WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins
|6-1, 199||Born: 8-1-1986||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Wallace has been increasingly inconsistent, and he is just one of a cast of many in the Dolphins offense right now. He's not startable, and in shallow leagues, he might be droppable.
General News (Fri Nov 21): partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Nov 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Nov 19): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 12: at Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 26/34 for 240 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions against the ball-hawking Bills last week, despite taking five sacks for -35 yards from their hard-charging defensive front. He leaned on a wide array of wide receivers last weekend, hitting Brian Hartline for the most receiving yards (four targets for 3/55/0 receiving), followed by: Jarvis Landry (five for 5/46/1), Mike Wallace (seven for 4/38/0), Damien Williams (three for 2/38/0, and Brandon Gibson (three for 2/13/1). Tight end Charles Clay handled six for 5/31/0 as well. The Dolphins spread the wealth among many receivers (as is usual this year). The Broncos allowed 20/29 for 220 yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Shaun Hill last weekend, while sacking him three times for -14 yards during the loss in St. Louis. Derek Carr wasn't sacked at all two games back (30/47 for 192 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown), but the Broncos triumphed in that game 41-17 as Denver's offense was it's usual powerhouse self up until week 11. To date, the Denver pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 243.0 net yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores allowed vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 10th in the NFL) and 27 sacks (tied for eighth) generated. The Denver pass D is solid across the board, but tends to allow yardage/a garbage TD here and there after they build up a big lead. Tannehill and company have a tough draw this week traveling to partisan Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs SD (8 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
After calling the offense "s---" during the week, Mike Wallace had another disappointing day for his fantasy owners, failing to get into the end zone for the second straight week. Although it's his second consecutive 3 or fewer catch and 60 or fewer yard day, with the Miami offense starting to look like a scoring machine, Wallace still is in good shape. In truth, Wallace is still the clear #1 option in the passing game, but Tannehill won't be forcing it to Wallace when Brian Hartline, Charles Clay and Jarvis Landry are all getting open. So, while he hasn't been very efficient in his last two weeks, the Dolphins have also been looking down the field a bit more. Wallace still saw 8 targets, which tied for the team high. After his comments earlier in the week, fantasy owners may have expected the 'Fins to grease their squeaky wheel, but it didn't turn out that way, as Tannehill was able to carve up the Chargers, finding three other receivers for five catches apiece. That's the Miami offense when it's working at peak efficiency. Bill Lazor will find matchups to exploit, whether it's inside with Landry or Clay, or outside with Wallace and Hartline. The fact that the offense is humming is still a good sign; Wallace had scored in 5 of his first 6 games, so he was due for a bit of regression. The Dolphins have scored 38, 24, 27, 27, and 37 points over their last five games. Of course, the defenses they've played have been less than stellar, and one of those 27-point outings was a defensively fueled effort against the Jags. However, Wallace's role shouldn't change going forward and he may start getting more chances downfield.
2014 Week 10 vs DET (8 / 5 / 51 / 1 rec)
Mike Wallace continued to please his fantasy owners on Sunday, scoring another touchdown and adding another 50-yard effort to his 2014 docket. He's now gone over 50 yards in seven of nine games this season and has scored in six of nine games. While he still hasn't eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark (and hasn't gone over 70 since Week 3), he still provides value as a major red zone weapon for the Dolphins. Unlike his predecessor, Bill Lazor isn't afraid to move Wallace around the formation and get him on the move with the ball in his hands. His TD was about as simple as it gets, as he came in motion from the left side of the formation, shifting behind the running back and quarterback when the ball was snapped. On the move towards the right front pylon in the end zone, it was an easy pitch and catch from Tannehill to Wallace, as a Detroit linebacker, Ashlee Palmer, was given the responsibility to pick him up out of the backfield. There was nothing Palmer, any other defender for that matter, could really do about the touchdown. Just a great play design near the goal-line. Wallace's targets are holding steady, as he saw at least 8 for the seventh time in nine games on Sunday. However, he was behind both Jarvis Landry and Charles Clay (9 targets apiece) in the target pecking order. That was due to the heavy pressure Ryan Tannehill saw for most of the day, and the need to get the ball out quickly, hence more targets for the middle of the field guys. With Lamar Miller ailing, Lazor even lined up Wallace and Landry in the backfield a few times, which provided an interesting wrinkle. Wallace did end up catching a pass out of the backfield, but it's unlikely that becomes a staple of the Miami attack. He and his quarterback still are searching for any sort of chemistry on their deep-ball, which ultimately limits his upside. If the touchdowns start to dry out, owners may start to be concerned, but there's no sign of any regression in Wallace's touchdowns, at least for now.
