“Mike Wallace is here,” may be four of the most feared words in all of journalism, but right now they are welcomed words in Miami. Mike Wallace will fill the void that Brandon Marshall left over a year ago. Dolphins’ wide receivers only scored 3 touchdowns in 2012 and the team finished ranked 29th in receiving.
Wallace’s value should take a very small dip now that he is a Dolphin. The fact is, Ben Roethlisberger is no longer his QB and Ryan Tannehill is unproven. Historically the Dolphins have always been a run first team. Even without Reggie Bush, that is unlikely to change in 2013. Wallace looks to be an okay WR1 in large leagues and maybe a WR2 in smaller leagues.
Last season Brian Hartline led the Dolphins receiving core with 74 catches for 1,083 yards and a touchdown. Davone Bess has been a consistent slot threat in Miami and should get more open looks with Wallace in the mix. What the Dolphins lack is a threat at TE. Anthony Fasano had five touchdowns in 2012, but he is a Chief now. The Dolphins could use a big and athletic TE to add a large target for Ryan Tannehill.
As a rookie Tannehill was overshadowed by all other starting rookie QBs. His stats were meager as he passed for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. He threw 13 interceptions and lost 4 fumbles. His rushing stats were good, but that will not help Wallace owners.
There is no doubt that Wallace has skill. His career numbers have him averaging a little over 1,000 yards per season with 8 touchdowns a year. Those are great numbers to go along with his blazing speed. It is well known that Wallace is one of the greatest deep pass threats in the NFL. Hartline also has the speed to get open on deep passes and the two of them could create problems for opposing secondary units.
The Dolphins also picked-up one of the most highly sought after defensive players. Dannell Ellerbe will be a boost to a defense that is already pretty good. They will help set-up Wallace and the offense with good field position at times in 2013.
Wallace should have success in Miami, but the pieces around him are not what they were in Pittsburgh. Brian Hartline is no Antonio Brown and whoever the Dolphins start at TE likely will not be as good as Heath Miller. Defenses will be able to key on Wallace more now that he is with Miami.
It looks like Wallace should once again be a great WR to have on your fantasy football team in 2013. Will he produce like he did with the Steelers? Find out this fall in 60 minutes every Sunday!