Rhodes produced 56 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions across 16 games in 2017. Although he wasn't a huge factor in IDP circles, Rhodes put together a brilliant 2017 campaign that ultimately earned him first-team All-Pro honors. As strong as he was against the pass, Rhodes was also a force in run support, grading out as Pro Football Focus' 17th ranked cornerback in that department (out of 121 qualifiers). Under contract with the Vikings for another five seasons thanks to the extension he signed last summer, Rhodes will return to Minnesota in 2018 as one of the best players at his position. However, fantasy owners will need to avoid overvaluing him based on his reputation, since his statistical production doesn't truly reflect his on-field worth.
Rhodes (foot) was a full practice participant Wednesday. Despite missing a practice during the Vikings' bye week, Rhodes was able to power through the leg injury in the first session of divisional-round prep. On the season, the starting cornerback notched 56 tackles (44 solo) and two interceptions in 16 games.
Rhodes didn't practice Tuesday due to a leg injury but expects to be fine for the Vikings' playoff opener in the divisional round, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The Vikings aren't required to release an injury report until Wednesday, Jan. 10, at which point Rhodes may have put the injury behind him. One of the better cornerbacks in the NFL, he has seven interceptions combined over the past two seasons, so he'll be a handful for whichever receiving corps is on the other side Sunday, Jan. 14, assuming he's healthy.
Rhodes posted a season-high five solo tackles, two pass breakups and one interception in Thursday's 30-23 win over the Lions. Rhodes helped seal Thursday's win with his interception with under three minutes left to play. It was just Rhodes' second pick of the season, though, and his inconsistency makes it tough to see him as a weekly IDP threat.
Rhodes (calf) practiced fully Tuesday. Rhodes' involvement in all drills Tuesday suggests he's in no danger of missing the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Lions. The Vikings may need their top cornerback to be at his best against Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who is averaging 328.8 passing yards per game over his last five outings.