2014 Fantasy Football Sleeper Candidate: Markus Wheaton
Markus Wheaton is a prime candidate to not only be a sleeper, but he could really break out for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In his second season with the Steelers he has moved into the No. 2 wide receiver role. With a great quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball, Wheaton certainly appears to have the skill set to maximize the opportunities he’s sure to be given. With the ability to get him on the cheap, I would highly suggest taking a flier on Wheaton in your draft while you can.
Roethlisberger has already begun talking up Wheaton as being a key to the Steelers offense this season. The Steelers spent a third-round pick on Wheaton, and they haven’t suddenly changed their mind on the type of player he can be. If you’re worried about the Martavis Bryant drafting being a bad sign for Wheaton, you shouldn’t be. They are two totally different styles of players. Wheaton possesses a top level speed while Bryant is more a red zone target. Wheaton is a playmaker who will give you some consistent week-to-week scoring with the upside of some huge games.
Wheaton has speed and a lot of it. He has the ability to do what Mike Wallace did in Pittsburgh and then some. While fast, I don’t think Wheaton is a one-trick pony. He can really stretch the field, but he is also a good route runner and pass catcher. I believe Wheaton has a great chance at approaching low end WR2 numbers this year for your fantasy football team.