It’s been a rough season so far for the Tennessee passing game, and Delanie Walker has not been immune from the woes. He and fellow receiver Tajae Sharpe have been on the receiving end of just about seven targets a game each. The only problem is they aren’t receiving those passes. Walker and Sharpe are catching a woefully low number of targets, and a lot of that has to do with the quality of targets. Last week Walker pulled in five-of-eight targets for 66 yards and an impressive end zone catch. Walker has not had a great return for his fantasy football owners, but that is set to change this week as they host the Cleveland Browns.[embedit snippet=”jeff-ads”]
Walker has what you want out of a fantasy tight end, which is a bevy of targets. He has gotten eight in consecutive weeks since he returned from injury, and the variations in his production were his two receptions week four and his five receptions week five. Still, the eight targets per game he has received since missing a week due to injury puts him on pace to be the third TE regarding targets, just behind Greg Olsen and Jordan Reed.
So far this season, the Cleveland Browns are the worst team in the NFL against the tight end on a fantasy points per game basis. So far this season, the Browns have allowed at least 100 yards or two touchdowns to four tight ends in five weeks, and that’s while taking on chump TE Dion Sims one week this year. The only useful tight end to not get to double digit fantasy points against them was Zach Ertz over a month ago in week one.
Delanie Walker has slipped so far this season from the ranks of the Greg Olsens and Jordan Reeds. Instead, he has become the top of the heap of the matchup-based TEs for now. It’s likely he will move back out of this given the inability of the other receivers to become useful, consistent receivers and Walker’s 2015 production. For now, be cautious with him until he proves otherwise, but he has the juiciest of matchups this weekend against a defense that seems to be physically incapable of stopping tight ends from putting up big weeks against them.
He may not be the Delanie Walker of last year anymore; he may not be a set-and-forget TE1, but this week is a week that you will want to start Walker at tight end. His upside is the top tight end in week six, and you’ll want to make sure you get that into your roster if you have the opportunity.