Rhodes (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, is in line to play in the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
After he was limited in the Vikings' first two practice sessions of the week, Rhodes was a full participant Friday, which was likely enough to convince the team he would be good to go for the weekend. Assuming Rhodes does in fact avoid in the inactive list for Week 1, he'll likely be tasked with shadowing the 49ers' top wideout, Marquise Goodwin, for most of the day.
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.
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.
|4||9/27/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/18||@ SEA||8:15 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|