Though he doesn't have the best reputation as a blocker, Rudolph is unlikely to face serious competition for snaps and targets even as the Vikings look to re-establish a competent rushing attack. They'll live with his shaky work in that department so long as he provides a major receiving threat over the middle and in the red zone. While a long shot to match last year's career-high 132 targets in an offense that now has a better mix of weapons, Rudolph should be able to take advantage of the new context by improving on his 2016 mark of 6.4 yards per target. He also figures to stay heavily involved when Minnesota approaches the goal line, after comfortably leading the team in targets in the red zone (24) and inside the 10-yard line (10) last season, with both marks doubling the next best total on the team.
Rudolph caught 11 of 15 targets for 117 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Bears.
Rudolph posted career highs in targets, catches and yards in this one while finding the end zone on a 22-yard connection with Sam Bradford in the second quarter. He showed a strong rapport with Bradford after the latter was acquired just before the season and finished with personal bests in nearly every major offensive category after falling just short of his personal best with seven touchdown receptions. Rudolph has emerged as a reliable fantasy option and should enjoy another strong season in 2017 even though the team could experience some turnover on the offensive side of the ball.
Rudolph saw a similar number of targets as last week but was unable to come close to matching yardage totals. Still, he remained an integral cog in the
Rudolph led the
Rudolph got Minnesota's offense going early with a 44-yard gain and then capped the game off with a three-yard touchdown reception. It was all good news for Rudolph, who saw his largest gain of the season with his first reception and snapped a three-game scoreless streak with his last. His next test comes against a Colts defense that ranks near the bottom of the league in multiple categories, including receiving yards and receiving touchdowns per game allowed.
|P1||8/10/17||@ BUF||7:00 pm|
|P2||8/18/17||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|