Delanie Walker: Start (depending)
Before we get into analysis of Walker’s matchup with the Chargers, it’s important to note he did not practice on Friday after getting in limited sessions on both Wednesday and Thursday. He’s dealing with an ankle issue and is questionable.
ESPN’s Turron Davenport believes he will play even with the downgrade, but I’d be very worried because the Titans tend to limit his snaps if he’s dealing with an injury.
If you have other options on your roster, roll with them, however I know how bare the cupboard can be at tight end. If that’s what you’re dealing with, there is some optimism to be had for Walker vs. the Chargers.
While we already explained that the Chargers have been extremely tough on opposing wide receivers in fantasy this season, the same cannot be said for tight ends. The Chargers are allowing seven fantasy points per game to the position, tying them for the ninth-worst mark in the NFL.
Walker has already flashed a bit of chemistry with Tannehill in the one-plus quarter the former Dolphins quarterback played. Walker caught an 18-yard reception from Tannehill in the Week 6 loss, which was more than a third of his total yardage output in the game (43).
Granted, he doesn’t have the kind of chemistry with Tannehill that he did with Mariota, but at least there was a connection between the two when Tannehill made his Titans debut. However, I firmly believe Tannehill will have more success moving the ball down the field, and if the Titans are close, Walker should get some red zone targets.
Walker is immensely talented still and should be more of a factor than he has been this season, but fantasy owners might want to re-think their options at the position if Walker doesn’t come through at all this week.