College: Georgia Tech | 5 years
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 255 lbs
Birth Date: 9/13/1992
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2021 Bye Week: 8
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 TE
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Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is set to have another big game in Week 3 as his team hosts the Miami Dolphins. The 29-year-old played a slightly reduced role against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 but still ended the day with five receptions on seven targets for 65 yards, including a 25-yarder in the fourth quarter that set Vegas up for their final field goal of the day. This week, Waller will be up against a Dolphins defense that has allowed 439 passing yards over its first two games but hasn't faced an opposing tight end of Waller's caliber yet. Managers can expect this fantasy must-start to have a big day.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller posted five receptions for 65 yards on seven targets in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Spin: Waller's production tumbled from his big line in Week 1, but he still didn't exactly lay an egg. He remains a bona fide TE1 in all fantasy leagues. The Raiders host the Miami Dolphins in Week 3.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller had a quieter-than-usual day at the office on Sunday, tallying five receptions on seven targets for 65 yards in Vegas' 26-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh's defense had double-coverage on Waller for the majority of the game, limiting the number of times Derek Carr targeted him. But Carr did find his favorite target with less than three minutes to play in the game, hitting Waller with a 25-yard pass that set Vegas up for their final field goal of the day. Waller is still the Raiders' best offensive weapon and will likely see more action next week against the middle-of-the-pack Miami Dolphins defense. Waller remains a must-start for fantasy managers, even after he saw limited action in Week 2.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is going to have his hands full on Sunday as the Silver and Black visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to playing on shortened rest and having to travel cross-country, the 29-year-old is going up against a Steelers defense that gave up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2020. However, Waller showed in Week 1 that he can hold his own against tough defenses, tallying 10 receptions for 105 yards on 19 targets with one touchdown against a sturdy Baltimore Ravens defense. Waller is the Raiders best offensive weapon and is a must-start in Week 2.
Raiders' TE Darren Waller scored 26.50 fantasy points in Monday's Week 1 win against the Ravens. Waller caught 10 passes for 105 yards with one touchdown.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller registered 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Fantasy Spin: Waller is often overlooked among the best in the game at the tight end position, but he is Top 5 among fantasy TEs. He will look to carry over the momentum into Week 2 on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller came up big for the Silver and Black in Monday's dramatic 33-27 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, tallying 10 receptions for 105 yards on 19 targets with one touchdown. The Ravens defense did a good job of covering Waller early in the game, but the 29-year-old could not be contained for long. His most memorable play on the evening came with 3:44 left in regulation when he connected with Derek Carr for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game up 24-24. Waller remains the Raiders best weapon when the ball is in the air and a must-have for fantasy rosters. If Carr can improve on his Week 1 performance and connect even more with Waller, the Raiders are going to be a harder team to defend this season.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is getting a ton of fantasy praise ahead of the opening of the 2021 season. Despite being sidelined for part of training camp with an ankle injury, the 28-year-old was ranked No. 45 on ESPN's top-100 list and was pinpointed by Pro Football Focus as an ideal second-round fantasy draft pick. Waller recorded 107 receptions for 1,196 yards last season, averaging over 100 yards per game in the final eight games. With all the hype he's getting, managers should strongly consider drafting Waller early.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (ankle) returned to practice on Tuesday. He had been out over the last two weeks with an ankle issue, so his presence was undoubtedly a welcome sight for fantasy managers. Although the ailment is concerning, primarily since it could surface again at some point throughout the year, the 28-year-old should continue to be considered the second-best fantasy option at the position. Waller finished the 2020-21 campaign with 107 catches, two more than Travis Kelce, the overall consensus choice at tight end in preseason rankings. He also had 1,196 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, so managers shouldn't look past him in drafts for the upcoming season.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 17.
Fantasy Spin: Waller is an elite option at the position and looks good to go.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is expected to return to practice this week, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Monday. Waller has been sidelined for undisclosed reasons and missed the Raiders' preseason-opening victory over Seattle Seahawks, and Bonsignore said his return to the practice field could be restricted. The 28-year-old is expected to spend another season battling it out with Travis Kelce to be the best tight end in the NFL, so Las Vegas and fantasy managers want him 100-percent healthy before Week 1.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) continues to miss training camp practices with an ankle injury, but ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler has been told that the issue isn't a concern. Instead, since it's early in the preseason, the team will take it slow with Waller, but it was a regular-season week he could practice and play.
Fantasy Spin: This should alleviate most of the current angst over Waller's absence. He remains one of the few tight ends who enters the season as his team's top target and should go in the first three rounds of your draft.
Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller missed his third straight practice on Friday for an undisclosed reason. It is not known whether or not Waller is dealing with an injury, but more will be learned tomorrow when head coach Jon Gruden addresses the media. This is something to monitor as training camp progresses, but as of now, it does not seem to be something that would put Waller's Week 1 status into question. He remains an elite option at the tight end position as he offers a significant advantage to fantasy owners unless their opposition has Travis Kelce or George Kittle in their lineup. Waller's draft price will be very high and for good reason. It will be hard to dethrone Kelce as the TE1, but Waller is the best bet to do so.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (undisclosed) is out of practice Friday, Aug. 6, for the third straight day.
Fantasy Spin: Head coach Jon Gruden is supposed to speak Saturday, and we may have some light shed on the reason then. Waller keeps getting better and better and is a high-end TE1 option if the situation is minor.
Despite what seems like an unassailable grip on the overall TE1 spot in fantasy football for Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller has to be on the short list of players who could overtake Kelce by the end of the 2021 season. Waller has exploded over the past two seasons with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons, including last year's 107-reception, 1,196-yard campaign. Waller finished 2020 with nine touchdowns and proved to be quarterback Derek Carr's top target with a 27.7 percent target share. With wide receiver Nelson Agholor gone and questions about the team's young wideouts, Waller should once again post a 100-catch season. He should be the second tight end drafted in redraft leagues.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller should improve on his career-high 1,196 receiving yards he posted in 2020, according to beat reporter VicTafur of The Athletic.
Fantasy Spin: Only Travis Kelce (1,416) had more receiving yards among tight ends than Waller, who led the position with 107 catches. Even if Waller falls a little shy of his 2020 numbers, he still could easily finish as top-three fantasy tight end.
The Las Vegas Raiders signed free-agent tight end Carson Williams to an undisclosed deal on Monday. Williams has not played football since eighth grade but played college basketball at Northern Kentucky and Western Kentucky. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder started 117 collegiate games as a forward. He caught the attention of scouts and the Raiders at his Pro Day. Williams had a 38-inch vertical, 9-foot-7 broad jump, 18 repetitions on the bench press and a mid-4.7-second 40-yard dash on a bad hamstring. Most teams were looking at him as a developmental tight end or offensive lineman. The Raiders obviously view him more as a tight end. There's no guarantee that he'll pan out, but it's an interesting addition to an offense that already has one of the best TEs in the league in Darren Waller.