Old tight ends aren't very popular, but you could do worse than Delanie Walker on Draft Day. He's finished inside the top eight among tight ends in each of his past four seasons, landing 60-plus receptions (and over 100 targets) in each season to raise his PPR profile. Tennessee's offense is evolving with new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur calling plays, which should help Walker re-emerge. He's no Gronk, Kelce or Ertz, but Walker's value can't be beat as a late-rounder with a pretty good track record. If it's Round 8 or 9 and you need a tight end, grab him.
Walker believes he can play four more seasons, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. After playing 15 games each of his first four seasons in Tennessee, the veteran tight end finally played a 16-game campaign in 2017, battling through a few nagging injuries to reach 800 yards for a fourth straight year. Walker enjoyed a healthy offseason, and while he'll celebrate his 34th birthday during training camp, he hasn't provided any reason for doubt regarding his intention to continue playing into his late 30s. The Titans are determined to get more from their wide receivers this season, but the plan doesn't necessarily involve a drop in Walker's target volume, as new offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur is expected to throw more often and move at a faster pace than the previous regime. Tennessee has finished 21st or lower in pass attempts each of Walker's five seasons with the franchise, including 28th the past two years.
Walker led his team with six catches for 74 yards on eight targets in Saturday's 22-21 win over the Chiefs in the wild-card round. Walker was Marcus Mariota's go-to receiver in key situations when the quarterback wasn't getting things done with his feet. The veteran tight end likely doesn't have many playoff runs left in him at age 33, but he remains a key cog in an offense that often does just enough to win. Tennessee will have to upset ether the Patriots or the Steelers on the road next week in order to advance.
Walker brought in three of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars. The veteran tight end posted a second straight three-catch effort and saw his receiving yardage total drop for the fourth straight contest. Walker did up his catch total from last season's 65 to 74 in 2017, while also boosting his receiving yards slightly from 800 to 809. However, the 12-year pro notched his lowest amount of touchdowns (three) of his five seasons in Tennessee, and his late-season downturn prompts a certain degree of concern. Nevertheless, he'll undoubtedly head into next Saturday's AFC wild-card road showdown against the Chiefs as an integral part of the passing attack.
Walker came up with three catches for 33 yards on five targets in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams. Walker was held below 50 receiving yards for the third consecutive game after recording at least 63 in each of his previous six. The veteran tight end heads into next week's season finale against Jacksonville with a disappointing three receiving touchdowns after scoring a combined 13 over the previous two seasons, though he'll need just 12 yards to reach 800 for the fourth year in a row.
Walker caught five of 10 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers. Walker led the team in targets on the day, but he hauled in just half the passes sent his way and finished with an average of 7.4 yards per catch. He salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a four-yard touchdown grab just before halftime for his third trip to the end zone in four weeks. Walker had failed to score prior to the aforementioned streak, and although he could still be feeling the effects of a lingering ankle issue, his renewed usage in the red zone has his fantasy stock trending upward ahead of next week's game against the Rams.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||@Los Angeles Chargers||4||5.00|
|10||11/11||New England Patriots||15||6.42|
|13||12/02||New York Jets||23||7.25|
|15||12/16||@New York Giants||32||10.69|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||116||78||898||5||43||11.51||118|