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WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 3: vs Kansas City Chiefs

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Ryan Tannehill posted 31/49 for 241 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -31 yards in Buffalo last weekend. He targeted Mike Wallace (eight targets for 5/51/1 receiving), Brian Hartline (eight for 5/36/0) and Charles Clay (eight for 7/31/0) eight times each last week, followed by Jarvis Landry (six for 5/49/0 receiving). With 49/81 for 419 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown to date, Tannehill is the 21st-ranked fantasy quarterback in the land through two games. The Chiefs' pass D ranked 25th in the NFL last year averaging 248 net yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores given up during the season. They also had 21 interceptions, though (tied for third in the NFL) and 47 sacks (tied for sixth) - the Chiefs pressure opposing passers up front and in the secondary. Jake Locker took the Chiefs' defense apart in Week 1 despite being sacked four times and hit eight other times - when the dust settled Locker had posted 22/33 for 243 net yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown at Kansas City. The Broncos posted 21/26 for 237 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions last Sunday. Kansas City is tied at 10th in the NFL with six sacks to date, but they aren't doing much else to annoy opposing passers. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
1 vs NE 0 0 0 11 7 81 1 1
2 at BUF 0 0 0 8 5 56 1 0
3 vs KC 1 12 0 12 5 74 0 0
3 vs KC PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
3 vs KC PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs NE (11 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)

Wallace was the first and second option for Ryan Tannehill on Sunday, drawing 11 targets and truly acting as the featured receiver for Miami. There were naturally some misses between the quarterback and receiver, but Bill Lazor is using Wallace all around the field and his Week 1 usage should be a sign of good things to come. Tannehill really didn't throw the ball that much, as the Dolphins were gashing the Patriots with the run and leading for most of the second half, so it's encouraging to see Wallace command over a third of the team's targets. Although he didn't fare particularly well against Darrelle Revis (2 catches on 5 targets), Tannehill wasn't afraid to look to the island for his receiver. There were two poor plays in Wallace's day that stick out. The first was his fumble in the first quarter. It's nice to see Bill Lazor utilizing the drag route for Wallace, as that was a staple of DeSean Jackson's game last season in Philadelphia, but Tannehill and Wallace are both at fault here. Tannehill's throw was behind his receiver, which forced an awkward catch. Jamie Collins laid a great hit on Wallace, which jarred the ball loose, so more of the blame may fall on Tannehill for that one. The second mistake was a lot of what we've been seeing between Tannehill and Wallace for a season plus now. Tannehill was getting bore down upon Dont'a Hightower and had to get rid of the ball. Only Tannehill will know why he threw the ball up when Wallace wasn't looking his direction, but there's no choice to chalk it up as another miscommunication between the pair. The touchdown between the pair, however, was pretty nice. Wallace got some good inside position on Revis, Tannehill anticipated and threw a nice ball into dicey coverage for the score. Tannehill seemed to catch Kyle Arrington and Jamie Collins off guard with his quick throw, and the former wide receiver put the ball on the money. Regardless of the errors, Wallace is looking like a very good value pick if he continues to soak up targets as the featured receiver in the offense. That should give him a very high floor; the question will be if "60 Minutes" can unlock the potentially high ceiling in this spread offense.

2014 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)

Wallace provided his second consecutive valuable fantasy day as he scored his second TD of the season against the Bills. For a player who was as inconsistent as anyone in the league last season, it's a very good sign for Wallace's fantasy prospects this season. Bill Lazor certainly knows how to exploit a matchup in Wallace's favor, as he's been able to get him going on some shallow crossing routes and some routes at the intermediate level. Sure, the deep-ball connection with Ryan Tannehill is still an issue, but it took a good play by Da'Norris Searcy to break up a potential big play on Sunday. It comes back to the vanilla offense Mike Sherman had in place last season. Wallace was set up, 100% of the time, to the right of the quarterback. Lazor has fixed that by moving "60 Minutes" all around the formation, even using him as a decoy in the backfield or motion man to exploit another matchup. His touchdown may end being the best catch he'll make all year because it was that good. Aligned wide left against Buffalo's top CB, Stephon Gilmore, the Dolphins ran a classic end-zone fade. It may have been Tannehill's best ball placement all day, as he put it to where only his receiver could reach it. Wallace, consequently, had to make a one-handed catch, after battling with Gilmore. While you can't assume Wallace will score 16 TDs this season, it's notable that he's getting these end-zone targets over the first two weeks. It's just another reason to be excited by his outlook over the rest of the season. He's very clearly the best fantasy option in Miami right now.

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Latest News

Dolphins | Mike Wallace should play (Fri Sep 12, 03:30 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 2.

Our View: Wallace was given the #1 wide receiver treatment in terms of targets, both short and long last week. The team stuck with him through mistakes to give him the chance to put up a WR1 stat line, and he should have every opportunity to do that again this week at Buffalo.
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Dolphins | Mike Wallace limited in practice (Thu Sep 11, 05:35 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.

Our View: Wallace should be good to go on Sunday. The team is wisely moving him around the formation in an effort to get him more involved. We like Wallace as a low-end WR2 with upside because of his role in the new Bill Lazor offense.
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Dolphins | Mike Wallace limited Wednesday (Wed Sep 10, 06:41 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Our View: The team is going to take it easy on Wallace here. His $17 million cap number means he's going to get plenty of targets and catches in 2014.
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Schedule

3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4@ Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs Green Bay Packers
7@ Chicago Bears
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