The 2017 football season is just over two months away, and it’s never too early to start preparing for fantasy football. Just one decision on draft day can be the difference between winning and losing your league. That can be drafting a sleeper very late in the draft who then emerges as one of the elite players in the league (Michael Thomas last season). Or, that can be drafting an expected star in the first-round who then turns out to be a huge bust and disappointment (Todd Gurley last season).

In order to assist you during draft day, I will be giving you a sleeper that can be the winning factor for your fantasy football team this season; that sleeper being Joe Mixon.

               

During his two years at Oklahoma, Joe Mixon was able to do it all. He totaled 2,027 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns, to go along with 894 receiving yards and 9 receiving touchdowns. Aren’t those numbers outstanding? Not only was Mixon able to put up those huge numbers, but he was able to do so while splitting snaps with another talented RB in Samaje Perine.

After drafting Joe Mixon in the second-round of the NFL Draft, I was extremely excited for the Cincinnati Bengals. Joe Mixon is by far the most gifted back among this rookie class, and he will definitely prove that to the world in September.

You might think that Joe Mixon won’t be so involved in the RB mix due to the existence of Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, but that is not the case. Jeremy Hill has had two disappointing seasons in a row, while Giovani Bernard is coming off a major ACL injury. Therefore, the Bengals went into the draft knowing that they needed an NFL-ready back who will take on this year’s starting RB role.

Matthew Berry, ESPN fantasy analyst, on the Bengals drafting Joe Mixon: 

“You don’t take Mixon and all the off-the-field baggage he brings just for running back depth. He’s going to start for the Bengals this year, and he has a legitimate shot to be a top-10 running back.”

                    

About two years ago, Joe Mixon punched a woman in the face after she shoved and slapped Mixon across the face. That didn’t stop the Bengals from drafting Joe Mixon. They went after that star. I totally agree with Matthew Berry; you don’t draft a running back in the second round after what he did at the age of 18 just to add more RB depth, you draft him so that he can significantly impact your team in both the running game and passing game.

With the unique talent that Joe Mixon possesses, expect Mixon to have a breakout season in his rookie year.

 

 

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