Originally posted on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 10/4/13

Mike Wallace is clearly comfortable, off the field, in his new surroundings. He’s confident enough in the locker room to speak out whenever he thinks the coaching staff is missing something (whenever the coaching staff isn’t feeding him the ball on every throw). On the field, however, the comfort with QB Ryan Tannehill isn’t there and consistent production is nowhere to be found. After week one, Wallace was vocal in his criticism of a game plan that saw him on the receiving end of just five pass attempts from Tannehill with just one catch. The following game, his looks went up significantly. This week, he’s concerned that the team isn’t taking enough deep shots in his direction, so should we expect the team to start feeding him the ball over the top? Not according to OC Mike Sherman or to the numbers to date. Admittedly Wallace’s one word response to a direct question isn’t all that inflammatory, but it does show that he thinks the team could be using him more effectively. The problem: he’s been far from effective on deep passes to date. The folks at Pro Football Focus do a great job of compiling metrics on many different elements of the game, but, they like to be compensated for their work and the data is behind a pay wall… so, allow me to summarize. Of plays who have received more then 25% of their targets on deep balls (attempts of greater than 20 yards) Wallace ranks 30/33 in effectiveness. He has caught just one of the seven deep passes thrown his way (for 34 yards), and added a dropped pass, for a catch rate of 14.3%. Those seven deep targets through four weeks are the 14th most in the league, so it isn’t as if the Dolphins won’t look his way down field. The challenge is that he isn’t catching the ball when the opportunities are there. Some of that is on the receiver, some rests with the quarterback but it clearly isn’t working for the Dolphins and that’s why you won’t see Joe Philbin’s team chucking it up just because the receiver called for it. Fellow receiver Brian Hartline has just two looks deep, but has caught both of them. Beyond that, Tannehill is a more effective passer when throwing to Hartline. In fact, the duo has the 12th highest QB Rating in the league when working together. On 30 throws targeting Hartline this season Tannehill has 21 completions for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for a rating of 106.5. He has passed to Wallace 28 times for 15 catches, 176 yards, one touchdown and two picks; a rating of 55.1. While the number is an imperfect measure, it’s clear that things have gone much better for the Dolphins when they’re throwing in Hartline’s direction than in Wallace’s. Much of that can be attributed to chemistry and the fact that one player has played 20 games with the QB while the other is new to town but until it becomes clear that Wallace and he and Tannehill are on the same page the unheralded Hartline is the more compelling fantasy option. The post Mike Wallace wants more deep balls; fantasy owners want Hartline appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jets DT: I won't watch a Super Bowl 'until I play in one'

Hall of Fame coach: Stephen Curry is the best of all time

Reggie Bush on NFL future: ‘I’m not retiring’

Derek Fisher blasts Rondo over triangle offense criticism

Report: Marshawn Lynch hasn't spent any playing money

Ex-King says he could do 'much better job' than George Karl


Trainer thought Thomas Davis would not play in Super Bowl

Todd Gurley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Durant, Westbrook on loss to Warriors: We're not scared

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

Cam Newton's cleats have 'MVP' and stats written on them

Concession prices incredibly high at Super Bowl 50

Fan at Super Bowl 50 wears awesome dual-team jersey

Skip Bayless whiffed badly on Cam Newton prediction

Stephen Curry to serve as guest drummer for Panthers

Charlie Sheen tweets advice for Johnny Manziel

Cardale Jones predicts he will play in Super Bowl

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker