Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller has been very good in some games, and underwhelming in others so far in 2020. This week he’s going up against the Buffalo Bills, who have already seen a tight end torch them once this season.
Fantasy Football analysis: Raiders TE Darren Waller
Waller put the football world on notice in week two, when he hauled in 12 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in a Monday Night Football match up against the New Orleans Saints. Though last week, against the New England Patriots, he only saw four targets, catching just two of them for nine yards. So what should we expect this weekend?
Well, Waller has proven he has big play ability, and the Patriots have a top 10 pass defense in many categories. The Bills on the other hand have the 5th worst passing defense in the league in terms of yards given up per game. In the team’s one game where they faced off against a better-than-average tight end, they got shredded. In week two Miami Dolphins tight end Mike Gesicki got eight catches for 130 yards and a score.
Buffalo got some starting linebackers healthy since then, but they haven’t yet been tested in the passing game.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Waller has the potential to be a certified game breaker in your lineup any given week. The Bills LB corps got better as Matt Milano has returned from injury since that week two game, and will presumably be tasked with covering Waller frequently. Still, the Bills pass defense has struggled and Waller is the Raiders leading receiver. Taking all that into consideration, on top of the travel out west for Buffalo, you should start Waller in your lineup.