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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 the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Walker was a bright spot in the loss to the Steelers. If he hadn't dropped a sure touchdown, he would have been the best tight end play of Week 11. He's over his ankle issue and long week of rest will only help him be stronger for the stretch run.

Week 12: at Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Good matchup. Marcus Mariota had a solid fantasy day last week, but it was far from solid based purely on his play. Mariota threw a whopping four interceptions in their loss to the Steelers on Thursday night. This was Mariota's third straight game with an interception, and he now has 10 interceptions with only eight passing touchdowns on the season. Compare that to Mariota's career 45 passing touchdowns to only 19 interceptions coming into this season, and you will see how far he has fallen this year. Rishard Matthews continues to play a big role in this offense despite the return of Corey Davis, as Matthews is on the field for nearly every play and has averaged just over seven targets per game in the last three weeks. He had a big 75-yard deep ball last week for his third touchdown of the season. Delanie Walker has been one of the most consistently utilized tight ends this season, but he still has yet to find the end zone. Corey Davis is a stud from whom big things are expected. He has been targeted just one fewer time than Rishard Matthews in the last three weeks, but Davis has still yet to top 50 receiving yards since his return from injury. The Colts passing defense has been torched on many occasions this season. They lead the league in passing yards per attempt (8.3) and are second in most passing yards allowed per game (275). To their credit, this Colts secondary did play much better in their last game against the Steelers, holding Antonio Brown to just three receptions on seven targets for 47 yards. However, this secondary still allowed JuJu Smith-Schuster to go for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown against them. This unit struggled against the Titans in their last meeting earlier this season as Marcus Mariota passed for over 300 yards, doing a great job at spreading the ball amongst multiple receivers. Corey Davis will be back for the Titans this time, and he should be up against Pierre Desir for a lot of snaps here. Desir has not looked great in replacement of Vontae Davis, who also was struggling mightily this season. That side of the field should continue to be a gap that opposing offenses such as the Titans will look to exploit.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
9 vs BAL 32 5 71 0 0 7.1
10 vs CIN 67 6 63 0 0 6.3
11 at PIT 47 6 92 0 0 9.2
12 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
12 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 92 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a solid fantasy day with six receptions for 92 yards-his fourth straight game with at least 60 receiving yards. Walker had some big plays here, including a 42-yard pass down the middle of the field early in the third quarter. A couple plays later on that drive, Walker was wide open for what should have been an easy touchdown, but he simply dropped it with no defenders near him. This was a really bad drop for Walker, as it would have been his first passing touchdown of the season. Walker hauled in another long one down the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter for 17 yards, racking up a total of 28 yards in garbage time on that last drive.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (9 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)

