Week Fourteen Analysis:
Mike Wallace has totaled two touchdowns and more than 200 yards in the last two weeks, and he'll look to stay hot in a revenge game against his former team, the Steelers. The strength of Pittsburgh's secondary has gone south, as they've allowed more than 200 yards per game and seven total touchdowns to receivers in the last five weeks. It's safe to say Wallace is a little familiar with the Steelers' players and defensive scheme, and compounded by the motivation factor from his return to the Steel City, he could stuff the stat sheet in a pivotal week for fantasy football players.
Week Eleven Analysis:
The rollercoaster ride that is Mike Wallace went for a free fall last week, but he was on Revis Island so you can't fault him too much. He still saw seven targets and should find more space against the Chargers, who are one of two teams allowing 200 yards and a touchdown per game to opposing receivers. Wallace has struggled against tough secondaries like Cleveland, New England, and Tampa Bay. Tough is what San Diego's secondary is not, as Pro Football Focus has them ranked dead last in pass coverage this season. And for what it's worth, while a Steeler, Wallace faced the Chargers twice and totaled 159 yards and two touchdowns.
Week Nine Analysis:
Many people were worried about Mike Wallace's role in Miami's offense, but he's seen double-digit targets in the last three games and has averaged the third-most red zone targets among receivers during that span. He and the Dolphins square-off with the Bengals on Thursday night, who in the last three weeks, have allowed 160 yards and a touchdown per game to opposing receivers. That's largely because of the loss of top cornerback Leon Hall to a torn Achillie's. That leaves Terrance Newman and Pacman Jones as the starters who, according to Pro Football Focus, are two of the 15 corners to allow more than 400 yards in coverage this season.
Week Eight Analysis:
Mike Wallace saw double-digit targets for the second consecutive game and added a nice rush to finish with five catches and 88 combo yards last week. Miami heads north on I-95 to face New England, who took a huge hit with the loss of All-Pro linebacker Jerod Mayo, and could possibly be without corner Aqib Talib again. Talib has been limited in practice and was sorely missed when the Jets' receivers went off for 200 yards last week. Wallace will always have boom or bust qualities, but he has totaled 15 receptions, 206 yards, and two touchdowns in two career games against the Patriots.
Week Seven Analysis:
Before last week's bye, Mike Wallace burned the Baltimore Ravens for seven catches and 105 yards, and now he has a savory matchup at home this Sunday against the Bills. Buffalo has allowed 242 yards per game to receivers in the last three weeks, the most in the NFL, and they've also allowed five touchdowns to the position during that span. The Bills' secondary returned to full strength when cornerback Stephon Gilmore made his season debut last week, but he looked very rusty, and according to Pro Football Focus, he and fellow starter Leodis McKelvin both allowed a quarterback rating of 118 in their respective coverage.
Week Three Analysis:
Mike Wallace bounced back from his week 1 Joe Haden-ing last week with a nice nine-catch outing for 115 yards and a touchdown. His quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, has passed for more yards than the likes of Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, and Andrew Luck. The Dolphins next face the Atlanta Falcons, who have already allowed four touchdowns to wide receivers after only seven all of last season. Asante Samuel is in danger of missing his third straight game, which still leaves Atlanta with two rookies at corner and Robert McClain, who has a quarterback rating of 156 against him on passes thrown his way!
Some have called Mike Wallace a one trick pony. Wallace, known for his deep threat ability has scored eight or more touchdowns and had 800-plus yards in each of the last three seasons. Now, we could mention that Wallace's yardage totals have declined in each of the last three years, but the Steelers offense has grown increasingly dysfunctional over the past few years. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed some promise in his rookie season, but he didn't have a toy like Wallace to play with, which held his yardage totals to under 250 yards in 13 of 16 games. Wallace is a high-risk, high-reward play this year, and a fine addition to a roster if you don't need to rely on him as a top starter.