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.
Rudolph had three receptions for 23 yards, including a three-yard touchdown, in Sunday's 26-23 loss at Kansas City.
Rudolph has scored a touchdown in two of his last three games, which also corresponds with Adam Thielen missing time with a hamstring injury. He has 11 receptions and 14 targets his last three games, compared to nine receptions and 11 targets over his first six games. Rudolph could continue to see an uptick in the passing game if Thielen remains out, but his fantasy value is still dependent on his red-zone usage.
Rudolph had three receptions for 17 yards on three targets in Thursday's win over Washington.
Rudolph didn't repeat his season-high performance in Week 7 (five receptions and a touchdown) even with Adam Thielen sidelined with a hamstring injury. Although he could see an increase in targets if Thielen doesn't return next week, Rudolph remains largely an afterthought in Minnesota's passing game. For fantasy purposes, Rudolph only carries weekly value as a red-zone longshot.
Rudolph caught five of six targets for 58 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 42-30 win over the Lions.
Rudolph stepped up after Adam Thielen (hamstring) left injured and set season highs in targets, catches and receiving yards. He also helped preserve a fourth-quarter lead when he scored his first touchdown of the season from 15 yards out. Rudolph, who could see an uptick in fantasy value if Thielen is forced to miss time, will face a favorable home matchup against the Giants next Sunday.
Rudolph caught all three of his targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 38-20 win over the Eagles.
Rudolph's opportunities finally increased, after he saw just one target in each of the last three games, but he remains an afterthought in Minnesota's aerial attack behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. For fantasy purposes, Rudolph only carries weekly value as a red-zone longshot.
Rudolph caught his only target for four yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Giants.
For the second week in a row, Rudolph only saw one ball thrown his way. He seemingly has only a minor role in Minnesota's run-heavy offense, which yielded just 27 pass attempts in this one. Rudolph is not a viable fantasy option as things currently stand and should be avoided in next Sunday's matchup against the Eagles.
Rudolph caught his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Bears.
In four games this season, Rudolph has been targeted just once on three occasions. The veteran tight end played 52 of 62 possible snaps on offense, but he was mostly utilized as a blocker. It appears as though Rudolph is becoming marginalized in Minnesota's aerial attack, though he still carries some fantasy value as a potential red-zone target.
Rudolph had one reception for 11 yards on his lone target in Sunday's win over Oakland.
Rudolph played on 54 of the offense's 62 snaps, but went out for a pass on just 18 plays, according to Pro Football Focus. Irv Smith, Jr. played on 31 snaps and had three receptions for 60 yards on three targets. Given that Smith is developing in the offense at tight end and Rudolph isn't getting many quality targets, it's hard to see Rudolph as anything more than a red-zone long shot each week.
Rudolph had three receptions for nine yards on five targets in Sunday's loss at Green Bay.
Rudolph played on all the offense's snaps for a second consecutive week, but wasn't a big part of the game plan on offense as he was rarely the primary receiver. Irv Smith, Jr. played on about half of the offense's snaps and had two targets. Given both tight ends are getting on the field and Rudolph isn't getting many quality targets, it's hard to see Rudolph as anything more than a red-zone long shot each week.
Rudolph didn't have a reception nor was he targeted in Sunday's win over Atlanta.
Rudolph did play all of the offense's 53 snaps while Irv Smith played 26. While Rudolph's role in the offense could decline with Smith added to the roster, it's hard to take too much away from a game where the Vikings dominated on the ground and only needed to throw 10 passes.
Rudolph caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's preseason win over the Seahawks.
Rudolph was out there with the first-team offense for the second week in a row, so he should still be considered the starting tight end even with second-round pick Irv Smith Jr. (five catches for 28 yards and a touchdown) breathing down his neck. The veteran tight end's run-blocking ability may be what preserves his regular role, as he isn't much of a downfield threat in today's age of athletic tight ends.
Rudolph (leg) caught both his targets for 30 yards during Friday's preseason opener against the Saints.
Rudolph, who dealt with a leg injury recently, displayed no clear signs of the issue as he finished fourth on the team in receiving yardage. He did all his damage on the opening drive, contributing catches of 10 and 20 yards to propel his team toward the opening touchdown. Rudolph appears to be over his injury and should play more in next Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks, barring any sort of setback.
Rudolph (leg) participated in Tuesday's padded practice, Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
On the heels of missing three consecutive sessions with an undisclosed "minor" injury, Rudolph was spotted Tuesday with a sleeve on his right leg, according to Chad Graff of The Athletic. It's unclear if Rudolph managed a full practice, but he's clearly working his way through whatever has been nagging him. Considering his veteran status and current health concern, the Vikings likely will be prudent and hold him out of Friday's preseason opener at New Orleans, which would allow young tight ends Irv Smith Jr. and Tyler Conklin to get valuable in-game reps.
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