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11 Markus Wheaton WR
Height/Weight: 5-11/182 | Birthdate: 2/7/1991 | Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ, USA | Team: Pittsburgh | College: Oregon State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 21/1 | Average Draft Position: 146.42
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Steelers get offensive contributions in comeback win


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) The Steelers got several contributions in their 27-24 win at Tennessee on Monday night. Among them, receiver Lance Moore made a 15-yard catch, wideout Markus Wheaton caught one of five targets for 6 yards and running back Dri Archer had one reception for minus-5 yards.

They're all on a bye Week 12.


Bit players do only a bit for Steelers in Sunday defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) A poor performance by the Steelers offense Sunday filtered down to their bit players. Among them was running back LeGarrette Blount, whose five carries amounted to zero yards.

Markus Wheaton did catch four passes for 41 yards while tight end Heath Miller, who was blanked in the first half, added three for 29 yards. Lance Moore caught two for 28 yards.

One and all will try to do better when Pittsburgh plays at Tennessee next Monday night.


Touchdowns the only good for Markus Wheaton


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) Even with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger setting passing records Week 9 against Baltimore, wide receiver Markus Wheaton managed just two catches. He was targeted four times, or as often as the Eagles' Josh Huff in another game a world away.

Perhaps you've heard of him, but probably not. After all, he wasn't on the other end of one of Roethlisberger's six touchdown passes.

The point is Roethlisberger's back-to-back six-touchdown games are making Wheaton look better than he is. He had two catches on four targets in this one and got only 56 of Roethlisberger's 522 yards in Week 8. But because he had a touchdown in both games, he's one of the most viewed players in Fantasy right now.

Unless you think this is the new normal for Roethlisberger and not another of the many teases throughout his career -- from the two four-touchdown games last year to the 15 touchdowns in a seven-game span in 2012 to the five-touchdown game in 2011 to the 11 touchdowns in a three-game span way back in 2007 -- Wheaton may soon find himself without the touchdowns and with nothing more to fall back on.

I mean, with all the passes thrown Antonio Brown's way and the recent emergence of Martavis Bryant, it's not like he's moving up in the pecking order.


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton catches touchdown in Week 9 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught just two of his four targets Sunday but managed to rack up 62 yards and a touchdown in his team's 43-23 win over the Ravens in Week 9.

Wheaton hauled in a perfectly-placed deep ball with less than a minute left in the first half and ran the final few yards into the end zone for a 47-yard score. He wasn't the only one to find paydirt, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tossed six touchdowns for the second straight game. Wheaton is responsible for two scores during that stretch, and he now has 31 catches, 395 yards and two touchdowns going into his Week 10 matchup with the Jets.


Martavis Bryant outshines Markus Wheaton again


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2014) Granted, both had their moments on a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards and six touchdowns, but Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was the preferred target to Markus Wheaton again Week 8 against Indianapolis.

Bryant, a rookie who didn't even play the first six weeks, caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a 52-yard bomb to set up another score in the second quarter. Wheaton, who has been a starter for much of the season, also caught five passes, but for 56 yards and one touchdown.

Bryant got seven targets to Wheaton's five, taking the lead for a second straight week. Of course, the comparison between Week 8 and Week 7 isn't entirely fair. In Week 7, Bryant had two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, and Wheaton went without a catch on two targets.

So even if Bryant seems to be pulling ahead, it may not be a big deal in Fantasy. Roethlisberger won't for 522 yards every week, after all, and Antonio Brown is still the No. 1 guy in Pittsburgh. But in leagues with more than 12 teams, Bryant's three touchdowns in two games have earned him a look.


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton finally scores in Sunday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Steelers second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton did not set career marks with his five catches for 56 yards Sunday against the Colts, but he did record a first.

He finally scored a touchdown.

Wheaton got wide-open midway through the first quarter for an 18-yard score, marking the first of six touchdowns thrown by Ben Roethlisberger. He will try to run with his momentum when Pittsburgh hosts Baltimore next Sunday.


Prioritizing waiver-wire picks at wide receiver


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg takes a look at the wide receivers most worth adding ahead of this week's games.

