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Darren Waller Injury Update is Great News for 2021 Fantasy Outlook

Jason Schandl
Darren Waller's injury update locks in his fantasy outlook as the TE2 in 2021.
Darren Waller's injury update locks in his fantasy outlook as the TE2 in 2021. / Chris Unger/Getty Images
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Darren Waller's injury issues in training camp have been worrying from a fantasy football perspective. With an average draft position (ADP) that sees him going off the board at the end of the second round, fantasy managers want to make sure they're not investing a premium pick on someone who will be missing time to start the season.

That makes Tuesday's injury update great news from a fantasy football perspective.

Darren Waller Fantasy Football Outlook

Now that Waller is practicing again, he's back to competing with George Kittle for the title of "second best tight end in fantasy football" behind Travis Kelce. It's easy to see the argument for Waller earning that honor.

Volume is the name of the game in fantasy football, and Waller offers it in spades. His 2019 breakout campaign saw him turn in 90 receptions on 117 targets, and he topped that with a staggering 107 receptions on 145 targets in 2020.

Those are just not numbers you usually see at the tight end position. Those 145 targets were tied with Kelce for the most at the position, and the 107 receptions were 2 more than Kelce's 105 for the No. 1 spot. No other tight end caught more than 72 passes on the year. And even Kittle has never notched more than 88 receptions in a season.

There hasn't been a ton of changes to the Las Vegas Raiders offense this offseason, and Waller is still in line to be the team's top option in the passing game. With a win total over/under set at just 7.0 on FanDuel Sportsbook in a 17-game season, the Raiders should also be forced to lean heavily on that passing game while playing from behind.

Waller checks in at TE2 in The Duel's 2021 PPR fantasy football rankings, and this injury update means that fantasy managers can feel great about spending a late second or early third round draft pick on him in 2021.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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