Is Darren Waller playing in Week 15? Fantasy injury update ahead of Raiders-Browns Saturday matchup

The Browns and Raiders will meet in a major AFC showdown on Saturday afternoon, and TE star Darren Waller appears to be “questionable” again. He has missed the last two weeks, and although we think this would be the sweet spot for his return, his status is still very much up in the air. So will Waller play in week 15? We’ve got the latest updates below, as well as what to do with other Raiders’ fantasy prospects if you can’t go.

We will continue to update this post with the latest news on Waller until the official active / inactive list comes out at 3pm ET Saturday. We’ve got you covered with all the key COVID updates and Saturday injuries, including (Click here), Y Austin hooper (come here), Y Damien Harris (Click here). For the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @ SN_Fantasy.

Will Darren Waller play Saturday?

Waller didn’t practice on Friday and is officially OUT for Saturday’s week 15 game against Cleveland.

Waller (knee, back) I did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, raising concern that he is on track to miss a third game in a row. We’ll see what happens as we get closer to Saturday afternoon’s kickoff, but let’s dive into how his status affects decisions to start, sit, and rankings.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Although Waller has had his fair share of fights and will likely hit himself if he’s active, you should start him based on the well-documented fights of the fantasy tight end group as a whole. There are few TE players to match Waller’s advantage, and he has one of the safest PPR floors at the position. Plus, Cleveland is a top 10 matchup for the TEs. We could go on and on, but don’t overthink it. A 50 percent Waller is a safer option with more advantages than a fringe serpentine tight end.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

If he’s out, Hunter Renfrow’s status is likely to rise, and he should continue to see monster yardage, catch and goal totals, especially since Cleveland likely won’t have some key defensive players on the reserve / COVID roster. Derek Carr’s roof is somewhat limited without Waller, but it’s a nice play in a natural matchup either way. Put another way, Carr isn’t a big or terrible play to begin with, so Waller’s status shouldn’t affect his decisions to start or sit at QB too much. We thought Foster Moreau would be very productive against Washington and Kansas City in Waller’s absence, but since he did almost nothing, we no longer see him as a top streamer.

Ultimately, Waller’s status only affects the tight end position. He’s starting Renfrow no matter what, and again, Carr’s perspective is not dramatically affected. Waller ranks as our TE2 in the standard and PPR leagues if he plays.