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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Notre Dame
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Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-9 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown Week 11 against the Packers.
Rudolph had 182 yards total this season coming into this week, so this performance was nothing less than shocking. Rudolph started his big day with a 47-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He out-muscled Micah Hyde for a floated pass from Teddy Bridgewater before out running Hyde to the end zone. Rudolph also made a big catch down the seam on the Vikings' touchdown drive in the second half, and he could have had another touchdown had Bridgewater not underthrown him late in the game. Rudolph should not be expected to recreate this game anytime soon, but he does have a great matchup against the Falcons next week. He will deserve streaming consideration in that game. Nov 22 - 8:20 PM

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Kyle Rudolph secured one of four targets for seven yards in the Vikings' Week 10 win over the Raiders.

He dropped a sure touchdown in the first half and didn’t catch his first pass until the fourth quarter. Rudolph hasn’t seen more than four targets in a game since Week 6. He’s a touchdown-or-bust TE2.
Nov 15 - 8:59 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-2 targets for 30 yards in the Vikings' Week 9 win over the Rams.

Typical Rudolph. A lock to get his two catches, but Rudolph failed to find the end zone this week and was of little help to fantasy owners. He's a TE2.
Nov 8 - 5:25 PM

Kyle Rudolph is expected to have a bigger role in pass protection this week.

Rudolph ran 24 routes last week. He’ll be mostly limited to blocking against the Rams’ aggressive front. Rudolph isn’t a Week 9 streaming option
Nov 7 - 9:10 PM

Kyle Rudolph secured 2-of-2 targets for 22 yards in the Vikings' Week 8 win over the Bears.

Blocking as much as ever in OC Norv Turner's offense this season, Rudolph has become entirely touchdown dependent. Either he scores a red-zone TD, or he hurts his fantasy owners. Rudolph will be a weak TE1 streamer when the Vikings take on the Rams in Week 9.
Nov 1 - 4:17 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner notes Kyle Rudolph is blocking more this season, which is why he isn't seeing as many targets.

"We can’t leave our linemen hanging and leave them out there by themselves," Turner said. "When you’re playing three wide receivers as much as we are, the tight end isn’t as big of a part on a lot of the routes. Right now, his contribution a lot of the time is making sure we’re solid there at the right tackle and then continuing on into his route." Rudolph is 25th in targets per game at an even five. He's become as touchdown-dependent as any tight end in the league.
Oct 30 - 9:36 AM

Kyle Rudolph secured 2-of-2 targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 7 win over the Lions.

He's now hit pay dirt in each of his last two games against Detroit. Rudolph's touchdown this week came off a play-action fake to Adrian Peterson, with Teddy Bridgewater rolling out to find Rudolph from a yard out. Rudolph will remain a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1 option against the Bears in Week 8.
Oct 25 - 5:10 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-5 targets for nine yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Chiefs.

Rudolph scored on a third-and-goal play on Minnesota's second drive. He was invisible for the rest of the game, making just one catch for five yards. Rudolph will remain a touchdown-dependent TE2 in Week 7.
Oct 18 - 5:35 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-4 targets for seven yards in Minnesota's Week 4 loss to the Broncos.

On a day where Teddy Bridgewater attempted 41 passes, Rudolph was a bitter disappointment. That's been a common theme for the fifth-year pro, who seems determined to never graduate beyond touchdown-dependent TE2 status. At the season's quarter pole, Rudolph is on pace for a wholly underwhelming 56/416/4. It's time to move on if you were hoping Rudolph would be an every-week TE1.
Oct 4 - 8:39 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-5 targets for 14 yards in Minnesota's Week 3 win over the Chargers.

One of Rudolph's missed connections was a pathetic drop on a 24-yard pass in the end zone. The fifth-year pro now has just 12 grabs for 97 yards through Minnesota's first three games. He won't be a viable TE1 against the Broncos' dominant defense in Week 4.
Sep 27 - 7:05 PM

ESPN’s Ben Goessling says Kyle Rudolph’s connection with Teddy Bridgewater "seems to be growing."

Through two weeks, Rudolph has been targeted a team-high 13 times. Rudolph will always be touchdown dependent, but there's potential for him to post career highs with a full year in Norv Turner’s offense. The Chargers have allowed touchdowns to tight ends in each of their first games. Rudolph is a low-end TE1 for Week 3.
Sep 26 - 7:12 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-7 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against the Lions.

Teddy Bridgewater did his best Alex Smith impression in this game, targeting his tight ends or running backs on 10-of-18 passes. Rudolph was the beneficiary of the conservative approach though his fantasy day would have looked a lot worse without a five-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Rudolph will again be a touchdown-or-bust TE2 next week against the Chargers.
Sep 20 - 6:21 PM

Kyle Rudolph came down with five catches for 53 yards on seven targets in the Vikings' Week 1 loss to the 49ers.

The Vikings aired it out in the second half with Rudolph serving as Teddy Bridgewater's primary check-down man. A touchdown would have sweetened the pot but the Vikings never came close. Rudolph will be on the low-end TE1 map next week against the Lions.
Sep 15 - 2:00 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel expects TE Kyle Rudolph to be a big part of the Vikings' offense if he stays healthy.

Vensel adds the healthy qualifier is a big if. Rudolph has missed 16 games in his four seasons with the Vikings and has been limited in others. When he is on the field, Rudolph's touchdown prowess gives him TE1 upside.
Sep 10 - 9:35 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Rudolph finishes the preseason with seven catches for 61 scoreless yards. Rudolph is healthy, but didn't generate much buzz during the offseason/summer. Rudolph continues to offer touchdown upside, but can't be trusted as more than a mid-range TE2.
Aug 29 - 10:28 PM

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