Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker
35-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tennessee Titans
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's remarkable that the Niners never unlocked Walker during his seven years there, because he instantly became a fantasy staple when the Titans signed him for his age-29 season. Walker busted out with a TE11 showing that year, then followed it up with four dandies (TE8, TE5, TE5, TE7). Good health was generally part of the story, as he missed just eight games from 2007 to 2017. The medical file got messy in 2018, as Walker broke his ankle on opening day and never played again. Spring rehab reports have been tempered in tone, which is to be expected with someone entering his age-35 season. Given the severity of the injury and Walker's mileage, he may be limited in training camp even after he avoided the PUP list. That said, the Tennessee wideout group is ordinary even after some offseason upgrades, and at least Walker's 2018 injury happened in the first week of the year - he'll have time to get right before the new season begins. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $17 million contract with the Titans in July of 2018.
Scores in return from ankle injury
TETennessee Titans
August 17, 2019
Walker hauled in both of his targets, accounting for 26 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 22-17 loss to New England.
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Walker blossomed into a fantasy star upon getting established in Tennessee, averaging 896 receiving yards and five touchdown catches per season between 2014 and 2017, while earning three Pro-Bowl nods in the process. Those considering Walker's value may be wary of the ankle injury that cost him 15 games last year, but he was incredibly durable prior to that with 168 appearances out a possible 176 between 2007 and 2017. Saturday night's performance is a positive indication that he once again can be productive in a Tennessee passing attack that has largely leaned on underneath and intermediate routes during the Marcus Mariota era, ranking 22nd or worse in 20-plus yard completions in three of the past four seasons.
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How do Delanie Walker's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
47.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.21
 
% Team Air Yards
1.5%
 
% Team Targets
1.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.1%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
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How often does Delanie Walker run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Delanie Walker and the other tight ends for the Titans are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Delanie Walker
26 routes   7 targets
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96%
124 routes   20 targets
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222 routes   31 targets
77
43 routes   11 targets
72
2 routes   1 target
67
2 routes   1 target
67
31 routes   2 targets
48
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2018 Delanie Walker Split Stats
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Measurables Review
How do Delanie Walker's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Shuttle Time, and Cone Drill metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 2"
 
