Michael ‘to get a ton of work’: Don’t expect the Seahawks offense to go away from Marshawn Lynch as its focal point any time soon, but the team could be preparing for a Beast Mode-less future. Head coach Pete Carroll recently told reporters that Christine Michael is “going to get a ton of work.” Last season, Michael had only 18 carries and was buried behind Lynch and Robert Turbin on the depth chart. This season, the young runner from Texas A&M could battle with Turbin for the No. 2 running back job. Michael’s value will be greater in dynasty leagues than most other formats, but with Lynch set to be a free agent after the 2015 season, Michael is a name worth remembering for the future.
Wheaton pegged as Steelers’ WR2: When Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery left the Steelers as free agents, the belief was that it opened the door for Markus Wheaton to step into the role of the No. 2 receiver. So far, that is what’s happening in Pittsburgh. Wheaton, the speedster from Oregon State, started opposite Antonio Brown in the team’s first practice session. There is certainly a long way to go before we get to Week 1, but signs point to Wheaton being given every opportunity to win the gig in 2014 over the likes of Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Wilson to get shot at WR3: While Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have locked down the top two receiver slots for the Bears, there’s a definite question as to who will be Chicago’s third receiver. The early answer is Marquess Wilson. The second-year pass-catcher worked as the No. 3 wideout with the first time during the Bears early workouts. Whether that translates into production is another story entirely. Last season’s No. 3 receiver, Earl Bennett, had just 32 receptions on 43 targets — significantly fewer than both Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett. Getting Wilson on the field should give his fantasy value a bump, but fantasy owners should wait to see how Wilson gets used before reaching up to draft him.
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