Darren Waller

Darren Waller

29-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Las Vegas Raiders
Questionable
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 8/14/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After back-to-back seasons with more than 1,100 receiving yards, Waller was plagued by ankle, knee and back injuries last year, hobbling along to 665 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. It is fair to wonder if injuries will continue to bother him, considering he turns 30 in September, but he has proven beyond all doubt that he is among the elite receivers at his position. That said, the Raiders’ offseason trade for star wide receiver Davante Adams bumps Waller to second in the pecking order of quarterback Derek Carr’s pass catchers. Adams' presence could drop Waller to less than eight targets per game for the first time since his 2019 breakout season, but it will also mean less defensive attention, potentially helping his efficiency. Plus, the Raiders offense should improve on the whole, which could allow Waller to approach his hefty red-zone volume from 2020 even while competing with Adams and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow for targets. Waller caught nine touchdown passes and ranked second in the league behind Adams with 23 red-zone targets that year, but he has not found the end zone more than three times in any of his other five seasons. That should change this season in Las Vegas, even if the new team context leads to fewer targets overall for Waller. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $29.8 million contract with the Raiders in October of 2019.
Continues to miss practice
TELas Vegas Raiders
Undisclosed
August 8, 2022
Waller (undisclosed) remained sidelined at Monday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
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Reed also noted that coach Josh McDaniels hasn't provided specifics about the tight end's injury issue. With that in mind, consider Waller day-to-day in advance of Sunday's preseason game against the Vikings.
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How do Darren Waller's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
83.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.58
 
% Team Air Yards
18.7%
 
% Team Targets
15.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
59.1%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.8
 
% Targeted On Route
24.9%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.78
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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How often does Darren Waller run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Darren Waller and the other tight ends for the Raiders are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Darren Waller
373 routes   93 targets
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65%
8 routes   0 targets
21%
93 routes   14 targets
56%
6 routes   3 targets
100%
303 routes   44 targets
43%
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Darren Waller's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.07 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
125 in
 
Bench Press
12 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Waller quickly dismissed any notion of his 2019 breakout being a fluke, coming out of the gate strong last season with 40 receptions in his first six games. The late-blooming 28-year-old then went through a bit of a midseason slump, before closing out the year on an absolute tear with 654 yards and four touchdowns over the final five weeks. Waller finished the season tied for sixth in the NFL with 145 targets, while no other Raider saw more than 82 (Nelson Agholor, who signed with New England in March). The Raiders surely expect to get more out of their wide receivers this year, but neither John Brown, Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards nor Hunter Renfrow poses a serious threat to Waller's alpha status in the passing game, especially with Derek Carr still playing quarterback for Las Vegas. Carr's accuracy on short passes makes him an excellent partner for Waller, who picked up 48.8 percent of his yards after the catch over the last two seasons. He might not have the 4.46 speed he had as a 238-pound wide receiver coming out of college in 2015, but there's no question Waller is among the elite athletes at his new position, where he’s been decent enough as a blocker to handle snap shares higher than 90 percent in back-to-back seasons.
Waller took the long path to NFL stardom, with his breakout performance occurring four days before he turned 27 in Week 1 last year. He doubled his career receiving yardage by Week 3, eventually finishing the season top 3 among tight ends in catches and yards. Waller also tied for second among tight ends in YPT (9.8), while he was sixth in YAC average (6.6) and second in broken tackles (eight). Four years earlier, the sixth-round pick had entered the NFL as an oversized wide receiver before transitioning to tight end in his second season with the Ravens, but he never had much of a chance to develop at the position while serving suspensions for substance abuse violations. Waller has been open about his struggle, pointing to a sober, healthy lifestyle as the spark that eventually led to on-field success. Clearly impressed, the Raiders signed him to a four-year, $29.8 million extension in October, though they also went shopping for depth in the offseason with Jason Witten coming in on a one-year contract. While there's no doubt Waller will be the team's top receiving threat at tight end, he could see his snaps scaled back from last year's 90.3 percent share, with any decrease potentially impacting his target volume. There is also some incoming target competition from other positions, after the Raiders selected Henry Ruggs, Lynn Bowden and Bryan Edwards within the first three rounds of the 2020 draft. The good news is that Waller has shown enough talent and polish to survive as a fantasy asset even if his volume dips.
There are big shoes to fill at tight end in Oakland following the departure of Jared Cook in free agency as the 2018 Pro Bowler racked up a combined 122 catches for 1,584 yards and eight touchdowns on 187 targets over his two seasons with the Raiders. Waller, an athletic former-receiver type, has been picking up steam as the likely replacement for Cook with plenty of upside and sleeper value given the potential volume available and lack of overall competition at tight end. The Georgia Tech product has a history of reliability concerns and off-the-field issues, but Waller provided a brief spark throughout the Raiders' final four contests last season when he caught all six of his targets for 75 yards, including a 44-yard pickup against the Bengals in Week 15.
Waller's athletic upside coupled with Baltimore's attrition at the tight end position made him a trendy deep sleeper early in the summer; however, a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy throws cold water on his fantasy relevance until 2018.
Waller shifted from wide receiver to tight end during the offseason, which makes sense given his 6-foot-6, 245 pound frame. As a rookie in 2015, he saw action in just six games and only hauled in two catches. Suspended the first four games of 2016 and in his first year at tight end, it seems unlikely he has much fantasy value, though some improvement from last year should be expected.
At 6-6, 238 pounds, Waller recorded a 4.46 40-yard dash and 37.5-inch vertical leap at the NFL Combine. He still lasted until the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, after catching just 51 passes during his three years at Georgia Tech. He may have to compete for a roster spot, but the Ravens will likely look for a way to keep him around, even if he isn't expected to contribute in 2015.
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Doesn't play Thursday
TELas Vegas Raiders
Undisclosed
August 4, 2022
Waller (undisclosed) sat out Thursday's Hall of Fame Game win over the Jaguars, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out another practice
TELas Vegas Raiders
Undisclosed
August 1, 2022
Waller (undisclosed) wasn't spotted at Monday's practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.
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Reports to camp
TELas Vegas Raiders
July 21, 2022
Waller reported to training camp and isn't holding out, though his contract may need to be addressed soon, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Leads team in receiving
TELas Vegas Raiders
January 15, 2022
Waller caught seven passes for 76 yards on 12 targets against Cincinnati on Saturday.
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Cleared for playoff opener
TELas Vegas Raiders
January 13, 2022
Waller (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals after being listed as a limited practice participant this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.
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