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Darren Waller

Darren Waller

Tight End #84
ADP:Round: 6, Pick: 2
Team: Las Vegas Raiders
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 238 lb.
College:Georgia Tech
Born:June 23, 1992
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 6 (204)
Draft Team:BAL

Darren Waller: Makes TD grab in loss

Waller brought in six of nine targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 45-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Waller was unsurprisingly heavily involved in a day when Derek Carr put up 36 attempts, with the big tight end drawing nine of those looks to co-lead the team with Nelson Agholor in that category. The 28-year-old's catch total set the pace for the Raiders as well, while his one-yard scoring grab late in the third quarter marked his third in the last five games. Waller's elevated role in the offense should certainly continue in a Week 8 road battle against the Browns.

October 25, 2020 5:21 PM EST

Darren Waller: Five catches in Week 5 upset

Waller brought in five of seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders' 40-32 win over the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Waller led the Raiders in receptions and targets, and his five-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter began a comeback from a 21-10 deficit. Waller has just two scores on the campaign, but he's already boasting a 34-295 line on 47 targets through five games. The veteran tight end will look to continue surging in Week 7 against the Buccaneers following a Week 6 bye.

October 11, 2020 3:37 PM EST

Darren Waller: Avoids Week 5 injury designation

Waller (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Despite having his reps capped in practice all week due to the knee issue, Waller showed enough in his limited session for the Raiders to clear him for the Week 5 divisional matchup. The tight end already has two double-digit target games under his belt this season and should remain Las Vegas' top option in the passing game Sunday, even with rookie wideout Henry Ruggs (knee/hamstring) returning from a one-week absence.

October 9, 2020 1:32 PM EST

Darren Waller: Another limited practice

Waller (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: We haven't heard anything to suggest that the Raiders' pass-catching leader is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Chiefs, with Friday's final injury report destined to reveal if Waller heads into the weekend listed as questionable, or minus a Week 5 injury designation.

October 8, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Darren Waller: Listed as limited at practice

Waller (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practiceVic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Waller logged 70 0f 74 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Bills, en route to hauling in nine of his 12 targets for 88 yards. With no reported setbacks in that contest, we'll operate under the assumption that Waller's limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related.

October 7, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Darren Waller: Nine grabs in loss to Bills

Waller caught nine of 12 targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: He was once again Derek Carr's favorite target, and no other Raider caught more than five passes on the afternoon. Waller appears over the knee issue that may have hampered him last week, and the tight end could see high volume in Week 5 against a Kansas City defense that's allowed two touchdowns to TEs through its first three games.

October 4, 2020 5:57 PM EST

Darren Waller: Non-factor in Week 3 loss

Waller (knee) caught two of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: While Waller was able to suit up, he seemed to be operating at far less than 100 percent after catching 18 balls over Las Vegas' first two games. If the tight end can get healthier, he should be more involved in Week 4 against the Bills.

September 27, 2020 1:29 PM EST

Darren Waller: Listed as active Sunday

Waller (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Waller missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, before returning to a limited session Friday, but assuming no in-game issues, look for the tight end -- who logged a 12/105/1 stat line while being targeted 16 times in this past Monday's win over the Saints -- to continue to be a focal point of the Raiders' offense in Week 3.

September 27, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Darren Waller: On track to play Week 3

Waller (knee) is expected to play Sunday at New England, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Waller sat out the first two practices of the week before working as a limited participant Friday to earn the questionable tag, and he's likely to suit up against the Patriots. RB Josh Jacobs (hip) is also expected to play, which would provide the Raiders with their top-two offensive weapons.

September 26, 2020 9:13 PM EST

Darren Waller: Listed as questionable for Week 3

Waller (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: The tight end missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, before returning to a limited session Friday. The same applies to starting running back Josh Jacobs (hip). It's possible that the Raiders were simply exercising caution with a pair of key playmakers, but either way the duo's Week 3 availability will be clarified in advance of the first wave of Sunday's kickoffs, thanks to the team's 1:00 ET starting time.

September 25, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Darren Waller: In position to practice Friday

Waller (knee) was seen stretching at the start of Friday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Held out of the first two practices of Week 3 prep due to a knee injury, Waller appears as if he'll fit in at least a limited session Friday. Look for his status to receive some clarity when the Raiders post their last practice report of the week.

