Mike Wallace (WR)

03/12/2013 4:04 pm by in Fantasy Football Expert Analysis, Player Spotlights, Wide Receivers

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Mike Wallace will bring his blazing speed to Florida after reaching an agreement with the Miami Dolphins. Wallace has clearly stated that he wants to be the clear number one receiver and it’s likely that the Dolphins made assurances that he would be targeted as one.

His impact on the Dolphin offense goes beyond the obvious WR1 target he will provide and the big plays he will produce. He will open up the underneath routes for the other receivers and running backs. The combination of Wallace and Lamar Miller (a big fantasy winner with this signing along with Tannehill) should give Dolphin fans (and the players fantasy owners) a lot to cheer about on Sunday’s this fall!

Wallace struggled in 2012 posting 64 receptions, 838 yards and eight touchdowns. Good enough for low end WR2 production but not enough to meet his ADP expectations. The feeling here is that was a combination of Wallace’s not being resigned, Antonio Brown’s surprising extension, the new offensive scheme and the struggle the Steelers’ had in establishing a run game. He already has a pair seasons with 60 receptions/1257 yards/ 10 touchdowns and 72 receptions/1193 yards/8 touchdowns.

He was targeted a career high 119 times last season but that is mid WR3 territory in fantasy. If Wallace gets a bump in targets, and he should (Hartline had 131 targets/ Bess 105) his numbers this year could exceed his previous best.

Wallace’s ability to catch the short and intermediate pass (58/517/4) matches up perfectly with Ryan Tannehill’s short and intermediate accuracy (198 completions. 2178 yards). Include the long ball skills of both and Wallace could have a huge year and return to the WR1 production he enjoyed in 2010/2011. Expect Wallace to go off the draft board early in the 3rd round this year. He should meet those lofty expectations.

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