Darren Waller Fantasy Football Breakout Continues With Huge Week 3 Performance Against Vikings

Jason Schandl
Oakland Raiders v Minnesota Vikings
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Tight end Darren Waller announced his arrival on one of the most important weapons in the Oakland Raiders' passing game in Week 1 when he caught seven passes for 70 yards. In Week 2 he proved that it was no fluke, catching six for 63 yards. And in Week 3 he turned in his best fantasy football performance yet.

When the Raiders released Antonio Brown before the season, it was no secret that there was going to be plenty of volume to go around to the rest of their weapons. At the forefront of that group was Waller and wideout Tyrell Williams.

With 26 receptions across only three games, Waller has already proven himself more than capable of turning that volume into fantasy football production, getting enough looks that he's a strong starter in standard scoring leagues and already sits just outside the top tier in PPR.

This Raiders team might not be very good, getting blown out in Week 3 to move to 1-2 to start the year, but that's not a concern for Waller. If anything, playing from behind could translate to more passing volume, giving Waller a boost.

Waller was a top-10 fantasy TE despite drawing a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, and while his schedule doesn't get much easier moving forward (Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in his next three games), he's still going to be worth considering as an every-week starter, particularly in PPR formats.


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