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Wallace developing into all-around fantasy power

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By Michael Blunda

Don't pigeonhole Mike Wallace as a deep threat. His play this season has shown he is a whole lot more than that.

Emerging as a dangerous downfield target in a situational role during his rookie campaign, it was painfully obvious that the Steelers' wideout had a slew of potential. After all, he is one of the league's fastest players, running a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. Getting a starting opportunity this season after Santonio Holmes was dealt to the Jets, he has more than taken advantage of it.

Burning the Panthers for 4-104-1 receiving last Thursday night, Wallace now has six 100-yard games on the season to go along with nine TD grabs. And while he has certainly been more consistent in a full-time role, he has not lost his big-play ability, as he is a gaining a tremendous 20.2 yards per reception. With a decent season finale, he has a real shot at 1,200 yards and double-digit scores.

Able to just about do it all, Wallace is going to be a coveted player in 2011 fantasy drafts, as who doesn't love a guy that gets it done every week and picks up 20 yards a catch? Entering Year Three, when receivers typically make their biggest leap, he could be something special.

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