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Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Date of Birth:  09/13/1992
Age:  29
Height  6'6"
Weight:   255
College:  Georgia Tech
Drafted:  2015 | Round 6 | Pick 204
Depth Chart:  Starter

Darren Waller | Raiders TE


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Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller is dealing with a strained IT band in his knee, according to NFL Network.

It's unclear how long the injury might keep him out, but it's great news in general to not be dealing with a torn ligament based on how the he was bent up yesterday. Waller missing any games would make Foster Moreau a solid option at tight end, and the Raiders would likely try to get Bryan Edwards more consistently involved at wide receiver. There will be updates next week at practice, though we'd say fantasy owners can probably anticipate being without Waller for at least one game.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (knee) ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Waller was twisted up after a catch, and his night in unfortunately finished. Before leaving, the superstar tight end caught two passes for 33 yards, and fantasy owners can only hope that it's not a serious issue, and Las Vegas at least has a few extra days before Week 13. The offense will have to heavily lean on Josh Jacobs for however long they are without Waller.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (ankle) is inactive for Week 7.

Waller was added to the injury report yesterday with the ankle injury, which didn't bode well for his status today against the Eagles. Foster Moreau is now someone to consider if you were planning to use Waller in your fantasy lineup today. Hopefully Waller doesn't miss any more time after today.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (ankle) has been added to the injury report.

Waller is now questionable for Sunday, which is a concern with the Raiders playing in the late afternoon slate. Hopefully we get a report in the morning to tell us where Walker’s status is leaning, but we would suggest taking the risk and pivoting to someone like O.J. Howard if needed.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (knee) is officially active against the Patriots.

Waller didn’t practice much this week, but there wasn’t much doubt that he’d be out there today for the Raiders. While New England might try to take Waller away, he’s a tough player to stop and is a must-start in Week 3 fantasy lineups.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 3.

Waller was able to get in a limited practice today and is expected to be fine for Sunday against the Patriots, but the star tight end’s official status will be known that morning with the Raiders kicking off at 1:00 PM ET.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

The Raiders are signing Darren Waller to a contract extension through the 2023 season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Waller was set to be a restricted free agent after this season, but the Raiders are locking him up long-term now to a deal that Pelissero says is worth $9 million per season after the restricted free agency deal expires (so basically after next season it will kick in). This is an awesome comeback for Waller, who battled drug issues, turned his life around, and is now cashing in on a big contract. Waller is currently enjoying a breakout season for the Raiders, with 37 receptions for 359 yards through five games—a pace of 118 receptions for 1,149 yards over 16 games. The bottom line is that Waller should be an excellent long-term tight end option in dynasty leagues as a focal point of Jon Gruden's offense and a building block for the franchise as it makes the move from Oakland to Vegas. He's already been a clear excellent TE1 in redraft leagues this season.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller racks up 13 catches against the Vikings.

Waller gained 134 yards on his 13 receptions in the Raiders' Week 3 loss at Minnesota. The passing attack of Oakland ran through Waller, who was used in a variety of ways and was the best player on offense for the team. Waller has at least six receptions in each of his first three games, and—while he might start getting more attention from opposing defenses—he should get better with more experience and should continue putting up strong numbers all season. It's not a question whether Waller is a fantasy TE1 this season, it's a question of how far he's behind the elite top option at the position in Travis Kelce.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller catches seven passes in Week 1.

Waller gained 70 yards on his seven receptions in the Raiders’ win over the Broncos. The receiver-turned-tight-end lined up in a variety of spots throughout the night, being used similarly to the way Jared Cook was used last season for Oakland (and some of the other top receiving tight ends in the NFL). It’s also worth noting that during the Monday Night Football broadcast, it was revealed that the Raiders coaches told the ESPN crew that they believe Waller can be the best tight end in the league. Waller looks like he’ll offer a great mix of a consistent weekly floor and ceiling at tight end this season.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller (shoulder) has returned to practice.

Waller's AC joint sprain is apparently very minor, which is great to hear. Oakland's starting tight end needs all the reps he can get as he prepares for a potentially-big role replacing Jared Cook. Assuming the starters play for the Raiders in this Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Waller will likely be out there with his teammates.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller has an AC joint sprain, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Gehlken says the injury Waller suffered "is not expected to sideline him for a prolonged period," adding that the Raiders' starting tight end "should resume seeing [snaps] soon." AC joint sprains can take weeks to heal, but they're typically an injury players can play through at less than 100% after missing little time. Waller isn't likely to play in the team's first preseason game next week, but expect him to not miss much time with the injury. As Gehlken notes, it's important for Waller—a converted wide receiver—to get snaps at tight end as the team's projected starter at the position.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Jon Gruden says the Raiders are going to give Darren Waller a big opportunity.

At the NFL coaches breakfast at the NFL Owners Meetings in Arizona, Gruden said "it's sickening" that the team lost tight end Jared Cook in free agency, but he added that "Darren Waller is very interesting. We're going to give him a chance of a lifetime." With the tight-end position wide open for the Raiders, Waller looks set to enter offseason training as the No. 1 guy on the depth chart. Waller was drafted in the fifth round by the Ravens in 2015, and he has definite upside as a former receiver. Dynasty leagues in particular should keep an eye on Waller right now, and we'll see how the tight-end situation shakes out in Oakland leaning up to the regular season.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller caught three passes for 23 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Waller brought in all three of his looks, and he finishes the season with six receptions for 75 yards, all of which came over the past three weeks. The 26-year-old isn't on the fantasy radar.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller catches two passes in Raiders' Christmas Eve win.

Waller gained eight yards on his two Week 16 receptions versus the Broncos. Waller has upside and is worth a look in dynasty leagues, but he's not a recommended fantasy option to conclude the regular season against the Chiefs.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller receives two touches against the Bengals.

Waller, who was signed of Baltimore's practice squad a few weeks ago, made a couple of big plays for the Raiders in their Week 15 loss. He had a 44-yard reception on a catch and run that he took for a near-score inside the one-yard line, and he had a 21-yard carry on a jet sweep. These were Waller's first touches since the 2016 season, so it must've felt good for him to get in there and contribute like this. He's an interesting player to keep an eye on, but he's not a recommended fantasy option in redraft leagues.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Darren Waller has been re-instated by the NFL.

Waller was suspended last June by the NFL for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy, so this could be his final chance to stay clean and attempt to have a productive NFL career. The tight end room has changed for Baltimore since last year, with rookies Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews both added to the mix. Waller isn't currently on the fantasy radar.

Darren Waller | Raiders TE

Ravens tight end Darren Waller has been suspended for at least one-year by the NFL.

Waller violated the league's substance abuse policy for the second time after being suspended the first four games of last season for his first offence. Waller is a big, athletic 6'6" tight end that would have had an opportunity to carve out a great role with the Ravens this season, but now he'll need to sit out the season and apply for reinstatement in a year. Hopefully Waller gets it together and is able to follow the rules on his way to a productive career.

Darren Waller catches three-yard touchdown against the Patriots.

It was Waller's only catch of the night. Waller was targeted on the play before by Flacco, but couldn't come up with it. Flacco showed confidence in his young tight end by going back to him on the next play. Waller isn't a fantasy option.

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