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WR John Ross - Cincinnati Bengals

5-11, 188Born: 11-27-1994College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 1, pick 9

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Ross has the classic deep ball game to move the needle in best ball leagues. He can put up a top 20 wide receiver week on one play, and should be able to do that at least a few times this year if he gets and stays healthy, assuming Andy Dalton does too. That makes ideal for a choice as one of your later wide receivers in the best ball format.
Ross had labrum surgery in March of 2017 and will miss all offseason activities. He might not be ready for training camp. Team site writer Geoff Hobson doesn't expect Ross to be ready before early August.
Ross will be behind the learning curve to begin training camp, but his speed and quickness is a bully pulpit that could help him deliver strong production in a role with a limited scope because of the pressure that A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert are capable of placing on the defense.

Summary

Selected ninth overall in this year's draft, Ross becomes Cincinnati's second top-10 overall pick at wide receiver. But any A.J. Green comparisons end there. While Green is a tall, "specimen" of a receiver who can do it all, Ross is a 5'11" speed specialist who is more adept at making big plays than contributing volume. In fact, Ross broke the NFL Combine's 40-yard dash record. But his production is lacking, contributing just 579 yards combined in 2013 and 2014 before returning from 2015 injuries to break out for 1,150 last year. The 2015 injuries were both to his knees (right meniscus and microfracture surgery, left ACL tear). He's also recovering from a torn labrum injury but should be ready for camp, which would help accelerate the rookie learning curve. (May 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 64, 45, 48, 56, 57, 60, 61, 61, 62, 62, 64, 65, 69, 72, 78, 79, 80
WR Redraft PPR - 64, 45, 48, 51, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 61, 63, 69, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 78
WR Dynasty - 35, 24, 25, 30, 38, 44, 53
Overall Dynasty - 60, 46, 47, 50
Overall Rookie - 7, 3, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8

Stats and Projections

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2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 4 * * 43 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 4 * * 36 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 5 * * 37 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 7 * * 41 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 162
WR: 58
Overall-PPR: 156
WR-PPR: 57

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2017 Schedule

1vs Baltimore Ravens
2vs Houston Texans
3@ Green Bay Packers
4@ Cleveland Browns
5vs Buffalo Bills
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7@ Pittsburgh Steelers
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9@ Jacksonville Jaguars
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Denver Broncos
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15@ Minnesota Vikings
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