The Cincinnati Bengals may be facing a tough uphill battle over the coming weeks after the latest news surrounding running back Joe Mixon came to light. After the talented second-year back left Thursday’s game with an apparent knee injury, he was able to return and leave fantasy owners resting easy.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the news on Mixon’s injury. As NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (and Mike Garafolo) revealed, Mixon will need arthroscopic knee surgery and could miss time.
The #Bengals fear RB Joe Mixon will need arthroscopic surgery to clean up the knee he injured in last night’s win over the #Ravens and miss some time, sources tell @MikeGarafolo and me. He’ll get a second opinion first.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 14, 2018
After a superb first game against the Indianapolis Colts in which Mixon rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries with one touchdown, while catching five passes for 54 yards, he was somewhat slowed in Week 2. In a tough Thursday Night Football matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, the 22-year-old received 21 carries for 84 yards and caught just one pass for three yards.
The knee injury likely played a role, but if he’s sidelined for an extended period of time, fantasy football owners will need to come up with a plan moving forward.
Potential Targets for Fantasy Owners to Replace Mixon
This news really couldn’t come at a worse time, as the Bengals playing the Thursday night game means that all the top Week 1 waiver wire targets are likely picked up most leagues. So, the realistic options worth considering at this point probably come down to Mixon’s backfield mate in Giovani Bernard or Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon, assuming he’s available.