Delanie Walker Fantasy News

Titans WR Rishard Matthews was unhappy splitting time with Andre Johnson

Saturday, December 31, 2016, 2:38pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Rishard Matthews emerged as one of Marcus Mariota’s top targets in the receiver's first season with the Titans, setting career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns with one game still to play.

But he wasn’t happy through the first several weeks of the season, when he was splitting starts and sharing playing time with Andre Johnson, a future Hall of Fame receiver who signed with the Titans on the eve of training camp.

“I was pissed. At the end of the day, I didn’t come here to sit on the bench or sit on the sideline,” Matthews told The Tennessean on Friday. “I didn’t come here to rotate with anybody. I signed here for a reason. So it definitely pissed me off.”

Matthews, who spent the previous four years with the Dolphins before signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Titans as a free agent in March, leads the team with 831 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season, and his 56 catches trail only Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker, who has 60. Matthews will have a chance to boost those numbers in the regular-season finale against the Texans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Fantasy Impact:

Matthews did get off to a bit of a slow start this year and this was likely a reason. Matthews caught his first touchdown of the season in a blowout victory against the Dolphins. It began a stretch of seven scores in eight games. Johnson, meanwhile, didn’t have a catch in the three games after that victory against Miami and abruptly retired on Oct. 31, just eight games into his tenure with the Titans.

Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) took full practice reps all week. Walker will be fine to face the Packers, who are #16 in TE aFPA.

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Walker will be fine to face the Packers, who are #16 in TE aFPA.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Walker will be fine to face the Packers, who are #16 in TE aFPA.

Titans TE Delanie Walker ACTIVE

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 3:06pm

Titans Inactives
Jace Amaro TE
Austin Johnson NT
Rashad Johnson FS
Tre McBride WR
Cody Riggs CB
Quinton Spain OG
Aaron Wallace OLB

Related players: DeMarco Murray, Delanie Walker

Fantasy Impact:

Walker was a question mark coming into this game with a groin issue. He'll suit up but obviously there's worry for owners he can tweak it, however he's a TE1 play. Murray, with the toe injury, was expected to play and will suit up.

Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 9. He’ll be a game-time decision. The Titans play late on Sunday, which complicates matters. Owners should get a Plan B ready. Last time Walker missed a game, Jace Amaro was the big winner with three catches for 59 yards on four targets. He hasn’t caught a pass since that game. Lance Kendricks also plays late and is a pretty good fallback option for Walker owners.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:12pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (groin) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a new injury for Walker, so keep an eye on his participation in Friday’s practice.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:04pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Walker should be fine to play in Week 8.

Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 4. Walker is a game-time decision. The Titans play early on Sunday.

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Walker is expected to make his return in Week 4.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:34pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Walker is expected to make his return in Week 4.

Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 3. Walker hasn’t practiced his week, which doesn’t bode well. But he finished the game last week, so he may be able to play through the injury. The Titans play early on Sunday, but owners should have a Plan B ready to go.

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:07pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Walker played most of the game on Sunday, so we’re expecting him to play in Week 3.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm

Titans TE Delanie Walker (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Walker played most of the game on Sunday, so we’re expecting him to play in Week 3.

Titans acknowledge that TE Delanie Walker needs to be more involved

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 10:34am

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

In his Pro Bowl season of 2015, Delanie Walker averaged more than six receptions per game en route to a career-high total of 94. Things didn’t get off to nearly as good a start Sunday, however, as Walker was held to three catches for 42 yards. In fact, up until the final Titans’ drive of the day, Walker had just one reception for 6 yards.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said the Vikings did a good job defending Walker but acknowledged the team should have found a way to get Walker more involved early. Potential good news for the Titans is that Indianapolis tight ends Jack Doyle and Dwayne Allen combined for seven catches, 88 yards and three touchdowns against Detroit.

Fantasy Impact:

Walker saw five targets in Week 1 after averaging 8.9 targets per game last season. It's good news that the team understands that he needs to be more involved. He should produce better numbers in Week 2, given what the Lions yielded to Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle.

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