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|With long-time Bengal Gio Bernard shown the door, Perine, the castoff from Washington steps into the backup role behind Mixon. Other than flashing against lowly Houston for a meaningless Week 16 game last year, Perine has put very little good football on tape in his career. I'm frankly floored that Cinci didn't infuse this backfield with a little more talent behind Mixon, but they feel strongly about what Perine brings. If you are a Mixon owner desperate for a handcuff, Samaje is your guy.
| Joe Mixon lands on the Covid list|
Out for Week 18
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jan 5, 10:45 am
|Bengals’ Pro-Bowl RB Joe Mixon tested positive today for COVID-19 and will be out Sunday vs. the Browns, per league sources.
One day earlier, the Bengals placed S Vonn Bell, LB Akeem Davis-Gaither, DE Trey Hendrickson, C Trey Hopkins, G Quinton Spain on the reserve/COVID-19 list (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With Mixon out, expect Samaje Perine to play a lot in this game against the Browns with some Chris Evans mixed in as well. The Bengals have already clinched a playoff spot and don't have a realistic chance at the No.1 seed so their motivation this week is in question. Perine is $5300 on Draftkings.
| Joe Mixon nursing sprained ankle|
HC appears encouraged about Week 16 availability
By: Doug Orth | Tue Dec 21, 1:20 am
|Bengals RB Joe Mixon is dealing with an ankle injury, per Zac Taylor. Said he'll be limited early but he called the situation "encouraging." (ESPN - Ben Baby)|
FFToday's Take: Skeptical fantasy managers may remember Taylor's updates regarding Mixon last year, but Cincinnati is playing for a little more this time around. Samaje Perine would be the next man up if Mixon's status takes a turn for the worse and needs to be stashed in most leagues anyway given how much the Bengals like to feed one running back. Regardless of which back gets the nod this weekend, RB2-level production may be in order for Week 16 against the stout Baltimore run defense.