Waller caught 4 of his 8 targets on Sunday for 45 yards. While his volume has dropped off from his 19 targets in Week 1, his 7-8 targets each week since is still nice volume. This was also the first time Waller didn't get to 50 receiving yards.
Going forward, there is little reason to doubt Waller. He is leading the TE position in targets and is 9th among all pass catchers. While his QB may buoy throughout the season, Waller should remain rock solid.
Waller caught 4 of 7 targets for 50 yards and 1 TD in the Raiders' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.
Waller was mostly quiet in this one with just 4 catches but had a highlight reel TD where he jumped over a defender and caught it high in the air.
Waller is an every week top 3 TE play, including Week 5 against the Bears.
Since Waller’s insane, 19-target Week 1, he’s posted games with 7 and 7 targets. There’s no force-feeding Waller anymore, especially as defenses look to take him away. The Raiders also saw guys like Bryan Edwards (3-89), Henry Ruggs (4-78) and Hunter Renfrow (5-77-1) step up. Derek Carr’s strong play at least bodes well for Waller’s efficiency going forward. The duo hooked up 5 times (on 7 targets) for 54 yards. Vegas’ 3 red zone TDs went to Renfrow, Peyton Barber and FB Alec Ingold, though. All that to say: Waller remains an elite TE1, partly because of the position’s lack of depth. Waller ranks as the overall TE3 through 3 games.
After seeing 19 targets in the season opener, Waller was far less busy against the Steelers, though he tied for the team lead with 7 targets. He upped his yards per catch from 10.5 to 13, as the Steelers’ pressure was quite different from the heavy blitzing that the Ravens presented the Raiders with in the opener. Although Las Vegas moved the ball well for the entire game, they usually broke down in the red zone, so there weren’t TD opportunities from near the goal line.
Not only is Waller going to be the primary TE for the Raiders, but he’ll likely continue to be the alpha receiver on the team, which should give him a weekly target floor that can only be rivaled by Travis Kelce. That said, with the Raiders already seeing improvement from both Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, it’s possible that the coaching staff begins to share the targets more than they’ve done in the past, and if they do, it could impact some of the crazy ceiling that Waller has shown.
Waller made his case on Monday night to be the TE 1 in fantasy football. He saw an absurd 19 targets. He caught 10 of those targets for 105 yards and a TD. Going forward, there is little reason to doubt Waller, who was a highly coveted player in draft season. The emerging Raiders WRs should help take some focus away from Waller and make things easier on the TE. QB Derek Carr made the TE a priority in Week 1. A season ago, Waller had 6 games with double-digit targets including a 16 and 17 target game. There is little reason to think we don't see a similar game log come season's end with double digit targets becoming the new norm if everything breaks right.