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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph targeted eight times

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:53:27 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five grabs for 28 yards on eight targets in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Jan. 14.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was busy, but the frequent catches didn't amount to much in the way of yardage. Still, he might be the most reasonably priced DFS option at tight end heading into the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend.

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Vikings | Minnesota's Divisional Round injury report

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:18:50 -0800

Minnesota Vikings CB Terence Newman (foot) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 12, and is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. DT Shamar Stephen (ankle), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), FB C.J. Ham (neck), S Anthony Harris (knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (foot), C Pat Elflein (shoulder) and DE Everson Griffen (foot) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph on track to play

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:13:07 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 12, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional Round playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was slowed by his ankle injury during the last few weeks of the regular season but should have a normal workload against the Saints. He recorded eight touchdowns during the regular season and should see targets in the red zone. He can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.

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Vikings | Full practice for Kyle Rudolph

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:50:07 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 11.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was limited by the injury over the last few weeks of the regular season but should receive a normal workload against the New Orleans Saints. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues this week.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph fully practices

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:02:53 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph played the last few regular season games with an injured ankle but received an extra week of rest his ankle. He should have a solid role in the passing game this week and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph spotted in walking boot

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 10:49:52 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) played only 28 snaps in a Week 17 victory over the Chicago Bears and was in a walking boot after the game.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has been playing on a sprained ankle for three weeks, so the Vikings' bye week during wild-card weekend comes at a great time for him. With Minnesota among the favorites to make the Super Bowl, a healthy Rudolph could be among the more popular tight ends in non-DFS playoff leagues.

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Vikings | Week 17 injury report for Vikings

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:55:47 -0800

Minnesota Vikings LS Kevin McDermott (shoulder), DT Shamar Stephen (ankle) and C Pat Elflein (shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and have been ruled out for Week 17. CB Tramaine Brock (foot) was limited during practice but has been ruled out. TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited during practice but is not on the injury report. RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder) and OT Mike Remmers (back) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not on injury report

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:46:54 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Dec. 29, but is not on the injury report for Week 17.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has recorded five touchdowns in the last five games but has been limited to three receptions and 23 yards over the last two weeks. Owners in deeper leagues could consider him a low-end No. 1 tight end because of his touchdown potential.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph a limited participant

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:46:43 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 28.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph likely will be able to play in Week 17, but owners should keep an eye on the situation to make sure. He has been limited to three catches and 23 yards over the last two games but does have five touchdowns in the last five games. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end for owners this week.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph logs limited practice

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 14:26:49 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph really let down fantasy owners last week with a one-catch dud. He shouldn't be completely overlooked, though, as the Vikings are fighting for a first-round bye. View him as a low-end TE1 to high-end TE2.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finishes with one catch

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 20:37:20 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught the only pass thrown his way for six yards in a 16-0 win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 16.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has been able to maintain fantasy relevance by finding the end zone with regularity, but this was his third straight game with three catches or less. He's become a boom-or-bust TE1.

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Vikings | Minnesota's Week 16 injury report

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:50:06 -0800

Minnesota Vikings CB Tramaine Brock (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 21, and has been ruled out for Week 16. OT Riley Reiff (ankle) was limited during practice and is listed as questionable. SS Andrew Sendejo (ankle) and CB Mackensie Alexander (rib) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited but is not on the injury report. WR Jarius Wright (foot), LB Ben Gedeon (ankle), C Pat Elflein (shoulder), OT Mike Remmers (back), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder) and DT Shamar Stephen (shoulder) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph on track to play

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:47:07 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 21, but is not on the injury report for Week 16.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph played despite the injury last week and was able to record a touchdown during the game. He has posted five touchdowns in the last four games and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in most leagues.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited again

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:20:28 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) remained limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Fantasy Tip: As long as Rudolph doesn't have any setbacks over the next few days he should be able to take the field this weekend. He's been on a scoring tear the last few weeks and should remain in starting lineups for those fantasy championships.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:27:13 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 19. The Vikings did not practice; Rudolph's status is simply an estimation.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has been a touchdown machine this year, scoring eight times on the season and five times in his last four games. The red-nosed tight end is a TE1 threat every week.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finds end zone

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:03:09 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for 17 yards and one touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 15.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was a question mark coming into the game but was a decent option for fantasy owners because of the touchdown. He will have more time to rest his injured ankle and could be a low-end No. 1 tight end next week.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph active for Week 15

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:12:45 -0800

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) is active for Week 15's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was on the verge of being held out of this game after being unable to practice during the week. It is uncertain how close to 100 percent his ankle is and it would not be surprising if he saw limited snaps this afternoon, so he is not a recommended fantasy option.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph expected to play

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:42:30 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) appears likely to play in Week 15's game versus the Cincinnati Bengals, according to multiple sources.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph did not practice at all during the week and was listed as doubtful on the initial injury report before being upgraded to questionable. It is uncertain how healthy Rudolph is or if he will see a limited number of offensive snaps, so daily fantasy players or seasonal owners with a solid backup plan should avoid using him this week.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph upgraded to questionable

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:31:49 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is listed as questionable Saturday, Dec. 16, after appearing as doubtful on the injury report on Friday, Dec. 15.

Fantasy Tip: This has been quite the miraculous turnaround for Rudolph, who was reportedly ruled out by head coach Mike Zimmer earlier Friday before the injury report was released. There's no telling at the moment how healthy Rudolph really is, however, so owners would be wise to stick with their backup plan until there is some confirmation of his status Sunday morning.

