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Darren Waller listed as questionable ahead of Week 15 vs. Saints

Giants TE has been on IR with a hamstring injury, but is nearing his return. We break down the news for fantasy football and betting.

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New York Giants tight end Darren Waller has missed over a month’s worth of action with a hamstring injury, but will practice ahead of their Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. Waller has been on injured reserve since their Week 8 loss to the Jets on October 29.

Darren Waller injury updates

Friday update: Waller has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. It would be his first game back after being on injured reserve and at least a good sign that he wasn’t automatically ruled out.

Thursday update: The Giants officially designated Waller to return to practice today, opening a 21-day window to activate him off injured reserve and place him back on the active roster. Head coach Brian Daboll indicated that they’ll see how he looks and make a decision if he’ll suit up against the Saints on Sunday.

Fantasy football analysis

Waller had been an effective TE in fantasy prior to the injury, hauling in 36 receptions for 384 yards and five touchdowns through eight games. He was averaging 10.1 FP per game in PPR leagues, which would have floating around the top 10 in his position had he not gotten hurt and kept up that pace.

He’s still rostered in 63% of leagues, meaning several fantasy managers have had him stashed on their roster even after he went on IR. That was a wise move considering that the fantasy playoffs are kicking off in most leagues. If you’re in a league where he was abandoned and sitting on the waiver wire, place a bid immediately.