Guest of the League
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College: Washington | 2 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 190 lbs
Birth Date: 11/27/1995
2019 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR

2019 RTSports Outlook

Ross had just 21 receptions last year but seven of those were touchdown catches, which is pretty amazing. He was a top red-zone target for the Bengals but did not get the consistent work in the passing game in year two. He has just 21 receptions in two NFL seasons. He will look to take a step forward this year but likely is the No. 3 or 4 receiver for the Bengals. He just hasn't progressed as expected. Ross is a home-run threat at receiver. He possesses top speed and can separate in a hurry. He can also turn a short pass play into a big play. He does lack a little size and strength, though, and has lacked consistency to start his career.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Ross should do better than last year but is a wild card for fantasy teams. He might be a boom or bust play, disappearing most weeks. He should be looked at as a reserve fantasy player. Expect around 30 receptions for 400 yards with a few scores. Last year's touchdown totals seem more like a fluke than a trend.

RotoBaller's Outlook

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross will look to finally make an impact in his third season in the league. After a disappointing rookie season that saw the former Washington standout receive only two targets while playing in just three games as a result of shoulder and knee injuries, he semi-turned things around during his sophomore campaign. The 23-year-old would finish last season with 21 receptions on 58 targets for 210 yards and an impressive seven touchdowns throughout 13 games. With former head coach Marvin Lewis out of the equation and the arrival of former Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, it is now or never for Ross to finally make a mark under a new offense. While his low reception rate from previous seasons makes him a questionable choice for PPR formats, his breakaway speed creates the potential for end zone trips on deep routes. With veteran receiver A.J. Green potentially being dealt at some point before becoming an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season, the door is open for Ross to move up the depth chart on a team that hasn't made any notable moves on the offensive side of the ball. Though Tyler Boyd and Green will both quasi-battle for the first two receiver spots, Ross is worth taking a look at in the later rounds of all formats.

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Jun 14 9:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross has had issues with consistency during spring practices, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

Fantasy Spin: This news certainly isn't going to surprise fantasy owners. His big-play speed is well known, but between frequent injuries and his up-and-down production, Ross is no more than a late-round lottery ticket.

May 28 8:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross, the team's first-round pick in 2016, has shown fluidity as a receiver in head coach Zac Taylor's system so far in organized team activities. The 24-year-old third-year wideout figures to move all around the field as a threat, a decoy and dynamic weapon for the offense. "With John he's still thinking," wide receiver Tyler Boyd said. "He's thinking and then he reacts. I feel like once he gets comfortable and makes plays he'll be fine. He's just got to cut it loose." Cincy's coaching staff isn't babying Ross either, so he'll have plenty of chances to make an impact this year. Ross is still only 23, too, so he could easily break out in Taylor's offense this year, but fantasy owners won't need to invest anything more than a late-round flier in deeper leagues.

From RotoBaller

May 19 8:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (tightness) missed voluntary minicamp with general tightness.

Fantasy Spin: While it doesn't sound serious, his injury history isn't exactly encouraging. Ross has the speed to produce big plays, but he's yet to show he can produce with any sort of consistency. At this point, you can probably leave him on the waiver wire.

Apr 16 9:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross will get a clean slate to prove himself under new head coach Zac Taylor, who called Ross 'electric' during his college days.

Fantasy Spin: Ross has battled injuries for most of his two seasons in the NFL, although he was available much more often in 2018. On one hand, it speaks to his playmaking ability that he turned 21 catches into seven touchdowns last season. On the other hand, he only corralled 36.2 percent of his 58 targets, which is an abysmal catch rate at any competitive level. There's still a chance he could experience a post-hype breakout, but fantasy owners would be wise to play the wait-and-see game at this point with him.

Feb 28 2:33am ET

Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin refuted a report the team is looking to deal WR John Ross. Tobin said Wednesday, Feb. 27 that the organization has had no talks internally or externally and there are no plans to trade the receiver.

Feb 27 9:30am ET

After a pair of disappointing seasons to open his career, the Cincinnati Bengals are currently shopping wide receiver John Ross. Ross caught 21 balls for 210 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but he hauled in just 36.2 percent of his total targets. While the touchdown numbers were impressive and suggest plenty of upside, Ross having just 21 receptions over his first two seasons isn't what the Bengals expected when they drafted him. Ross should find himself in a better situation once he's dealt, but dynasty owners shouldn't hold their breath if they're expecting Ross to instantly become the speedy, top-tier threat that his college career suggested he'd become.

From RotoBaller

Feb 26 2:23pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross is being shopped around the NFL, according to sources. Ross was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. According to NFL media insider Ian Rapoport, a fresh start will be welcomed by both parties.

Fantasy Spin: After Ross was held to exactly zero catches in three games as a rookie, he managed to score seven times over just 21 grabs in 2018. A change in regime may be the impetus for this move, and it will be interesting to see where he ends up in 2019. There are several teams in need of a burner, and Ross only helped his case by proving to be a capable weapon in the red zone last year. He could be as valuable as a low-tier WR2 in the right setting, but gamers should safely treat him as a WR3 or flex, depending on the size of their league.

Player Transactions
  • 05-Feb-2018: CIN - Off IR - shoulder
  • 06-Dec-2017: CIN - On IR - shoulder
  • 07-May-2017: CIN - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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