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WR Mike Wallace - Miami Dolphins

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

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Week 7: at Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Ryan Tannehill threw 23/31 for 278 yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. the Raiders back in Week 4 (zero sacks taken), and followed up with 20/31 for 244 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown vs. Green Bay last weekend (one sack taken for -7 yards). He isn't posting Peyton Manning-like numbers, but he isn't in Christian Ponder mode, either. To date, Tannehill is the 23rd-ranked fantasy QB in the land, with 113/186 for 1,133 yards passing, eight TDs and five interceptions thrown, and 16/102/0 rushing. Mike Wallace (nine targets for 5/67/1 receiving over the past two games), Jarvis Landry (eight for 6/75/1) and Charles Clay (five for 3/35/0) have been Tannehill's main targets during the past two contests. Dion Sims caught a TD in London with two targets for 1/18/1 receiving - Brian Hartline had two targets but zero receptions against the Packers, while Brandon Gibson has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, leaving Landry as the #2 wide receiver across from Wallace lately. The Bears' pass D ranks 17th in the league, averaging 246.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given up vs. eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for seventh) generated this year. Matt Ryan was limited to 19/37 for 245 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown last week (four sacks taken for -26 yards) while two weeks ago Cam Newton threw 19/35 for 231 net yards, two TDs and one interception (two sacks taken for -24 yards). The Bears' pass D is very solid this season, overall. This looks like a tough matchup for the visiting Dolphins.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
3 vs KC 1 12 0 12 5 74 0 0
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
7 at CHI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
7 at CHI PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

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.

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Latest News

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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Dolphins | Mike Wallace limited (Thu Oct 9, 04:44 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (foot) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 9, for the second straight day.

Our View: This foot injury should not keep him out of Week 6, but make sure to check back on Friday to see if he fully participates.
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Dolphins | Mike Wallace limited in practice (Wed Oct 8, 05:02 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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Staff Dynasty Rankings

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Overall Dynasty - 90, 70, 74

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Schedule

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