Is Mike Wallace a Fantasy Football Draft Day Sleeper?

June 30, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When the Steelers shipped Santonio Holmes to New York, they did so, at least in part, with Mike Wallace in mind.  Regardless of off-field problems, the team had to be confident Wallace would be able to step up and fill the receiver's spot opposite Hines Ward.
Obviously, there are a few problems facing Wallace over the first few weeks of the season, most notably the absence of Ben Roethlisberger.  Byron Leftwich should be passable, at the very least, so that shouldn’t be a main concern for fantasy owners.
No matter who the quarterback is, the Steelers are going to try to pass the ball in order to free up the running game.  Yes, they may focus on the run a little bit more, but they are going to have to try and stretch the field.
In his rookie campaign, Wallace proved that he has the ability to be a game changer.  While he caught just 39 passes, he averaged 19.4 yards per reception, the most among any receiver with at least 35 catches.
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