TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 240||Born: 8-12-1984||College: Central Missouri State||Drafted: Round 6|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was targeted eight times, but finished this game with yet another underwhelming performance as he caught only five passes for 35 yards. Walker dropped a third down pass right between his numbers early in the game. He was not a huge factor as this game was very run-heavy with most passes going towards Rishard Matthews. Walker had only one game over 100 yards this season as his usage dipped significantly, mainly due to the influx of talent on the Titans offense.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker finished this week with eight targets, but only hauled in three of them for 23 yards-- his second fewest receiving yards in a game this season. It wasn't until the first drive of the fourth quarter when Walker hauled in his first reception, but it was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. However on that same drive is when Walker found the end zone from 14 yards out by making a great play to step in front of the defender and snag the pass from Matt Cassel before backing into the end zone.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker hauled in six of his seven targets for 55 yards in this tough matchup with the Chiefs. Walker was a factor in some big spots that do not show up on the stat page, including a couple of big catches on the Titans final drive. One of his biggest catches in the game was a 15-yard button hook to put the Titans into field goal position for the game-winning field goal attempt. Walker had a few other big catches to convert third downs on the drive prior, but he couldn't find the end zone as both touchdowns came on the ground in this game. This was Walker's best game in terms of usage since Week 10.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (7 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The entire Titans receiving corps had a very quiet day as Marcus Mariota only completed six passes for less than 100 yards. Delanie Walker was the clear favorite target in the limited Titans passing attack, as he was targeted seven times for two of the team's total six receptions. Walker hauled in a nice 23-yard catch on the Titans' first drive of the game, which would be his longest play of the game. On that same drive, Walker was the recipient of a lateral from Marcus Mariota after botching the snap, and Walker actually made it into the end zone from eight yards out--however, he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the five yard line.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker was only targeted four times, with most of his production coming in the first half as the Titans backed down their passing in the second half. Most of Walker's 50 total yards came on a big 38-yard reception across the middle of the field late in the first quarter. Walker did manage to find the end zone to help pad his fantasy stat line, lining up as a wide receiver from the four yard line and dragging across the field to take advantage of the linebackers for his touchdown reception.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker had a rough outing this week coming off his best game of the season hauling in only four receptions for 36 yards. All of Walker's production came in the first half, with his longest play coming on a 14-yard catch and run mid-way through the 2nd quarter. Walker made a bonehead mistake by mouthing off at the official after making a big 10-yard catch on third down that would have set up the Titans for a field goal, costing his team 15 yards and pushing them from field goal range. This combined with a minor knee injury may have cost Walker much of his 2nd half production. Look for him to bounce back next week against the Bears.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (11 / 9 / 124 / 1 rec)
We saw much more of the 2015 season Delanie Walker this week as he absolutely dominated the Titans receiving attack, leading the team in all categories with more than twice as many targets (11) than any other receiving option. Walker's nine receptions for 124 yards were both his best marks of the season. Most of Walker's production came in the first half, amassing six receptions and 100 yards. Walker made a big catch for 41 yards to fuel the Titans' second touchdown drive that actually resulted in Walker hauling in a 10 yard reception from DeMarco Murray for his only touchdown of the game. Walker absolutely dominated on on the Titans' third touchdown drive to close the first quarter, hauling in three big 14+ yard receptions on which Walker powered through a number of tackles to gain yards after the catch. Walker was the clear focal point for Marcus Mariota when it mattered, and he will continue to be an elite option in this offense going forward.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (9 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker was questionable coming into this game with a groin injury, but he managed to suit up and haul in five of nine targets in a relatively productive day. Walker had a scare early on in the game as he had to come off the field after hauling in a 20-yard reception, but he later returned and continued to play. Walker's touchdown pass came late in the game on a drive that the Titans took advantage of a soft Chargers defense playing to conserve their lead. It was a solid throw by Mariota to fit a very small window in between defenders as Walker was sprinting full speed across the end zone.