DON’T DRAFT: John Ross or Tee Higgins
Going back to the wide receiver position, we have John Ross and Tee Higgins. With Green and Boyd set to be the top two receivers on the team, Ross and Higgins will find themselves competing for time on the boundary.
With Joe Burrow in just his first season as a quarterback, the Bengals’ passing offense won’t be strong enough to support multiple highly productive receivers. Since Green and Boyd are surely to get more targets than Ross and Higgins, the two will likely be left in the dust and fail to live up to expectations.
Offensive circumstances aside, there are more reasons to doubt the production of these two in 2020. Ross has failed to put together a fully healthy season and even when healthy has yet to show he can be truly consistent on the field. Higgins on the other hand will be trying to adjust to an NFL that is much more challenging than the NCAA he dominated in. He will likely take time to develop into his new league.
These two receivers will be dangerous when on the field, but the targets are just not there for either of them to be viable in fantasy.
DEPENDS: Joe Burrow
Now we get to the golden boy of Cincinnati, rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. Being his first season, Burrow is unlikely to set the league on fire in 2020. However, with such a loaded group of weapons, he may have a better season than most rookie quarterbacks.
Fantasy owners should not take Burrow with the intention of making him their starting QB, but players looking for a solid backup may be able to get a steal in the rookie from Athens, Ohio. Don’t take the reigning Heisman winner early, but take him as a backup if he’s there late.