Mike Wallace is a rich man this morning after agreeing to a five year deal $65 million dollars and $30 million guaranteed with the Miami Dolphins. However does that mean you should be as eager as the Dolphins to spend a high draft pick and big bucks in auction drafts come fantasy football draft day?
The Answer is YES!
Wallace is in his prime and has a proven history of being a big play receiver that can stretch the field. In the Miami Dolphins west coast offense Wallace is a perfect fit and the combination of Hartline and Bess will only improve his big play potential.
Now there are plenty of fantasy experts who will say that Wallace is going to become a bust just because they are looking at Wallace’s previous seasons stats.
However the Pittsburgh Steelers were never committed to signing Wallace to a long term deal and Pittsburgh OC Todd Hailey was an awful choice to replace Bruce Arians. Hailey had big plans to reignite the running game in Pittsburg instead of concentrating his efforts to continue the passing attack that was dominant in the AFC North division.
Hailey never realized (as he often dose) what he had in Wallace; a player that is able to draw double coverage and still go up and win fights for balls. Wallace has a huge catch radius, a quick step off the line of scrimmage which avoids the jam, and his vertical leap rivals any high jumper.
Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin is in his second year and did an amazing job last season in Miami. Philbin had limited options at receiver while grooming young rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins ranked 23rd is passing according to FootballOutsiders.com and considering this was an entirely new staff, system, and personnel that is not bad.
While CBSsports.com fantasy football has Wallace ranked as a “low end number two” receiver I strongly disagree with this evaluation. Wallace is a high end number one receiver now and can be picked up in the fourth round without any regret. Ranking Wallace a low end number two receiver is insulting and proves the fantasy experts are out of touch with football reality and instead knee deep in numbers.