Sometimes, the guy a team is looking for isn’t the one they paid. Just ask Brian Hartline, who will be the best receiver on his team and will have a much better fantasy season than his higher-paid counterpart, Mike Wallace.
Wallace came over to the Miami Dolphins as a high-priced free agent with high-priced hands and a even higher-priced mouth. Wallace’s deep threat speed helped him become a fantasy football home-run type player. He assumed that since he was a “big money” receiver, that he could be making “big money” plays for any team.
Well, he is learning that hard way that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
Hartline is a much different receiver than Wallace. Wallace is a receiver that needs to get the ball all the time to keep him happy. If he does not get this, then he will tend to not try as hard because he “loses focus” as he told writers in Pittsburgh. Hartline, on the other hand, is a tough player who plays every play as hard as the last one.
Yes, I know that this does not always spill over into the fantasy football land, but it does in this case. With Wallace being the deep threat of the Dolphins, this will allow Hartline to play in the slot and be the go-to guy for quarterback Ryan Taannehill. Hartline showed this in Week One by having a nice day: nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.
These stats will continue to grow for Hartline and will continue to anger Wallace and his owners. Here is some advice for Wallace owners who were foolish enough to draft this cry baby of a receiver: drop Wallace and pick up Hartline. Your fantasy team will appreciate it.