Darren Waller Injury Update Calms Fantasy Outlook

By michael obermuller
Darren Waller's injury update labels him a start candidate for Week 3.
Darren Waller's injury update labels him a start candidate for Week 3. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders made two things very clear in Week 2; they are for real, and Darren Waller is their favorite weapon to go through in the passing game. The tight end had 12 catches on 16 targets, which totaled 105 yards and a touchdown.

Heading into Week 3, both Darren Waller and Raiders running back Josh Jacobs have questionable tags, but the two stars look like they're going to play against the New England Patriots.

Darren Waller Fantasy Outlook Week 3

Waller practiced Friday, which is always a good sign, so he should be full-go this afternoon. His presence not only affects the tight end room, but the entire Las Vegas offense, which should have fewer targets to go around with Waller on the field.

Even so, this may not be the best fantasy matchup for his position. New England has only allowed 4 receptions by tight ends in the first two weeks, for just 39 yards total. Mike Gesicki and a combination of Will Dissly and Greg Olsen are no slouches either.

Waller will definitely have his work cut out for him today, especially if he isn't 100 percent, but it's hard to bench a player of his pedigree. His snap count percentage (91) and target total (24) alone make him a viable start each and every week.

Waller checks in at TE4 in our Week 3 fantasy football rankings.

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