Darren Waller Fantasy Football News 2020

11:09am EDT 9/27/20

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.

The Raiders and TE Darren Waller have agreed to a 3-year extension worth about $9 million per season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Instead of hitting restricted free agency this offseason, Waller is now signed with Oakland through 2023. It's a big commitment to a guy who was signed off the Ravens' practice squad last November. Waller has quickly emerged as a focal point of the Raiders' passing game, leading the team with 42 targets, 37 catches and 359 yards through 5 games.

Oakland let TE Jared Cook walk in free agency after he led the 2018 team in targets, receptions (tied), receiving yards and receiving TDs. It sounds like the primary replacement plan is former Raven Darren Waller. "It's your position, you are the 'Y' in certain personnel groupings," OC Greg Olson said Thursday, via NBC Sports Bay Area. "We're going to put you out there on the field, and you're going to play. We're really pushing him to the limit right now." Waller just joined the Raiders in November off Baltimore's practice squad. He made it into 4 games and caught 6 balls. Waller transitioned from WR to TE with the Ravens, and it looks like Oakland wants him to play ahead of Luke Willson, rookie Foster Moreau and others this season. Waller isn't likely to find anything near Cook's target share available in an offense that has since added Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Ryan Grant and a 1st-round RB. But he has a shot at fantasy relevance.

The Raiders have signed former Colts TE Erik Swoope. A converted basketball player, Swoope has caught just 23 balls over 5 NFL seasons -- but he's averaged 16.7 yards per catch and scored 4 times. There's theoretical upside here, but time is running out for Swoope to reach it. He at least lands in a wide-open TE group alongside Darren Waller, rookie Foster Moreau and Luke Willson. This will be a position battle to monitor this summer.

The Raiders selected LSU TE Foster Moreau in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Moreau served as the Tigers’ top TE the past 2 seasons, compiling 46 catches, 550 yards and 5 TDs in a run-heavy offense. The 6’4, 252-pounder earned an 85th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine, with a 4.66-second 40 time and 36.5-inch vertical. That athleticism suggests some fantasy upside. And he lands on a wide-open Oakland TE depth chart alongside Darren Waller and Luke Willson.

The Raiders have signed TE Luke Willson. The 29-year-old has yet to top 22 catches across 6 NFL seasons. Jared Cook's departure has Willson and former WR Darren Waller sitting atop Oakland's TE depth chart right now. The Raiders could still add to the position in free agency or the draft. But the passing game figures to revolve around WRs Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.

 
 
 

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