Player Outlook
For the first time since his breakout campaign in 2019, Fantasy managers have some concerns about Darren Waller coming into the season. The addition of Davante Adams could be a problem for Waller's target share (at least 24 percent over the past three years), and Waller suffered his first significant injury in 2021 with five missed games due to a hurt knee. Those concerns are valid, but Waller is still a top-five Fantasy tight end this year, even at 29. Once Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews come off the board, Waller is in the next tier with Kyle Pitts and George Kittle. We would draft Waller as early as Round 4, and he should still be an elite player at a thin position. While his targets might decline slightly, he could have an easier time with less coverage thanks to Adams. And we know Derek Carr loves Waller, so even Round 4 might be a steal for a player of his caliber.

Fantasy Stats

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2022
2021 55 665 12.09 2 0.00 787.1
2020 107 1196 11.18 9 0.00 17110.7
3y Avg. 84 1002 11.93 5 2 2.00 1289.1
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Fantasy News

  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Dealing with hamstring issue

    Waller has been missing time in training camp due to a hamstring injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter notes that the tight end's hamstring issue is not considered serious, while Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com relays that it appears as though Waller could return to practice next week. With that in mind, it seems safe to assume that Waller won't be available for Sunday's preseason contest against the Vikings.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Should return next week

    Waller (undisclosed) told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com he should be ready to practice next week. Waller has been out since at least the beginning of August with an undisclosed injury. It sounds like he doesn't consider it serious, but fantasy managers will still feel much better once he actually gets back on the practice field. Waller won't be playing in Sunday's preseason game against Minnesota.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Continues to miss practice

    Waller (undisclosed) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. Reed also noted that coach Josh McDaniels hasn't provided specifics about the tight end's injury issue. With that in mind, consider Waller day-to-day in advance of Sunday's preseason game against the Vikings.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Doesn't play Thursday

    Waller (undisclosed) sat out Thursday's Hall of Fame Game win over the Jaguars, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. Waller missed multiple practices leading up to Thursday's game with an undisclosed injury, and he would have very likely sat out the exhibition opener anyhow even if he'd been at full health. The veteran tight end fell short of a third consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2021, but he's still believed to be a priority for a long-term extension in the near future.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Sitting out another practice

    Waller (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at Monday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. The tight end also was absent from Sunday's session, so until added information regarding the nature of his absence is provided, we'll consider Waller day-to-day ahead of Thursday's Hall of Fame Game versus the Jaguars.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Leads team in receiving

    Waller caught seven passes for 76 yards on 12 targets against Cincinnati on Saturday. The season is over for the Raiders in light of this 26-19 loss, but Waller played well for his own part and served as the main engine of the Raiders passing game. Waller is under contract for two more years but is majorly underpaid, so it will be interesting to see if he and the Raiders revisit the terms of his compensation, but Waller in any case projects for another big season in 2022.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Cleared for playoff opener

    Waller (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals after being listed as a limited practice participant this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. In his first game action since Week 12, Waller logged 62 of a possible 80 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers en route to recording two receptions on nine targets for 22 yards. Now that he's further removed from his extended layoff, look for the star tight end to continue to see his share of targets this weekend, with improved efficiency a reasonable expectation for Waller, who finished the regular season with a 55-665-2 line on 93 targets in 11 contests.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Listed as limited again

    Waller (knee) is listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice report, with the Raiders holding a walk-through session for the second straight day as they prepare for Saturday's wild-card game in Cincinnati. Waller returned from a five-game absence for the Raiders' overtime win over the Chargers in Week 18, catching two of nine targets for 22 yards in the 35-32 victory. He wasn't at his best in his first game back, but he played close to his normal allotment of snaps (78 percent). Though he and the Raiders will face a quicker turnaround than usual for Saturday's postseason opener, Waller had a big game earlier this season against the Bengals back in Week 11, when he produced a 7-116-0 receiving line in a 31-13 loss.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Limited at walkthrough

    Waller (knee) was limited at Tuesday's walkthrough, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Waller made his long-awaited return from a five-game absence this past Sunday against the Chargers, and while he approached his typical offensive snap share (78 percent) he hauled in just two of nine targets for 22 yards. The tight end may need more on-field reps to put his IT band strain further in the rearview mirror, but he'll kick off prep for Saturday's wild-card game in Cincinnati with a cap on his reps, as he did all of last week. Thursday's injury report may clear up Waller's status entirely for the Las Vegas' postseason opener.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Fails to produce on nine targets

    Waller (knee) had two receptions (nine targets) for 22 yards in Sunday's 35-32 win over the Chargers. Waller was able to return from a five-game layoff and help the Raiders clinch an unlikely playoff berth. The athletic tight end was understandably rusty and likely did not play at full strength. It was a disappointing season for Waller overall, as injuries and some poor outings resulted in 55 receptions, 665 yards and just two touchdowns over 11 contests. There were no reports of the 28-year-old suffering any setbacks to his balky knee, but we will have to wait for practice reports to confirm his availability for next week's wild-card round against the Bengals. Cincinnati did allow the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, so Waller could make for a sneaky DFS option if his price is suppressed by Week 18's fizzling performance.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Back in action Sunday

