Bengals Bell-Cow Joe Mixon Expected to Miss 2 Weeks With Knee Injury; Gio Bernard a Must-Add Fantasy Option

As of right now, Gio looks like the must-add waiver option for Week 3.

Through the first two games of the season, the Bengals were treating Joe Mixon like a workhorse, giving the sophomore back 44 touches. Mixon responded with 236 yards and a score, and looked like a RB1 in the process. After exiting Thursday night’s game not once, but twice with a knee injury, we all knew something had to be wrong. On Friday night, Schefty confirmed this when he tweeted Mixon was undergoing a slight cleanup surgery to have a small particle fixed up that was dislodged, and he would likely be out two weeks. Enter a name we’re all familiar with, Gio Bernard, to take over for the Bengals’ bell-cow.

The third down specialist is available in 74 percent of Yahoo leagues and should carry the majority of the load in Mixon’s absence. According to CBS Fantasy, Bernard has been extremely productive when given the touches. In the last eight games where he received 20-plus touches, he’s put up double-digit fantasy points. The Bengals have a tough matchup on the road against Carolina next week, but then have a favorable matchup against the Falcons, who can’t cover any running back, and then have the Dolphins at home if Mixon were to sit an extra week. Although Mark Walton, a talented rookie out of The U, is expected to be active and could get some touches between the tackles, he shouldn’t hinder much of Gio’s proven fantasy value. Barring more injuries this weekend, Gio looks like the must-add waiver option for Week 3.


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