Darren Waller
Darren Waller
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Las Vegas Raiders
Questionable
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $29.8 million contract with the Raiders in October of 2019.
Undergoes thumb surgery
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December 30, 2019
Waller had thumb surgery Monday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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It's unclear when Waller sustained this injury, but it surely didn't hinder him in the season finale, as he caught six passes for 107 yards -- his fifth game of 2019 with 100-plus receiving yards. Waller was a late-round steal for fantasy purposes this year, as he finished with 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. The 27-year-old is expected to make a full recovery for the 2020 season when the Raiders move to Las Vegas.
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How do Darren Waller's 2019 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.
Air Yards Per Game
53.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.90
 
% Team Air Yards
25.6%
 
% Team Targets
23.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
76.9%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.6
 
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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
470 routes   117 targets
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% Routes Run
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87%
84 routes   17 targets
88%
443 routes   83 targets
88%
443 routes   83 targets
88%
131 routes   5 targets
74%
131 routes   13 targets
74%
120 routes   25 targets
71%
43 routes   5 targets
58%
43 routes   13 targets
58%
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2019 Darren Waller Split Stats
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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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2015
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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Breaks free in Denver
TEOakland Raiders
December 29, 2019
Waller caught six of 10 targets for 107 yards during Sunday's 16-15 loss to Denver.
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Held in check
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December 22, 2019
Waller hauled in all four of his targets for 37 yards in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers.
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Strong effort in Oakland finale
TEOakland Raiders
December 15, 2019
Waller caught eight of 10 targets for 122 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.
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Leads team in receiving yards
TEOakland Raiders
December 8, 2019
Waller caught all six of his targets for 73 yards during Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans. He also lost a fumble.
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Big day in loss to Chiefs
TEOakland Raiders
December 1, 2019
Waller caught seven of nine targets for 100 yards in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.
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