    Waller (knee) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Chargers. Following league-wide developments earlier in the day, both Las Vegas and Los Angeles are fighting for a playoff spot in the final game of the NFL's regular-season slate. In that context, Waller will give it a go for the first time since Week 12, and even if he's somewhat limited following a long layoff, his return no doubt is a welcome development for the Raiders' Week 18 passing attack. The talented tight end checks back into the team's lineup with averages of 5.3 catches (on 8.4 targets) for 64.3 yards per game while scoring two touchdowns in 10 appearances on the campaign.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Likely to suit up Sunday night

    Waller (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, is expected to play, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. Las Vegas will need a win over the Chargers, a tie with the Chargers plus a Colts loss, or losses by the Colts and Steelers to secure a playoff berth, so the team will likely do everything it can to field its best lineup for Week 18. With that in mind, Waller looks like he'll at least try to give it a go after he was sidelined for each of the Raiders' last five games with the knee injury. Following his reinstatement Wednesday from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Waller was listed as a limited participant in three consecutive practices. While that signals that he's likely still less than 100 percent healthy, Waller's presence in the lineup Sunday in any capacity would be a welcome development for the Derek Carr-led passing attack. Those planning on deploying Waller in DFS lineups or in season-long leagues that are still active for Week 18 won't get official word on his availability until the Raiders release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Status up in air for Week 18

    Waller (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Chargers, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Waller seemed to be closing in on a Week 17 return following his bout with a strained IT band, but he landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list instead due to a positive test for the virus last Wednesday. He cleared league protocols this Wednesday and logged three limited sessions after that, but his status remains up in the air this weekend. Interim coach Rich Basaccia said a decision on Waller will depend on "where his cardio is" and "the reps that he gets" in practice, seemingly giving him a chance to play for the first time since Thanksgiving Day at Dallas. When it comes to considering the tight end in lineups, though, the Raiders are playing in the last game in the Week 18 slate, with a kickoff of 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, making it difficult to pivot to another option if Waller misses a sixth consecutive outing.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Still listed as limited

    Waller (knee) was listed as limited again on Thursday's practice estimate, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Waller, who last suited up Week 12, now has been listed as limited in the Raiders' two walkthroughs this week due to a knee issue, so what he's able to do Friday should add a degree of clarity with regard to the tight end's chances of suiting up for Sunday night's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff versus the Chargers.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Off COVID list, limited in practice

    The Raiders activated Waller (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Per Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com the tight end -- who last suited up Week 12 on account of a knee injury -- was a limited participant in practice, the first time he's taken part in any on-field activity with his teammates since getting hurt. Waller is trending in the right direction as Sunday's regular season finale against the Chargers approaches, but he would presumably need to practice fully by Friday in order to avoid taking an injury designation into the weekend.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Likely to practice Wednesday

    Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said that he expects Waller (knee) to rejoin the Raiders for Wednesday's walk-through practice, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. "And hopefully if we get him in Wednesday's practice, he feels a little bit better about how [his knee] feels when he moves around, then we'll be really excited about what Thursday and Friday could possibly look like," Bisaccia said of the tight end, who hasn't played since the Raiders' Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys. Waller also tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday and remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he's expected to be activated in the next day or two after he completed post-cardiac workouts with doctors Monday. Because Waller has missed the team's last five games, the Raiders will likely need the full week of practice to evaluate where the tight end stands in his recovery from his knee injury, leaving his status for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chargers up in the air. Waller's potential return to the lineup in any capacity would be a major boon for the Raiders, who can clinch a postseason berth with a win.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Still on COVID list

    Waller (knee/back) remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's game against the Colts. Until Waller, who had been dealing with knee and back issues prior to being placed on the list, clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Foster Moreau is slated to head the Raiders' tight end corps, with Nick Bowers and Daniel Helm in reserve.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Lands on COVID list

    The Raiders placed Waller (knee/back) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Waller is vaccinated, which means he tested positive for the virus but will have the opportunity to exit the protocol as soon as he's asymptomatic or has tested negative on two straight occasions at least 24 hours apart. That being said, Waller hasn't been able to practice in any capacity since suffering knee and back injuries in the Raiders' Thanksgiving Day win over the Cowboys, so he'll more than likely spend a fifth consecutive game on the sideline this weekend in Indianapolis. Expect Foster Moreau to make another start at tight end.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: In COVID protocol

    Waller (knee/back), who has missed the Raiders' past four games, is expected to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia had previously been hopeful that Waller might practice Wednesday, but the tight end's impending move to the COVID-19 list will thwart those plans. Even if he's able to test out of the NFL's COVID-19 protocol in expedient fashion, he'll more than likely miss multiple practices this week, which could make it difficult for him to gain clearance for Sunday's game against the Colts.
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  • Raiders' Darren Waller: Inactive Sunday

    Waller (knee/back) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos. The Raiders deemed Waller doubtful for the contest after he didn't practice this past week, and he's now slated to miss his fourth straight game. In his continued absence, Foster Moreau will continue to head the team's tight end corps in Week 16.
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