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Delanie Walker converted on four of his five targets for his second straight game with at least 75 yards. The majority of Walker's yardage came on two big plays--the first of which happened to be the first pass of the game as Mariota found Walker 18 yards downfield on a pass that Walker held ono with a defender wrapped around his ankles. Walker's second big play came just after halftime on a deep ball down the right sideline on which Walker was left wide open around 20 yards downfield. Walker then accelerated after the catch to add on 27 more yards for the Titans' longest play of the game (47 yards). While Walker's overall targets / receptions are down this season, he still remains a critical cog in this offense and should be utilized consistently going forward.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (8 / 7 / 84 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker bounced back well from his stinker of a game against the Browns in Week 6, leading the team in all receiving categories this week. The Titans showed faith early in Walker as their first play of the game went straight to him for a quick 5-yard gain. Walker drew a key pass interference penalty on a deep shot late in the second quarter that set the Titans up for a big touchdown to end the half. The 4th quarter was a big one for Walker as he found the end zone on a 7-yard pass for which Walker was wide open in the back of the end zone. Walker made a good move inside that really took advantage of bad coverage to get that wide open. On the next drive, Walker caught a short pass on 3rd and 6 which he ran for a 26-yard gain that inevitably led to a field goal that would give the Titans the lead. Walker then had a garbage time 14-yard reception that further padded his stats late in the 4th quarter.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker ruined a ton of fantasy lineups as he had what was the best tight end matchup of the week but squandered it with only one reception coming late in the fourth quarter. Walker was simply not involved at all in the Titans offense as he was targeted only two times here. This is quite confusing coming off 18 targets in his past two weeks, so it will be interesting to monitor news outlets as the coaching staff is asked about his usage.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker had a very solid performance this week as he led the team in all receiving categories. Walker had a heavy workload earlier in this game as five of his targets and 50 of his receiving yards came in the first half. Walker's two biggest plays also came in the first half, the first being a 29-yard reception on a deep route across the middle to lead off what ended up being the Titans first touchdown drive. Walker's second big play was the 20-yard touchdown pass at the end of the 2nd quarter. Walker worked the coverage very well as he got off the line with a nice swim move before perfectly executing a stick nod route down the middle to haul in the touchdown reception. Walker has scored a touchdown in every other game, and now has eight targets in two consecutive outings.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker did not have much to show for his team-leading eight targets this week. Outside of a 24-yard catch on the Titans' 2nd drive, Walker was shut down by a combination of bad quarterback play and focused coverage by the Texans secondary. That one big catch could have been a touchdown as Walker was wide open in the middle of the field, but the ball was underthrown and caused Walker to slow down so much that he got tripped up after making the catch. Walker did receive an end zone target in the middle of the 3rd quarter, but the play was very well defended by Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (6 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
After quite the stinker in Week 1, Delanie Walker came back with a bang as he led the Titans receiving corps this week with 83 total yards and a touchdown. Walker converted all 6 of his targets for receptions, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to start the 4th quarter. Walker set up this play well as he made a great move to the inside on a midfield route and adjusted to a well-thrown ball from Marcus Mariota. Another big chunk of Walker's yardage came from a 32-yard pass on the 1st drive of the game in which he was wide open due to blown coverage by the Lions linebackers. The rest of Walker's production came primarily from screen-type plays for little gain. While the target conversion rate and overall production is positive, the actual number of targets Delanie is being afforded should be concerning thus far as his usage last year was much higher than what we have seen thus far (only targeted 6 or less times on 3 occasions when he played the entire game in 2015).
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker received a surprisingly low workload this week as he finished with only 3 receptions on 5 targets for 42 yards. The Vikings defense did a good job taking Walker out of the picture until he managed to haul in a couple of catches for 36 yards in garbage time on the Titans' last drive. If not for those catches, Walker's stat line would have been even more atrocious than it already was. Look for Walker to be much more involved next week against a Lions defense that allowed the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015.
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