Ravens WR Mike Wallace has always been a player I’ve targeted as a WR3/4. Last year I was burned as Wallace only caught 39 balls for 473 yards with 2 TD for the Vikings. Stefon Diggs surpassed Wallace in the pecking order while Teddy 2 Gloves inconsistent QB play didn’t help matters. For fantasy football purposes, I blame the QB play of Bridgewater more so than Wallace’s diminishing skills. Bridgewater’s play isn’t capable of sustaining multiple receivers that are useful in fantasy football.
The move to Baltimore should make Wallace more of a fantasy asset in 2016. The Ravens have Steve Smith coming back from an Achilles injury and Breshad Perriman with a bulky knee. 37 year-old receivers struggle to get separation and father time will catch up with Smith soon enough. I would be surprised if Smith led the team in receiving this season. Smith may have some flashback games, but more than likely will play a complimentary role in the passing game this season. Perriman is a talented prospect but hasn’t been healthy enough to show what he can do. There’s also a learning curve Perriman could go thru since his rookie season was essentially a red-shirt year.
Kamar Aiken was a surprise last season with 75 catches for 944 yards and 5 TD. In my opinion, the health and development of Perriman will dictate Aiken and Wallace’s role in the Ravens offense. Wallace will turn 30 in training camp and still looks to have the game changing speed. QB Joe Flacco is one of the best deep throwers in the game today and Wallace should be able to benefit. Ravens OC Marc Trestman is an awful NFL head coach, but a solid NFL offensive coordinator. Remember the other offenses he’s coordinated around the NFL put up some points.
Flacco is a much better QB than what Wallace has played with in Miami or Minnesota the last 3 seasons. Wallace has never had more than 73 catches in a season, but has had 8 or more TD in 4 of his 7 seasons. Expectations for Wallace could be very low in upcoming drafts. Don’t be afraid to spend a late round flier on Wallace this season. Playing for Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh could be the cure to get Wallace’s career back on track.