Fantasy watch: Cut bait on Mike Wallace


Buffalo’s Leodis McKelvin knocks a pass away from Mike Wallace, who hasn’t caught much of anything this season. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tonight’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins is pretty much a snoozer for the majority of fantasy football players. Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is the only must-start on either team, but with the emergence of Marvin Jones last week, Green’s targets may be reduced, though not enough nearly enough to bump him from the top tier of WR1s.

Not long ago, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was a bonafide WR1 as well. With blazing speed and an ability to stretch the field, Wallace was the favorite deep threat in Pittsburgh, where he and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger worked efficiently together. In four seasons with the Steelers, Wallace had no fewer than 756 yards and six touchdowns. He twice had seasons with 10 touchdowns and at least 1,193 yards.

These days, Wallace’s presence is barely noticeable with Ryan Tannehill as his quarterback. Through seven games, “60 Minutes” has 398 yards and one touchdown. Tannehill’s chemistry is clearly more advanced with Brian Hartline, who is averaging a team-high eight targets per game to 6.8 for Wallace.

Wallace has spoken about getting more balls thrown his way, but the plea is falling upon mostly deaf ears, which leaves Wallace owners little recourse but to downgrade him to a flex or at best a low-end WR2.

Now to some questions from the Twitter-verse:

Stacy is the more promising fantasy player moving forward. He blew up the vaunted Seattle run defense Sunday with 134 yards on 26 carries, but he left late in the game with a sore ankle. Stacy sat out Wednesday’s practice with a low-ankle sprain, which is less severe than the dreaded high ankle. Stacy has moved ahead of Daryl Richardson as the No. 1 running back in St. Louis, and he doesn’t really share carries like Ivory and Bilal Powell.

I like Pryor for several reasons, the first being that his opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, allow the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. The Eagles also are ranked second to last in most passing yards allowed per game (302.2). Finally, Philadelphia has to make a cross-country trip to the Black Hole. All that adds up to potentially a nice fantasy outing for Pryor.

Have a fantasy football question? Tweet at Gene Wang at @gene_wang.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice Thursday at 1 p.m., preparing for Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers.

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Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.

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Mike Jones · October 31, 2013