The Miami Dolphins are rebuilding their offense this year, looking to become more explosive and more unpredictable than the system used last year. New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is demanding a lot from his players, continually increasing the tempo, and looking to get the ball into the hands of the playermakers.
How will that translate into fantasy value for the team's top wide receiver, Mike Wallace?
The team is using multiple different sets for the wide receivers, lining Wallace all over the field, as well as using motion to change the initial alignments. The focus for quarterback Ryan Tannehill is to get the ball out of his hand quickly, which should lead to more opportunities for Wallace to get the ball in space.
Last season, Wallace recorded his most receptions in a single year, with 73, but was held to just a 12.7 yards per catch average, the lowest of his five years in the NFL. His 930 receiving yards was below his career average, and he put up his lowest touchdown total, five, of his career.
It was a down year for Wallace, at least when compared to the expectations most people had for him when he signed with the Dolphins. Don't expect that to repeat in the 2014 season.
Wallace is being drafted somewhere between the seventh and tenth round in most fantasy drafts right now. That's little risk for a player who should be a high reward this year. Lazor wants to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers, and Wallace is clearly the head of that class.
Watch how you draft unfolds, and take your running back, quarterback, and top wide receiver early; just don't skip Wallace in the middle rounds. He should rebound nicely this season, and could suddenly be a number one fantasy receiver that you selected in the second- or third-tier of receivers.
Wallace's route tree is being expanded this year, with the Dolphins looking to get the ball to him across the middle, on out routes, and on screen passes, in addition to the fly route that is his signature. According to the website FFToolbox, the Dolphins face the easiest schedule in the league for fantasy wide receivers and the second easiest for quarterbacks.
Wallace should top all of his statistical categories for Miami this year.
This could be a great year for Wallace, who should be playing with a chip on his shoulder to prove last year was a fluke. Drafting the Miami speedster in the sixth or seventh round of your fantasy draft could land you a steal - and perhaps one of the best moves of the year.
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