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|Steelers expecting big things from Wheaton -- Thu Aug 21 4:55 pm --|
Second-year WR coming off injury-plagued rookie season
|After a productive offseason, Markus Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger are on the same page. The first tangible evidence came Saturday night against Buffalo when he ran an excellent post-corner route and Roethlisberger dropped a perfect pass into Wheaton’s hands. “He’s been impressive,” said veteran Lance Moore, who was signed in the offseason as a slot receiver. The Steelers decided not to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders because they believed Wheaton could develop into a dependable No. 2 receiver opposite Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger has been impressed with his development since the end of last season. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: Before Brandin Cooks became an unstoppable force at Oregon State last year, it was Wheaton that actually served as the Beavers' top receiving option in 2012. Wheaton is remarkably similar to the Saints' rookie and actually has a clearer path to 60-70 catches this season than his former college teammate. Assuming he can avoid the same bad luck that led to two broken fingers as a rookie, Wheaton is an incredible value at his current late-11th, early-12th round ADP.
|Wheaton looking to land starting role -- Fri Aug 1 11:45 am --|
Addition by subtraction
|Last year he (Markus Wheaton) was the fourth receiver on the depth chart behind Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Now, with the departure of Sanders (Denver) and Cotchery (Carolina) in free agency he has been elevated to the No. 2 receiver alongside Brown.
FF Today's Take: Wheaton will be competing with Lance Moore and fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant for Antonio Brown's scraps but there is some WR4 value to be had. Last year, the Steelers placed three fantasy receivers inside the top 35 at the position (Brown-7, Cotchery-30, Sanders-35) although attempting to decipher which No.2 wideout to be in your starting lineup will likely be a weekly headache for fantasy owners.
|WR biggest question mark for Steelers' offense -- Sun Jul 20 12:45 pm --|
A mix of veterans and rookies will fill the void
|The main question on offense for 2014 was previously a team strength, that of wide receiver. After losing three of their top four receivers as free agents since March 2013, the Steelers have filled in with a combination of veteran free agents and rookie Martavis Bryant.
Two-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, 26, is the constant, the star, and hopes to become their new leader. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FF Today's Take: The departure Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) and Jerricho Cotchery (CAR) leaves a big void that is projected to be filled by a combination of Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and Bryant. Antonio Brown is deserving of low-end WR1 status and there's room in this offense for another receiver to be fantasy relevant but it's quite possible none of the three offseason additions will equal Cotchery's WR30 or Sanders' WR35 ranking from last season.