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WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

6-1, 199Born: 8-1-1986College: Ole MissDrafted: Round 3

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Week 8: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions in the hostile environs of Soldier Field last week. He relied on his usual array of targets - Charles Clay (five targets for 4/58/1 receiving), Mike Wallace (eight for 5/46/1), Jarvis Landry (five for 4/46/0) and Brian Hartline (three for 3/35/0). Tannehill is getting the job done heading into Week 8, though the team's spread-it-around philosophy is keeping any of Tannehill's usual targets from becoming an elite fantasy option. The Jaguars' pass D is ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 280.1 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given up vs. just two interceptions (next-to-last in the NFL). The Jaguars do have a pass rush this year with 22 sacks recorded to date (second in the NFL) - they bring pressure to bear up front but the secondary isn't making things happen on the back end. Brian Hoyer struggled in the face of their rush last weekend, with 16/41 for 197 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -18 yards). Charlie Whitehurst was also sacked three times for -18 yards two games back while throwing 17/28 for 220 net yards passing with zero TDs or sacks). Though the Jaguars' pass D has improved of late, they are still suspect against better teams - advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 at OAK 1 0 0 4 3 35 1 0
6 vs GB 0 0 0 9 5 67 1 0
7 at CHI 1 4 0 8 5 46 1 0
8 at JAX PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 5 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 5 * * *
8 at JAX PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs GB (9 / 5 / 67 / 1 rec)

Wallace continued his strong start to the 2014 season with another touchdown, soaking up nine more targets as Ryan Tannehill's top target. It could've and should've been a bigger day as Wallace dropped a perfectly thrown Tannehill pass in stride that could've gone for a 60+ yard touchdown. While it's not the deep ball connection that many have been clamoring for, Tannehill has been able to find Wallace on the 15-20 intermediate routes more often this season. And credit to Wallace, who looks like he's hit the weight room in the offseason, he's shown toughness after the catch, but hasn't lost his slippery moves. Lazor should look to keep getting the ball to Wallace on those intermediate comebacks and out routes, as the deep-ball seems like a lost a cause, and anyway you can get Wallace in space, it's probably a good thing. Wallace has now seen 8+ targets in four of five games this season (the one he didn't, he still scored a TD in the blowout of the Raiders) and a touchdown in four of five games as well. He saw at least one target against six Green Bay defensive backs on Sunday, so Lazor will continue to feature him in the offense. No matter the number of pass attempts for Tannehill, Wallace is shaping up to be one of the more consistent bets in fantasy this season. With only rookie Jarvis Landry emerging to challenge him for targets, Wallace is locked into a very nice fantasy floor. Fantasy owners are still waiting on the big plays, but they can't be disappointed with his effort so far.

2014 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

As Ryan Tannehill exploited the middle of the field against the Bears, Miami's #1 receiver didn't really see the volume he's been used to, but still found the end-zone and continues to reward fantasy owners who took him in the sixth or seventh round in August. He still saw a team-high 8 targets, but that included a few throwaways from Ryan Tannehill. With the Dolphins ahead for the entire game, and his QB spreading the ball around (six Dolphins saw 3+ targets), Wallace wasn't able to slip free for any of the intermediate plays we've seen him make over the last few weeks. However, his TD catch was a sign of how far he's come in the last season, both as a player and in his chemistry with his QB. He ran an in-breaking route in the back of the end-zone, and was really wasn't a primary option for Tannehill. After his QB went through two or three reads, Wallace pivoted and ran towards the back pylon. Tannehill threw it towards the pylon with some anticipation for the score. Wallace has been one of the more consistent fantasy receivers this season, in part, due to his 5 TDs in six games. While he hasn't had a 100-yard game yet, he hasn't need one with the touchdowns. It's only a little worrisome that he's become so touchdown-dependent, but as long as he's the featured receiver for the Dolphins, the targets, and specifically red-zone targets should still be there. He's been a bargain for fantasy owners thus far, so don't expect much of a drop-off.

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Dolphins | Brian Hartline a forgotten man (Fri Oct 17, 05:33 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline has become a forgotten man in the team's offense after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He is currently fourth on the team in catches (16) and third in receiving yards (161), and he's on pace for his worst statistical season since 2011. The Dolphins have basically stopped throwing his way; he was targeted just twice in Week 6 and was without a catch for the first time in almost two years. Tannehill has had the most snaps of any receiver on the team in every game this year, but only once was he targeted more often than WR Mike Wallace.

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Schedule

8@ Jacksonville Jaguars
9vs San Diego Chargers
10@ Detroit Lions
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Denver Broncos
13@ New York Jets
14vs Baltimore Ravens
15@ New England Patriots
16vs Minnesota Vikings
17vs New York Jets