Fantasy Football: Can Mike Wallace Be More Consistent?

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IOctober 11, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Mike Wallace #11 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during a game  against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Mike Wallace cashed in big this spring to become the No. 1 receiver for the Miami Dolphins. He has had a couple of games with No. 1 receiver numbers, but more often he has turned in WR4 numbers. Can Wallace come out of the bye week to deliver more consistent production? His fantasy football owners sure hope so.

Wallace got off to a terrible start for the Dolphins, catching one pass for 15 yards against the Cleveland Browns. He was frustrated with the lack of production and involvement (just five targets). He was dealing with shutdown cornerback Joe Haden, though. He made a little noise, and the squeaky wheel got greased.

In the second game, Wallace caught nine of 11 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. Dolphin fans were happy because the team moved to 2-0. His fantasy owners were relieved that their investment delivered.

Then came the Atlanta Falcons. The Dolphins won again, so fans were happy. Unfortunately for Wallace owners, he caught just two of four targets for 22 yards. After two duds in three games, the frustration was growing.

It was compounded by another poor showing in Week 4. Wallace was held to three catches on eight targets for 24 yards against the New Orleans Saints.

The pendulum swung back to the positive as Wallace caught seven of 16 targets for 105 in Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. Those that stuck with Wallace were rewarded with his strong showing. With three of four games yielding a dud, the real frustration may have set in as that big game came with Wallace on the bench.

Wallace has elite speed, but he has been hit or miss. Last year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had seven games without either a touchdown or more than 62 yards.

I’d love to tell you that Wallace will return in Week 7 to put up No. 1 numbers the rest of the way. Unfortunately, I think the inconsistency will continue.

He faces the Buffalo Bills next week, which will yield a solid performance. Then he’ll face the likes of Aqib Talib, Leon Hall and Darrelle Revis, which could prove to be difficult matchups.

You can’t give up on Wallace, but he will continue to be a frustrating option.

Also check out Lester's Legends Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings.