Delanie Walker, TE, Titans
|TE - #17||160.93||TEN||Active||9 years||30||6'0||242||@delaniewalker82|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-11-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Whisenhunt has compared Walker to Antonio Gates. Fantasy owners drool at these types of comparisons. Ranked by FFToolbox as 15th-best TE, he will be a safe draft pick for the position; in all actuality, he may prove much more useful on your fantasy roster. If all goes as planned (and Whisenhunt can get Walker involved in the passing game and working with Jake Locker), we might see a better line than last season -- produced 60 catches, nearly 600 yards and six TDs. Walker's physical play is appealing and if given more opportunities, he could jump up the TE radar as a low-end starter.
Editor's note: A more efficient running game could open up the middle for Walker. He will likely never be a top-flight fantasy player; however, there is still room for growth and statistical improvement to carry him into the TE1 conversation.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told The Tennesseean on Friday that he needs to see more fight from his wide receivers, specifically singling out second-year wideout Justin Hunter.
"They are going into a physical game," Whisenhunt said. "This defensive secondary plays physical with the receivers, and they have to understand they have to be disciplined in their routes, they have to battle for the ball when it comes their way. We didn't play the way we wanted to last week, so this is a chance to get on the field again and do a little better. Justin is a talented, young receiver, and I think that is part of it, being young. He has made strides since he has been with us, and I think he'll continue to do that. I think that is part of the process of growing up in the NFL."
Hunter has just five catches for 89 yards through the first two games of the year.Fantasy Analysis:
Hunter was a hot name coming into the year as a potential breakout candidate. Unfortunately, quarterback Jake Locker hasn't played well, and Hunter hasn't stepped up just yet. However, the talent is there and the season is young. From years of playing sports, one thing that that I've learned is that if your coaches are riding you, it's because they believe in you. The fact that the Titans' coaches have had Hunter wearing a shirt that says "JAG" tells you that they don't truly believe Hunter to be Just Another Guy.
The Titans are currently a touchdown underdog to the Bengals this weekend, so the chances they're playing from behind are good. This should play into the favor of Hunter and running mates WR Kendall Wright and TE Delanie Walker. Hunter and Wright are both low-end WR3/flex options for this week. Walker is a TE2 against a stout Bengals defense.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/20 - Titans looking for more from talented WR Justin Hunter
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|14.06||Bluefish Blitz - Needed a backup in case Vernon's temper tantrum runs into the season. The Tenn OLine is their strength, which should give Locker that extra split second to look Walker's way before he checks down to Sankey.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|13.01||Scout PRO - Probably not much upside here, but he won't hurt you in your lineup as a starter|
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