Breaking down relevant Tennessee Titans Fantasy Football players for 2019
TE: Delanie Walker
2018 stats: 4 rec (seven targets), 52 yds, 0 TD (one game, injury)
Projected Fantasy Football ADP: Eighth round
Best fit: Standard and PPR
We are now at a point that a perennial elite tight end is considered a fantasy football sleeper, but that’s what injuries and age can do to even the best of players. Projecting where Walker will go in fantasy drafts is anyone’s guess.
Walker didn’t make it out of the first game of 2018 before breaking his ankle and having his season end prematurely. Before that, the 34-year-old looked to be picking up right where he left off the season prior. It was a devastating blow for fantasy owners who counted on Walker to be a TE1 all season.
Hope springs eternal in 2019 and Walker is seemingly healthy and ready to make his return to the football field. Nothing has changed: Walker will be relied upon by Mariota on a consistent basis and could challenge for the team lead in targets and receptions as a result.
Yes, he is going to be 35 in August and yes that will scare people away; however it would be foolish to automatically rule him out considering this is a guy who totaled 800 yards or more (1,088 in 2015) in the past four seasons and has been a No. 1 target of Mariota’s in the past.
Now, you’re not going to take him in the company of the best of the best fantasy tight ends like Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles), Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) or George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers), but I believe Walker is certainly on the fringe of those players.
Do I think he goes undrafted like CBS Sports’ Dave Richard thinks? No, but I do think his ADP takes a slide somewhere into the later rounds, like perhaps the eighth or so. If you can get him at that point or later, consider yourself getting a steal at the tight end position.