Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced after Friday's practice that Delanie Walker had passed the NFL's concussion protocols and is probable to play Sunday against the Eagles. (Source: Tennessee Titans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Even with Chase Coffman's breakout performance against Pittsburgh, Walker is a solid TE1 play this week. Despite missing last week's game, he still leads the Titans in receiving yards, and there's no reason to believe he won't pick up right where he left off.
Delanie Walker was once again practicing in full Wednesday. Ken Whisenhunt says Walker will be meeting a doctor late Thursday, and that he is confident Walker will be cleared to play Sunday. (Source: The Tennessean)
Fantasy Impact: If Walker is cleared, he returns to TE1 status; he was the Titans' lead receiver up until his injury, and Zach Mettenberger has only been improving. Chase Coffman may take more snaps because of his good game against Pittsburgh, but Walker is still the number one option in Tennessee's offence.
Delanie Walker joined his teammates in their first practice after their Monday night loss to Pittsburgh. He has yet to be cleared to return to in-game action, but could possibly be cleared as early as Thursday as he is scheduled to undergo the NFL mandated tests. (Source: Paul Kuharsky on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Walker was practicing in full by the end of last week and seems not to have suffered any setbacks since then. Expect him to be back in action this week, retaking his starting spot from Chase Coffman. He's been out since week ten's loss to Baltimore with a concussion.
Walker practiced Saturday for the first time this week. He has yet to be cleared to play, and is officially listed as questionable for Monday's game. (Source: The Tennessean)
Fantasy Impact: With the NFL's current concussion policy, Walker will have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before game time Monday, which is looking highly unlikely at this point. His owners should be preparing for a Walker-free lineup this week, though it's doubtful he'll be out any longer than one week. Chase Coffman is Walker's backup, but is nothing more than a desperation TE2 play.
On Twitter Paul Kuharsky reported TE Delanie Walker watched practice from the sideline Wednesday. Walker remains on concussion protocol, and can't practice until he has passed all concussion tests. (Source: Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Walker received a vicious hit in the first-half of Sunday's contest against the Ravens that left him lying motionless on the field for a few moments. It was reported during the game he had suffered a concussion and wouldn't return to the game. Considering the NFL's concussion protocol rules, he is unlikely to be available Monday against the Steelers, but nothing has been confirmed thus far. Backup TE Chase Coffman replaced Walker Sunday, and would likely take his place again Monday if he isn't cleared to play. Coffman offers little fantasy value, but more targets could be in store for Titans WRs Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter should Walker miss Monday night's matchup.
Leading receiver Walker was injured on a hit by Leon Washington and his status is questionable for the Titans next game against Pittsburgh (Source: ESPN )
Fantasy Impact: Walker had three catches for 37 yards and came into the game as the team's leading receiver with 475 yards and was tied for the team lead with four touchdowns. The Titans do not have a lot of strong fantasy options and losing Walker will really hurt; Jackie Battle would start in place of Walker. The Titans' leading receiver Walker has been a mid-level TE1 this year and fantasy owners should look to add a replacement for this week and the next two weeks; after facing top 10 TE defenses in the Eagles and Texans, Walker faces three consecutive defenses that are in the bottom 10 of the league in allowing points to TE in the Giants, Jets, and Jaguars.
TE Delanie Walker had four receptions with 37 receiving yards and a touchdown at home against the Texans. It was Walker's first touchdown since Week 4 against the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: The touchdown in the third-quarter saved what could've been a quiet day for Walker. He was targeted nine times by the rookie QB Zach Mettenberger, but only hauled in four of the passes. Mettenberger threw behind Walker on a few targets causing multiple incompletions and one interception. Their timing in the passing game was a little off early in the game, but improved some in the second-half. It should continue to improve as Mettenberger gets more comfortable with the offense. Walker could return to his early season success should Mettenberger catch on quickly.
TE Delanie Walker had two catches for 17 yards against the Redskins.
Fantasy Impact: Walker had his lowest fantasy output of the season. He was open deep down field at one point, but QB Charlie Whitehurst's pass sailed over his head for an interception. Walker has failed to score in the last three games after catching a touchdown in three out of the first four games. Defenses are playing tighter coverage on him after his hot start to the season. He should bounce back soon with QB Jake Locker likely to come back from injury, and he is still one of the only dependable targets for the Titans. Fantasy owners who were savvy enough to trade him while he was performing great early in the season are being vindicated right now.
TE Delanie Walker was often unable to escape the Browns heavy coverage on Sunday. The extra attention paid to him opened up coverage for WRs Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright on the outside. Walker ended up with four catches for 47 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Delanie Walker clearly caught the attention of the Cleveland Browns after having a strong start to the season. They made sure he didn't have a big day against them, but it allow for big days for the other Titans receivers. Walker is still a big part of the Titans offense. He could easily bounce back against the Jaguars at home this Sunday.
TE Delanie Walker caught five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in another Titans loss.
Fantasy Impact: Walker continues to shine even though his team is losing. He also proved that he can be effective with either Jake Locker or Charlie Whitehurst at QB. Right now, Walker may be the only Titans player worth starting on your fantasy team. His totals of 22 receptions, 317 yards and 3 touchdowns have made him a top five fantasy TE after four games. He is basically a must start this weekend against the Browns unless you have Julius Thomas or Jimmy Graham.
TE Delanie Walker played the best game of his 9-year NFL career in a loss against the Cowboys. He had ten receptions for a career best 142 yards and one touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: Walker accounted for over half of the Titans receptions and receiving yards on Sunday. He demonstrated tremendous speed and acceleration on his 61 yard touchdown reception. He set a new career best 142 yards, and tied his previous best ten catches. He also has a touchdown in both games this season. This is by far the fastest start of Walker's career, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue his good play. He definitely looks like a great fit in Whisenhunt's system. Pick him up if he is available in your league, because he is working his way into TE1 territory. Walker owners should consider trading him while he's hot if you already have a top TE.
Terry McCormick on Twitter reported TE Delanie Walker left practice early with a shoulder injury and didn't return to the field. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he doesn't believe the injury is serious.
Fantasy Impact: Walker will probably take it easy for a day or two. His draft value should remain as a late round TE2 target. If the injury turns out to be worse than anticipated there won't be a Titans TE worth drafting, and Locker's limited fantasy value would take a slight hit.
Delanie Walker has been far and away the best tight end for Tennessee this offseason. Walker has worked hard on his blocking this offseason to make sure he can stay on the field more often. Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean believes "all signs point to a big year" for Walker. (Source: Nashville Tennessean)
Fantasy Impact: Walker did show flashes last year that he could be a very productive tight end. At this point he's still being drafted as nothing more than a backup, but could easily finish inside the top 10.