Entering the 2019 season, the top tier of tight ends was viewed as Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, George Kittle. Evan Engram and O.J. Howard were on the fringe of that, while Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews, and other 2018 standouts were a little further down. We’ve seen some maneuvering in the ranks, but one of the biggest surprises has been the emerge of Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller on this list.
Waller has been up and down at times, but he currently ranks third in fantasy production among all tight ends. It says something about the state of the position, because two 20+ point weeks is a big reason for that. However, he has also been a solid presence week in and week out. His lowest output is 5.9 points, but considering how many bad fantasy options there are at tight ends there are, that’s actually quite solid.
Fantasy football analysis: Raiders TE Darren Waller
This week, the Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football and it represents a difficult matchup for Waller. The Chargers have given up the 12th fewest points to the tight end position, with no double digit performances since Week 3 when Darren Fells and Jordan Akins thrashed their defense.
That being said, Waller is a must start tight end. He lacks some of the flex value he’s had in recent weeks, but he remains a clear TE1.
Start as TE1, don’t flex