TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 240||Born: 8-12-1984||College: Central Missouri State||Drafted: Round 6|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): No other tight end is so clearly his team's #1 option in the passing game. Walker also continues to get good luck on deflected balls and the schedule this week brings the best tight end matchup in the league in Oakland.
Week 12: vs Oakland Raiders
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Even Matthew Stafford can pass on the Raiders' secondary (22/35 for 266 net yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown). Three games ago, the Steelers threw 28/50 for 402 yards, two TDs and one interception vs. Oakland - to date, the Raiders average 290.5 net passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with 16 passing scores handed out. Over the past four weeks (four games played) the Raiders are 12th in the NFL averaging 22.8 fantasy points given up to opposing quarterbacks per game; they are eighth-most-generous in fantasy points to opposing wide receivers during that span (25.2 fantasy points allowed on average) and 22nd in the NFL in fantasy points given out to opposing tight ends (6.8 per game on average). Marcus Mariota has thrown for 66/98 for 787 yards passing, four TDs and one interception since getting back on the field in Week Nine - he should have fun picking apart this vulnerable secondary in Week 12. Advantage, Tennessee.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs JAX (10 / 8 / 109 / 0 rec)
Unsurprisingly, Delanie Walker was the focal point of the Titans' passing game. Walker and Marcus Mariota have a great relationship working the middle of the field. That was highlighted against the Carolina Panthers last week and early on against the Jaguars this week. Walker's first reception went for a first down as he ran down the seam before catching the ball and absorbing contact. Walker got his second reception soon after, on the second drive of the game, but it was a short screen play that never developed. To open the third drive of the game, Walker caught a deep crossing route for a big gain. He ran to space after play action and Mariota led him perfectly with his pass. Walker almost followed that big gain up with another big play early in the second quarter, but Mariota put the ball just out of his reach. He did catch a downfield pass before the end of the half, but it wasn't a pass that was intended for him. Walker was in the perfect position to catch a ball that was deflected into the air by a Jaguars defender. He added another reception before the half, but it was a 15-yard gain when time had ran out so the Titans didn't benefit from it. Walker had a scary moment in the third quarter. He slid into the wall behind the endzone at speed after attempting to catch a pass from Mariota. He stayed down for a moment, but returned to the game. Almost to highlight his health, Walker made a hard block for Mariota early on the following drive before catching a pass on Third-and-7 over the middle for six yards later in the fourth quarter. On the final drive of the game, Walker added two more eight yard receptions over the middle of the field.
2015 Week 10 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker entered this game after his huge display against the New Orleans Saints last week. The Saints defense is one of the worst in the league, while the Panthers have one of the best, especially against tight ends. He was targeted on the first drive of the game, but Marcus Mariota's pass was uncatchable as he rushed to get rid of it. Mariota went back to Walker early on the following drive for his first reception. The tight end lined up as a receiver out wide before running a skinny post route for a first down. Early in the second quarter, the Titans went back to Walker on a deep crossing route after play action for another first down. Walker was the primary option for Mariota during the first half. The tight end caught a curl route up the seam for another first down.
2015 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 7 / 95 / 2 rec)
Delanie Walker was the Titans leading receiver on Sunday and also walked away with two scores - one of them with a little help from the Saints. Marcus Mariota heaved a pass towards the sideline at the end of the first quarter that bounced off of two Saints defenders and into the waiting arms of Walker, who raced up the sideline for a 61-yard score. Walker's second score came in the second quarter off of a 2-yard pass from Mariota. He will remain entrenched as one of the top targets in the Titans offense and somewhat of a go-to receiver for the rookie signal caller.
2015 Week 8 vs HOU (6 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)
When Delanie Walker plays with Marcus Mariota, he is a great possession receiver with the ability to create yardage downfield with his athleticism. When he plays with Zach Mettenberger, he is still a great possession receiver but without the downfield threat. This game was much of the same as last week's, as Walker continually caught the ball underneath with little room to work in after the catch.
2015 Week 7 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker's production was severely handicapped by the change at quarterback. Walker was targeted early on the first drive with a downfield throw, but the ball wasn't catchable. After missing him down the seam, Mettenberger only targeted Walker on shorter routes. Walker repeatedly caught short crossing routes or similar routes underneath for smaller gains.
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (10 / 8 / 97 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker had a quiet game against the Bills but caught two passes for two first downs in the first quarter of this game. Both came off of play action, the first on a slant route and the second when he worked down the seam. He was forced to wait for his third reception, but once again his catch resulted in a first down. This time Mariota didn't work off of play action, but found Walker open down the seam against zone coverage. Although Walker had been gaining first downs on his receptions, he didn't make his first downfield reception until the third quarter, when he came open on a deep out route for a big play. Walker added a couple more underneath receptions during the fourth quarter, but had a relatively quiet game overall.
2015 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker had a quiet day. He suffered an injury late on to compound his lack of production. Even though he wasn't involved much, Walker did have two redzone receptions. His first came on a quick in route where the defense read the play perfectly to prevent him from getting close to the endzone. The second was a deeper out route when he caught the ball at the one-yard line but was falling to the ground as he did so couldn't reach in to score.
2015 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker returned to the field after missing last week's game through injury. The tight end's most notable plays during the first half were negative ones. Once he was missed by Marcus Mariota on a deep crossing route when he was open. That play wasn't his fault, but he quickly followed it up by causing an interception when he couldn't control an accurate pass against contact over the middle of the field. Walker and Mariota eventually connected downfield for a big play on 3rd-and-long to set up a red zone opportunity late in the second quarter. Although he wasn't making big plays repeatedly, Walker proved to be reliable outside of his mistake that led to the interception.
2015 Week 1 vs TB (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker left this game with a hand injury and was wearing a cast in the locker room afterwards. Both he and Ken Whisenhunt said the hand wasn't broken, but it was enough of an injury to take him off the field and result in the cast. While healthy on the field, Walker had two big plays. He caught a deep crossing route from Mariota when he broke outside the pocket and a short touchdown pass on a quick curl route. His longest reception of the game was his first though, as he made a contested catch over the middle of the field on 3rd-and-10 before continuing downfield for a 22-yard gain.
Latest NewsTitans | Delanie Walker solid again (Sun Nov 29, 08:20 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker had six catches for 91 yards in a 24-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 12. Our View: Craig Stevens, another Titans tight end, caught a score in this game as Marcus Mariota continues to heavily favorite his tight ends in the passing game. Walker should be primed for a big game next week against the Jaguars defense that just allowed two scores to Antonio Gates.
link to story Titans | Delanie Walker in line for big week (Thu Nov 26, 12:57 AM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker will meet the Oakland Raiders in Week 12. The Raiders have allowed an NFL-high 10 touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season. Our View: Walker faces an Oakland team which really likes to make tight ends look good. We can see him putting up TE1 numbers and we love the bargain he represents in daily fantasy.
link to story Titans | Delanie Walker busy in Week 11 (Fri Nov 20, 12:02 AM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker finished with eight catches on 10 targets for 109 yards in a 19-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 11. Our View: Walker caught his fourth deflected ball in three weeks and also had a reception right before the half on a meaningless play to pump up his numbers. He's a strong TE1 going forward and clearly Marcus Mariota's #1 target. Next week brings Oakland and the best TE matchup in the league for fantasy.
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