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|Delanie Walker is the epitome of a safe tight end play. Despite his age, Walker continues to be one of the highest targeted players at the position and maintains the most reliable option for Marcus Mariota. 2017 was Walker's 4th straight season with at least 800 receiving yards and he ranked 3rd in the NFL in targets for a TE and 4th in receiving yards. The lack of touchdowns (3) capped his fantasy upside but he maintained consistent value without scoring and was one of the few non-TD dependent TEs. If 6 fantasy points is the baseline target for the position, Walker exceeded that threshold 9 times during the season.
At some point, age will catch up to the 33 year old, but as long as he's a major part of the offense, he's going to have serious value at a weak position. Walker was surpassed in scoring by five others at the position, but only out targeted by two. Assuming his targets remain, there should be an expectation that his TDs return to the 6 or 7 range. If that's the case, he'll jump right back into the top 5 by season's end.
| Marcus Mariota expected to play|
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 12, 2:15 pm
|Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota took part in practice on Wednesday, and his chances of playing on Sunday against the Texans appear to be good.
Mariota didn’t finish Sunday’s season opener against the Dolphins after suffering an elbow injury.
“He practiced, and he’s feeling good,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Mariota. “He had some rest Monday and Tuesday, so he was able to get through and do everything and really looked OK.
“I would say barring any setbacks that Marcus is going to be good to go on Sunday.” (Titansonline)|
FFToday's Take: Mariota left early in Week 1 with an elbow injury, replaced by Blaine Gabbert. It sounds like Mariota will be good to go against the Texans. The passing offense took a hit the loss of TE Delanie Walker (ankle) making it difficult to recommend Mariota as a fantasy starter.
| Delanie Walker suffers disclocated ankle|
Season in jeapordy
By: Mike Krueger | Sun Sep 9, 9:42 am
|#Titans TE Delanie Walker suffered a dislocated ankle in today’s loss vs the #Dolphins, I’m told. There was also an associated fracture. His season is almost certainly over, a tough injury for an underrated and productive player. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Tough news for the Titans. Walker is a focal point for the Titans offense and has seen 100+ targets in each of the last four years. Jonnu Smith and Luke Stocker are next up on the depth chart. Expect Tennessee to focus more of the passing game on Corey Davis.