You really have to appreciate the moxie of Steelers WR Mike Wallace, who called Jets CB Darrelle Revis “just another guy.”
Well, at least he did not call him a slouch.
But good for Wallace. Why should a receiver just lay down and concede because he is being covered by Revis? He’s not a machine, he’s a man, he’s a man. Revis bleeds!
But “Rocky IV” quotes aside, Wallace is still a pretty good play here against the Jets as a low-end No. 2 receiver, and a solid No. 3. The Jets seem more myth than reality right now. Or maybe you missed the Patriots’ pummeling on Monday night a few weeks ago. The Jets rank 14th in fantasy points allowed to receivers in 2010.
Wallace does not need a huge number of targets to put up good fantasy numbers. He is a threat to take the ball to the end zone at any opportunity, so you want him in your lineup. As all of the NFL.com fantasy staff has talked about in recent weeks, you do not want to get too cute with your matchups in the playoffs. You don’t want to look at a guy like Robert Meachem and think, “Oh, great matchup,” and start him over a guy like Wallace.
If you are enjoying an embarrassment of riches at receiver with a solid crop that includes Texans WR Andre Johnson, Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, and Titans WR Kenny Britt, then you might be better off sitting Wallace this week. But not everybody is that stacked at receiver.
Wallace is certainly a better option than guys such as Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd (who has fallen off the fantasy radar along with QB Kyle Orton), and Vikings WR Sidney Rice. (You can get more examples in the comments or via Twitter.)
Trust your stars, and show the confidence that Wallace is exuding.