WR Markus Wheaton, Free agent

HT: 5-11, WT: 189, Born: 2-7-1991, College: Oregon State, Drafted: Round 3

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2014 Projections

David Dodds16.
Bob Henry16.03.0206.70.058.080013.85.0112
Jason Wood16.
Maurile Tremblay16.

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Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]

Overall: E Manning (150), A Smith (151), Markus Wheaton (152), J Boykin (153), E Ebron (154)
Position: K Stills (143-WR52), S Smith (144-WR53), Markus Wheaton (152 - WR54), J Boykin (153-WR55), J Matthews (158-WR56)
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PPR Average draft position

Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]

Overall: A Gates (143), Markus Wheaton (144), E Ebron (145), R Tannehill (146)
Position: K Stills (135-WR51), G Jennings (140-WR52), Markus Wheaton (144 - WR53), J Matthews (147-WR54), B Hartline (148-WR55)
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There’s a lot to be excited about when considering the potential of second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton. He’s going to be in line for a huge bump in production in 2014 with Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos) moving on in free agency. Wheaton is a fantastic route-runner. He knows how to set up his routes well, and he has good burst out of his breaks. Wheaton does not tip off where his route is going before he makes his break, and this makes him difficult to cover. His body control allows him to run routes near the sidelines. He’ll consistently get two feet inbounds, and this also helps him in the red zone. This makes him a good player to look to when the chains need to be moved. Wheaton has good deep speed, and he can take the top off the defense. He does a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder, and he accelerates cleanly to the point of the catch. Even though Wheaton is not the biggest receiver (5’11” 189 pounds), he has a competitive nature and can win at the point of the catch. Without Sanders, the Steelers will look to Wheaton first. He’ll need to beat out guys like veteran Lance Moore and rookie Martavis Bryant for the starting job opposite Antonio Brown. Wheaton is well worth the risk in the later rounds of the draft. He could be a fine WR4/5 with upside for your fantasy team in 2014.

2014 Schedule


2013 Game Summaries

Week 3 - Wheaton couldn't catch his first target when matched up against Lance Briggs. He dropped a pass that he should have caught on third and nine after the two minute warning in the second quarter. He saw the field, but not extensively as Cotchery remained ahead of him on the depth chart.

Week 4 - Wheaton had the first catch of his career on a screen pass two plays in. Wheaton waited for his blocking to set up and then fell forward for a first down. Two plays later, Wheaton was wide open down the sideline, but Roethlisberger wildly overthrew him. Wheaton lined up in the backfield more than once. His second reception came from that position on third and two early in the third quarter. Wheaton got enough for a first down before finishing the play with a hard hit on the defensive back coming to him. Early in the fourth quarter, Wheaton made an excellent reception over the middle of the field as he fully extended for to catch a high pass. Wheaton couldn't catch a pass underneath in the redzone as he had to stretch out for a reception coming across the field.

Week 11 - In the second quarter, Wheaton ran an out route for his first reception of the game and a first down. At the beginning of the next drive, Wheaton ran a shallow crossing route before catching the ball and turning up the sideline for a 21 yard gain. Later in the second quarter, Wheaton caught a five yard screen pass on 3rd-and-10.