Delanie Walker had quite the day for fantasy owners who took the dive and gave him the start against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football.
Walker treated those brave souls to a season-high 15 points in ESPN standard leagues thanks to his 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Central Missouri product led all Tennessee receivers in yards and was the only one to find the end zone, although receiver Kendall Wright saw more targets.
With quarterback Jake Locker out for the year, per ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, it was difficult to get a read on Walker's fantasy forecast. That question is emphatically answered with Walker's big day. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick clearly counts on his big-bodied tight end as a safety valve and will continue to do so.
This is not the first time Fitzpatrick has utilized Walker to the point of fantasy relevance—last week, the veteran quarterback entered the game for Locker against Jacksonville and the end result for Walker was four receptions for 62 yards and a score.
Is it safe to trust Walker based on recent weeks?
The outburst is great for Walker, but he remains a matchup-based option. Walker is a blocker at heart and has over five receptions in a game just twice this year. He'll get his chances in the red zone (four touchdowns this year), but the offense in Tennessee operates through the running game and speedy receivers on the outside.
Heck, Walker has been in the league seven years before his stint with Tennessee this year and never cracked the 400-yard mark, although his four scores are now a career high.
Walker is a sneaky add in all leagues as he is owned in just over 12 percent of ESPN leagues. Tight end is arguably the worst position in fantasy this year. Walker is a nice remedy to the issue as Fitzpatrick appears set to look his way early and often.
Grab Walker while he's hot.