Delanie Walker isn't the best tight end in Fantasy, but he's certainly one of the most reliable. He's had at least 800 yards in each of his last three seasons and at least six touchdowns in three of his last four. Specifically over the last two years with Marcus Mariota he's caught 67.7 percent of his targets for 11.9 yards per catch and 13 scores. He's also come through with eight Fantasy points in 21 of his last 45 games, not bad for a tight end. With interest in Walker waning, expect the 12th-year tight end to slip into late Round 6 or Round 7.
Walker caught all four of his targets for 61 yards and added a one-yard rushing touchdown in Sunday's 37-16 win at Jacksonville. Walker led his team in receiving yards with quarterback Marcus Mariota spreading the ball out, but his most memorable play came on a surprising goal-line carry for his first career rushing touchdown. He came in motion at the beginning of the play, getting a running start as Mariota surprised the defense by snapping the ball and handing it to Walker. That running start coupled with good blocking allowed Walker to get to the edge and find pay dirt. While there likely won't be any more rushing touchdowns in his future, the veteran tight end remains an integral part of this passing attack.
Walker hauled in seven of nine targets for 76 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to Oakland. Walker led the team in catches and yards, earning plenty of attention from quarterback Marcus Mariota as Tennessee aired it out 41 times in a 26-16 loss. Even with the additions of wide receivers Eric Decker and Corey Davis in free agency and the draft, respectively, the veteran tight end remains a trusted target in all situations after topping 60 catches and 800 yards in three consecutive campaigns.
Walker caught his lone target for 27 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Bears. Walker's lone reception was Tennessee's second-longest play of Sunday's contest. In logging just 20 snaps, though, Walker continued his trend of not featuring much this preseason. Given that Walker enters his 12th season as the Titans' clear starter at tight end, his light workload is easily understandable. Furthermore, the presence of rookie third-rounder Jonnu Smith gives the team an option to help keep Walker fresh over the course of the campaign.
Walker is expected to play at least the first half of the Titans' third preseason game against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Walker didn't play a whole lot in the first two preseason games, though he did reach the end zone in Saturday's matchup with the Panthers. Next Sunday should be a different story, however, as the third exhibition is commonly regarded as the dress rehearsal for the regular season. It'll be interesting to see if third-round rookie Jonnu Smith impacts his usage in any way.
Walker caught one of two targets for four yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason Week 2 win over Carolina. Walker hauled in a four-yard fade in the corner of the end zone on the team's second drive. The veteran tight end has quarterback Marcus Mariota's trust in close after finding pay dirt 13 times over the past two seasons and should continue to maintain a red zone presence, despite the offseason addition of new threats at wide receiver.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|15||12/17||@San Francisco 49ers||3||2.00|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||114||74||926||6||40||12.51||129|