2014 Week 11 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Mike Wallace was again the highest targeted receiver for the Dolphins on Thursday night, but he came up with a dud against the Bills. It easily could've been a bigger day for Wallace, but he missed on two connections with his QB that would've resulted in big plays. Near the end of the first half, Wallace hauled in a pair of passes to open the drive, getting to midfield by the two minute warning. As is the custom for Tannehill and Wallace, they went for the deep ball after finding a few connections. It wasn't a poorly thrown ball down the right sideline, as Wallace got his hands on it. Undoubtedly a tough play, but one Wallace should be expected to make. He had a step on the corner, Corey Graham, and Aaron Williams, the safety, was able to do just enough to put Wallace off. The throw may have been a hair too far out of bounds, but Wallace had his hands on it. Near the end of the game, Tannehill looked Wallace's way in the end zone, but Corey Graham was there to break up the play. There was nothing to be done by Wallace, as the throw wasn't very well placed either. Wallace should continue to see the most targets on the team, and should continue to see red zone looks, but with a shorter, quicker passing game needed without Branden Albert, he'll still remain very TD dependent.
Latest NewsDolphins | Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry probable (Fri Nov 21, 06:00 PM) - Miami Dolphins WRs Mike Wallace (calf) and Jarvis Landry (shoulder) were both limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, but they are both listed as probable for Week 12 against the Denver Broncos. Our View: While we expect Ryan Tannehill to have a decent day. we think it will be cumulative and not because one of his guys go off. Wallace is no more than a WR4 against this defense, while Landry is is a WR5. Neither is a great option.
Dolphins | Mike Wallace, Jarvis Landry limited (Thu Nov 20, 06:38 PM) - Miami Dolphins WRs Mike Wallace (calf) and Jarvis Landry (shoulder) were both limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: Wallace looks to be no more than a WR3, while Landry is a WR5. Wallace at least has upside, so if you have to start someone, he is it. We're looking elsewhere for WR help this week.
Dolphins | Mike Wallace doesn't do all drills (Wed Nov 19, 06:30 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: It's Wednesday, so Wallace may just be getting a little bit of rest here.
link to story Dolphins | Mike Wallace doesn't blame OC (Sat Nov 15, 02:23 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said it's not offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's fault for the offense's struggles. Wallace said Lazor is making good calls, but the players need to execute better and stop leaving touchdowns on the field. Our View: Wallace has more potential that he's showing in the Lazor offense. We're glad that the team is moving him around the formation to get open, but Wallace still doesn't show fantastic chemistry with QB Ryan Tannehill.
link to story Dolphins | Mike Wallace continues to struggle (Fri Nov 14, 12:47 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace continues to struggle with his connection with QB Ryan Tannehill on deep balls. Meanwhile, WR Jarvis Landry is becoming the teamís best playmaker in the passing game. Our View: Wallace started out the season getting the lion's share of targets in the passing game, but now he's just one of many targets Ryan Tannehill is spreading the ball around to while he moves the offense. Wallace will be a boom/bust WR3/Flex at best against Denver in Week 12 and for the fantasy playoffs.
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