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Giants insider Art Stapleton tweeted that the "sense I get" is that TE Darren Waller's hamstring injury is "not considered a serious injury, but comes with caution because hamstrings are what they are and it's something that has slowed Waller in the past." It's relatively good news, although it sounds like Waller is in jeopardy of missing Sunday night's opener vs. the Cowboys. We'll continue to look for updates on Waller's status.

The Giants on Friday added TE Darren Waller to the injury report and list him questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The Sunday night kickoff for that one will make it difficult to wait for Waller's actual game status. Make sure you roster an insurance option before Sunday's games start. If Waller doesn't go, Daniel Bellinger should be New York's lead TE. We'll watch for more on Waller's status.

Giants TE Darren Waller caught three balls for 30 yards in Friday night's preseason game, getting open at will vs. the Panthers defense. More importantly, Waller ran a route on 80% of QB Daniel Jones' dropbacks and was targeted on four of Jones' nine passes (44.4%). That elite usage follows a buzzy training camp. If his health cooperates, Waller is in for a big 2023 season. He's climbing our TE rankings.

The Athletic's Dan Duggan writes that Giants QB Daniel Jones “looks so much more comfortable” in the offense compared to last summer. It’s understandable, as he enters Year 2 alongside HC Brian Daboll and OC Mike Kafka. New TE Darren Waller is drawing rave reviews for his work in training camp, too. As the QB14 in ADP, Jones looks like a fine draft day target.

Giants OT Andrew Thomas said Wednesday that TE Darren Waller is "going to be a problem" for opposing defenses. S Xavier McKinney called Waller "special," adding that humans shouldn't be that large and fast. Waller was a spring standout and has rolled that momentum over to the start of training camp. SNY TV's Connor Hughes believes Waller gives the Giants' passing game a "go-to guy." Alongside an underwhelming WR corps, Waller is the favorite to lead the G-Men in targets this season. There's upside from his 6th/7th-round ADP.

NFL analyst Greg Cosell believes Giants QB Daniel Jones will improve in 2023. “He throws a good ball… He’s big, and he’s physical. I’m expecting him to take another step forward,” Cosell said on the Inside the Birds podcast. “I’ve heard really good things about how smart he is, how he works at it. You have to believe he’s going to take another step within the context of the [HC] Brian Daboll/[OC] Mike Kafka offense.” It’s a reminder that Jones, only 26, can reach higher ceiling. Led by TE Darren Waller, an improved set of weapons only adds to Jones’ 2023 fantasy value. You’ll find him among the top-15 of our QB rankings.

Giants QB Daniel Jones looks to build off a solid 2022 in Year 2 with HC Brian Daboll. Jones set career-highs in adjusted completion rate (80.1%), passing yards (3,642), and yards per attempt (6.8). The last two figures aren’t particularly impressive, but remember his leading receivers: Darius Slayton, Richie James, Isaiah Hodgins, and Saquon Barkley. While Sterling Shepard and Wan’Dale Robinson are candidates for the PUP list, New York added pass-catching talent in Darren Waller, Parris Campbell, and Round 3 pick Jalin Hyatt. Even modest passing improvements would give Jones a chance to perform as a top-10 fantasy QB. Last year, he ranked fourth among QBs in rushes; second in scrambles.

The Raiders have agreed to a trade sending TE Darren Waller to the Giants in exchange for a 2023 third round pick (100th overall). The pick Giants are sending was initially acquired via the midseason deal that sent WR Kadarius Toney to the Chiefs, thus marking the first fantasy-relevant contribution Toney has ever made for the team. The need to address pass-catchers around QB Daniel Jones stood atop the list of priorities for the Giants this offseason, and now Waller arguably becomes the best receiver on this team. Though hamstring injuries plagued Waller's 2022 campaign, we're not far removed from three-consecutive seasons of 90+ target and 12+ PPR PPG production from the former Pro Bowler. We'll see what the Giants do in the NFL Draft next month regarding the WR position, but as of now, we're looking at some fairly intriguing fantasy upside here from Waller.

