After being drafted ninth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, it has been nothing but disappointment from wide receiver John Ross. But after a couple offseason changes, Ross is reportedly looking to "start everything over," which is good news from a fantasy football standpoint.
The first big change for the third-year receiver is the head coach, after the Cincinnati Bengals finally got rid of Marvin Lewis and replaced him with the offensive-minded Zac Taylor. The young head coach looks to revitalize this offense and instill some of the concepts he learned during his time under Sean McVay.
The most recent change for Ross is switching his jersey No. 15 to 11. More than anything, this is symbolic of a fresh start both for him as a player and his role in the Cincinnati offense.
In his rookie year, he did not record a single catch. Last year, he had 21 catches for 210 yards and seven touchdowns. This isn't overly impressive, but it shows he can be a big-play, touchdown threat for Andy Dalton.
Ross ran a 4.22 40-yard dash, so he has the athleticism to take the top off the defense, but he hasn't been used in this way consistently. Expect Taylor to move the speedster around, getting him the ball in space in creative ways.
If Ross' skill set is best utilized, there is no reason he can't get his snap share up from 60 percent last year to around 70-75 percent this season. If this were to happen, we could see him work his way into FLEX territory, and he is certainly an interesting sleeper in best ball leagues.
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