The Vikings play at the Saints in Week 3.
Rudolph caught two of his four targets in Week 1, with his fourth-quarter touchdown helping to salt the game away. He beat his 16-yard total three times in the preseason and will likely have bigger performances down the road. Rudolph will look to reach the end zone again when he squares off with the Patriots in Week 2.
Rudolph heads to St. Louis to face the Rams, where he has two things working against him. First, he'll be up against a vicious front four and may be called upon to block more than he would in a typical game. Rudolph was an excellent pass blocker in 2013, grading as the third-most efficient pass-blocking tight end in the league, per Pro Football Focus (min. 25 percent of team's snaps).
Second, the Rams were easily the best team in the league at defending tight ends in the passing game, per Football Outsiders. Ranking first in DVOA against tight ends, the Rams only allowed an average of 41.9 yards per game to the position in 2013.
CBSSports.com experts are mixed on Rudolph's prospects in Week 1, with Jamey Eisenberg ranking him 16th and Dave Richard seventh at the position. I'm siding with Eisenberg here, and if I owned Rudolph in any Fantasy leagues, I'd consider benching him in favor of someone with a better matchup.
After catching a 51-yard touchdown pass Saturday,
Through two preseason games, Rudolph has caught five of six targets for 111 yards and a score.
|3||9/21/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|5||10/2/14||@ GB||8:25 pm|
|7||10/19/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/16/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
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