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WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

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

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Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Wallace didn't get the #1 wide receiver treatment in the big win over Oakland, but the emergence of a balanced pass offense and confident Ryan Tannehill can only help - plus Wallace did still score. If he and Tannehill can get the deep passing going after the bye, Wallace could be extremely valuable this year.

Week 5: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

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
4 at OAK 1 0 0 4 3 35 1 0

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 3 vs KC (12 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

For the third straight week, Mike Wallace was once again the featured player in the Miami passing offense. It's becoming a broken record, as Wallace again soaked up five MORE targets than any other Dolphin and totaled 12 on the afternoon. It may actually be pointing out the lack of true playmaking on the Miami offense that Wallace has to be targeted so much, but that's a topic for another day. Wallace resumed his role of moving all around the formation again on Sunday, but with the Chiefs playing nickel as their base, and often moving to a dime whenever the Dolphins had three WRs on the field, Wallace couldn't find as many mismatches with linebackers. Wallace actually did his best work on the outside for the most part on Sunday, working on Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper. His fast twitch moves were able to leave him open on quick out-breaking "sticks" routes for most of the day. His best, and longest play of the day came on a deep crossing route on a first-down play action. The Chiefs had eight men in the box playing the run, and Cooper gave Wallace a generous cushion. The PA fake gave Tannehill enough time to find Wallace in stride about 20 yards down the field. One thing that's standing out with Wallace this season is his physicality after the catch. He's actively looking for contact and yards after he makes a play. Tannehill and Wallace of course missed on their only deep shot, but that's a weekly occurrence. If the Dolphins continue to run the ball well, the opportunities for 2nd and short and 3rd and short deep shots will grow. With the high number of defensive backfield penalties we've seen, the Dolphins should be taking more, as it's a an easy way to pickup a cheap first down or move the ball.

2014 Week 4 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Wallace continued the strong start to his season with another productive fantasy day at the office. Although he received just four targets in the passing game, "60 Minutes" was able to get into the end-zone for the third time in four games. Bill Lazor had his usual game-plan for Wallace on Sunday, moving him around to find any mismatches in the passing game. However, Wallace just wasn't needed as much as he was the first few weeks. Every Dolphins pass-catcher was seemingly getting open at will for their quarterback. The game script did not dictate getting Wallace the 10 targets he was averaging through the first three weeks. In fact, he played just 35 snaps, sitting out most of the second half while the Dolphins continued to pour it on in London. Tannehill and Wallace did not attempt to hook up any deep balls, but perhaps the confidence from this week will help them along. The wide receiver's touchdown came as a result of a well-worked screen pass. Wallace caught the ball at about the 12-yard line, and raced untouched to the 3, where he then showed some toughness and drove his legs, reaching to break the plane of the end-zone. Impressive stuff from a player often criticized for his toughness. Wallace was loose with the ball, fumbling on a reverse. Luckily, Charles Clay was there to pounce on the loose ball, so the fumble wasn't a drive killer. With Knowshon Moreno pushing to return sooner than later, Wallace should continue to be the best fantasy bet in Miami, especially with some potentially juicy matchups after the bye.


Latest News

Dolphins | Mike Wallace should play (Fri Sep 26, 06:06 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 26, and is listed as probable for Week 4.

Dolphins | Mike Wallace gets limited reps (Thu Sep 25, 06:28 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 25.

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