Delanie Walker has proven over the past two seasons that he's one of the best tight ends in Fantasy. Walker has posted at least eight Fantasy points in 14 of his last 30 games. Considering the position, that's a positive. Walker has led the Titans in receiving each of those two seasons as well, making him the de facto No. 1 target for their quarterbacks. Also of interest: Walker caught more touchdowns from Marcus Mariota than any of his teammates. Head coach Mike Mularkey has said he wants Walker to do more blocking this year, which goes hand-in-hand with the Titans rushing approach, so there is a chance Walker's stats dip a little bit. Still, more Fantasy owners are on to Walker than ever before, so expect him to go off of draft boards faster than ever before -- Round 7 might be a good starting point in standard leagues with a Round 6 pick in PPR.
Walker signed a two-year, $14.7 million contract extension with the Titans on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Walker led the Titans and all NFL tight ends in receptions last season, turning 94 catches into 1,088 receiving yards and six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl. Tennessee appears to be embracing a ground-and-pound philosophy, adding Derrick Henry to a backfield that already included DeMarco Murray, but Walker will likely remain the team's top aerial threat in 2016-17.
Walker caught 9-of-14 targets for 94 yards, and rushed once for 36 yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Colts. He finishes 2015 with six touchdowns and a career-high 1088 receiving yards on 94 catches. Walker was often the lone bright spot in Tennessee's otherwise stale offense, and his stats back that up. He becomes the first tight end in franchise history to eclipse 1000 receiving yards, and the 31-year-old's 94 catches blow his previous career high of 63 out of the water.
Walker caught nine of his whopping 15 targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 34-6 loss to Houston. The steady tight end is just six yards shy of becoming the Titans' first-ever 1,000 yard receiver at his position, although this game was hardly one of Walker's proudest considering he averaged under four yards per target. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was asked to throw the ball early and often with the Titans trailing throughout, and that could once again be the case when they face a desperate Colts team next week in Indianapolis. It may not be pretty, but Walker continues to put up admirable numbers despite playing for an inept offense.
Walker (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans. Walker, who leads the Titans in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, will be looking to add to his totals against a tough Houston defense.
Walker (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Walker was added to the Titans' injury report Friday after being limited in practice, so those planning to roll with the Titans top pass-catcher in fantasy lineups are now advised to confirm his Week 16 status in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|10||11/13||Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|15||12/18||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|3 Year Avg||109||72||850||5||38||11.81||116|