Mike Wallace's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 12 Performance vs. Panthers

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Mike Wallace #11 of the Miami Dolphins runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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After weeks of inactivity, Mike Wallace finally came through with a huge day against the Carolina Panthers to help fantasy owners who stuck with him.

The veteran receiver came through with a 53-yard touchdown catch to put the Miami Dolphins on the scoreboard early in their Week 12 game. He then added to his total with a 57-yard catch early in the second quarter.

With just these two plays, Wallace just about matched his best showing of the entire season.

The high-priced free agent came through with nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, but the rest of the season has been incredibly disappointing from both a real and fantasy perspective. In the nine other games, he only managed 419 receiving yards and zero touchdowns.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Shareece Wright #29 of the San Diego Chargers breaks up the pass intended for Mike Wallace #11 of the Miami Dolphins on November 17, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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The fact that Wallace only finished with 127 receiving yards against the Panthers after his great start continues to showcase this inconsistency. 

Heading into Week 13, there was little reason to keep him in fantasy lineups based on the team's inability to get him the football.

While he finally provided a strong performance against Carolina, we still have not seen enough to trust that he can do this on a consistent basis. He is completely reliant on deep throws, which can be limited on a weekly basis.

Until Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill starts to target his No. 1 receiver more often in the middle of the field, Wallace is nothing more than a desperate boom-or-bust player who should remain on benches in standard leagues.


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