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Joe Mixon vs. Chase Brown: Who should you play in fantasy football? Are both viable options?

The Bengals take on the Vikings on Saturday in Week 15. We go over Cincinnati’s backfield duo of Mixon and Brown with fantasy football advice.

Indianapolis Colts v Cincinnati Bengals Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Cincinnati Bengals will host the Minnesota Vikings for their Week 15 showdown on Saturday and riding high into the matchup are the running back duo of Joe Mixon and Chase Brown.

The two played a central role in the team’s 34-14 victory over the Colts last week but will be up against a tough challenge against a Vikings defense that has had opposing running backs all season long. They’ve yielded just 909 rushing yards and four touchdowns to the tune of just 12.4 fantasy points per game, the third-lowest total in the league. We’ll go over Mixon and Brown’s fantasy prospects for this Saturday afternoon showdown.

Fantasy football start sit advice: Bengals RBs

Joe Mixon

Mixon is on his way to yet another 1,000 season and enters Week 15 as the No. 6 fantasy RB, averaging 12.1 points per game in standard leagues. The veteran was extremely productive against the Colts last week, taking 21 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown on the ground while catching four targets for 46 yards through the air.

Even with this tough defensive matchup, Mixon should be an automatic start for fantasy managers.

Chase Brown

Brown is beginning to play a huge factor within the Bengals' offense over the past few weeks and got plenty of touches against the Colts last Saturday. The rookie out of Illinois took eight carries for 25 yards on the ground and caught three receptions for 80 yards and his first trip to the end zone.

Given how tough it has been for running backs to crack the Vikings this year, I’d recommend sitting the rookie backup for this one.

Can you play both Joe Mixon and Chase Brown in the same lineup?

Under normal circumstances, you’d be fine handcuffing Mixon and Brown for this week. However, stick with Mixon this week. It’s a tough matchup and with the fantasy playoffs in full swing, you don’t want to take a wild risk at this point. Go with another Flex option.