The nine year veteran, Mike Wallace, is entering his second year with the Baltimore Ravens. After playing on four teams in five years, Wallace may have found a home in Baltimore last year when he went over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since 2011. He also had the third most targets in his career and tied for second most receptions in his career.
The Ravens hucked and chucked the football an immense amount of times in 2016 and Wallace seemed to fit right in. Sure, he only caught four touchdowns. But, the yards and receptions plus the volume of targets he saw were enough to make him fantasy relevant for the first time since seemingly he played as a Steeler. Or so we thought.
Mike Wallace, catching up on a decade in the league, has produced top 30 WR numbers in every year (except 2015) since entering the NFL. He’s been a fantasy WR1/2 in five of his eight years and just missing the cusp of WR2, finishing as a very high WR3, in 2 of the three years he missed his mark.
In 2015, his first and only year, with the Minnesota Vikings he still finished as the second best receiver on the team. Finding himself on a Vikings team with an inexperienced QB and a stud RB, prompted Wallace to see less volume than he was used too. The Vikings played with a win mentality and used game management, power running and strong defense to get to the playoffs. Basically, leaving Wallace stranded on an island. Wallace left Minnesota, headed east, and found a new home in Baltimore.
Wallace has been a prime example of durability, missing one game in his entire eight year career. He has boasted 800+ yards in six of his eight years, flying pretty much under the radar the last few years.
Now the Ravens added Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead in the off-season which could very well take targets away from Wallace. Breshad Perriman has another year under his belt and still awaiting that breakout season that everyone has been expecting, as well. It seems like the veteran is being pushed away again and we see this certainly in his fantasy football draft status. Sitting as the 51st WR being drafted so far this summer, Wallace is being drafted as a WR5. For a guy who is coming off of a 1,000 yard campaign and, again, only finished worse than WR28 once in his career: this seems to be a mistake. The additions of these players will only help Wallace get single coverage and snake his way through defenses.
Wallace has been producing an amazing career. We seem to be taking for granted one the veterans of the NFL and only look to hit home runs come draft day. This is not always the smartest tactic and most times will leave your team striking out. Instead, find the safe and durable single that can turn into a double. Wallace may only get you 800+ yards and 6-8 touchdowns, but if numbers speak to you at all, there is a better chance that Wallace ends up being a top 30 receiver than the 51st receiver (where he’s being drafted). Giving you a 21 player jump from his ADP to his final season ranking. Now that’s value, and I’m a bargain shopper because I love value.
Make sure to keep the sneaky receiver on your radar when the 11th round approaches come draft day.