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Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) is INACTIVE for today’s game against the Eagles. Foster Moreau will step in as Vegas’ lead TE and is a viable fantasy fill-in if you were hoping to use Waller.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) is expected to be a game-time decision for today's tilt with the Eagles, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Waller "strained his inner ankle and heel" in Friday's practice and doesn't "feel great," Schefter hears. Eagles-Raiders doesn't kick off until 4:05 pm ET, putting fantasy owners in a tough spot. If you're waiting on Waller, Raiders backup TE Foster Moreau, Cardinals TE Zach Ertz, Bucs TEs O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate, Bears TE Cole Kmet and Colts TE Mo Alie-Cox are potential fill-ins if Waller ends up inactive. Check out the Week 7 TE Rankings to see how we rank those guys.

Raiders TE Darren Waller is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. The Raiders have a Week 8 bye, so we’ll see if the team opts to play it safe here. Vegas kicks off vs. Philadelphia at 4:05pm EST. Foster Moreau is Waller's direct backup and would become a viable plug-and-play for desperate fantasy managers.

Raiders TE Darren Waller returned to practice on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Tashan Reed. Waller ended up missing about 2 weeks with what was reportedly a minor ankle injury. Barring a setback, it shouldn't be an issue come Week 1.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Raiders TE Darren Waller is dealing with an ankle injury that's "not concerning." We know Waller has been sidelined for over a week now -- but this is the 1st time we've heard why. "If prepping for a regular-season game, Waller would probably be fine," Fowler adds. We'll keep an eye on this, but it doesn't sound like we need to adjust 2021 expectations for Waller right now.

A source tells The Athletic's Vic Tafur that Raiders TE Darren Waller is "fine" and whatever has kept him out of practice is "nothing serious." Waller has missed the past 4 practices but has been spotted in the weight room. We'll continue to keep an eye on this but aren't adjusting expectations for Waller.

Raiders TE Darren Waller has missed the past 3 practices. That's all we know at this point. It's not even clear if Waller is injured or away from the team for another reason. We'll pass along an update as soon as we know more. For now, we're not moving Waller in the TE rankings.

The forecast for today's Raiders-Browns game calls for sustained winds of 25-30 mph with gusts around 45 mph. If that holds, it'll be 1 of the windier games in recent memory. It'll definitely impact the deep passing and kicking games. We've scaled back our passing projections for both teams and would avoid both kickers in this game. We could see heavy doses of RBs Josh Jacobs and Kareem Hunt today.

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Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) is active for today’s game against the Patriots. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, but we haven’t heard anything about him being limited today. Waller remains a strong target bet.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Patriots. He only got in a limited practice on Friday, but we've heard nothing to suggest that he's in danger of missing this one. Keep Waller penciled into fantasy lineups for now, and check back on Sunday at noon ET to make sure he’s active.

Raiders WR Henry Ruggs (knee, hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. He’s been battling the knee since Week 1; the hamstring issue is new. Ruggs’ absence will free up some extra targets for Darren Waller, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. Like with RB Josh Jacobs, we're guessing that this is just a day off for Waller after a busy outing on Monday night. We'll update his status again tomorrow.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Raiders have agreed to a 1-year, $4.75 million deal with TE Jason Witten. It's an odd fit, given that Las Vegas had both Darren Waller and rookie Foster Moreau emerge last year. We'll see if Witten actually makes the regular-season roster. Either way, he looks like a fantasy non-factor.

Raiders TE Darren Waller underwent thumb surgery on Monday, HC Jay Gruden said. We don't have a recovery timeline, but this shouldn't impact Waller's 2020. The 2019 breakout finished 2nd among TEs in PPR points and 4th in non-PPR.

Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow (rib) is out for this weekend’s game against the Jaguars. That’s good news for TE Darren Waller, who’s seen 15 targets over the past 2 weeks with Renfrow out.

Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow (rib, lung) is out for Sunday’s game against the Titans. That’s good news for TE Darren Waller, who averaged just 5.3 targets in the 6 games Renfrow saw 5+ targets this season vs. 9.2 targets in the other 5 games.

The forecast for today's Raiders-Chiefs game calls for winds of 20-30 mph and gusts of 40+. That's more than enough to impact the passing and kicking games. We wouldn't bench your usual Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce), but their ceilings might be capped a bit in the wind. Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Tyrell Williams are shaky fantasy plays today. Ditto for Ks Harrison Butker and Daniel Carlson.

Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow (rib) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. The rookie averaged 5.8 targets over the last 4 games, so his absence is a nice boost for WR Tyrell Williams and TE Darren Waller.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (foot) isn’t listed on the final Week 7 injury report. He put in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Thursday. Waller remains a locked-in TE1, especially with WR Tyrell Williams out.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (foot) was limited in Thursday's practice. That's a downgrade from his full workout on Wednesday. We haven't heard any concern over his availability for this weekend's game against the Packers, but check back tomorrow for another update.

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