Rudolph caught four of his five targets for 19 yards during Sunday's loss to the Bears. Like every other Vikings receiver, Rudolph was blanketed against a Bears defense that allowed the seventh-fewest passing yards per game (219.7) in 2018 -- not to mention the sixth-fewest yards (42.7) to tight ends. The eight-year veteran consequently finishes the year with 634 receiving yards and four touchdowns over 16 games, though he would have set three-year lows across the board had he not had a monster 122-yard, two-touchdown game Week 16 that was buoyed by a lucky catch on a Hail Mary. Rudolph remains under contract through the 2019 campaign and should return as a middling fantasy option at tight end.
Rudolph caught all nine of his targets for 122 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-9 win over Detroit. Rudolph was able to pluck the ball at its high point and come down with a 44-yard Hail Mary to end the first half. He got his second touchdown of the afternoon on a four-yard catch with 13:25 remaining. Owners who looked the red-zone reindeer's way even though he had just two touchdowns all season coming in -- and none since Week 3 -- were rewarded with an early Christmas present from the tight end. Rudolph will look to carry over the momentum from this performance to the Week 17 regular-season finale against Chicago.
Rudolph recorded three receptions for 23 yards across 51 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. Rudolph continues to see limited targets this season as he now has just eight receptions for 68 yards over the past three games. It could be more of the same for the veteran next week against the Lions, who have only allowed five touchdowns to tight ends all season.
Rudolph caught two of his five targets for seven yards in Monday night's 21-7 loss to the Seahawks. Rudolph has seen his role within Minnesota's offense decline this season, but Monday marked a new low for the tight end. It was the first time he's failed to top 10 yards this year, but in his defense, the Vikings offense as a whole did very little prior to its final drive. Regardless, the veteran will be eager to improve in Week 15 versus the Dolphins.
Rudolph had three receptions for 38 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss at New England. So much for the idea that he'd become a bigger part of the passing offense after last week's season-high seven targets as Rudolph wasn't a big factor even with the Vikings playing from behind most of the game. His weekly fantasy upside still seems to hinge on whether he reaches the end zone.
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