The Miami Dolphins brought in WR Mike Wallace to be their bonafide number one wideout, and since joining the team, QB Ryan Tannehill has certainly treated him as such. Wallace has earned his title as the team’s number one wideout and the veteran quietly put together a respectable fantasy football season in 2013.
Wallace received a staggering 142 targets last year, and while he caught just 73 of them, it showed how dedicated the offense was to incorporating their newly acquired wideout. The speedster finished with four 100-yard games and caught four touchdowns in the final six games of the 2013 season.
Wallace is the ultimate deep threat. He hauled in five balls over 40 yards last season and has caught 32 bomb throughout his career. He will always be one play away from having a huge fantasy stat line and that kind of home run ability will constantly have a place in fantasy.
Despite posting a handful of 100-yard games, Wallace finished with under 42 receiving yards in nine different contests. MW also caught just five touchdowns last season, which was tied for 38th in the league. In fantasy football, it is all about yards and touchdowns, so if a player doesn’t contribute in both categories, it puts a ceiling on his overall fantasy potential.
Wallace has averaged 16.1 yards per catch throughout his career, but in his first year in Miami that dropped to 12.7 yards. The speedster has always been know as a deep threat throughout his career, but Miami has used him much more on slants and screens. Considering his small size (195 pounds), Wallace will be more susceptible to injury running these inside routes.
Wallace will be worth a look as a WR3 this season. He will get plenty of targets every week and the veteran should eclipse the 1,000-yard mark as he continues to grow with Tannehill. Don’t expect Wallace to suddenly become a 10-touchdwon threat, but he could ended up finishing between 6-8 touchdowns in 2014.
Bye Week: 5
Projected Round: 8
Auction Value: $8