Delanie Walker’s stock: Down
The only thing good to come out of tight end Delanie Walker’s Week 4 performance was that he nabbed his 500th career catch, which of course does nothing for fantasy owners. Outside of that, Walker’s milestone catch was his only catch, and it netted just four yards.
It was easily Walker’s worst performance of the season, and the more troubling thing was that he played just 20 snaps. There was a reason behind this, though, as the veteran was dealing with a knee injury during the week, and he made it clear after the game the team was just managing that with the Titans playing with a lead for much of the contest.
Still, Walker’s knee is something worth monitoring, and if the Titans wish to play it safe and not risk losing him for the long haul, this could become more normal. It’s certainly not crazy to consider with Walker being 35.
Does that mean you need to immediately bench Walker this week and moving forward until he shows us more? I don’t think we’ve hit that point yet and I would still be confident in starting him, but you might want to have a backup plan just in case. And, judging from the relative no-show that backup tight end Jonnu Smith was on Sunday (one catch, five yards), he isn’t your answer.