Joe Mixon’s aggravated menacing case came back not guilty and the Bengals declared they are “pleased that this matter is now behind everyone.” The path now clears for his role as the starter on early downs with rookie Chase Brown behind him. The story of the third-down job has been dominated by the rise of Chris Evans. He’s shown well in pass protection and improved running the ball downhill over last year’s disappointing preseason to become the frontrunner with Trayveon Williams (ankle) sidelined.
Williams seemed to be the favorite to land the passing down job but his injury has allowed Evans to thrive. The story added that outside of one big run, neither Evans or Brown were able to pick up much ground running the ball in the preseason so far. It seems like Brown will backup Mixon for early down work.
CIN RB Trayveon Williams - 2023 Fantasy Football Outlook
With the departure of Samaje Perine, Trayveon Williams moves into the backup role behind Joe Mixon. This should give more opportunities to the fifth-year player whose time on the field on offense has been limited. There is a good chance Williams could exceed his entire career numbers in 2023.
Williams only has 47 career carries in four seasons so there is some question how he will perform. It is not expected for him to get the same kind of workload as Perine did the last two seasons and the Bengals running game in general takes a backseat to the passing game.
2023 Bottom Line
Williams becomes fantasy relevant for the first time in his career although basically as depth. He is a good handcuff for Mixon if you have deep rosters. Otherwise, he is a guy that will help in PPR leagues as Cincinnati uses their backs in the passing game with regularity. Williams is a late-round pick and should be your fourth running back on your roster at best.