Posted: 12/30/2019 10:52 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (thumb) underwent thumb surgery Monday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Waller finished the season with 90 receptions, 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. He may miss some offseason workouts because of the surgery but should be ready for training camp. He will be a solid No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues next season.
Posted: 12/23/2019 3:16 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller caught all four of his targets for 37 yards in a 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 16.
Huddle Up: It was the second-lowest receiving total of the season for Waller, and it came at a horrible time for fantasy owners playing for titles. Still, it is tough to complain too much about a season that saw Waller top 1,000 yards.
Posted: 12/16/2019 3:11 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller caught eight of his 10 targets for 122 yards in a 20-16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the year.
Huddle Up: Waller has just three touchdowns this year, but he has topped 70 yards in four of his last five games and is up to 80 catches and 1,001 yards. He's become a must-start TE1 in his fourth season in the league.
Posted: 12/02/2019 6:22 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller caught seven of his nine targets for 100 yards in Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have a disturbing tendency to wait too long before getting Waller involved and love to throw touchdowns to every other tight end on the roster besides him, but it's hard to complain about what he does when he gets his opportunities. Waller was also a bigger part of the passing game than usual with slot man Hunter Renfrow out of action. The 27-year-old breakout star is on pace for more than 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving, and he'll be a solid TE1 again in Week 14 versus the Tennessee Titans.
Posted: 11/24/2019 9:37 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller ended up with three receptions for 41 yards on six targets in Week 12 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Waller has been a TE1 for most of the season, but this game was a disappointment. It was ugly all around for the Raiders offense in this one. He and the Raiders will look to bounce back on the road against the leaky pass defense of the Chiefs in Kansas City in Week 13.
Posted: 11/18/2019 6:52 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller hauled in five of his team-high seven targets for 78 yards in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He also lost two yards on an end-around.
Huddle Up: Although it's hard for owners to be too upset with Waller considering the return on investment they've already realized, he had not topped three catches or 52 yards in three straight before this outburst. The breakout star is not exactly the blame, however, as the Raiders typically enjoyed positive game script and become run-heavy over that stretch. With tight end being the black hole it is in fantasy, owners should feel good about continuing to start him moving forward, including Week 12 against the New York Jets.
Posted: 11/08/2019 6:49 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller had three catches for 40 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 10.
Huddle Up: That's three straight disappointing efforts from Waller, who has fewer combined yards (103) and TDs (one) in Weeks 8-10 than he did in Week 7 when he posted a 7-126-2 line. There aren't that many fantasy options to replace Waller with, but it's looking like he isn't among the elite producers at the position just yet.
Posted: 11/04/2019 2:27 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller caught both of his targets for 52 yards in a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Waller has been held to just two catches in back-to-back games, but he has been targeted at least seven times in six of the eight games. Don't panic over a couple of lackluster games. Waller has a big enough role in the offense to be used a TE1.
Posted: 10/28/2019 5:35 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller managed to catch only two of his eight targets for 11 yards but was able to score a touchdown in Week 8 against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Waller entered the day having caught 44 of his 50 targets, so this qualifies as a rough day by his standards. With that said, none of the six misses were catchable. He also had a 30-yard catch wiped out by a penalty. Fantasy owners have to be thrilled the Raiders are finally targeting him in the red zone after a slow start in that area, and he should be treated as a high-end TE1 again in Week 9 against the Detroit Lions.
Posted: 10/26/2019 5:25 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller leads all tight ends (minimum 110 routes run) with his average of 2.9 yards per route run this season.
Huddle Up: Waller has been targeted at least seven times in five of his six games this season and has joined the elite TE1 ranks -- especially with the lack of other consistent targets in Oakland.