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Kyle Rudolph | Tight End | #82

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 265
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (43) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-9 targets for 47 yards in the Vikings' Week 6 win over the Packers.
He's now seen nine targets in back-to-back games with Dalvin Cook and Stefon Diggs hurt and missing time. It's to be seen if Rudolph will keep this up when Diggs is back, but he should be far more involved moving forward than he was the first four weeks. He's settling back in as a mid-range TE1 who should sit around 5-50 every week with touchdown upside. Oct 15 - 5:31 PM

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Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-9 targets for 45 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 5 win over the Bears on Monday night.

The nine targets led the team and marked a new season-high for Rudolph. Heading into Week 5, Rudolph had been averaging a weekly line of 2.5-27.25-0.25 on 3.75 targets. With Dalvin Cook (knee) out of the picture in the short passing game and Stefon Diggs suffering a groin injury Monday night, Rudolph righted the ship and got back to his TE1 ways. Expect this to be more of the norm moving forward. If he was dropped, grab Rudolph ahead of Week 6 vs. Green Bay.
Oct 9 - 11:56 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-4 targets for 34 yards in the Vikings' Week 4 loss to the Lions.

Rudolph has had a very quiet start to the season, catching just 10 passes for 109 yards and a score on 14 total targets. He just isn't getting looks with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen both healthy and dominating. However, with Dalvin Cook now hurt and Latavius Murray not an option in the short passing game, Rudolph should be more involved moving forward. Both of Rudolph's catches on Sunday came after Cook's injury. He'll be a fringe TE1 next week at Chicago.
Oct 1 - 7:02 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards in the Vikings' Week 3 win over the Bucs.

It is concerning to say the least Rudolph was so uninvolved in a game where Case Keenum threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Through three games, Rudolph has yet to reach 50 yards in a passing game that has placed more emphasis on feeding wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Rudolph needs to be downgraded to a fringe TE1 when the Vikings face the Lions in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 4:30 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-6 targets for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 2 loss to the Steelers.

Four Vikings saw a team-high six targets, while Rudolph's 45 yards led the team on a day Case Keenum only threw for 167 yards on 37 attempts. Rudolph's biggest play was a one-handed catch on a 3rd-and-20 play that converted a first down. Other than that, he and the rest of this offense was held under wraps. Rudolph will remain a strong TE1 play next against the Bucs.
Sep 17 - 4:49 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught all three of his targets for 26 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Saints.

Rudolph was pretty quiet in this one before snagging a 15-yard touchdown late in the second half. He was wide open on the play. The offense ran through Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen through the air, as the two combined to catch 16-of-18 targets for 250 yards and a pair of scores, while Dalvin Cook ran 22 times for 127 yards on the ground. That didn't leave much for everyone else. When everyone is healthy, Rudolph may struggle for week-to-week consistency, but he's still one of the best touchdown bets at the position. He remains a firm TE1 for Week 2 at Pittsburgh.
Sep 11 - 11:28 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Kyle Rudolph has improved his blocking this offseason.

Rudolph enjoyed a breakout season as a receiver last year (83 catches, 840 yards, seven touchdowns) but was among the worst blockers at his position. He was particularly inept as a run blocker, earning PFF's No. 58 grade among 65 qualifiers at tight end. Rudolph was already close to an every-down player but anything that will keep him on the field is good for fantasy owners.
Jun 18 - 11:17 AM

According to ESPN Stats and Info, Kyle Rudolph ran a route on 58 percent of his snaps and was targeted on 23.7 percent of his routes, a career-high.

Looking at those numbers, it is not surprising he easily set career-highs in targets (132), catches (83), and yards (840). The Vikings' inability to run and reliance on the short-passing game due to their offensive line struggles contributed to the heavy usage, but Rudolph expects his success to carry into 2017. "This season was more along the lines of what I expect for myself, and what I expect moving forward," Rudolph said, "to kind of be a springboard and a baseline for the rest of my career." If it is, Rudolph will settle in as a solid even if not spectacular TE1.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 9:25 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 11-of-15 targets for 117 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 17 win over the Bears.

After a somewhat slow first two months of the season, Rudolph finished the second half of the season strong, leading all tight ends in targets over the final month. He was as consistent a TE1 as there was on the board in December. Rudolph caught at least six passes in five of his last six games. He finishes the year with new career-highs in catches (83), targets (120), and yards (840), while scoring seven touchdowns. The big thing for Rudolph is he was able to stay healthy and started all 16 games for the second-straight year after playing 17 games total in 2013-2014. Rudolph has three years left on his contract and cemented himself as a top-two option in this offense. He's still just 27 years old and will enter 2017 as a solid, if unspectacular, TE1.
Jan 1 - 5:10 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-9 targets for 53 yards in the Vikings' Week 16 loss to the Packers.

It was a typical recent day at the office for Rudolph. He provides volume, but not always yardage. He has only one touchdown in the past six weeks.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 8-of-10 targets for 97 yards in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Colts.

Rudolph was easily the Vikings' most effective means of generating offense on day where they could get nothing going on the ground. Rudolph has been one of the NFL's most consistent tight ends this year. He will be worth firing up confidently again when the Vikings head to Lambeau Field for Week 16.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:05:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 4-of-8 targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 14 win over the Jaguars.

Rudolph keyed the Vikings' first drive with a 44-yard reception and caught the game-sealing touchdown from three yards out in the fourth quarter. An every-week fantasy starter all year, Rudolph has a pristine matchup against the Colts' leaky tight end coverage coming next.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 6-of-12 targets for 45 yards in the Vikings' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys.

Rudolph had a decent night in a golden matchup. The 12 targets were actually his most of the season, giving him 22 over his past two games. Rudolph is an every-week TE1, but will typically find himself in the 8-12 range, depending on the foe.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 12:09:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 9-of-10 targets for 64 yards in the Vikings' Week 12 loss to the Lions.

The catches were Rudolph's most of the season. The Vikings took advantage of Detroit's tight end vulnerable defense, but couldn't pop any big plays. Rudolph also appeared to tweak his right shoulder late in the proceedings. He'll have 10 days to heal up for next week's game against the Cowboys.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-3 targets for 12 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Cardinals.

Rudolph's role has been inconsistent since Pat Shurmur replaced Norv Turner as offensive coordinator, drawing target counts of 3, 8, 3 in that three-game window. Rudolph's weekly floor has been lowered. With that said, he has a mouth-watering Week 12 matchup against the Lions' leaky tight end defense.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 07:08:00 PM

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QB1Sam Bradford
2Case Keenum
3Teddy Bridgewater
RB1Latavius Murray
2Jerick McKinnon
GLB1Latavius Murray
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Latavius Murray
FB1C.J. Ham
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Michael Floyd
3Jarius Wright
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Stacy Coley
4Rodney Adams
WR31Laquon Treadwell
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Blake Bell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
LG1Nick Easton
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Pat Elflein
RG1Joe Berger
2Danny Isidora
RT1Joe Berger
2Aviante Collins
K1Kai Forbath