News: 6 days agoWaller hauled in six receptions on eight targets for a total of 45 yards in Week 1 against the Panthers.
Spin: Waller led the team in targets with eight but managed limited production. His longest reception of the day went for just eight yards, and he averaged only 4.6 yards per target. Still, Waller remained the top option for Derek Carr, even with the addition of several young targets such as Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. That bodes well for better results in future weeks, including Week 2 against the Saints.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Waller's breakout 2019 season marked one of the most improbable breakout campaigns you'll ever see. Waller was drafted in the sixth round of the 2015 draft as a 6-foot-6 wide receiver. He barely saw the field while dealing with addiction but got back on his feet as a tight end with the Raiders. An absolute force from the get-go, Waller finished no lower than fourth among tight ends in snaps, routes, targets, receptions, yardage or YPT. Waller was held to three touchdowns (3.9 OTD) but finished third in fantasy points. The 27-year-old is Derek Carr's top target and positioned well for another high-volume season. He's a top-five fantasy tight end.