The Dolphins sent WR Mike Wallace to Minnesota after months of speculation about a possible trade out of Miami. Wallace goes to the Vikings along with a 7th-round pick in exchange for a 5th-rounder. This trade likely spells the end for Cordarrelle Patterson in Minnesota. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is the same exact trade the Bears made with the Jets that included WR Brandon Marshall last Friday. Wallace, 28, has three years remaining on his contract which has a base salary of $9.85 milion in 2015. He should be penciled in as one of the two starting WR's opposite Charles Johnson in Norv Turner's offense. Aging veteran Greg Jennings will man the slot. The trade gives QB Teddy Bridgewater a nice athlete to have on the outside, while the Dolphins rid themselves of a player who never lived up to the big 5-year, $60 million deal he signed back in 2013. Wallace is a WR2/3 in Minnesota.
Ian Rapoport has reported that the Dolphins are trying to move Mike Wallace. He's the highest paid player on the team costing the team $12.1 million against the cap if his current contract remains intact. If Wallace doesn't agree to restructure, he could be impossible to trade. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Wallace is guaranteed $3 million if he’s on the roster March 14. Reportedly, the Dolphins want to keep Rishard Matthews, while Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are possible cap causalities. Stay tuned.
Beat Writer Omar Kelly said he has heard that Mike Wallace is not going anywhere according to some good sources of his. He said we would however have to wait until March 15 to find out if it is indeed correct. (Source: Omar Kelly on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Wallace has had some disputes with the coaching staff and was benched in the final game of the season. The Dolphins still owe Wallace some of his guaranteed contract, which may make the Dolphins reluctant to part ways.
Mike Wallace abruptly came back to Earth from his two touchdown game from last week. In Sunday's loss to the Jets, he was only targeted once and after what sources are calling a "coaches decision," Wallace was benched for attitude issues in the second half. According to Jeff Darlington, Mike Wallace told Coach Joe Philbin that he no longer wanted to play in the game, basically quitting on his team. Wallace finishes the season leading the team in receiving yards (862), and touchdowns (10). He was second in receptions (67). (Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: As long as Sunday's drama doesn't have any unforeseen repercussions, and barring any massive changes in the OC position or the current scheme, Wallace once again should be expected to play the WR2/3 role on your team. Draft accordingly.
It took until Week 16 for Mike Wallace to score more than one touchdown in a game. He caught all five targets for 58 yards helping the Dolphins top the Minnesota Vikings. He now has 10 scores for the year.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace has been a steady WR2 for most of the season. This worked out well for owners, who going into the season, questioned the Dolphins offense, didn't expect much upside for Wallace, and didn't reach for him. Owners would've liked to have seen more bonus days like Sunday.
Mike Wallace led all receivers in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots catching five passes for 104 yards and one touchdown. It was his best game of the season, and the first time he has passed 100 yards this season. He and Tannehill also hooked up with the longest reception of the season: a 50-yard strike to start the first offensive series. Right before the first half ended, the duo scored on a 32-yard connection - the longest of the season by a Dolphins receiver.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace's breakout day hopefully helped surprised owners who still have active rosters. They certainly hoped for more yardage days close to this when they drafted Wallace. He still hasn't scored more than one touchdown in a game this season, If only Patriot's undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler could matchup with Wallace until the end of the season: that's who Wallace burned for his big plays of the day.
Mike Wallace was targeted four times - his lowest target count in eight weeks in the loss to the Ravens on Sunday. His three catches for 39 yards is his third sub-forty yardage total in four weeks.
Fantasy Impact: Sunday was yet another game of the obligatory Tannehill-Wallace near miss. It happened again. On another play, the duo connected for a 15-yard gain, but it was called back for an illegal man downfield penalty. Wallace is a weekly play as a WR3, where owners are just looking for a little support for the bigger guns on the roster.
Wallace tied Jarvis Landry in targets (11) in a win Monday night against the Jets. He missed what seemed liked a catchable pass for a score by trying to one-hand the catch.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace is a dependable WR3 who will get owners an expected amount of points per game (9.3 avg STD, 13.7 avg PPR). Fantasy players have yet to share in any stratospheric breakouts this season. Wallace has yet to score more than one touchdown in a game, and has only topped 65 yards four times this season.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace didn't practice Wednesday, but did practice on Thursday on a limited basis. He has a chest injury but plans to play on Monday are still a go. (Source: James Walker on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Nothing to be concerned about for now. Wallace is sometimes held out of early-week practices.