The list is headlined by new Seahawks' No. 1 Doug Baldwin (33 percent owned), with Odell Beckham (68 percent) of the Giants, Davante Adams (21 percent) of the Packers, Allen Robinson (34 percent) of the Jaguars and Brandon LaFell (56 percent) of the Patriots rounding out the remainder of the top five.

If you need to drop someone to make room for any pickups this week, he also recommends possibly parting ways with the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson (81 percent) or the Steelers' Markus Wheaton (35 percent). 


Martavis Bryant a threat to Markus Wheaton


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) Wide receiver Markus Wheaton didn't impress through the first six weeks of the season, so the Steelers saw fit to give someone else a chance Week 7 against Houston. Active for the first time this season, Martavis Bryant had as productive a day as any pass catcher not named Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell, hauling in two passes for 40 yards, including a 35-yarder in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. His five targets were third-most on the team, and no one after him had more than two.

That includes Wheaton, who was among those with two targets, going without a catch. He actually played 48 percent of the Steelers' snaps compared to Bryant's 34 percent, which makes his lack of production even more discouraging. Considering he's been up around 80 percent most of the year, he may be in danger of being overtaken.

Of course, Wheaton probably wouldn't disappear completely, and because Antonio Brown is still the go-to guy in the Steelers passing game, Bryant probably wouldn't have the opportunity for big numbers in his place. But in leagues deep enough that Wheaton is relevant, Bryant is now, too.


Steelers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) The Steelers got a variety of offensive contributions in their 30-23 win over the Texans. Among them, running back LeGarrette Blount ran seven times for 9 yards and caught an 8-yard pass. Running back Dri Archer carried twice for 7 yards.

Tight end Heath Miller secured his only target for 13 yards, while wideout Markus Wheaton was targeted twice without a catch. They'll all play the Colts in Week 8.


Roethlisberger: WR Wheaton still adjusting to speed of NFL game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Wide receiver Markus Wheaton hasn't been much of a factor in the Steelers' passing game since totaling six catches for 97 yards in the season opener. Though, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the second-year receiver is still adjusting to the speed of the NFL game.

"In college you can kind of wait for a receiver to come out of a break before you throw it," Roethlisberger said, per ESPN. "Here you have to throw it before they come out of their break. He’s working hard to make sure he gets the proper depth, to get his hands around with his head and make the play. I know he will."

Wheaton made a vow after Sunday's loss against the Browns that he would show up early to practice to watch film with Roethlisberger. He did that Wednesday.

"I think that speaks volumes about him wanting to get in there, wanting to learn, to be corrected," Roethlisberger said. "I broke down every single pass play that he did and told him what I thought he did right and what he did wrong. He’s the type of guy that’s going to take that and make him better. I have all the confidence in the world that Markus will come out and be better than ever."


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton ineffective in loss to Browns


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The good news for Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton is that he was targeted 11 times Sunday in Cleveland. The bad news is that he only grabbed four for 33 yards.

Wheaton gathered in a six-yarder on the team's first play from scrimmage and was then blanked until the fourth. He was plagued by drops and misfires most of the game.

With just five receptions for 50 yards in the last two games combined, Wheaton will attempt to turn it around against the Texans next Monday night.


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton held to one catch Week 5


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton was pretty much non-existent in the passing game during a 17-9 win Week 5 at Jacksonville. Wheaton, who was targeted just twice, finished with one catch for 17 yards -- both season lows.

Wheaton had at least four catches in each of the first four games. He still doesn't have a touchdown in 17 career games.

The Steelers are back in action Week 6 at Cleveland.


Two out, but Steelers otherwise healthy heading into Week 5


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) As expected, the Steelers have ruled out cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (knee) for their Sunday game in Jacksonville.

The other players on their injury report submitted Friday are probable. They are wide receivers Martavis Bryant (illness) and Markus Wheaton (groin), linebacker James Harrison (illness), guard Ramon Foster (ankle) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton claims he's a go for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton has declared himself ready to roll for the Sunday game in Jacksonville despite a groin issue, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He added that he doesn't anticipate having his snaps limited.

Wheaton has 19 catches for 227 yards this season, but has yet to score a touchdown.


Steelers WR Markus Wheaton only a maybe for Sunday action


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton remains up in the air for the Sunday game in Jacksonville with a nagging groin injury that has not allowed him to practice in full yet this week. He was limited Thursday.

