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WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Wallace's Week 8 feels like a disappointment, but he and Ryan Tannehill actually hooked up on a deep ball, and otherwise the game script kept the Dolphins from having to open up or rely on the passing game. He's still a nice WR3/Flex going forward with the Chargers up this week.

General News (Wed Oct 29): isn't happy that he's not receiving deep targets in the offense this year. Wallace was also frustrated with the lack of success on offense against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8, in which they only put up 13 points. Wallace had a deep catch on Sunday, but he had only one catch after that, and the team had only 178 yards through the air, dropping them to 25th in the league in passing. Ryan Tannehill has thrown the ball over 20 yards just 23 times this year and has only completed seven of those throws. Wallace leads the team in catches (32) and receiving yards (418).

Week 9: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. The Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill have taken care of business and beat the teams they should have defeated over the past two weeks, with 16/29 for 196 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown at Jacksonville (a 27-13 win) and 25/32 for 277 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions tossed at Chicago (a 27-13 win). Mike Wallace leads all Miami receivers with 15 targets during that time span, for 7/105/1 receiving; Charles clay has seen eight targets for 5/59/1 receiving in the Dolphins' spread-it-around pass offense. The Chargers have not taken care of business in the past two weeks, dropping two games straight while allowing 25/35 for 286 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions to Peyton Manning last week (zero sacks) and 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions, with three sacks for -10 yards, to Alex Smith at San Diego two weeks ago. Though the Chargers are sixth in the NFL averaging 219.1 net passing yards allowed per game, they've coughed up 14 passing scores vs. a mere four interceptions and 15 sacks generated to date (tied for 23rd- and 18th-ranked in the NFL, respectively). The Chargers' D is reeling entering Week 9. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
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 0 0 0 7 2 59 0 0
9 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 5 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
9 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 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.

2014 Week 8 vs JAX (7 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)

It was a slower day for Mike Wallace, as offensive line issues in the first half, and game flow problems in the second half derailed his chances for a really big day. There's still some positives to take away from Sunday's game. First off, Wallace still paced the Miami offense with 7 targets. In fact, Ryan Tannehill targeted just two players 4+ times. So, as has been the case, the speedster continues to be the featured player in Bill Lazor's passing game. He only hauled in two of those seven targets, but there were a few balls batted at the line of scrimmage, as well as two deep shots heading Wallace's way that fell incomplete. However, the other bright spot in Wallace's day was the fact that he did catch a deep pass from Tannehill. It will stand as Miami's biggest offensive play of the season to date, and really the first time the Tannehill-Wallace connection has made much noise in the deep game in a season and a half. It was a similar play to a long TD pass the two had connected on earlier in the season, but Wallace had been ruled out of bounds. This time, too, Wallace was originally ruled out, but the refs convened and made the right call. It was a good job of getting the right knee down in bounds as the left leg fell out of bounds. It was interesting to see the Dolphins go back and take another shot to Wallace in the end zone on the very next play. However, if the mercurial pair can start finding some confidence with that ball, it would add a new and potential fantasy beneficial wrinkle to the Miami offense. One they've sorely been lacking too. Overall, this will probably go down as Wallace's lowest catch total of the season too, so his needle is still pointing up. He does have some tough matchups coming up though, so he could be a buy low candidate before the playoffs begin.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Mike Wallace frustrated with offense (Wed Oct 29, 01:48 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace isn't happy that he's not receiving deep targets in the offense this year. Wallace was also frustrated with the lack of success on offense against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8, in which they only put up 13 points. Wallace had a deep catch on Sunday, but he had only one catch after that, and the team had only 178 yards through the air, dropping them to 25th in the league in passing. QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown the ball over 20 yards just 23 times this year and has only completed seven of those throws. Wallace leads the team in catches (32) and receiving yards (418).

Our View: The squeaky wheel gets the grease sometimes in the NFL (see Frank Gore earlier this year). Tannehill and Wallace just seem off...even after two seasons working together. We'll see if the Dolphins make a more concentrated effort to get Wallace involved.
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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

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