Rudolph had three receptions for 28 yards on three targets in Sunday's loss to Dallas.
Rudolph played more snaps (45) on offense than Irv Smith(33), but he went on just 17 routes compared to 21 for Smith. Both tight ends get only a minor portion of the targets with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson commanding almost all the activity in the passing game. However, the passing attack may need to diversify the targets if Thielen misses time this week after landing on the COVID-19 list.
Rudolph caught four of five targets for 63 yards but lost a fumble in Monday night's 19-13 win over the Bears.
Rudolph began the game by coughing up the ball following a 12-yard reception, marking the first lost fumble of his 10-year career. The veteran responded in fine fashion, however, accumulating a season high in receiving yards. Of course, Rudolph did so with fellow tight end Irv Smith (groin) sidelined Monday, so if the second-year pro remains out in Week 11 versus the Cowboys, Rudolph may enjoy another uptick in his output.
Rudolph could see additional targets after Irv Smith (groin) was ruled out ahead of Monday's prime-time affair against the Bears.
Rudolph was already starting to get more involved in the offense after seeing season highs in targets in two of the last three weeks, but Saturday's designation all but confirms the veteran tight end will play a pivotal role in the offense. The Bears have been surprisingly mundane when it comes to stopping opposing tight ends, making this a bit of an intriguing option for fantasy managers that might be desperate for tight end production.
Rudolph secured three of his four targets for 40 receiving yards during Sunday's 34-20 win against the Lions.
The two-time Pro Bowl tight end has experienced an uptick in passing game usage of late, collecting 40-plus receiving yards over two of his past three outings. Rudolph didn't exceed 30 receiving yards in any of his first five appearances of 2020, averaging a meager 1.4 catches and 15.2 receiving yards per game during that span. As Minnesota has picked up its collective offensive act with 28 or more points each of the past two weeks against Green Bay and Detroit, Rudolph may progress into a deep-league streaming option at a largely sparse tight end position.
Rudolph made a 12-yard catch on his lone target in Sunday's 28-22 win over the Packers.
Rudolph has caught more than two passes in only one game this season and has just one touchdown. The man known as the red-zone reindeer can still step it up in the latter category, but Rudolph's unlikely to start seeing significantly more volume in the run-first Vikings offense.
Rudolph corralled three of his four targets for 47 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to Atlanta.
The two-time Pro Bowler had averaged 1.4 receptions and 15.2 receiving yards per game heading into Sunday's matchup, but he tore off a 19-yard gain on an early-second quarter reception. Rudolph added another 19-yard catch on Minnesota's final offensive drive of the day, providing the veteran tight end with his highest receiving total since Week 15 of last year. Following the Vikings' Week 7 bye, Rudolph will face a Green Bay defense that just surrendered its first TE touchdown of 2020 during Sunday's loss to Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay.
Rudolph had one reception for 10 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Seattle.
Rudolph played more snaps than Irv Smith -- 64 of the offense's 87 snaps, compared to 59 for Smith -- but Smith had a mini breakout game with four receptions for 64 yards. Neither tight end had been a focus of the passing game the prior four weeks, but Smith has some upside given the coaching staff's previous talk about a possible growing role. Meanwhile, Rudolph's fantasy value is limited to just an occasional end-zone target.
Rudolph had two receptions on two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's win at Houston.
Rudolph played on 48 of the offense's 66 snaps, but he went out for a pass just 11 times. Meanwhile Irv Smith played on 41 snaps that included 13 pass routes (but didn't have a reception). The tight ends are not an active part of the passing game in Minnesota's offense, making Rudolph's fantasy value dependent on an occasional end-zone target.
Rudolph recorded two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Titans.
Rudolph was held quiet for much of the game but came through with a beautiful one-handed three-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. Despite the clutch reception, Rudolph has yet to carve out a major role in the offense through three games by logging only six targets. He'll look to change that in a Week 4 matchup against the Texans.
Rudolph did not have a reception and had just one target in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.
Rudolph (39 snaps) and Irv Smith (34 snaps) played about an equal amount for a second consecutive week, but Smith had four targets. Still, it's hard to read too much into a game where Kirk Cousins struggled (15.9 NFL passer rating) and completed just 11 of 26 passes for 113 yards. Rudolph did start slow last season (one target in four of the first five games) before rebounding, so there's some reason for optimism.
Rudolph had two receptions for 28 yards on two targets in Sunday's 43-34 loss to Green Bay.
