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What to do with Delanie Walker in Week 5 fantasy football

Since a Week 1 outburst, Delanie Walker has come back down to earth. We look at whether you should play or fade the Titans’ TE on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker and Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown celebrate after a reception during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The “Delanie Walker hype train” really lost steam since Week 1. After going for five catches, 55 yards and two scores in the opener against Cleveland, we’ve seen the Walker we generally see from week-to-week. He’s as TD-dependant as any TE in fantasy football. In Weeks 2-4, Walker has posted 12 receptions for 107 yards. This includes last week’s dud of one catch for four yards in a smash-spot vs. the Falcons. Let’s be real, the Titans offense will never be as explosive as it was in Week 1 vs. the Browns. Walker’s ceiling will never be that high and his floor makes him a TE2 play moving forward.

Fantasy football analysis, Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker

I’ve been preaching the gospel of the Bills’ defense for a while now (like a week or two), so trusting a TD-dependent TE against them doesn’t seem like a good idea. I can’t imagine there will be many points to go around in this game and Tennessee will likely lean heavily on RB Derrick Henry.

The only real TE the Bills have faced all season is Evan Engram, who posted six catches for 48 yards, so that’s probably what Walker’s ceiling looks like for this week. Sure, he could get into the end zone, but the odds are slim and I’m not in the business of taking risks like that in fantasy football. Here’s hoping you’ve got a better option than Walker on your bench, otherwise I’d suggest scouring the wire for a replacement.

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