On most offseason rankings, Mike Wallace is ranked outside of the top 40. In fact, in many he is ranked outside of the top 50. However, Wallace should be able to return solid WR2/WR3 value for you this season. Last season, despite playing opposite Steve Smith Sr., Wallace finished 21st in the NFL in receiving yards, finishing with 1,017 yards on the season. He also finished 33rd in receptions at 72.
These stats alone suggest that Wallace is being undervalued, but the retirement of Steve Smith should also help Mike Wallace. Last year, Wallace finished second on the team in receptions, falling behind only tight end Dennis Pitta (86 receptions). Wallace led the rest of the rest of his teammates in receiving yards, finishing with over 200 more yards than anyone else on the team. With the No. 3 WR on the Ravens leaving as well (Kamar Aiken, 33 receptions), Wallace could be in for a monster year.
One of the biggest concerns regarding Mike Wallace’s volume could be the Ravens drafting a wide receiver in the first or second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. While that could affect his workload, Wallace should still see plenty of targets in an offense that is losing two of its top three wide receivers. Wallace’s year of experience with Joe Flacco should also help him get a higher target share than any receiver on the team (excluding Dennis Pitta).
Due to his opportunity for many targets and his skills at Wide Receiver, feel confident drafting Mike Wallace as a steal any time after the 8th round.