September 25, 2020 11:08 AM EST

Darren Waller: Not spotted at Thursday's practice

Waller (knee) wasn't spotted at the start of Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Waller was also listed as a non-participant Wednesday on the Raiders' estimated practice report, so his status is worth monitoring in advance of Sunday's game against the Patriots. The same scenario also applies to top back Josh Jacobs (hip), and it's possible that the team is simply managing the reps of a pair of key offensive cogs. What the duo is able to do Friday, will thus be pivotal with regard to their Week 3 status'.

September 24, 2020 11:48 AM EST

Darren Waller: Listed as non-participant Wednesday

Waller (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimation.

Analysis: As was running back Josh Jacobs (hip), but both were busy in Monday night's win over the Saints, and it's quite possible that the duo will be back at practice Thursday, as the Raiders prepare for Sunday's road game against the Patriots. Waller caught 12 of his 16 targets for 103 yards and a TD against New Orleans, while logging 74 of a possible 80 snaps on offense.

September 23, 2020 2:32 PM EST

Darren Waller: Dominant in Week 2 win

Waller caught 12 of 16 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 34-24 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Waller tormented New Orleans all night, as Las Vegas took full advantage of the mismatches he created in different parts of the field. He repeatedly helped the Raiders move the sticks, coming close to a career high in receptions. In the end, Waller comfortably led his team in all major receiving categories, with his one-yard touchdown grab on fourth down marking a key play in the second half. After such a dominating display, Waller will hope to keep his momentum going in Week 3 against the Patriots.

September 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

Darren Waller: Commands eight targets

Waller hauled in six receptions on eight targets for a total of 45 yards in Week 1 against the Panthers.

Analysis: Waller led the team in targets with eight, but failed to convert that into production. His longest reception of the day went for just eight yards, and he averaged only 4.6 yards per target. Still, Waller remained the top option for Derek Carr, even with the addition of several young targets such as Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. That bodes well for better results in future weeks, including Week 2 against the Saints.

September 13, 2020 4:32 PM EST

Darren Waller: Consistently beating defenders

Waller has looked good in training camp, with Raiders defenders consistently struggling to cover him one-on-one, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Waller avoided any setbacks with the thumb injury that required surgery in late December. He'll have more competition for targets after the Raiders signed Jason Witten and drafted Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, but it's still Waller who has the best odds to lead the team in pass-catching volume. Even if he doesn't quite match the 117 targets he saw during his breakout 2019 campaign, Waller should be a reliable fantasy starter at tight end.

August 25, 2020 6:54 AM EST

Darren Waller: Working out in Vegas

Waller has been training in Las Vegas with a large group of Raiders teammates, Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Waller appears to have made a seamless recovery from thumb surgery in late December. He's looking to build on his 2019 breakout, but he'll be facing tougher competition for targets after the Raiders added Jason Witten, Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards this offseason. Waller is still a reasonable bet to lead the team in catches and targets, considering he hauled in 76.9 percent of his chances for 9.8 YPT last year. There is a chance he loses some early down snaps to Witten, but it's far from a sure thing.

June 24, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Darren Waller: Undergoes thumb surgery

Waller had thumb surgery Monday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: It's unclear when Waller sustained this injury, but it surely didn't hinder him in the season finale, as he caught six passes for 107 yards -- his fifth game with 100-plus receiving yards. Waller was a late-round steal for fantasy purposes this year, as he finished with 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. The 27-year-old is expected to make a full recovery for the 2020 season when the Raiders move to Las Vegas.

December 30, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Darren Waller: Breaks free in Denver

Waller caught six of 10 targets for 107 yards during Sunday's 16-15 loss to Denver.

Analysis: Waller did most of his damage late in the first quarter when, facing third and long, he snagged the tight-end screen and hustled up field for a 75-yard gain, setting up a Raiders field goal. The fifth-year tight end enjoyed a renaissance in Oakland this season, finishing the season with 90 catches for 1,145 yards -- amazing considering he had just 18 career catches for 178 yards entering 2019. He should be a cornerstone in Las Vegas, though fans will surely hope that he improves on 2019's meager three touchdowns.

December 29, 2019 5:20 PM EST

Darren Waller: Held in check

Waller hauled in all four of his targets for 37 yards in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Waller was hurt by the return of Hunter Renfrow (ribs), who provided Derek Carr another intermediate target option. After recording no fewer than six receptions in each of the three games Renfrow missed, Waller's production immediately dipped. Still, he made the most of his opportunities by recording chunk gains of 20 and 11 yards. Waller will look to end the season strong in Week 17 against the Broncos, though it seems likely that his targets will remain limited.

December 22, 2019 5:33 PM EST

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