Fantasy Slant: Markus Wheaton to the Chicago Bears

By Matt Johnson on Friday, March 10th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Markus Wheaton to the Chicago Bears

After the Chicago Bears missed out on some key starting-caliber wide receivers for much of the day on Thursday, they went out and improved their depth at the position with a two-year deal given out to Markus Wheaton. The former third-round pick in 2014, rarely saw the field this season with Pittsburgh and opted for a new home where he could get more opportunities.

It's noteworthy that the Steelers, who badly needed some form of receiver help outside Antonio Brown, repeatedly turned away from Wheaton when he wasn't injured last season. But perhaps if fully healthy this season, there will be much greater opportunities to live up to his draft billing with a fresh start in a new city.

Wheaton tested out fairly well at the combine, demonstrating his well above-average athletic ability with a 4.45 40-yard dash that ranked in the 78th percentile and a 10.82 agility score that sat in the 88th percentile, according to the NFL's Player Profile workout metrics. He stands at 5'11", so he isn't an overly physical receiver. But his yards after catch rate wasn't strong even with more playing time in 2015.

This all came with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, one of the top-10 quarterbacks in the game. Now he'll be catching passes from Mike Glennon, a clear downgrade at quarterback and his role likely isn't headed for a major uptick. Chicago still has Kevin White and Cameron Meredith, while some lower-caliber starters remain available on the free agent market. If you're so desperate for receiver in fantasy that Wheaton is on your radar this season, seek help.

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