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Darren Waller entered 2020 right on the fringe of the elite tight end tier. Soon after, he became the No. 1 target on a Raiders offense that funneled a lot of their passing game through Waller. With the increase in volume came an increase in production and now he is viewed as arguably the second-best tight end option heading into 2021 -- and certainly in that elite tier of tight ends. 

It's easy to get excited about Waller but more importantly than that, we want to keep you up to date with everything surrounding his 2021 profile. Below, we'll break down Waller's outlook, changes in his ADP, where he's going in mock drafts, training camp/preseason updates and more.

2021 Outlook

"Nobody doubts Darren Waller as a top-three Fantasy tight end. But there are questions about when to draft him and whether or not to do so over George Kittle. The keys to Waller's success have included staying healthy, seeing a steady diet of targets (7.3 per game in 2019, 9.1 in 2020), and in the case of last year, scoring once every 12 receptions. Above all, Waller has landed at least 10 PPR points in 22 of his past 32 games and at least 15 PPR points in 10 of his past 16. That's excellent. 

"Kittle's track record suggests even more upside than Waller, but Waller's been healthier and is in line to retain his heavy target volume whereas Kittle may see a dip with receivers emerging in San Francisco. Both deserve attention as soon as mid-Round 2 as elite options at the thin tight-end position, but Waller might be considered the safer pick in PPR because of those targets. If he's still on the board by 28th overall, steal him." - outlook provided by Dave Richard

Changes in ADP

*All ADP data is courtesy of and for half-point PPR scoring

Waller's ADP hasn't moved much at all -- just a couple of picks. If you want to go with the elite-TE foundational strategy, and you miss out on Travis Kelce, make sure you get Waller in the second round.

CBS Mock Draft position

8/18 half-PPR 12-team: Round 2, No. 22 overall
8/12 half-PPR 10-team: Round 3, No. 28 overall
8/6 PPR Superflex mock: Round 4, No. 41 overall
8/3 non-PPR mock: Round 2, No. 22 overall
7/28 full-point PPR mock: Round 2, No. 21 overall
7/20 half-PPR mock: Round 2, No. 23 overall
7/7 Superflex mock: Round 4, No. 44 overall
6/16 full-PPR mock: Round 3, No. 26 overall
6/9 Superflex mock: Round 3, No. 27 overall

Preseason/Training camp updates

  • 8/21: Waller returned to practice but didn't suit up for Vegas' second preseason game. He was dealing with a minor ankle issue and seems to be over it.
  • 8/14: Waller has missed five straight practices -- Of course, if something's up with Waller, that could change the outlook for the entire offense pretty significantly. It's not clear what Waller has been out or when he might return, but I haven't seen any reason to think this is something to be too concerned about. We'll monitor and keep an eye for details, but right now, it doesn't seem like much. (Chris Towers)

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