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TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

6-2, 240Born: 8-12-1984College: Central Missouri StateDrafted: Round 6

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 24): Walker was shaken up on Sunday due to a big hit, but he returned to the game and played well after a rest on the sidelines. This looks like a minor concern as of Monday morning, October 24.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 24): Walker has had some ups and downs this year, but his ups have been top five tight end weeks, and make enduring the downs worth it. Watch the situation with his bruised chest, but as long as he can play, he's a solid TE1 against Jacksonville this week.

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 at HOU 35 2 34 0 0 3.4
5 at MIA 43 5 66 1 0 11.6
6 vs CLE 43 1 21 0 0 2.1
7 vs IND 54 7 84 1 0 14.4

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Titans | Delanie Walker sits Monday (Mon Oct 24, 07:48 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (chest) did not practice Monday, Oct. 24. Walker is dealing with a bruised chest. The Titans did not practice; Walker's limited status is an estimation.

Titans | Delanie Walker suffers bruised chest (Mon Oct 24, 03:05 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (chest) came away from his team's Week 7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a bruised chest, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.

Our View: The team will monitor Walker's progress as the year goes on. When healthy and on the field, we'll be recommending Walker as a TE1 every week.
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Titans | Delanie Walker has solid Week 7 (Sun Oct 23, 06:13 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker caught seven passes for 84 yards and one touchdown in a 34-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Walker has been up and down with Marcus Mariota this year, but the ups have been good if you time the starts correctly. He's a boom/bust TE1 who is worth a start against the Jaguars this week.
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