Raiders QB Derek Carr went just 16 of 30 passing for 174 yards in Saturday night's loss to the Steelers. He threw just 1 TD pass -- to WR Hunter Renfrow -- and 3 INTs while taking 3 sacks. WR Davante Adams managed only 2 receptions for 15 yards on a team-high 9 targets. TE Darren Waller led Vegas with 58 receiving yards on 4 catches. Renfrow matched him with 4 receptions for 42 yards. The Raiders head back home to face a difficult 49ers defense in Week 17.

Raiders QB Derek Carr threw for a modest 231 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots but also tallied 3 TDs. He found WR Mack Hollins, TE Darren Waller and WR Keenan Cole for scores. Waller caught all 3 of his targets for 48 yards in his 1st game since Week 5. Hollins tied WR Davante Adams for the team lead with just 4 receptions. Adams (9) and Hollins (8) were the only 2 Raiders to draw more than 3 targets. Week 16 brings a matchup with Pittsburgh, which hit Sunday as a near-neutral scoring matchup for QBs.

2:38pm EST 12/18/22

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) is officially active for today’s game vs. the Patriots. He was designated to return from IR and practiced this week. NFL Network reported this morning that Waller will be a “full go” in this one. Consider him a low-end, risk/reward TE1 in his first action since Week 5.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) and WR Hunter Renfrow (oblique) will be "full go" against the Patriots today, according to NFL Network. Both guys were designated to return from IR and returned to practice this week. Renfrow hasn't done enough in his 6 games this season to be an attractive fantasy play. Waller is worth considering as a lower-end TE1 with upside.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) has been activated and is now eligible to play vs. the Patriots on Sunday. He's been out since Week 5 with a lingering hamstring injury. Waller averaged 6.0 targets, 4.0 catches, 44 yards and .3 TDs over the first 4 weeks of the season, ranking 12th among TEs in half-PPR points during that stretch. Consider him a low-end, risk/reward TE1 in Week 15 fantasy lineups.

The Raiders designated TE Darren Waller (hamstring) and WR Hunter Renfrow (oblique) to return from IR. Both guys will return to practice this week and are eligible to be activated for Sunday's game vs. the Patriots. Waller averaged 6.0 targets, 4.0 catches, 44 yards and .3 TDs over the first 4 weeks of the season, ranking 12th among TEs in half-PPR points during that stretch. Renfrow has played in 6 games so far this season and averaged 4.8 targets, 3.5 catches, 32 yards and 0 TDs. His half-PPR scoring average in those games lands him 102nd among WRs. We wouldn't use Renfrow in Week 15 fantasy lineups. Waller will be a risk/reward, low-end TE1 if he plays this weekend.

1:32pm EST 11/10/22

Raiders TE Darren Waller has been placed on IR after aggravating his hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team reportedly expects Waller to make it back when first eligible, but that's not until Week 14. He's a fine stash on fantasy rosters if you have room, but Waller is also cuttable if you're in a squeeze. His absence leaves Foster Moreau as Vegas' lead TE for at least the next 4 games vs. the Colts, Broncos, Seahawks and Chargers. He's posted strong route rates and averaged 6.3 targets, 3.7 catches and 34 yards in 3 games without Waller this season. Consider Moreau a low-end TE1.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) remained limited in Wednesday's practice. He was limited in practice all last week before missing the Jaguars game. We'll keep an eye on Waller's progress over the next few days, leading up to Sunday's game vs. the Colts.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game vs. the Jaguars. That again leaves lead TE duties to Foster Moreau, who’s posted 3-28-0 and 6-31-0 lines with Waller out the past 2 weeks.

ESPN's Adam Schefter calls Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) "unlikely" to play vs. the Jaguars today. "Still is not fully healthy," Schefter adds. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is a bit more optimistic, labeling Waller a game-time decision. "He's as close as he's been," Rapoport tweeted. "The worry is that he aggravates it, so they'll be cautious. But he's got a chance." We'll get Vegas' inactives around 11:30 am ET. But, for now, we're removing Waller from the TE Rankings and moving TE Foster Moreau up.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Jaguars. He was in the same spot last week before missing the Saints game. We’ll get Vegas’ inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday. Waller will be a risk/reward TE1 if active. If he's out again, TE Foster Moreau will be a viable low-end TE1.

Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice. His status for this weekend's game vs. the Jaguars remains uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update on Waller's status.

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