Millions of fantasy football players each year are always looking for that next great sleeper pick and here’s mine for the Tennessee Titans in 2019.
Marcus Mariota has received a lot of criticism. Some fair some unfair but many could end up overlooking him in their fantasy draft, but he’s not the player I want to focus on.
The player I think can be a great asset, and a likely sleeper pick for many leagues is Delanie Walker. He’s been one of Mariota’s most reliable receivers and the fact that he missed just about the entire 2018 season I don’t think many people will be focused on him.
So much so that Bleacher Report even said Walker could be cut before the 2019 season begins. Chris Roling of Bleacher Report claimed that with Walker’s age and the possible youth movement coming to Nashville the Titans could move on from him.
"“Delanie Walker inked a $17 million contract extension with the Tennessee Titans in 2018 and proceeded to miss 15 games with a broken ankle,” Roling said.“That wouldn’t have such a big impact on his outlook if he wasn’t 35 years old. He had to watch as younger guys like Jonnu Smith (2017 third-round pick) and MyCole Pruitt (2015 fifth-rounder) showed signs of emerging, even with the passing game grounded while Marcus Mariota struggled again.The Titans could opt to go with a youth movement. Those younger tight ends, a stable of running backs, wide receiver Corey Davis, free-agent arrival Adam Humphries and rookie A.J. Brown could make up the core around Mariota. Walker looks like he may be expendable on cut day.”"
Out of all the crazy and even bad takes that I and everyone else have made this has to be the absolute worst. Yeah, he’s getting old, but that doesn’t justify the Titans cutting him if he still has value on the offense.
The Cowboys just brought back old man Jason Witten for his 40th NFL season to play tight end. If he can still kick it in the NFL, then Walker will have no problems.
With that alone, it seems like not very many people outside of Tennessee are going to be worried about Delanie Walker in fantasy football until he starts putting up numbers.
Walker has been a successful tight end in the NFL for a long time. He’s a Super Bowl Champion and a three-time Pro Bowler, and I don’t think an ankle injury will change that for 2019.
You don’t have to start him at tight end or a flex spot to start the season but if he bounces back you’re going to want him on your roster for the 2019 fantasy football season.
It might take him a couple of weeks to get back to old form so even if he has to sit on your bench for the first couple of weeks it’ll be worth it when he gets into the groove of things.
I believe Walker will be a key piece to the Titans offense in 2019 which means with every catch and touchdown comes fantasy points. Not many will be keeping an eye on him, so I recommend you do.