Following a fumble recovery, WR Mike Wallace was on the receiving end of a 14-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter of Sunday's win over New England. The scoring drive went four plays for 34 yards in 2:04. Wallace finished the game with seven receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. (Source: MiamiDolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: While Tannehill did have some accuracy issues in the first half, he was able to rebound in the 3rd quarter with a real laser to Wallace for a TD and overall solid play. Wallace showed good effort on the catch, as it was almost broken up by the Patriots' Darrelle Revis. While there were many plays that will look ugly on film, Wallace and Tannehill produced when it counted in the second half. The way Knowshon Moreno is running will only sweeten the opportunities for the offense to stay going. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor uses #11’s speed on short and intermediate routes, not strictly as a deep decoy. Wallace will be more dependable in fantasy football because of the way his skill set is utilized in Lazor's offense.
Ryan Tannehill targeted Mike Wallace 11 times on Sunday. The duo are still having problems connecting with the deep ball, with the longest connection being only 22 yards. However, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was persistent in finding other ways to get Wallace the ball. (Source: Miami Herald)
Fantasy Impact: Although it's only one game into the season, the overall attitude of the offense and the play-calling lends to some healthy optimism. Wallace is a WR2 (for now) who should be rostered in 12-team or larger leagues.
The Miami Dolphins completed their final practice today before this Thursday’s final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. Today’s workout continued to emphasize preparation, and was highlighted by Caleb Sturgis‘ first consistent bit of work in several practices returning from injury, as well as a deep ball connection from Ryan Tannehill to Mike Wallace. (Source: MiamiDolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: We have a connection folks, and there was someone there to see it this time! Wallace mentioned in previous interviews that sometimes they hit the deep ball in practices closed to the media. I will have to take his word for it. I also read that Tannehill and Wallace stayed after practice to put in some extra work this week, looks like it’s paying off. Combine that feel good story with his 6 catch 67 yard performance against Dallas Saturday… Wallace continues trending upward in all FF formats.
Wallace made his first catches of the preseason playing into the third quarter, in only his second preseason game. Earlier in the second quarter, Tannehill failed to connect with a wide open Wallace on what would've been an easy touchdown. Tannehill shouldered the blame, and said that Wallace ran the correct route. (Source: Alain Poupart)
Fantasy Impact: Wallace (30.2 ADP) and Tannehill finally got to spend some quality time together, yet the deep ball connection that many were looking for still didn't materialize. However, the overthrown strike to Wallace teases of things to come in Bill Lazor's new offense which should improve the fortunes of both this year.
John Congemi (MiamiDolphins.com) writes… “Sixteen different players had a reception against Tampa Bay and some of these players are starting to separate from the pack. Veteran slot wideout Brandon Gibson looks to be healthy and gives this offense a vertical threat in the middle of the field. The same holds true for rookie Jarvis Landry. This combination inside will give opposing defense matchup problems because the can create with their route running and always give the quarterback a window to deliver the football.” (Source: MiamiDolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: The first team offense managed to score three points but was harassed by the Bucs defensive line all night. Mike Wallace’s night consisted of a well set up bubble screen that was dropped, and a takeoff route that was just overthrown. In all fairness to him and Brian Hartline, it was the first game they suited up for this year and will improve with live reps. There are going to be games where the defense does not allow the deep ball to beat them, fortunately for the Phins they now have the players underneath to really eat up the soft coverage. It’s going to be beneficial to Wallace’s FF value that many of his teammates are making plays, this will force defenses to stay honest or suffer the consequences.
Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald is reporting that QB Ryan Tannehill and WR MIke Wallace are struggling with their "deep ball chemistry." (Source: Miami Herald)
Fantasy Impact: In 2013, Ryan Tannehill only connected on 32.8% of passes that traveled 20+ yards down the field, according to PFF. Tannehill and Wallace's lack of chemistry is concerning for Wallace, who made a living on the deep ball in his four years with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. He's currently being drafted near the end of the 6th round.
In an interview with Neil Reynolds of www.britviewnfl.com, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace said that he would like to return kicks for his team. He hinted that he "might get back there for kickoff returns.” (Source: Brit View NFL)
Fantasy Impact: This isn't totally out of the realm of possibility since Wallace is a dynamic play-maker and has experience returning kicks from his days with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, the Dolphins may not want to take on the injury risk that would accompany the additional touches Wallace would receive as a returner.