost.
Mixon averaged 4.1 yards per carry and could break his 4.9 career high this season. He also sat 16th in receptions for running backs, so while not a top-10 receiving threat for the position, he’s still relatively active in the pass-catching game which helps as some leagues are a PPR format.
Mixon is properly priced here, and I would consider stretching into the early 2nd round.
Coupling him with Chase or Vikings WR Justin Jefferson with that late 1st-round pick should give any manager a dream start to their 2022 draft.
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