TE Darren Waller - Las Vegas Raiders

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

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Summary

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, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6
Overall Redraft - 79, 57, 60
TE Redraft PPR - 5, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 11
Overall Redraft PPR - 62, 46, 50, 51, 51, 52, 59, 60, 60
TE Dynasty - 6, 3, 5, 5, 13
Overall Dynasty - 71, 55, 63, 68

Stats and Projections

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2018 OAK 4 6 75 0
2019 OAK 16 90 1146 3
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 69.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 70.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 70.0 * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 57.7 * *

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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: 63
TE: 5
Overall-PPR: 58
TE-PPR: 5

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Footballguys Articles

The Gut Check No.499: 12 Lessons From 2019 Fantasy Projections
  Matt Waldman - May 25
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  Jene Bramel - May 26
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  FBG Staff - May 22
The Gut Check No.498: 12 QB Candidates in Danger of Getting Tannehilled
  Matt Waldman - May 16
2020 Breakout Wide Receiver Candidates
  Chad Parsons - May 11
Rookie Roundup 10: TD Dynasty Draft Part 2
  Daniel Simpkins - May 11
Tight End Tiers, Targets, and Players to Avoid
  Sigmund Bloom - May 11
Best Ball Rankings: Top 250
  James Brimacombe - May 6
Dynasty Trade Value Chart: May
  Dan Hindery - May 1
What We Learned from Auction Drafting Mistakes in 2019
  Andrew Davenport - April 22

Latest News

Raiders | Darren Waller learning from veteran (Sat May 16, 02:40 PM) - Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller is picking up tips this offseason from TE Jason Witten, his new veteran teammate. 'He is great getting off the ball right at the snap, he will be ahead of receivers. So I'm thinking, 'I didn't know ⁦jason Witten was that fast,' but there are a lot of small details to his game that are just incredible.'

Our View: It will be interesting to see how Waller and Witten work together in this TEBC. Fantasy GMs love what Waller did last year, finishing second in the NFL in receiving yards by a tight end. However, he only scored three touchdowns and most would like to see that number increase. It might not if Witten is taking away some looks near pay dirt. Waller has a current ADP of TE5 (5.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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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