Mike Wallace to the Miami Dolphins, Instant Fantasy Analysis

Well it didn’t take long for the Miami Dolphins and free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace to make their agreement official as according to Jeff Darlington, the much rumored deal is now complete and the speedy pass-catcher will be taking a physical and signing his contract soon:

Despite the NFL’s warnings that deals were not to be completed during the so-called official tampering period, where teams were allowed to speak to prospective free agents as long as no contracts were finalized, it appears this deal was done well before the 4PM EST kickoff of free agency as it has been rumored for days to be a done deal.

The potential fantasy impact is major as one of the best deep threats in the league has now changed teams. It’s rare for players with Wallace’s talent to hit the market and the Dolphins, who have been looking to upgrade their receiving core to add young quarterback Ryan Tannehill, jumped at the opportunity to add the talented playmaker to their roster.

It’s going to be difficult to judge the impact on Wallace’s fantasy value but the recent re-signing of Brian Hartline by Miami is a move that bodes well for the offense. That way defenses cannot put all their attention on Wallace because he will have another 1,000 yard receiver across from him.

In fact, in 2012, Wallace was not even a 1,000 yard receiver as he caught just 64 passes for 838 yards and eight total touchdowns. He also averaged 13.1 fantasy points per game and ranked 23rd among wide receivers in PPR (point-per-reception) formats.

Even though last season was somewhat of a disappointment, the offseason holdout Wallace staged due to unhappiness with his contract didn’t do much to help his cause as he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger never seemed to be on the same page.

Now he will be in Miami helping to break in Tannehill, a second-year quarterback, who was selected ninth overall by Miami in the 2012 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Tannehill completed 58.3 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,294 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But he did so without a difference like Wallace to throw to.

As for Wallace, I definitely expect him to be back over 1,000 yards next season, although he will not be among my top-10 PPR wide receivers entering next season. I’m not saying he won’t be in the discussion but right now I view him as more a low-end WR1 or a high-end WR2. He is a top-15 wide receiver in my mind, without a doubt. But before we can determine how productive he will be as a fantasy receiver, we will need to see how his chemistry with Tannehill develops and how he is utilized in Miami’s west-coast offense.



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