Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
It’s officially over, people. The Joe Mixon hype has not come to fruition and like I’ve been saying since July, he’s not a good running back. He never made sense to me as a legitimate fantasy option. The rookie is well known for his dynamic play at the University of Oklahoma. What most people don’t want to acknowledge, however, is that Mixon ran behind an incredible offensive line in the worst defensive conference in college football. Still, Mixon’s truthers hyped him up all preseason; leading to an inflated Average Draft Position (ADP) of 66.
He hasn’t come close to his 5th round value, though. Mixon has just 370 rushing yards all season, averaging just 3 yards a carry. He’s failed to rush for more than 40 yards in 6 of his 10 games this season, and hasn’t rushed for more than 62 yards in any game. Mixon’s lack of production, however, is not due to lack of opportunity: his 127 attempts is the 17th most carries by any running back this season. Yet, he ranks 32nd in yards and has almost as many touchdowns (3) as fumbles (2).
Mixon, who is current RB 27 on the season, was drafted above Mark Ingram (RB 5), Tevin Coleman (RB 14), Duke Johnson (RB 18), CJ Anderson (RB 19), Ameer Abdullah (RB 21), and Frank Gore (RB 23). Mixon is just behind Isiah Crowell, who has been the target of constant ridicule for his failure to live up to ADP, and just ahead of Tarik Cohen, who most of us had never heard of entering the 2017 season.
If Mixon is still on your roster, trade him if you can. Find that Mixon truther in your league, there’s always one. If you burned a first-round pick on him in dynasty leagues, scrap whatever you can back for him and call it a loss. If you drafted him in re-draft leagues, take the L and learn from it; beat writers don’t determine success and high college stats don’t mean anything.
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