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|Markus Wheaton seems to garner a ton of hype for a player coming off an injury marred six-catch rookie campaign. It's a legitimate reason to be very skeptical. The hope for a breakout will come from his quarterback's ability to extend plays and develop pass catches, his strong play in the 2013 preseason and the faith the front office displayed by not resigning their veteran receivers. Wheaton is on track to start opposite two-time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown and he should have every opportunity to succeed. Teammates and coaches have been raving about Wheaton. Since this Steelers offense should be able to support a fantasy pass catching asset beyond Antonio Brown, watch Wheaton's preseason play closely. If he locks himself into that No. 2 role and earns the confidence of offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Wheaton could have some value to fantasy owners this season as a waiver add.
Comment: Wheaton will battle rookie Martavis Bryant for a starting spot opposite Antonio Brown.
|Steelers expecting big things from Wheaton|
Second-year WR coming off injury-plagued rookie season
By: Doug Orth | Thu Aug 21, 4:55 pm
|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)|
FFToday'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|
Addition by subtraction
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Aug 1, 11:45 am
|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.
FFToday'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.