Steelers second-year receiver Mike Wallace surprisingly...

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Steelers second-year receiver Mike Wallace surprisingly topped Football Outsiders' prospects list. Here's what Barnwell had to say about Wallace:

What Wallace did a on a per-play basis last year as a rookie was pretty remarkable. He led the league in yards per catch (19.4) and finished fourth in DVOA (29.6 percent) among qualifying receivers. Wallace finished 16th in DYAR, our advanced metric measuring total value, despite being thrown only 72 passes. ...

And yet, there are still places we can expect him to go in 2010, even with Ben Roethlisberger suspended for the beginning of the season. His 54 percent catch rate was nice for a rookie, but low considering the offense he was in; he should be closer to 60 percent next year. He only averaged 3.4 YAC despite running routes as deep as anyone in football, and that should improve. The departure of Santonio Holmes and the injury to Limas Sweed virtually guarantee him 30 more targets than he had as a rookie.

The list of players that averaged more than 18 yards per catch as a rookie with more than 30 receptions includes quite a few stars with similar stat lines to Wallace's rookie year, including Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Wallace isn't in their category, but he's almost a sure thing to be a valuable starter. He has a fair amount of potential as a franchise player going forward.

Fantasy Impact: 

Wallace is currently ranked #20 on the 4for4 WR Cheat Sheet. He could slip in many drafts due questions surrounding the Steelers passing game. Stash him on your roster.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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