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TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

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

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Week 14: vs Denver Broncos

All TE vs DEN

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Marcus Mariota went into the Titans' Week 13 bye off 15/23 for 226 yards passing, two TD and zero interceptions thrown at Chicago (with zero sacks taken and 4/46/0 receiving), and after his week off he finds his team in a three-way tie atop the AFC South (Houston has lost three games in a row, while Indianapolis and Tennesse have won one game over the last two contests). In other words, the AFC South crown is very much in play entering Week 14. Four receivers went over 30 yards receiving at Chicago - Rishard Matthews (seven targets for 3/64/1 receiving); Harry Douglas (two for 2/60/0); Delanie Walker (four for 3/50/1) and DeMarco Murray (five for 5/41/0). The Broncos' pass defense averages 192.7 net passing yards allowed per game (first in the NFL) with 36 sacks generated so far (first in the NFL) and 12 interceptions to their credit (tied for fifth in the NFL). From Week 10 to Week 13 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 10 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Denver has averaged 19.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-least in the NFL); and 24.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with 4.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fifth-least). Blake Bortles was limited to 19/42 for 179 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown last weekend (with one sack taken for -2 yards); Alex Smith managed 26/44 for 190 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions passing, with six sacks taken for -30 yards against Denver two games ago. By the way, linebacker Von Miller leads the NFL with 12.5 sacks entering this game (Tennessee protects Mariota well, though, with only 18 sacks given out this year - tied for fifth in the NFL). This is a tough matchup for Mariota and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
10 vs GB 49 9 124 1 0 18.4
11 at IND 53 4 36 0 0 3.6
12 at CHI 47 3 50 1 0 11
14 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
14 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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Latest News

Titans | Delanie Walker totals 50 yards, TD (Sun Nov 27, 07:58 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker posted three grabs for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted four times.

Our View: Walker isn't getting a huge number of targets in the run heavy Titans offense, but he is remaining a solid TE1 heading into his bye.
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Schedule

14vs Denver Broncos
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ Jacksonville Jaguars
17vs Houston Texans