Rudolph had five receptions for 55 yards on a team-high 11 targets in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia.
Rudolph hasn't found the end zone the last two games after scoring a touchdown in three consecutive games. However, he showed he's quarterback Sam Bradford's top target and should get more opportunities in the red zone.
Rudolph caught two of four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's win over Houston.
The game marked season lows in catches, targets and yards for Rudolph and snapped a three-game touchdown streak. It'd be a mistake to read too much into the mediocre showing, however. Rudolph remains a solid fantasy starter, ranking tied for seventh among tight ends in receptions, and is on pace for career highs in receptions, targets, yards and touchdowns with new quarterback Sam Bradford and position coach and long-time offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur.
Rudolph improved from a non-participant Wednesday to limited on Thursday, finally getting in a full session Friday. Already the recipient of 33 targets in four games, he could be even busier than usual, as top wideout Stefon Diggs (groin) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.
Rudolph caught five passes (on seven targets) for 55 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's win over the Giants.
Rudolph tied for the Vikings' team-lead with seven targets Monday, when his seven-yard touchdown gave him a score in three straight games. The veteran is emerging as a favored target of new quarterback Sam Bradford, who has found Rudolph on three of his four touchdown passes since claiming Minnesota's starting job. With at least seven targets in all four games this season, Rudolph appears to be an increasingly reliable play heading into his Week 5 matchup against the Texans.
Rudolph has been a major part of Minnesota's offense through three weeks, with 14 catches on 26 targets. He has found the end zone in both of quarterback Sam Bradford's starts, and should continue to see plenty of red zone looks as the Vikings will likely opt to pass more in that area during running back Adrian Peterson's (knee) absence. The tight end was able to muster this solid line despite Bradford throwing for just 171 yards, showing that he can excel in any environment.
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