Wheaton has been a steady, but unspectacular contributor the last three weeks after catching six passes for 97 yards in the opener. But he has yet to score a touchdown despite starting three of four games.


Markus Wheaton hot in first half, cold in second on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton couldn't keep up the pace in the second half that he established in the first Sunday against Tampa Bay. The result was mediocre numbers.

Wheaton made a 31-yard fingertip catch in the first quarter and finished the half with 59 yards on three receptions. But he managed just one catch for minus-2 yards thereafter. He was targeted six times overall.

He will try to play a complete game in Week 5 against host the host Jaguars.


Markus Wheaton makes four grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Steelers second-year wideout Markus Wheaton caught four passes for 35 yards in the blowout win of the Panthers. Wheaton was targeted five times, tied for second on the team behind Antonio Brown's 10.

Wheaton plays the Buccaneers in Week 4.


Markus Wheaton catches five balls Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught five balls Thursday against the Ravens.

Wheaton gained 38 receiving yards on eight targets. He also received two carries for 22 yards. Wheaton's big drive came just before halftime. He picked up three catches for 29 yards on the drive. He wasn't much of a factor during the second half, catching just one pass for 11 yards. Though the performance wasn't great, Wheaton did receive the second-most targets on the club.

Wheaton will take on the Panthers Week 3. 


Stud Steelers ready to go Week 2


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) The Steelers will go into Week 2 with all of their stud offensive players. 

A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons. 

On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons. 


Marcus Wheaton keys game-winning drive in first big game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) If not for second-year wideout Markus Wheaton, the Steelers might have risked defeat in overtime Sunday against Cleveland.

Wheaton caught a critical 11-yard pass with time running out in regulation to put his team in range for the game-winning field goal.

That merely served to sweeten the stats in a breakout game for Wheaton, who finished with six catches for 97 yards - 33 more yards than he gained through the air all of last season.

Wheaton shredded Browns rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert on a 40-yard route down the sideline late in the first quarter, showing slick footwork to remain inbounds. He finished the first half with four receptions for 66 yards.

He will seek to continue his fine play Thursday against Baltimore.


Markus Wheaton not on the same page with Ben Roethlisberger Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton had a bad drop and endured some communication issues with Ben Roethlisberger Thursday night against the Eagles in preseason action, per the NFL Network. Wheaton finished the first half without a grab and caught passes for 10 and 14 yards in the third quarter. He caught half of his four targets for 24 yards.

"It looked bad. We'll go watch the film, it could be 'this here is wrong, that is wrong,' you fix it and you get rolling," Wheaton said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.


Ben Roethlisberger praises Markus Wheaton for progress


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Despite a lack of production as a rookie in 2013, Steelers wideout Markus Wheaton has received praise from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Wheaton was held without a catch in the final six games of last season, but Roethlisberger believes his offseason work has put him in position to make a significant impact this year.

"He's a young guy people don't know about yet," Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He hasn't earned that respect, which is probably rightfully so, because he hasn't done much. But I'm excited for him because I think he's going to surprise a lot of people."

The Steelers are hoping Wheaton can emerge to take the pressure off premier receiver Antonion Brown that has been lacking since the departure of Mike Wallace. Faith in Wheaton prompted the team to allow Emmanuel Sanders to leave for Denver.


Markus Wheaton hauls in first preseason touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton caught his first touchdown of the preseason Saturday night at home against the Bills.

Wheaton caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger late in the first quarter. He finished with two receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown on three targets while working with the first-team offense for three drives.

Steelers unveil initial depth chart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) The Steelers released their initial depth chart on Sunday, just a few days before their first preseason game against the Giants.

At wide receiver, the listed second-year pro Markus Wheaton as the starter opposite of Antonio Brown. Lance Moore is listed as the primary backup to Wheaton, andJustin Brown is the primary backup to Brown.

At running back, the team listed newcomer LeGarrette Blount behind Le'Veon Bell, followed by Dri Archer and Tauren Poole.

Markus Wheaton's role 'will increase greatly'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) The Steelers are banking on a big season from second-year receiver Markus Wheaton, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Wheaton "is having another strong start to camp and his role will increase greatly," several people in the organization told La Canfora.

Wheaton is tentatively expected to start at one outside receiver spot.