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Bengals expect WR John Ross to be activated for Week 14

The Bengals could get a key weapon back in Week 14. We break down the fantasy football implications surrounding the latest John Ross news.

John Ross III of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Paul Brown Stadium on September 15, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor told the media on Monday that he expects wide receiver John Ross to be active this weekend against the Cleveland Browns, according to beat writer Ben Baby. Ross is on injured reserve and Week 14 marks the first week he is eligible to be added to the active roster.

Ross fractured his clavicle in Week 4 and was quickly placed on IR. In his four games healthy he had 16 receptions for 328 yards and three touchdowns. He was cleared to start practicing two weeks ago.

Fantasy football analysis: Bengals WR John Ross

The Bengals will not be getting A.J. Green back anytime soon, but Ross could quickly move back into the starting lineup once active. Auden Tate and Alex Erickson have filled in opposite Tyler Boyd. Tate has been hit or miss, but is coming off a four-reception, 66 yard performance in the Bengals win over the Jets. He has likely done enough to justify playing time even with Ross back.

Ross had two monster games to open the season and then two relatively quiet games before the injury. He’s not someone you’ll slot back into your starting lineup in the first round of the playoffs, but if he has a solid effort against Cleveland, he could be worth starting in Week 15 if you advance to your fantasy semifinals.