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Mike Wallace poised for a rebound season?

By Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

We're starting our preseason outlooks for the upcoming season, and I'm going to post a blog on at least one player from every team I'm writing about. First up is the Dolphins and Mike Wallace.

Wallace was obviously a disappointment in 2013, his first year in Miami, when he finished as the No. 25 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues with a career-low five touchdowns to go with 73 catches for 930 yards. But a deeper look shows there could be some promise for this year.

He closed the season with 29 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns in his final six games, scoring at least 14 Fantasy points in three of those outings. And when Wallace was involved last year he played well.

He had at least nine targets in nine games, and he finished with at least eight Fantasy points in seven of those contests. And new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who spent last season as the quarterbacks coach for the Eagles, could find new ways to get Wallace involved.

The Miami Herald points out that Wallace lined up on the right side 90 percent of the time last year. Lazor, who was part of Chip Kelly's staff, saw what happened when DeSean Jackson moved around last season, and Wallace has a similar skill set -- speed -- that would cause mismatches in the slot.

I'm not going crazy over Wallace this year, especially amid reports from CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora that the Dolphins tried to trade him this offseason. But as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver with a mid-round pick, I'd take a chance on Wallace in that range.

One positive is that last year was terrible for him, but he still finished just outside the Top 24. If he can rebound to averaging the nine touchdowns he had from 2010-12 then he'll be a Top 20 option -- if not higher.

The Dolphins have improved their offense with the addition of left tackle Branden Albert and running back Knowshon Moreno, along with the potential upgrade of Lazor over Mike Sherman. And this is all before the NFL Draft.

Hopefully it will benefit Wallace, and he should be in line for better stats in 2014 compared to his first season in Miami last year.

 
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