Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Markus Wheaton, WR, Steelers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
WR - #37 139.02 PIT Active 2 years 23 5'11 182

2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)

Last updated on Jul-01-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Markus Wheaton. The 2013 third round pick is a speedy receiver expected to win a starting job and help replace Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery's production. Wheaton could be the Steelers' second option and become a breakout wide receiver. He will be competing with veteran Lance Moore and rookie Martavis Bryant for targets. Reports out of Steelers camp are that Wheaton will win a starting job among the Steelers' lackluster receiving corps. Wheaton is still a virtual unknown, yet is predicted by many to have a big season thanks to his reliable hands and excellent opportunity. Wheaton is a flex or bench play with potential for more.

Editor's note: Wheaton is being drafted at WR56 with an 139.80 ADP. This would make him the fifth fantasy receiver on most teams in a standard 12-team league. The former Oregon State receiver, in this scenario, would be a 12th-round flier. Like most of the second-year receivers drafted after Round 10 (Justin Hunter, Kenny Stills and Aaron Dobson to name a few), Wheaton has far more upside than any rookie drafted this late.

Latest Update

Jul-27-14 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role

According to CBS Sports, "several Steelers people" say that Wheaton is having a "strong start to camp" and that "his role will increase greatly" in the coming year. The Steelers drafted Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he didn't see the field much in his rookie year. The depth chart at WR has thinned out in 2014, however, and Wheaton is set to see a starting role alongside Steelers WR Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Analysis:

Wheaton's a legitimate sleeper candidate for 2014, meaning he is a guy with a lot of potential value who isn't being talked up or over-drafted. If he does indeed end up with the No. 2 WR role in Pittsburgh, a breakout season isn't unlikely. Brown has the ability to stretch defenses and draw the bulk of coverage, which will free up opportunity for Wheaton. Wheaton's currently going 55th among WRs in drafts, and is potentially a very good value at that position. Take him as a WR4/5 and hope for more.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/27 - Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role
7/12 - Steelers want to use rookie WR Martavis Bryant in red zone

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
20.06 FFToolbox - Cindie Crain - There is little risk here in the 20th round as I decided to select another WR for my bench depth. Markus Wheaton could earn the WR3 position on the Pittsburgh Steelers now that Mike Wallace has departed to Miami.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
12.05 Draft TV - I love Markus Wheaton's talent and the situation is ripe to get some targets & win the Steelers #3 job right off the bat. More upside for my WR bench
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
16.08 FFToolbox -Scott - Another flier pick. I'm not sold on the fact that Antonio Brown can handle the WR1 duties. Wheaton may have a chance to contribute this season.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
16.02 DynastyLeagueFootball - Pick made based on My Draft Queue
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