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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 182
College: Oregon State
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Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in the Steelers' Week 16 win over the Chiefs.
Wheaton is now up to 50 grabs on the season. Still rotating snaps with Martavis Bryant behind all-world WR Antonio Brown, Wheaton won't be on the DFS radar in Week 17. Dec 21 - 5:42 PM

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Markus Wheaton caught five passes for 66 yards in the Steelers' Week 15 win over the Falcons.

He caught all five passes that came his direction. Wheaton and Martavis Bryant continue to split snaps and targets opposite Antonio Brown. They're also behind Le'Veon Bell in the pecking order. Wheaton isn't a Week 16 fantasy option.
Dec 14 - 5:05 PM

Markus Wheaton caught two passes for 31 yards in Sunday's Week 14 win at Cincy.

Rotating with Martavis Bryant and taking a backseat to Antonio Brown, Wheaton has been held to two catches or less in three of the last five games. The Steelers offense is humming and faces Atlanta next, but Wheaton is impossible to project for anything usable in 12-14 team formats. Bryant at least brings upside thanks to the vertical shots Big Ben gives him.
Dec 7 - 5:21 PM

Markus Wheaton caught five passes for 61 yards in the Steelers' Week 13 loss to the Saints.

Wheaton was targeted on nine of Ben Roethlisberger's 58 passes. He split time with Martavis Bryant opposite Antonio Brown, likely out-snapping the rookie. Wheaton, however, is a non-factor fantasy-wise. He's not worth owning in 12-14 team leagues. The Bengals are up next for the Steelers.
Nov 30 - 5:30 PM

Markus Wheaton caught one pass for six yards in the Steelers' Week 11 win over the Titans.

Wheaton was targeted five times, and continued to have a big role on offense, splitting time with Martavis Bryant opposite Antonio Brown. The two are canceling each other out now, though Bryant has significantly more upside. Bryant at least gets the red-zone looks. Wheaton isn't worth owning in 12-team leagues.
Nov 18 - 12:09 AM

Markus Wheaton caught four passes for 41 yards in Sunday's Week 10 loss to the Jets.

Wheaton appeared to play significantly more snaps than Martavis Bryant, but was only able to find success on shorter out patterns against Jets corners that were playing off coverage. Bryant is clearly the playmaker and red-zone threat, giving him more fantasy upside despite a weaker snap count.
Nov 9 - 5:19 PM

Markus Wheaton had two catches for 62 yards a touchdown in Sunday night's win over the Ravens.

Wheaton beat Lardarius Webb for a 47-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He split No. 2 receiver duties with Martavis Bryant, and had just four targets. Wheaton should see his role reduced in favor of Bryant going forward. With Ben Roethlisberger playing at an elite level, he's on the WR4/5 radar for Week 10.
Nov 3 - 1:32 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 5-of-5 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's Week 8 win over the Colts.

Wheaton appeared to be running behind Martavis Bryant, but still managed to get free for his first touchdown of the season. The score came on a night where Ben Roethlisberger tossed six of them. With half the season now in the books, the Steelers' No. 2/3 receiver is on pace for 58/666/2. He's not a viable WR4 in re-draft leagues.
Oct 26 - 9:08 PM

Markus Wheaton played on a season-low 31-of-67 snaps (46.2 percent) in Monday's win over the Texans.

Wheaton's downright poor play has gotten him demoted after opening the season as the every-down "X." The Steelers finally gave rookie Martavis Bryant (24 snaps) a shot and he responded with 2-40-1 on five targets. Wheaton, who was not targeted at all, can be dropped in most formats.
Oct 21 - 12:07 PM

Markus Wheaton was held without a catch on two targets in the Steelers' Week 7 win over the Texans.

The missed connections between Wheaton and Ben Roethlisberger have been a topic of conversation the past couple weeks, and the two did nothing to squash it Monday. Wheaton simply may not be very good. Rookie WR Martavis Bryant made his NFL debut against Houston and caught a 35-yard touchdown on five targets. Bryant may be poised to pass Wheaton on the depth chart. The diminutive speed threat can't be trusted as anything more than a WR5.
Oct 21 - 12:42 AM

Markus Wheaton said Sunday's miscues with Ben Roethlisberger were "definitely my fault."

Wheaton and Big Ben looked like they were playing together for the first time. He caught just four of 11 targets, failing to haul in a catchable pass in the end zone and looking surprised when a third-down pass came his way in the red zone. It's strange, as Wheaton is in his second year, worked out with Roethlisberger privately during the offseason and has a locker next to him. Wheaton can't be trusted as anything more than a WR4/5 right now.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 13 - 9:18 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 4-of-11 targets for 33 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 6 loss to the Browns.

It was a brutally inefficient day from a No. 2 receiver who's now failed to clear 40 yards in 4-of-6 games. One of Wheaton's missed connections was a catchable pass in the end zone that he couldn't quite haul in. Not racking up catches or scoring touchdowns, Wheaton is trending toward every-week WR5 status in standard leagues. He's more passable as a WR4 in PPR formats, but not by much.
Oct 12 - 6:02 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 1-of-2 targets for 17 yards in Pittsburgh's Week 5 win over the Jaguars.

It was a brutally disappointing day for the second-year deep threat, as he couldn't get behind a secondary coughing up the most big plays in the league. The sub-four catch effort was Wheaton's first of the season. Wheaton has lid-lifting speed, but has yet to use it to score a touchdown this season. He's a low-end WR4 opposite all-world WR1 Antonio Brown.
Oct 5 - 5:44 PM

Markus Wheaton (groin) fully participated in Steelers practice Friday, and is listed as probable for Week 5.

Wheaton was limited earlier in the week, but will be fine for Sunday's game. He's a WR4 against a Jacksonville secondary that's allowed a league-high 11 passing touchdowns.
Oct 3 - 6:21 PM

Markus Wheaton (groin) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

You should double-check Wheaton's status before setting your Week 5 lineup, but there's been nothing to suggest he'll sit out against the Jaguars. He's a nice WR4 against a defense that bleeds big plays.
Oct 2 - 4:12 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Bruce Gradkowski
3Landry Jones
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
3Josh Harris
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2Dri Archer
FB1Will Johnson
WR11Antonio Brown
2Lance Moore
3Justin Brown
WR21Markus Wheaton
2Martavis Bryant
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR31Lance Moore
TE1Heath Miller
2Matt Spaeth
3Michael Palmer
K1Shaun Suisham