Weight
248 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.60 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.23 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
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It's a shame Walker wasted seven years with the 49ers, because he's been fantasy gold since landing with the Titans in 2013. Consider his end-of-season ranks at the position, using half-point per reception scoring: TE11, TE8, TE4, TE5, TE6. It seems like the Titans are always talking up some other part of their offense at the beginning of the year, but it's Walker that provides the steady drumbeat. On the downside, Walker is entering his age-34 season, his YPC and touchdown count took a nosedive in 2017, and the team has big plans for second-year WR Corey Davis, the fifth overall pick in last year's draft. A lot of fantasy players and pundits feel it's better to be a year early than a year late when it comes to a declining player, and you could apply that maxim to Walker. Tennessee also has to rebuild the confidence of QB Marcus Mariota, who was dreadful for much of 2017. And a new coaching staff in town puts everything in flux, even if offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur ultimately figures to be a boon to the passing game. In previous years, we were proactive with our Walker selections. This year, we prefer a reactive stance.
Walker spent seven ordinary years in San Francisco and was never a featured player, but he's become a legitimate star in his four Tennessee campaigns. Walker's checked in as a top-eight tight end in the last three years, including a tidy No. 5 finish last year. He's also played in 60 of 64 games, estimable work for someone at this smack-em-up position. Walker's standing last year was more of a reflection of the other tight ends at the position - he lost 31 targets and 288 yards from his 2015 career year. But no one is going to say no to a 65-800-7 haul at this tricky position. Walker turns 33 in August and the Titans brought in a high-priced rookie WR in Corey Davis; there's even more mouths to feed on the 2017 offense. His consistency and durability keep him in a lofty spot on our board, but we can at least accept the argument that he's entering the dangerous part of his career. Would you rather be a year early or a year late?
Walker's franchise-record 94 catches led tight ends last season, and he bested his franchise mark for receiving yards by a TE by nearly 200 thanks to two main factors that can be summed in one - Marcus Mariota. First, Walker improved his catch rate by more than 11 points, finishing at 70.6 percent with the help of Mariotat accuracy on intermediate throws. In 2014, Titans as completed 50.8 percent of throws of 11-20 yards. Mariota completed 61.5 percent, with Walker jumping from a catch rate of 51.8 percent (14 of 27) to 76.6 percent (23 of 30) in that range. Second, devoid of playmakers and with an offensive line that allowed a league-high 54 sacks, Mariota looked almost exclusively to dump off the ball to Walker, who had 90 targets - 67.6 percent- of no more than 10 yards. Walker used his elite speed (4.49 40) to blast past linebackers and turn those short passes into big gains, ranking fourth among TE in YAC and fifth with 13 catches of 20-plus yards. His red-zone work, however, was somewhat impacted by his small stature (6-0, 248) as he had four TDs (T-9th) on 15 targets (T-6th). He'll again be Mariota's safety valve, but hell see fewer targets with the addition of Rishard Matthews, development of Dorial Green-Beckham, a healthy Kendall Wright and an improved backfield – plus he lacks TD upside.
Walker set a franchise record last season for receiving yards by a tight end. It could have been much more, too, had he caught more than 59.4 percent of his targets (27th among qualified TE). He finished fifth in targets among tight ends but ninth in receptions. Walker didn't get much help from his quarterbacks, who ranked 27th in completion percentage, instead doing much of his damage himself. He used elite speed (4.49 40) and athleticism to average 6.1 yards after the catch (3rd among TE) en route to 14.1 YPC (2nd) as he totaled 12 receptions of 20-plus yards (4th). But at 6-0, 248, Walker is one of the league's smallest starting tight ends, which makes red-zone work a battle. He had 12 red-zone targets but only four catches and three touchdowns last season. Walker's fortunes this season are likely tied to the development of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota.
After seven years in San Francisco as Vernon Davis' backup, Walker enjoyed a productive first season in Tennessee as the starter. Despite being undersized at 6-0, 248, Walker proved effective in the red zone with 17 targets, six inside the 10-yard line. But while Walker had career numbers on 86 targets (12th among TE) he averaged only 9.5 yards per catch (27th among qualified TE) and 6.6 yards per target (30th). Much of that had to do with an uninspiring Titans passing offense and injuries to quarterback Jake Locker, who played just seven games. New head coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense is expected to be more tight end-friendly this season, which could make Walker more efficient. A healthy Locker -- he's never played more than 11 games in a season -- would be a plus, too. Walker also has little competition for tight-end targets, as Craig Stevens is more of a blocking tight end.
Primarily a receiving specialist due to his lack of size, Walker caught nine passes of 20-plus yards on only 39 targets. Walker struggled with drops, though, leading qualified receivers in drops-per-target with eight. Nonetheless, he's the top tight end in Tennessee this season after signing a four-year deal. The Titans did not use the departed Jared Cook in a traditional tight-end role last season, often splitting him out wide. Perhaps that bodes well for Walker’s prospects as he was best used running the wheel route out of the backfield with the 49ers. Ultimately, Walker needs better quarterback play than the Titans have seen in recent years to have a major impact.
Undersized for a tight end at 6-0, Walker has done a nice job since converting from wide receiver. He fit the role of backup quite well, grabbing 29 catches for 331 yards last season. It would take an injury for him to deserve fantasy consideration, but Vernon Davis hasn’t missed a game the last three years.
Walker managed to catch 21 passes for 233 yards during the 2009 season as Vernon Davis' backup, and is a pretty decent receiving threat for a backup tight end. Barring injury to Davis, don't expect Walker to top his 2009 numbers.
Walker will back-up Vernon Davis at tight end and see time on special teams as a kick returner.
Walker is slated as the backup TE for the 49ers, however, may provide some fantasy value as a backup fantasy TE.
Battling Billy Bajema and Zach Hilton to be the backup tight end behind Vernon Davis.
Selected in the sixth round of this year's draft. May see some time at wide receiver, tight end and F-Back, but won't produce nearly enough to warrant a spot on a fantasy squad.
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Expects to play Saturday
TETennessee Titans
August 15, 2019
Walker expects to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
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Practicing again
TETennessee Titans
August 15, 2019
Walker returned to practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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Hopes to return Thursday
TETennessee Titans
August 14, 2019
Walker didn't practice Wednesday but hopes to return for Thursday's session, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.
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Won't play Thursday
TETennessee Titans
August 8, 2019
Walker is not in uniform for Thursday's preseason opener against the Eagles, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
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Doesn't appear limited
TETennessee Titans
July 26, 2019
Walker (ankle) showed no limitations on the first day of training camp, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
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