Mike Wallace was targeted five times. His longest reception was 11 yards. This is his second touchdown in three games. Season stat line: 48-592-7.
Fantasy Impact: While he has yet to have a multiple touchdown game, Wallace continues to be a steady start. Sunday's stat line is pretty much the norm for Wallace, though he was below his YPG average. Feel free to flex him until the end of the season.
Wallace led all receivers with seven targets, but only caught four passes Thursday night in the matchup with the Buffalo Bills. Thursday's 38 yards was his second lowest yardage total of the year. His longest reception of the night was 17 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace owners who watch the Dolphins play can attest to the weekly long yard near misses each week that would likely result in scores. Tannehill takes his shots downfield to Wallace, but his long-range accuracy is the problem. Near misses don't help anyone in either the real or fantasy world. Still, unless owners are deep with receivers, Wallace should be a WR2 staple in the flex. He's too important to the Dolphins for fantasy owners to bench him.
Wallace finished the game with five catches for 51 yards and an TD, making for a solid day for the receiver.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace once again was missed on a deep pass which would have been a touchdown. Wallace however will continue to be a WR2 with the usage he gets in the offense. The Dolphins will get the Bills next, a team Tannehill usually struggles with.
Wallace was targeted eight times. He also threw his first NFL pass of his career (it was an incompletion). This is the second straight week Wallace has not scored a touchdown. Season stat line: 35-468-5.
Fantasy Impact: Even though he tied with Charles Clay for most targets, Wallace had a quiet day. His fantasy production is largely touchdown dependent, and his current drought is probably making some owners nervous. Continue to play Wallace. There is no reason he should not be in a weekly lineup, at least as a WR2.
Bad news, Mike Wallace was targeted seven times, but only caught two balls. Good news, one of those catches was for 50 yards - Ryan Tannehill’s longest completion of the season. Wallace ended the day with two receptions for 59 yards in the 27-13 win over the Jaguars. He now has 418 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the season. (Source: Dolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: This was the first time in three games that Wallace hasn't scored, and only the second time since the season started. Wallace should continue to be a weekly WR2 play.
Wallace has now scored six touchdowns in his last seven games (dating back to Week 17 of last season) making him the first Dolphin receiver to accomplish such since Mark Clayton ('84). Wallace led the Dolphins with eight targets, catching five for 46 yards and one touchdown in a win against Chicago on Sunday. (Source: Sun Sentinel)
Fantasy Impact: Wallace leads all receivers in: receptions (30), receiving yards (359) and touchdowns (five). The long strikes from Tannehill are still missing, but the duo are connecting and scoring points for the Dolphins and fantasy players alike. There should be no complaints in that regard.
Coming into the 2014 season, there seemed to be something different in the mindset of wide receiver Mike Wallace. Through four games, Wallace already has 3 touchdowns and is the team’s leading receiver in terms of yardage and receptions and is looking much more at home in South Florida. (Source: MiamiDolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: Even without connecting on many long passes during the first four games, Mike Wallace has found the endzone frequently to make him a reliable WR2. Each TD so far has been in or around the redzone, this usage by Lasor has contributed to his reliability. If Tannehill can get anything going with him downfield, look for WR1 return on investment.
It was a 13-yard screen pass that capped off an eight-play drive that spanned 91 yards. The touchdown reception was Wallace's 40th of his career. The Dolphin offense ran much more smoothly this week scoring on the first four possessions of the game, something they haven't done in seven years. (Source: Dolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: The offensive performance on Sunday could represent a possible turnaround for the Dolphins offense, or could simply reflect the state of the hapless Raiders. In any case, it's obvious Wallace is an important part of the offense. He should be a weekly play in all formats.
Wallace was held to 3 catches for 35 yards and a touchdown as he was able to power his way into the end zone.
Fantasy Impact: Wallace only had a decent day but he showed power and intensity when he had the ball. He continues to show that he is a must play in this offense. With the upcoming bye Wallace also gets to rest his hamstring injury which has lingered so far.
Wallace led the team in receptions and was targeted 12 times. He gained his first 60 yards in the first half. (Source: Dolphins.com)
Fantasy Impact: Tannehill and company couldn't take advantage of great support from the running game. In spite of a weak overall offensive performance, fantasy owners need only be concerned that Wallace is an offensive focal point and a weekly start.
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.