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Markus Wheaton | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/7/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185
College: Oregon State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 3 (79) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Markus Wheaton was held without a catch on one target in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.
The zero-catch effort caps a true nightmare of a campaign. Injured from the jump, Wheaton was then ineffective, and couldn't crack the rotation in the league's thinnest receiver corps. He caught three passes in 11 games, "earning" $6 million in the process. There's a zero percent chance Wheaton is retained at his scheduled $5 million 2018 salary. Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:20:00 PM

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Markus Wheaton played just two snaps Week 10.

Wheaton is finally healthy, but it looks like he is now buried on the depth chart behind new addition Dontrelle Inman, Kendall Wright, and even Josh Bellamy. Perhaps Wheaton can jump Bellamy if he can stay healthy, but it is highly unlikely he becomes a fantasy factor this season.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 12:15:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (groin) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It means Wheaton will return after missing the past three games. Even with the Bears direly shorthanded at receiver, Wheaton won't offer any fantasy value as Mitchell Trubisky is eased in under center.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 06:21:00 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (groin) was limited during Wednesday's practice.

Wheaton is hopeful he will be able to play Sunday against the Packers, but his health cannot be taken for granted at this point. Even if he is active, Wheaton will not be a fantasy option.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (groin) participated in Monday's practice.

The Bears are not required to issue a report, so it is not clear how much he actually did. This is a good sign coming out of the bye week, but Wheaton remains unlikely to be a fantasy factor the rest of the season.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Markus Wheaton (groin) has been ruled out for Week 8.

We almost forgot $11 million man Wheaton was still on the Bears' 53.
Fri, Oct 27, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a torn groin.

The Bears' supposed No. 2 receiver has been racked with injury since the early days of camp. He has one catch in three games. The team could opt to cut its 2017 losses and place Wheaton on injured reserve instead of waiting for him to get healthy. Limited to six games the past two years, Wheaton isn't much of a hold in Dynasty leagues.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 05:49:00 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 1-of-4 targets for zero yards in the Bears' Week 5 loss to the Vikings.

Progress. In his first two games with Chicago, Wheaton was catch-less on five targets. He now at least has a grab, but it didn't gain any yards. Wheaton led the Bears in snaps played with 46 on Monday night, but he's very clearly a pedestrian player. Wheaton belongs nowhere near fantasy rosters.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 12:31:00 AM

Markus Wheaton caught 0-of-3 targets in the Bears' Week 4 loss to the Packers.

Wheaton now has zero grabs on five targets in two games as a Bear. One of his missed connections this evening was an absurd overthrow from Mike Glennon that resulted in an interception. Wheaton's fantasy prospects won't be worth re-evaluating until he gets in a game or two with Mitch Trubisky under center, whenever that may be.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 12:57:00 AM

Markus Wheaton couldn’t haul in either of his two targets Sunday in the Bears’ Week 3 win over the Steelers.

It was an underwhelming debut for Wheaton, who was out-targeted by Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Benny Cunningham and Zach Miller among others. Wheaton committed an ugly drop on a third-down opportunity in the first quarter, though the miscue was wiped way by a roughing-the-passer penalty called against Pittsburgh. He’ll look to rebound from Sunday’s goose egg Thursday night against the Packers.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 05:39:00 PM

Markus Wheaton (finger) has been removed from the Bears' Week 3 injury report.

Wheaton will make his 2017 debut against the Steelers, and should immediately slide in as the Bears' No. 2 receiver against his old team. In theory, there will be targets aplenty, but Wheaton offers little upside with Mike Glennon under center.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 02:45:00 PM

The Bears are "hopeful" Markus Wheaton (finger) will make his season debut against the Steelers in Week 3.

He was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. It's taken Wheaton over a month to recover from a broken pinkie but the Bears are confident this will be the week he finally returns to action. He'll join a depleted receiving corps featuring spare parts like Kendall Wright, Keonte Thompson and Josh Bellamy.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 05:52:00 PM

Bears WR Markus Wheaton (finger) is inactive for Week 2 against the Bucs.

Wheaton appeared to be on track to return until late in the week. His continued absence leaves the Bears direly thin at receiver. Also inactive for the Bears are QB Mark Sanchez, CB Prince Amukamara, DB Deon Bush, RB Benny Cunnigham, DL John Jenkins and LG Kyle Long.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 11:32:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport considers Markus Wheaton (questionable, finger) a "much longer shot" to play than Jordan Howard (questionable, hamstring) Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Wheaton has been practicing on a limited basis since last week but from the sound of it, he isn't ready for game-action yet. That means the Bears, who are already playing without Cameron Meredith (knee) and Kevin White (shoulder), are going to be extremely short-handed at receiver. Expect Kendall Wright, Deonte Thompson and Tarik Cohen to be Mike Glennon's top targets on Sunday.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 08:30:00 AM

Markus Wheaton (finger) is questionable for Week 2 against the Buccaneers.

He put in a limited week of practice. Wheaton has a good chance of suiting up for Week 2 and could be thrust into a big role with Cameron Meredith (ACL) and Kevin White (shoulder) both sidelined.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Mitchell Trubisky
2Mike Glennon
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Taquan Mizzell
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Tarik Cohen
2Jordan Howard
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Cameron Meredith
2Josh Bellamy
3Tanner Gentry
4Mekale McKay
WR21Kevin White
2Markus Wheaton
3DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Josh Bellamy
TE1Dion Sims
2Adam Shaheen
3Daniel Brown
4Ben Braunecker
5Colin Thompson
LT1Charles Leno
LG1Kyle Long
2Eric Kush
3Jordan Morgan
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
3Travis Averill
RG1Josh Sitton
2Cameron Lee
3Will Pericak
RT1Bobby Massie
2Brandon Greene