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|With Hines Ward clearly in decline and Emmanuel Sanders confined to the infirmary, Brown stepped up in a big way in 2011, catching 69 passes for 1,108 yards and two touchdowns in just his 2nd year in the league. While it would be foolhardy to suggest that Brown is a threat to emerge as an upper tier wide receiver or that his production wasn’t at least partially the result of playing opposite a big play threat in Mike Wallace, Brown showed far more athleticism than most thought he possessed. He consistently beat single coverage and displayed an ability to gain yards after the catch, a trait that made his two touchdown total all the more surprising. In terms of yards and receptions, it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that smallish Brown (5’10”, 186 pounds) has perhaps reached his potential so an increase in his fantasy production may need to come from an increased ability to find the end zone. Few 1,000 receivers manage just two touchdowns so look for that total to increase to the 6-8 range in 2012, making Brown a low-end WR2 on draft day.
| Steelers WR Wheaton practices -- Wed Sep 14 6:51 pm --|
Hopeful to play on Sunday versus Bengals
|PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton is optimistic his sprained shoulder will be good to go in time for Sunday's home opener against Cincinnati. Wheaton practiced Wednesday with an eye toward rejoining Pittsburgh's electric offense for an early-season showdown with the Bengals.
FF Today's Take: If Markus Wheaton does return for Week 2 it could create uncertainty in the fantasy projections for Pittsburgh's wideouts behind Antonio Brown. Prior to his shoulder injury, Wheaton was expected to contribute in 2016 as the starter opposite of Brown. Eli Rogers' will still be used out of the slot but Sammie Coates may see fewer reps against the Bengals if Wheaton is cleared for action.
| Markus Wheaton ruled out for Week 1 -- Sat Sep 10 12:30 pm --|
|Steelers will be without WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) Monday vs. Redskins. He did not practice today and was declared out for the game. (Ed Bouchette on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Wheaton missed practice this week and it remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Week 2. In the meantime, Sammie Coates should see increased playing time along with Darrius Heyward Bey. Eli Rogers will man the slot position. Expect Josh Norman to shadow Antonio Brown most of the evening.
|WR Eli Rogers runs with first team -- Fri Aug 26 9:45 pm --|
Steelers wide receiver group still unclear
|Eli Rogers played the majority of first-team snaps, manning the slot while Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton lined up outside. It increasingly seems the Steelers could open the season favoring the aforementioned alignment. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Rogers led the team in snaps tonight and is quickly earning a slot role with the starting unit, pushing Wheaton to the outside opposite Antonio Brown. Sammie Coates appears to be the odd-man out for the moment.