April 13, 2024

Zack Moss Signing: 3 Fantasy Impacts

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The running back market has been the focal point of free agency thus far and the Cincinnati Bengals were not going to be left out. They went out and signed Zack Moss to a two-year deal with $8 million. They in turn traded seven-year starter, Joe Mixon. Zack Moss showed what he could do in a starting role last season for the Indianapolis Colts when Jonathan Taylor got hurt and cashed in. He now joins a team that is a Super Bowl favorite every year.  Cincy looks poised to reload and possibly revamp their offense this offseason and make a strong push to get back to being the team we all expect them to be.

 

Zack Moss will rule the Jungle

Zack Moss has been waiting for his chance to lead a backfield. After getting a shot last year with the injury to Jonathan Taylor, Moss now gets to do that in Cincy. Joe Mixon had had over 200 carries every season except his rookie campaign and 20202 where he only played six games. Last year was the first time Zack Moss saw significant carries collecting 183 of them on the way to 794 yards and five touchdowns. Moss has six games with over 15 carries and averaged 4.34 yards per carry on the season. Now coming to the Bengals Zack Moss should see over 200 carries. He does have to contend with Chase Brown who the Bengals drafted last year but he was a fifth-round pick. It shouldn’t be hard for Zack Moss who was a third-round pick to beat out a guy who only has 44 carries to his name.

 

Pass catching back incoming?

What is now missing from the Bengals’ offense is a solid pass-catching back. Zack Moss has never seen over 40 targets in a season. That is a number Mixon never dipped below except twice. Chase Brown only saw 15 targets in 12 games last season. The Bengals are probably going to be looking for a pass-catching specialist. There are a few in the draft including New Hampshire’s Dylan Laube who we got to interview a few weeks ago. Having a guy who can be out there and be a weapon for Joe Burrow will be an important position. Whoever fills that role I like as a late-round pick-up for fantasy. The volume was there for Mixon and I don’t see how they can spread that out to Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and whoever fills the Tyler Boyd role. I don’t think Zack Moss or Brown have that skill set so a new player will have to come on the team to be that guy.

 

Joe Burrow seeing red

With the departure of Joe Mixon, the Bengals will have to rethink their Red zone offense. Going from a 6’1” 220lb back in Mixon to a 5’9” 205 lb back in Zack Moss might make it harder to punch things in on the goal line. That means that quarterback Joe Burrow should see an increase in changes to throw the ball and possibly run it in when they get in scoring position. Burrow was hampered by a calf injury to start the 2023 season and it seemed to linger. He only had 31 carries for 88 yards and no touchdowns. Back in 2022 when Burrow finished as the QB4 in fantasy he had 76 carries for 259 yards and five touchdowns. Giving Burrow increased looks in the red zone and especially close is just another bump in his fantasy production. I think the Bengals will get creative with their play calling and utilize the speed and size of their pass catchers to score versus pounding it in like they have done in the past with Joe Mixon. Zack Moss doesn’t get factored into that which caps some of his upside but his coming to the team changes how they game plan. We can’t forget that

 

Zach Moss set for a career year

Get the pass catching back when they get one

Joe Burrow now the focal point in the red zone.

 

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