College: Washington | 3 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 194 lbs
Birth Date: 11/27/1995
Depth Chart: WR2.1
2019 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR
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.
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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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross looks to finally be on track this season after a few years that were filled with injuries and conduct issues. Ross, who went undrafted in a good majority of leagues this season, currently leads all receivers with 270 yards on the year to go along with 11 receptions (20 targets) and three touchdowns. Despite the difficult matchup against the Bills Defense in Week 3, the 23-year-old has been playing too well to sit. Keep him rolling on Sunday.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross hauled in four of his eight targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: Ross was pretty much held in check until the final drive. It was then he got loose for a 66-yard touchdown, breaking a couple of tackles near the catch point before showing off his world-class speed on his way to the end zone. Ross could have it tough against the Buffalo Bills' tough defense in Week 3 and is unlikely to average the 10 targets he is through two weeks once A.J. Green returns, but he's done more than enough to solidify his place in this offense moving forward. Consider him an upside WR3 for now.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross saw less targets (eight) than Tyler Boyd (10) in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, but he still came through for fantasy purposes. Ross caught four of his eight targets for 112 yards and one touchdown. Ross' 66-yard touchdown came in garbage time as the No. 2 option in the Bengals passing attack. The third-year receiver may see a lot of Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White in Week 3, so you may want to explore other options if you were rolling with Ross.
Bengals' WR John Ross had 4 receptions for 112 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's loss against the 49ers. It was Ross's 2nd consecutive 100+ yard receiving game. He has averaged 6 catches with 135 receiving yards in those games.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross had a huge Week 1 performance against the Seattle Seahawks, catching seven passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Expectations for Ross have increased, but he has a much tougher matchup in Week 2 against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman. Although Sherman is getting older (31), he's still a solid cornerback and quarterbackAndy Dalton could simply look to avoid the matchup. It's possible that Ross could run by Sherman for a deep ball, but absent that it's quite possible the Bengals speedster comes back down to Earth in this one. Ross will be difficult to trust as a WR3 in 12-team leagues in Week 2 and should be considered a boom-or-bust commodity.
Cincinnati's WR John Ross scored an astounding 34.80 fantasy points in Sunday's Week 1 loss in Seattle. Ross caught seven passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross caught seven of his 12 targets for 158 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.
Fantasy Spin: Just when it seemed safe to write off Ross as a bust, the speedy receiver turns in the best outing of his career. It could be an outlier, but Ross is worth a speculative add if he is available in your league.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross busted out in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. With wide receiver AJ Green(ankle) out of the lineup, Ross led the Bengals with 12 targets, hauling in seven of them for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The teams running game didn't have any success as running back Joe Mixon missed a large portion of Week 1 with an ankle injury. As a result, quarterback Andy Dalton was forced to put the ball in the air 51 times. If Mixon is forced to miss Week 2, Ross could be in line for another large target share against the San Francisco 49ers.
Cincinnati's WR John Ross had 7 receptions for 158 yards with two touchdowns for an astounding 22.6 yards per catch in Sunday's loss in Seattle.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 1.
Fantasy Spin: Ross could have a bigger role in the passing game with A.J. Green still sidelined but probably should be keep on the bench in most fantasy leagues.
Cincinnati Bengals OT Cordy Glenn (concussion), WR A.J. Green (ankle) and RB Trayveon Williams (foot) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. WR Auden Tate (knee) was downgraded to a limited practice Friday, Sept. 6, and is listed as doubtful. DE Andrew Brown (quad), S Clayton Fejedelem (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Achilles) and WR John Ross (hamstring) practiced in full for a third straight day and were removed from the injury report.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.
Fantasy Spin: Ross may be one of the starting receivers for the Bengals, but it is not known how much success he will have against the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy players in most leagues should be able to find better options for their lineups.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Ross has dealt with injuries in the past but could have an important role in the passing game with A.J. Green sidelined. He could be a flex option in some leagues but can be benched if fantasy players have better options.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) will play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, according to head coach Zac Taylor Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Fantasy Spin: Ross could have an early-season role behind Tyler Boyd with A.J. Green sidelined for the first few games of the regular season. Still, he caught just 21 passes on 58 targets for 210 yards last season and missed the opportunity for reps in a new offense. He'll be a name to watch in the first few weeks, but he doesn't need to be rostered at this point.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) will play in Week 1 against the Seahawks, according to head coach Zac Taylor. Ross missed all of the preseason and continues to battle injuries. His impressive speed hasn't translated to the NFL. While he may have more opportunities in the passing game to begin the year with A.J. Green sidelined, Ross is well off the fantasy radar until he proves otherwise.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday. Ross should be ready for Week 1 and could have an expanded role with A.J. Green out to begin the season, but fantasy owners still shouldn't place much trust in the 23-year-old speedster. Despite his physical talent and top-notch speed, Ross has only played in 16 games in his first two seasons and has 21 catches for only 210 yards and seven touchdowns. He'll only be a late-round flier in deeper leagues until he shows us that he can produce at the highest level.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) is participating in practice Sunday, Aug. 25.
Fantasy Spin: Ross has deep-threat ability in the passing game but has dealt with injuries since entering the NFL. Fantasy players probably can avoid him during fantasy drafts, but he could be a waiver wire option during the season.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said that wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) is set to start practicing as early as Sunday. Ross, 23, has blazing speed but has yet to put it all together in the NFL in his two seasons. Injuries continue to hamper him along the way. He had just 21 catches for 210 yards with seven touchdowns in 13 games last year. The upside remains evident, but most fantasy owners want to see more consistency before they take a chance on him. Consider him worth a late-round flier for receiver depth.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) could return to practice as early as Sunday, Aug. 25, according to head coach Zac Taylor. Taylor said he believes Ross may be able to play in Week 1 if he gets two weeks of practice.
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross (hamstring) is considered day-to-day because of his hamstring injury, but head coach Zac Taylor said Ross could return next week.