In an offense run by a coordinator who loves leaning on his tight end, and with a quarterback who does the same thing, Kyle Rudolph is expected to build on the career-best numbers he just put up last season. The key, of course, is volume. In the past, Rudolph would average right around three receptions and 27.8 yards per game, basically becoming a touchdown-or-bust tight end. With the switch flipped last year, Rudolph put up 5.2 grabs and 52.5 yards per game and found the end zone seven times. That was enough to place him as a Top 3 Fantasy tight end, albeit during a down year for tight ends. With no sign of Rudolph losing his role in the offense, Fantasy owners should continue to slot Rudolph as a tight end who not only has potential to score from week to week but also churn out decent yardage. He's not a top-tier option but he's way better than the tight ends you'll find at the end of your draft. Round 7 is the right time to target Rudolph regardless of format.
Rudolph caught four of six targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers. Rudolph led the team in receiving yardage and tied for the lead in targets, but a lackluster passing display by Case Keenum limited his upside. Despite some struggles in this one, Rudolph actually managed to improve upon his Week 1 totals, though he wasn't able to reach the end zone. The big tight end should remain one of the most heavily-targeted Vikings regardless of who is under center, though it appears his potential weekly output will remain relatively modest. He will face off with the Buccaneers defense next week.
Rudolph had three receptions for 26 yards on three targets, including a 15-yard touchdown, in Monday's win over the Saints. Although Rudolph had a productive fantasy game, he had just three targets after having only two games with three targets or less last season. If the Vikings have more success throwing down the field to wide receivers thanks to improved offensive line play, it's possible there will be fewer short passes to Rudolph. Still, it's just one week and Rudolph perhaps remains quarterback Sam Bradford's favorite red-zone target.
Rudolph (leg) isn't listed on the Vikings' injury report entering their Week 1 matchup with the Saints. A right leg injury resulted in Rudolph being held out of the Vikings' preseason finale, but it was never considered anything that would put his availability in peril for the start of the regular season. With Rudolph seemingly at or near full health, he should be viewed as a high-end fantasy commodity at tight end after leading the position in targets in 2016.
Rudolph (leg) isn't expected to play in Sunday's exhibition against the 49ers. Rudolph is on the shelf with an unspecified injury to his right leg. Fortunately, there hasn't been anything to suggest his availability for Week 1 is in danger. David Morgan will take his place in the starting lineup Sunday.
Rudolph is not practicing Thursday with what is believed to be a right leg injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Rudolph was seen with a wrap on his right leg Thursday, ultimately forcing him to miss practice. At this point the injury is believed to be minor, but his status for Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers will be in question. David Morgan, Kyle Carter and Bucky Hodges will be in line for additional reps at tight end until Rudolph returns.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||2||1.00|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||2||1.00|
|3 Year Avg||79||52||522||5||29||10.04||82|