Darren Waller
Darren Waller
27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Oakland Raiders
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 three-year contract with the Raiders in October of 2019.
Modest production yet again
TEOakland Raiders
November 7, 2019
Waller secured three of five targets for 40 yards in the Raiders' 26-24 win over the Chargers on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Waller checked in tied for second in receptions and was third in receiving yards for the Raiders on the night, but it was still a disappointing performance when measured against the standard Waller set earlier in the season. After notching at least 63 receiving yards in four of the first six games of the season, Waller hasn't cleared three catches or 52 receiving yards in any of his last three games. He figures to remain one of Derek Carr's top targets, however, and he'll look to bounce back against the vulnerable Bengals defense in a Week 11 matchup a week from Sunday.
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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
48.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.83
 
% Team Air Yards
23.3%
 
% Team Targets
24.0%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.5%
 
Drop Rate
4.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.0
 
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How often does Darren Waller run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Darren Waller
245 routes   65 targets
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45 routes   11 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Bengals pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
96.6
 
Cornerbacks
96.1
 
Safeties
90.0
 
Linebackers
108.8
 
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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
2017
2016
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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Held in check vs. Lions
TEOakland Raiders
November 3, 2019
Waller caught both his targets for 52 yards during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Lions.
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Salvages day with touchdown grab
TEOakland Raiders
October 27, 2019
Waller caught two of eight targets for 11 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-26 win over the Raiders.
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Finally finds the end zone
TEOakland Raiders
October 20, 2019
Waller caught seven of eight targets for 126 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 42-24 loss to Green Bay.
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Cleared to play this week
TEOakland Raiders
October 18, 2019
Waller (foot) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers after practicing fully Friday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
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Listed as limited Thursday
TEOakland Raiders
Foot
October 17, 2019
Waller (foot) was limited at practice Thursday, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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