Walker put in another consistent performance as he led the Titans with six receptions and 63 receiving yards, his fifth game of the year with at least 60 receiving yards. Walker was consistently involved throughout the game as he was very much a safety blanket option for Marcus Mariota. He hauled in a couple receptions on the Titans two-minute drill before halftime to help set up move along a field goal drive. Walker was called for a false start on the Titans' first drive of the second half, but he followed up the penalty by nearly making up for it with a 16-yard reception on third down, falling just one yard short of the first down. Walker made a huge 20-yard reception on a deep crossing route to jolt the Titans into Bengals territory on their game-winning drive. Walker was targeted three times on this drive as he was a big part of the offense then the game mattered most.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker was the top receiver for the Titans last week with a team-leading five receptions for 71 yards - his highest yardage total since Week 1 of the season. Walker had a great game here considering the fact that he was a game-time decision with only one limited practice this week. Walker was quite during the first half as his only catch was actually called back due to as Titans penalty. Walker got going quickly in the second half though as he caught Mariota's first pass of the half, a short dump over the middle that went for 15 yards. All but one of Walker's receptions came on short passes and screens here as the Titans kept him pretty close to the offensive line. Walker's one big play was an impressive one though, a 25-yard grab over his head while falling backwards between two defenders. Walker was in full stride when he had to turn and reach up for this ball, hauling it in at full speed while tumbling down between both Ravens defenders. This was a big play for the Titans as it helped set up their go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (10 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a great matchup this past week, and it certainly showed as he was the Titans' most targeted receiving option on the day. Despite his 10 targets though, Walker only managed seven receptions for 63 yards and no touchdowns. Walker could have had a huge day as he missed a couple of big opportunities. Marcus Mariota underthrew what should have been an easy touchdown pass to Walker early in this game. Walker had another end zone target that was just barely broken up in the second half. The big news for Walker here is the ankle injury he sustained on his first catch of overtime. Walker was seen on crutches after the game, so his status will be worth monitoring going into a well-timed bye week.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (8 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Delanie Walker was involved heavily on the Titans first drive with four of his eight targets and 15 of his 17 yards coming on that possession. The Titans tried another jet sweep with Walker midway through the third quarter, but he could not find the end zone from the two-yard line, losing three yards on the play. That very next play, Mariota tried to find Walker in the back of the end zone but air-mailed it over everyone's head as he completely missed the throw. It was nice to see the Titans trying to get Walker his first passing touchdown of the season, as Walker's production has been a massive disappointment through these first six games.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker hauled in what would have been a very impressive 59-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, but the play was called back due to a pass interference penalty on the other tight end Jonnu Smith. Walker ended up finishing with only three receptions on five targets for a disappointing total of 25 yards. Nearly half of Walker's yards came on the last play of the game as he caught a 12-yard pass across the middle. Everyone had a tough day for the Titans here as the Titans are anxiously awaiting the return of Marcus Mariota.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in receiving yards 51 from three receptions. Walker had a couple of big receptions, the first coming from a nice route over the middle early in the second quarter for a 21-yard gain - his longest of the day. Walker's next solid catch was on a short pass that Walker took for 20 yards on the very next drive. Both of Walker's big catches set up Titans touchdowns. Outside of those two plays though, Walker had a tough time getting the ball as quarterback play was very lacking in this game, especially with Marcus Mariota leaving early due to injury.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker turned in another consistent performance this week by hauling in four of six targets for 31 yards. The yardage total was small, but his usage was steady as Walker has hauled in at least four passes in each game this year while averaging right around six targets per game. Walker nearly hauled in a touchdown near the end of the third quarter, but he was interfered with via a holding penalty on Seattle defender Jeremy Lane. This would have significantly helped an otherwise disappointing statistical game.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in receiving for the second week in a row, completing the catch on all four of his targets for 61 yards. Walker came up big in key situations here, including a 19-yard catch on a long third down early in the second half. Mariota also hauled in another long catch for 17 yards on the next drive to set up the Titans' first touchdown of the day. Walker looked very good running routes here and has a clearly-established connection with Mariota. Walker also had a career highlight during this gameóthat being his first ever rushing touchdown. It is rare to see a tight end involved in rushing the ball near the goal line, but the Titans used Walker on a misdirection play with Walker coming in motion from the left on a clear goal-line package, grabbing the quick handoff from Mariota, and sprinting to the right corner to walk it in for an easy one-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)

After being nearly non-existent in the first half with only two targets with one reception for 10 yards, Delanie Walker finished with a team-leading seven receptions and 76 receiving yards. Starting with Mariota's first pass of the second half, Walker reminded everyone of the chemistry he can develop with Marcus Mariota. Walker proceeded to catch six of his seven balls in the second half, including a 23-yard diving reception on the final drive of the third quarter, ending in a field goal for the Titans. Walker had two more long receptions on subsequent drives, for 17 and 13 yards respectively. He finished as the most efficient target amongst primary Titans receivers here, only missing out on two of his nine targets.

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Titans | Delanie Walker posts 92 receiving yards (Fri Nov 17, 01:49 AM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker had six catches for 92 yards during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Our View: Walker dropped an easy touchdown or this could have likely been one of the two or three best tight end performances of Week 11. He is clearly over his ankle injury and should be a solid TE1 down the stretch.
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Titans | Week 11 injury report for Tennessee (Wed Nov 15, 02:53 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (forearm), QB Marcus Mariota (ankle) and OG Quinton Spain (toe) all participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 15, and have been removed from the injury report in advance of the team's Thursday Night Football game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin Week 11.

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Titans | Delanie Walker, Marcus Mariota good to go (Wed Nov 15, 02:34 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (wrist) and QB Marcus Mariota (shoulder, ankle) fully participated in practice for a second straight day Wednesday, Nov. 15, and will play Thursday, Nov. 16, against the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off Week 11.

Our View: Walker is a TE1 and Mariota is a QB1 for fantasy owners in Week 11. It is Thursday night, but there's a chance this game could be more high scoring than some think.
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Titans | Limited practice for Delanie Walker (Mon Nov 13, 06:23 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (forearm) was limited during the team's walkthrough Monday, Nov. 13.

Our View: It's a short week for the Titans as they play against the Steelers on Thursday night. Walker is likely to play in Week 11 and he's got TE1 upside anytime he's on the field.

Titans | Delanie Walker dealing with wrist injury (Mon Nov 13, 02:34 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (wrist, ankle) suffered a wrist injury in a Week 10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and is still working through the ankle injury that has bothered him for several weeks.

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Schedule

12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs Houston Texans
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15@ San Francisco 49ers
16vs Los Angeles Rams
17vs Jacksonville Jaguars