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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
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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

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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

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-8 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 against Washington.

Rudolph was left wide open on a 20-yard TD in the second quarter. He's scored in consecutive weeks after going three games without a touchdown. Rudolph is Minnesota's top red-zone option, but won't be more than a back-end TE1 in Week 11 against a Cardinals defense that shuts down tight ends.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 1-of-3 targets for a one-yard touchdown in the Vikings' Week 9 loss to the Lions.

Rudolph got wide open on his second-quarter touchdown and saw another end-zone target in the fourth, but his role was surprisingly small in a great matchup against the Lions. Rudolph has another friendly draw against the Redskins in Week 10, although it is somewhat fair to wonder if Norv Turner's resignation could affect Rudolph's role to some extent moving forward.
Sun, Nov 6, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-6 targets for 31 yards in the Vikings' Week 8 loss to the Bears.

The Vikings only visited the red zone one time on Monday night, so Rudolph didn't get many (any) chances to score. Rudolph is still averaging over 7.1 targets per game on the year. He gets a dream spot at home against the Lions in Week 9. They've allowed eight TE1 finishes through eight weeks.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-11 targets for 55 yards in the Vikings' Week 7 loss to the Eagles.

The 11 targets were a team-high after he had just four targets before the bye. Rudolph also was Bradford's go-to receiver on several third-down conversions, and he has established himself as the No. 1 option in the passing game. He will be a solid TE1 on Monday night against the Bears.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 05:26:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught 2-of-4 targets for 15 yards Week 5 against the Texans.

Rudolph was stuck on one yard until a 14-yard grab late in the game. Even with Stefon Diggs out, Rudolph could not get anything going against one of the best tight end defenses in the league. It will not get much easier against the Eagles after the bye, but Rudolph's target share and red-zone usage will keep him in the TE1 mix.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Kyle Rudolph (clavicle, ribs) returned to practice on Thursday.

Rudolph was listed as a DNP with a clavicle/rib injury on Wednesday but in reality, he was at the hospital with his wife, who gave birth to twins late Tuesday night. Rudolph is riding a three-game touchdown streak and needs to be starting in all formats Sunday against Houston.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 02:20:00 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Case Keenum
4Taylor Heinicke
RB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3Jerick McKinnon
4Bishop Sankey
5C.J. Ham
GLB1Dalvin Cook
2Latavius Murray
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Dalvin Cook
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Jarius Wright
3Michael Floyd
4Isaac Fruechte
5Stacy Coley
WR21Adam Thielen
2Laquon Treadwell
3Rodney Adams
4Cayleb Jones
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2David Morgan
3Bucky Hodges
4Kyle Carter
5Nick Truesdell
LT1Riley Reiff
2Rashod Hill
3Aviante Collins
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
3Danny Isidora
C1Pat Elflein
2Nick Easton
3Zac Kerin
RG1Joe Berger
2T.J. Clemmings
3Austin Shepherd
RT1Mike Remmers
2Willie Beavers
3Reid Fragel
K1Kai Forbath
2Marshall Koehn