Walker caught five of his seven targets for 84 yards a touchdown in Week 4 against Indianapolis. He is one of eight tight ends to have scored at least three times through four games.
Whether it is Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst or Zach Mettenberger under center for Tennessee, tight end
Walker led the charge again during a losing effort Week 4 at Indianapolis, totaling a team-high 84 receiving yards and one touchdown on five catches. He was targeted seven times in the 41-17 loss and his longest catch went 31 yards.
Walker dropped a 7-yard touchdown catch with less than a minute left before halftime. However, he quickly redeemed himself as Whitehurst went back to him on the very next play, and this time Walker came away with the touchdown grab despite being covered by two defenders. It was his third touchdown in four games.
The Titans are back in action Week 5 vs. Cleveland.
Neither a shoulder injury nor the presence of backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst could slow down
Walker was just about the only Titans receiver who wasn't adversely impacted by Whitehurst's start. In fact, Walker seemed to be Whitehurst's favorite target in the game, as they hooked up for 84 yards on five receptions, including a 7-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Walker's stats are skewed by a massive 20-point Fantasy performance in Week 2, but he has topped double figures in three of his four games, with a solid 54-yards in his fourth. He has been targeted 33 times through four games, and is clearly a big part of his team's offense.
Walker's relative lack of track record should make you wary, though he did haul in 60 passes last season, with a 9.5 yards-per-catch average well out of line with his career norm. The Titans face the Browns in Week 5, who have allowed one big game to a tight end already this season. Though Walker is no Jimmy Graham, he should still be active in all formats for that matchup.
Walker has been one of the most productive tight ends in the league through three games, but that was with Jake Locker throwing him the ball. Now, he has to catch passes from Whitehurst, a career backup who hasn't seen the field since 2011. Whitehurst is unlikely to produce much through the passing game, which limits the upside of anyone on the
However, it would not be a surprise if Walker was the lone exception. He could end up being Whitehurst's security blanket this week, and both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have him as a top-12 tight end this week. There is obviously some risk involved with Walker this week, given the injury and quarterback issue, but you probably don't want to take him out of your lineup at the last minute Sunday.
It helps that the Colts have allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends through three games.
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|Bye: Week 9|
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||2||30||15.0||29||0||1||0||1|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||10||21||174||8.3||26||1||2||0||8|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||15||2||10||155||15.5||53||1||3||1||7|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||8||21||233||11.1||39||0||4||0||10|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||14||8||29||331||11.4||38||0||5||0||13|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||15||7||19||198||10.4||29||3||2||0||9|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||4||21||344||16.4||45||3||9||1||14|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||10||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||15||2||2||-13||-6.5||-3||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||8||3||34||11.3||16||0||0||2|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||14||8||3||18||6.0||10||0||0||1|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||15||7||3||5||1.7||14||0||0||1|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||4||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||25||25.0||25||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||3||63||21.0||30||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||15||13||257||19.8||35||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||5||85||17.0||25||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||14||5||70||14.0||20||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||15||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||4||28||7.0||18||0||0|
|2006||San Francisco 49ers||7||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||15||12||9.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||14||11.0||3||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||14||10||8.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||15||8||7.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||6||5.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2006||San Francisco 49ers||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2007||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2008||San Francisco 49ers||15||2||0||0||1||0||2||1||0|
|2009||San Francisco 49ers||16||2||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2010||San Francisco 49ers||14||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||15||0||0||0||1||1||0||2||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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