WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 199||Born: 8-1-1986||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Wallace had one of the best catches of his career on the touchdown he scored against New England. He'll have his work cut out for him against Minnesota's pass defense, but Wallace is warm heading into the fantasy finals.
Week 16: vs Minnesota Vikings
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs NYJ (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Wallace saw targets from Ryan Tannehill early and often in Monday night's contest at MetLife, turning in his third-highest yardage total of the season, and highest since Week 3. He saw double digit targets for the first time since Week 5 as well, so it doesn't look like his usage is going away any time soon, even with Jarvis Landry breathing down his neck for targets. It was mostly short stuff for Wallace, with his longest play being a 15-yard sideline out that he tacked on another 10 yards to after the catch. That's the longest play Wallace and Tannehill have really come adept at making, but Wallace did have an opportunity deep. On a third down play from about the Jets 25 in the third quarter, Tannehill unleashed an on-target corner throw. Wallace, instead of extending two hands up and making the play, put up one hand. The ball naturally bounced off Wallace's hand and fell incomplete. At the time, the Dolphins were down 7 points and could've tied the game with the score. Although it'll go down as another missed connection in a game the Dolphins ultimately won, it could've been a nail in their coffin had they lost the game. Although the legitimate deep-balls are still not coming off, Wallace simply has make some of those other plays, like the one Monday night. That play would've turned his line from 6 for 69 into 7 for 95 and a touchdown. It's likely a few people missed their playoffs on that missed play. However, he's still locked in as the 1a or 1b option for Ryan Tannehill on a team that does at least move the ball, and doesn't really have any true red zone weapons. He'll still remain touchdown dependent in the fantasy playoffs, but with Brian Hartline sidelined, he may even see a few more looks.
2014 Week 14 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
It was another day of misses for Wallace, as he just missed on a 20+ yard play from Tannehill, as well as maybe not putting forth full effort to reel in a catch in the end zone from his quarterback. One area Tannehill and Wallace have been sharper in this season is their intermediate connection. That's how Wallace did the majority of his damage on some out and comeback routes, working against Danny Gorrer and Lardarius Webb. Wallace has also learned to comeback near the sideline whenever Tannehill roles his way. It's a good trait to have, especially with Tannehill rolling out and being forced out of the pocket due to poor protection. However, there were two missed plays that could've turned Wallace's day into a much bigger performance. The first play was out of his control, as Tannehill rolled right again and fit a tough pass into a sliding Wallace. The play would've gone for about 25 or so yards and put the Dolphins into field position already up 10-0 with about 5 minutes left before the half. The Mike Pouncey ineligible man downfield penalty negated the play, the Dolphins punted a few plays later, and Joe Flacco led a two minute drill to post a touchdown before the half. The second play is a bit more on Tannehill and Wallace. Early in the fourth, with Miami trailing just 14-10, Tannehill had Wallace open for a split second in the back of the end zone. His throw was a bit high, but Wallace really didn't look he stretched completely for it, and even could've laid out on the attempt. But, he didn't and the Dolphins settled for 3. If you include the target on the penalty on Pouncey, Wallace had just five targets, but that's still not much of a worry, as he remains a major piece of the offense. His still a very touchdown reliant option, so continue to use him with caution.
2014 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 5 / 104 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Miami's 2013 big money signing went over 100 yards for the first time all season, and made just his second 50+ yard play of the season on Sunday in a losing effort against the Patriots. His 32-yard touchdown was also the longest of the year for the Dolphins. It may just have Wallace's best game as a Dolphin, as he made two big plays in the first half, only to go cold (like the rest of the Dolphins team) in the second half. With the Patriots deciding to start the game with Revis on Jarvis Landry and Brandon Browner on Brian Hartline, Tannehill immediately went after Malcolm Butler. If his pass was a bit more out in front, the Dolphins may have went ahead 7-0 on the first play of the game. However, their drive stalled in New England territory and Jamie Collins blocked a FG, giving the Pats the lead. Wallace's touchdown catch was quite pretty though. On what likely would've been the last play of the half before a Miami FG attempt, Wallace was originally ruled out of bounds on his one-handed catch down the left sideline. Replays showed he did control the ball to ground, and stayed inbounds, which led to a reversal. In what's been two years of missed passes, dropped balls, and an overall lack of chemistry, were the two hook-ups yesterday a sign of the potential of this pairing in the future? Of course, Wallace then went 2 for 16 yards in then second half, with Malcolm Butler relegated to the bench. Wallace could be an interesting case in the offseason; most of his guaranteed money will be gone after this season. In Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins have a young, relatively cheap option who's turned into a reliable possession receiver in the quick-hitting offense. Would it be worth it to eat the rest of Wallace's money and draft a big target to pair with Landry?
Latest NewsDolphins | Offensive line hurting Mike Wallace? (Fri Dec 5, 10:24 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace was targeted mainly on shorter passes in Week 13, and Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald believes the injury to OT Branden Albert (knee) has forced the Dolphins to use shorter passing routes to help protect QB Ryan Tannehill. Our View: Yeah, we could see that. However, even if Tannehill had all day to throw, he just seems to lack chemistry with Wallace. Tannehill has good bucket accuracy, but his deep passes are off the mark when he's throwing to Wallace downfield. Fantasy owners need to realize that Jarvis Landry is an emerging talent in this group. Wallace is what he's pretty much been all season--a low-end WR2/WR3 for fantasy owners.
link to story Dolphins | Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline probable (Fri Dec 5, 04:40 PM) - Miami Dolphins WRs Mike Wallace (chest) and Brian Hartline (knee) were both limited in practice Friday, Dec. 5, but are probable for Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story Dolphins | Mike Wallace limited Thursday (Thu Dec 4, 04:38 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (chest) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 4. Our View: Just make sure he can practice fully on Friday. We like him as a low-end WR2/flex/WR3 option for your fantasy team in Week 14.
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