Tennessee Titans Delanie Walker a top 10 most-important fantasy player?
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker has been listed as one of the top 10 most important fantasy football players for 2019.
As I’ve been saying all along, don’t sleep on Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker in fantasy football this season.
And Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport agrees with me. He believes that Walker has “elite potential without the price tag to match” for 2019.
That lower price tag is because people are down on Walker, who is set to turn 35 in August and is coming off a serious ankle injury that limited him to one game in 2018.
Here’s what Davenport thinks about Walker:
"Many fantasy drafters will find themselves frozen out of the top three. Some others might not find the ADP of the second-level options appealing. That leaves waiting until late and going with a veteran dart throw.And that means targeting Tennessee’s Delanie Walker."
Davenport goes on to talk about how Walker is “no spring chicken,” but that he has caught at least 63 passes and totaled 800 yards or more from 2014 to 2017. You can also throw in an average of five touchdowns per year in that span, which helped make him a top-five PPR tight end two years ago.
If it’s a dart throw you need, clearly you could do much worse than Walker. He will return this season and should re-stake his claim as quarterback Marcus Mariota’s No. 1 target, and at worst, his No. 2 if slot receiver Adam Humphries can develop a chemistry with the Oregon product.
There are plenty of concerns about Walker, but his health wouldn’t be one of mine. Rather, his competition for targets with the aforementioned Humphries and the rest of the deepest receiving corps. Mariota has ever had could limit his looks to less-than normal this season.
Of course, the Titans also sport a run-first offense, which can be seen as both a blessing and a curse if defenses are stacking the box and opening things up for the Titans in the passing game.
Whatever the case may be, the tight end position is a tricky one in fantasy and as a late-round pick, you can find far more riskier selections in that area than Walker should he fall that far.
With that kind of draft positioning, Walker could end up being one of the bigger steals of a fantasy draft should he even sniff what he’s done before his 2018 injury.