TE Darren Waller - Oakland Raiders

6-6, 238Born: 9-13-1992College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 6, pick 204 (2015)

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Summary

Waller has taken a long and winding road to get to the point where he has a chance to be the Raiders top tight end in 2019. He was drafted by the Ravens in the 6th round of the 2015 Draft out of Georgia Tech. His rookie season was derailed by a mid-season injury and things just went downhill from there. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after a failed drug test and then missed the entire 2017 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy again. He was reinstated in August of 2018 and spent most of the season on the Baltimore before Oakland signed him away in November. Within three weeks of signing with Oakland, he flashed his potential with a 44-yard catch and run and 21-yard gain on an end around against Cincinnati. Jon Gruden seemingly has fallen in love with Waller's talent and he is penciled in as the starter. "Since the time he's walked in here, he's been one of the most impressive guys on our team," Gruden said. "He learns fast. He is fast. He's extremely talented. I think he's going to be one of the best-kept secrets in the league." Based upon Waller's testing numbers at the NFL combine, it is easy to see why Gruden is excited. At 6'6, 238 Waller ran a 4.46-second forty-yard dash, a 37' vertical, and an excellent 4.25 in the 20-yard shuttle. With freakish athletic ability and the likelihood of a starting role, Waller is one of the most intriguing late-round sleepers at the tight end position. (May 23)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 24, 18, 20, 23, 23, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 26
TE Redraft PPR - 24, 20, 20, 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 26, 28, 29
TE Dynasty - 40, 25, 32

Stats and Projections

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2016 BAL 12 10 85 2
2018 OAK 4 6 75 0
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 39.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.0 36.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 43.0 * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 35.1 * *

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Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Darren Waller's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 218
TE: 25
Overall-PPR: 209
TE-PPR: 24

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Latest News

Raiders | Darren Waller getting back into it (Tue Aug 13, 05:09 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) was as active as he has been in practice Tuesday, Aug. 13, since initially suffering his shoulder injury on Aug. 2, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.

Our View: Waller is at the top of the depth chart for the Raiders so long as he's healthy. His main competition for the starting job is rookie Foster Moreau.
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Raiders | Expectations high for Darren Waller (Fri Aug 9, 12:28 PM) - Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) has impressed the team's coaching staff, which views him as a 'freakish athlete' and a good fit to fill the cleats of the departed Jared Cook.

Our View: Waller is a former wide receiver with a size speed combination that is difficult for any safety or linebacker to match up with. He could be a big winner in fantasy if Antonio Brown draws extra coverage and opens up the middle of the field.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Denver Broncos
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Minnesota Vikings
4@ Indianapolis Colts
5vs Chicago Bears
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7@ Green Bay Packers
8@ Houston Texans
9vs Detroit Lions
10vs Los Angeles Chargers
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ New York Jets
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Tennessee Titans
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Los Angeles Chargers
17@ Denver Broncos