Mike Wallace, WR, Vikings
|WR - #21||92.84||MIN||Active||6 years||28||6'0||199||@Wallace17_daKid|
2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-26-2015 by Shawn Childs
Over the last three years, Wallace has lost the big play ability that he flashed in his first two seasons with the Steelers (19.4 and 21.0 YPC). His decline was due to a change in philosophy when Pittsburgh changed their offensive coordinator in 2012 (13.1 yards per catch) and a weaker deep passing game by Miami in 2013 and 2014 (12.7 and 12.9 YPC). His catch total has been in a tight range over his last five seasons (low of 60 in 2010 and a high of 73 in 2013). His value at the goal line remains above the league average at his position. Wallace scored 10 TDs last year and he has 47 in his 95 career games. Wallace had three double-digit target games, but he only managed one game with 100 receiving yards. Mike only had two games in 2014 with more than five catches (six and seven). The change to Minnesota should create a much better opportunity in the deep passing game as defenses will have to focus on stopping Peterson. I expect him to average more than 15 yards per catch in 2015 as the number one WR for Bridgewater. Wallace has a 70-catch opportunity and could finish with his third 1000-yard receiving season of his career. He'll score a minimum of six touchdowns to finish with at least 200 Fantasy points in PPR leagues. Wallace will be solid WR3 in the season long games with the ability to deliver impact games. His ADP is 70 in the early draft season as the 31st WR taken.
When the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace this offseason, they knew he came with baggage. He left Miami disgruntled and reportedly gave up on the team and was benched for the second half of the season finale after his teammate caught a touchdown pass instead of him. He also left Pittsburgh with less than stellar reviews from a personality standpoint. Now Wallace has acknowledged that he needs to improve as a leader, person and player. "I definitely have something to prove," Wallace said. "Everyone knows why I'm here. I have a lot to prove, man."
His offensive coordinator Norv Turner also gave his input on the matter. "To me the only thing that matters is how you play when you step on the field, and I want Wallace to make plays," Turner said. "If he makes plays, he does the things we want him to do, he works hard in practice, he sets an example in his actions in terms of the way he approaches preparation, than that's leadership. What guys say is very meaningless to me. It's obviously what they do."Fantasy Analysis:
Wallace was solid in Miami but did not live up to his monster contract. However, all the fault was not Wallace's, quarterback Ryan Tannehill struggled connecting with him deep. Whether it was a chemistry issue or the deep ball just isn't Tannehill's strong point remains to be seen. Nevertheless, Wallace definitely had issues of his own, both in the locker room and on the field. He is a high-upside deep threat this season in Minnesota. He's currently being drafted as the WR36. There is a great chance he outperforms his ADP, he's a much better fit with the Vikings.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - Vikings WR Mike Wallace says he has 'something to prove'
7/25 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has 'more of a feel for what the coaches are trying to do'
7/7 - Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has drastically improved according to OC Norv Turner
6/30 - Vikings WR Charles Johnson garners high praise from OC Norv Turner
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|6.03||Draft Sharks - Wallace is being undervalued after a disappointing 2013 season. Even then, though, he finished 27th among WRs in PPR scoring. I got him here as WR28.|
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