TE Darren Waller - Las Vegas Raiders

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

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Darren Waller emerged as a bona fide star in 2019. The 27-year old entered 2019 with just 18 career catches but went on to finish second in the NFL amongst tight ends with 90 receptions. He was also second amongst all tight ends with 1,146 receiving yards. The only thing that kept him from having a truly dominant fantasy season was the fact he scored just three touchdowns. He played so well the Raiders gave him a three-year, $27M midseason extension to make him one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. Waller is a freaky size-speed specimen, having run a 4.46 at the NFL combine at 6'6, 238. His big-play ability after the catch is unmatched at the tight end position. Waller should repeat as a fantasy TE1 and could even make a run at at being the highest-scoring fantasy tight end in the NFL if he has more success in the red zone. The biggest question for Waller will be volume of targets. The Raiders brought back all of their top receiving options from last season and added Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Lynn Bowden, and Jason Witten to the mix. (May 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 13
Overall Redraft - 77, 58, 60, 60
TE Redraft PPR - 5, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8, 11, 13
Overall Redraft PPR - 64, 46, 48, 50, 55, 60, 60
TE Dynasty - 7, 5, 5, 6, 7, 13
Overall Dynasty - 72, 54, 58, 68, 68

Stats and Projections

2018 OAK 4 6 75 0
2019 OAK 16 90 1146 3
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 73.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 70.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 70.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 60.9 * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 64
TE: 5
Overall-PPR: 61

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Latest News

Raiders | Darren Waller ready to roll (Wed Jun 24, 10:12 PM) - Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller said he believes offseason workouts with QB Derek Carr and other teammates will have the offense ready ready to go to start the 2020 season. 'I feel like that can pay dividends for us in the season, knowing that we can go into any kind of environment,' Waller said.

Our View: Waller exploded onto the scene last year, finishing no.2 in the league for receiving yards by a tight end only behind Travis Kelce. This year, the team will have veteran Jason Witten in the rotation at the position as well. We'll see what kind of impact that has on the numbers Waller can bring to the field.
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2020 Schedule

1@ Carolina Panthers
2vs New Orleans Saints
3@ New England Patriots
4vs Buffalo Bills
5@ Kansas City Chiefs
6--- BYE WEEK ---
7vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8@ Cleveland Browns
9@ Los Angeles Chargers
10vs Denver Broncos
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ New York Jets
14vs Indianapolis Colts
15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16vs Miami Dolphins
17@ Denver Broncos