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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 182
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
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Markus Wheaton said he "got on the same page" with Ben Roethlisberger late last season.
Wheaton was unable to take advantage of his opportunity with Martavis Bryant suspended early last season, but he came on strong late, hauling in 28 passes for 476 yards and four scores over the final six games. With Bryant suspended the entire season this year, Wheaton has another opportunity to establish himself as the No. 2, although sophomore Sammie Coates should apply some pressure. May 31 - 11:16 AM

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Markus Wheaton is the "clear-cut No. 2 receiver" in Pittsburgh following the suspension of Martavis Bryant.

Fowler expects the Steelers to "work harder to set up" Wheaton this season, perhaps using him on the screens and reverses Bryant dominated. The problem is Wheaton had exactly the same opportunity over the first five games of last season, and he managed all of nine catches for 228 yards and one score. Wheaton did look to be more in sync with Ben Roethlisberger down the stretch, but he is a prime candidate to be over-drafted this summer.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 11:23 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 5-of-8 targets for 30 yards in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Broncos.

Even while losing his starting job to Martavis Bryant after Bryant's early-season suspension, Wheaton took a step forward as a third-year NFL player, posting a 44-749-5 receiving line as Pittsburgh's slot receiver. Wheaton was widely billed as a deep threat coming out of college, but has settled into the slot for the Steelers. Wheaton's contract year is 2016. Assuming he holds off Sammie Coates for Pittsburgh's third receiver job, Wheaton will be worthy of a late flier in re-draft leagues.
Jan 17 - 8:27 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-5 targets for 23 yards in the Steelers' Wild Card win over the Bengals.

Wheaton fumbled away a chance at points in the second quarter and could not corral either of his two targets in the second half. He now has five targets in three consecutive games. Wheaton will continue to be a low-volume option in the Divisional Round.
Jan 10 - 12:45 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-5 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown Week 17 against the Browns.

Wheaton made a 40-yard grab to set Pittsburgh up in scoring position before halftime, and he found space in the back of the end zone for an eight-yard score following an Austin Davis' fumble in the fourth quarter. It was Wheaton's fourth touchdown in the last six games. With Martavis Bryant injured and perhaps in the doghouse, Wheaton could have a bigger role next week.
Jan 3 - 5:18 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-5 targets for 41 yards Week 16 against the Ravens.

Wheaton had the ball thrown behind him on his first missed connection, and he dropped what would have been a difficult catch on fourth down on what was essentially the Steelers' final drive. All in all, this game was not much different than Wheaton's performances the last three weeks. He just did not find the end zone against Baltimore. He will continue to be a WR4 type against Cleveland.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 04:51:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 6-of-11 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Broncos.

The catches were Wheaton's second most of the season, while he's now cleared 50 yards in four straight games, scoring three times in the process. Despite the increased production, Wheaton is still little more than a desperation WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Dec 20, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 4-of-7 targets for 65 yards in the Steelers' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

Wheaton has carried his big Week 12 into solid games against the Colts and Bengals. Still, he's no better than the fourth option in the passing game and doesn't have a big enough role to warrant WR3 consideration.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:52:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 3-of-6 targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Colts.

Wheaton scored on a five-yard sideline catch on the final drive of the first half. He has 251 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games, but doesn't have a big enough role to be more than a WR4. Heath Miller will cut into Wheaton's targets when he returns.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:19:00 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin hinted Markus Wheaton's 201-yard breakout performance was opponent specific and unlikely to recur.

"When you're playing a team like that, and I think we even talked about it earlier in the week, if they're matching Richard Sherman, then other guys not named Antonio Brown are going to have opportunities," Tomlin said. "Let's not make too much out of that." Despite the huge game, Wheaton remains well behind Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant on the target totem pole. He does not need to be added is standard redraft leagues.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Markus Wheaton secured 9-of-13 targets for 201 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' Week 12 loss to the Seahawks.

With Seattle’s secondary focused on containing Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, Wheaton had plenty of space to operate on Sunday. Wheaton’s epic day included a 41-yard catch to set up a Pittsburgh touchdown at the end of the first half and a 69-yard touchdown of his own against an overmatched Jeremy Lane in the fourth quarter. Wheaton had already surpassed his previous career-high in yards by halftime. The Legion of Boom isn’t what it used to be and Wheaton’s massive day Sunday would support that hypothesis. This could have very well been a one-week outlier but Wheaton is certainly someone fantasy owners will have to pay attention to now. He’ll get the Colts in Week 13.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 08:45:00 PM

Markus Wheaton lost two yards on his lone reception in Pittsburgh's Week 9 win over the Raiders.

Wheaton was targeted three other times. One of his missed connections was a borderline drop in the end zone. Targeting Wheaton has proven to be a complete waste of time for the Steelers. He's on pace for 28/510/2 at the season's midway point.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 05:57:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (ankle) is probable for Week 9.

Wheaton missed time with a minor ankle injury this week. He'll continue to have a limited role as the No. 3 receiver. Wheaton has only eight targets since Martavis Bryant returned.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (ankle) returned to Steelers practice on Thursday.

The fantasy lightweight should be good to go as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver against the Raiders.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 05:58:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

The severity of the ankle injury isn't yet known. Heath Miller would see a bigger role if Wheaton doesn’t play this week.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 06:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
4Dustin Vaughan
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3Fitzgerald Toussaint
4Daryl Richardson
5Brandon Brown-Dukes
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2DeAngelo Williams
FB1David Johnson
2Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Sammie Coates
3Issac Blakeney
4Eli Rogers
5Canaan Severin
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3DeMarcus Ayers
4Shakim Phillips
5Levi Norwood
WR31Sammie Coates
TE1Ladarius Green
2Jesse James
3Matt Spaeth
4Xavier Grimble
5Paul Lang
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Ryan Harris
3Matt Feiler
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Cody Wallace
3B.J. Finney
4Quinton Schooley
RG1David DeCastro
2Cole Manhart
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Jerald Hawkins
3Brian Mihalik
K1Chris Boswell