Week 1 had some negative signs for Rudolph's fantasy value as he had just two targets and played a near equal number of snaps as Irv Smith (32 snaps versus 31 snaps for Smith) in a game where the Vikings needed to pass after falling behind early. Rudolph did start slow last season (one target in four of the first five games) before rebounding, however.
Rudolph should retain a key role in the Minnesota offense even if fellow tight end Irv Smith becomes more involved in the passing game, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports.
For the majority of last season, it was Rudolph handling a three-down role and Smith relying on multi-TE formations for his snaps. But by the time the playoffs rolled around, both guys were getting snaps in 11 personnel (one RB, one TE, three WRs), with the rookie sometimes replacing Rudolph in passing situations. The trend could shift even more in Smith's favor this season, with the 22-year-old bringing an element of speed and explosiveness that Rudolph can't match. In any case, the older tight end only saw 48 targets last season, Rudolph's fewest in a healthy campaign since he was a rookie back in 2011. Smith is the one with upside for fantasy purposes, though it's possible neither tight end sees enough targets to make a real dent.
Rudolph caught 39 passes for 367 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games this season.
Outside of a few games, the 30-year-old was largely an afterthought in the Vikings' passing game in 2019, totaling his lowest catch and yardage numbers since 2014, when he played only nine games. Rudolph figures to enter 2020 as the team's top tight end once again after signing a four-year, $36 million extension in July, though 2019 second-round pick Irv Smith could push for the job with a strong offseason and training camp.
Rudolph caught four of seven targets for 31 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 wild-card win over the Saints.
Rudolph, who finished second on the team in targets, was held mostly to short gains as he averaged just 7.8 yards per catch. He came through in a big way in overtime when he rose above a defender to secure the game-winning touchdown. The veteran hasn't had many big yardage games this season, but the touchdown was his seventh of the campaign. He'll remain a primary red-zone target in next Sunday's divisional-round road matchup with the 49ers.
Rudolph secured one of two targets for seven yards in Monday's 23-10 loss to the Packers.
Rudolph went dormant along with the rest of Minnesota's offense besides Stefon Diggs, who had 57 yards and the team's lone touchdown. The veteran tight end will be a touchdown-dependent option against the Bears in Week 17, as he's found the end zone six times but has topped 40 yards in a game only four times.
Rudolph caught all three of his targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 39-10 win over the Chargers.
Rudolph's biggest chunk play of 22 yards came early in the fourth quarter when, backed up in Vikings territory, Kirk Cousins uncorked a pass up the seam for Rudolph, who came down with the ball between two defenders. Sunday corrected course for Rudolph, who snapped a seven-game streak with at least three catches per game in Week 14. He's a steady option at tight end, but will have his hands full Monday against a Packers defense that held him to nine yards on three catches in Week 2.
Rudolph hauled in both of his targets for 11 yards in the team's Week 14 win over the Lions.
Rudolph's streak of four consecutive games with a touchdown came to a close with a letdown performance. He was out-targeted by rookie Irv Smith and managed receptions of only three and eight yards in the process. If Adam Thielen (hamstring) is able to return Week 15 against the Chargers, Rudolph's targets will likely dry up further. That could make him a touchdown-reliant option to close the season.
Rudolph secured four of six targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 37-30 loss to the Seahawks on Monday.
With Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined Monday and Dalvin Cook exiting early with a shoulder injury, Rudolph tied for the team lead in receptions and also extended his scoring streak to four games with a memorable one-handed grab in the fourth quarter. The veteran tight end has come alive after a slow start to the season, notching multiple catches in seven consecutive contests. He'll look to keep both of his favorable streaks alive in Week 14 against the Lions.
Rudolph caught all five of his targets for 67 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-23 win over Denver.
Rudolph put the icing on Minnesota's comeback midway through the fourth quarter, slipping behind the linebackers off of play action and jogging into the end zone for a 32-yard score. The touchdown continued a three-game streak Rudolph, who has struck five times in his last five games. The uptick in production has mostly coincided with the absence of Adam Thielen (hamstring), so Thielen's status following the bye will be very relevant to Rudolph's fantasy managers heading into a Week 13 matchup against the Seahawks.
Rudolph had four catches (five targets) for 14 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Cowboys.
Rudolph was in vintage form Sunday, finding the end zone twice and for his third and fourth touchdowns in the last four contests. The 30-year-old didn't do much in terms of yardage, and he's only topped 20 receiving yards three times despite starting all 10 of the Vikings' contests this year. Rudolph is strictly a touchdown-dependent option, but given the shallowness of the fantasy position and his recent nose for the end zone, fantasy owners hurting for a tight-end option could do worse heading into Week 11's matchup against the Broncos.
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