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Vikings | Minnesota's Week 15 injury report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:23:18 -0800

Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander (ribs) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 15 versus the Cincinnati Bengals. TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) also has yet to practice this week but is listed as doubtful. OT Riley Reiff (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 15, and is also listed as doubtful. LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday and has been listed as questionable. CB Xavier Rhodes (hip), OG Jeremiah Sirles (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), WR Adam Thielen (knee), OT Mike Remmers (back), NT Shamar Stephen (shoulder), NT Linval Joseph (knee), C Pat Elflein (shoulder) and TE David Morgan II (concussion) all practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph now considered doubtful

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:07:06 -0800

Contrary to an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has been listed as doubtful for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph will still more than likely be ruled out at some point over the weekend, but it's an interesting upgrade considering head coach Mike Zimmer himself reportedly ruled out his starting tight end earlier in the day. Stay tuned.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph ruled out for Week 15

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:45:45 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) will not play in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy Tip: With four touchdowns over the last three weeks, Rudolph had started to become a trusted red zone option for Case Keenum. Without him, it increases the likelihood of Stefon Diggs or Jerick McKinnon will have a solid game, as either player figures to benefit from the targets Rudolph leaves behind. Adam Thielen also has a higher ceiling as well.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph sits out Friday

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:59:24 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) did not practice for a third straight day Friday, Dec. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph appears unlikely to play Sunday, leaving David Morgan and practice-squader Kyle Carter as the only active tight ends against the Cincinnati Bengals. Neither Morgan nor Carter need to be considered for fantasy purposes.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph misses practice

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:11:15 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) did not practice for a second straight day Thursday, Dec. 14.

Fantasy Tip: It would be a shame for Rudolph's hot streak to end because of an injury. He has found the end zone four times in his last three games but needs to practice at some point this week. Have a backup plan in place in case Rudolph continues to be sidelined.

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Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Minnesota

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:16:53 -0800

Minnesota Vikings CB Mackensie Alexander (ribs), TE Blake Bell (shoulder), LB Emmanuel Lamur (foot), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip) and TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) were unable to practice Wednesday, Dec. 13. C Pat Elflein (shoulder), NT Linval Joseph (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (shoulder), TE David Morgan II (concussion), OT Mike Remmers (back), OT Jeremiah Sirles (knee), NT Shamar Stephen (shoulder) and WR Adam Thielen (knee) were listed as a limited participants.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph in jeopardy to miss Week 15?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:18:12 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle) was spotted in a walking boot Wednesday, Dec. 13. Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters he'll know more about Rudolph's availability for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals later in the week.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph sat out the final few plays of Week 14 with the injury. While his receptions are down from the career-high 83 he had last season, Rudolph is having another fine season and on a three-game scoring streak. If he cannot play, David Morgan and Blake Bell are the next men up, although neither one would be worth considering in the fantasy playoffs.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph scores again

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:20:11 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph finished with three receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown on his five targets in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has scored touchdowns in three straight games (four total), pleasing fantasy owners using him as a TE1 down the stretch. He'll look to extend the streak in Week 15 against the visiting Bengals.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph catches TD pass

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:29:22 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 36 yards and one touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has posted three touchdowns in the last two games and has caught eight of his nine targets during that span. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end next week against the Carolina Panthers.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph gobbles up two scores

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:30:36 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph scored both of the Vikings' receiving touchdowns Thursday, Nov. 23, catching four passes for 63 yards in total.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph nearly doubled his touchdowns just in this game; he had only caught three on the season. There hasn't been enough love to go around between Rudolph, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but Rudolph made his catches matter today. He'll remain a TE1 play as long as he's healthy.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph totals 58 yards

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:43:14 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph hauled in five receptions for 58 yards on seven targets in the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph remains a top-notch fantasy option, especially in PPR formats, with five or more receptions in six consecutive outings. He'll look to keep it rolling in Week 12 against the Lions on Thanksgiving.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph racks up five balls

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:52:47 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five receptions for 37 yards on seven targets in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins.

Fantasy Tip: The catch total was nice, and he is always a strong PPR fantasy option. However, he isn't as valuable in standard leagues, especially when he doesn't find the end zone. The Vikings host the Rams in Week 12.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph catches TD pass

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:06:33 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught six passes for 27 yards and one touchdown against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has caught at least five passes in each of the last four games but has not posted more than 50 yards in any game this season. He should be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end most weeks because of the number of targets he receives in the passing game.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph catches five passes

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 14:02:42 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 43 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has recorded 16 catches on 25 targets over the last three games and has been more involved in the passing game since Stefon Diggs was sidelined. He will be a solid No. 1 tight end against the Cleveland Browns next week.

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Vikings | Five grabs for Kyle Rudolph

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:21:35 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five catches for 47 yards on nine targets in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph remains a solid low-end TE1 in all fantasy leagues, especially PPR formats. While he failed to find the end zone, he has posted 11 catches over the past two games. The Vikings host the Ravens in Week 7, a team which has struggled to contain tight ends this season.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph logs season highs on MNF

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 23:21:06 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph recorded six catches on nine targets for 51 receiving yards and a touchdown Monday, Oct. 9, against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Tip: Both the reception and target totals were season highs for the 27-year-old tight end, as he also managed to score his second touchdown of the campaign. While he's capable of having a dud on any given week, Rudolph is a decent lower-end TE1 to trot out in most formats.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph held to one catch

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:07:23 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught one pass for four yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was targeted only twice in the game but may still be working on his chemistry with Case Keenum. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end against the New York Giants this week but could also be benched if owners have better options.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finishes with 45 yards

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:34:58 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 45 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was a reliable target for Case Keenum during game but probably would have had a better day if Sam Bradford played. Rudolph can be a No. 1 tight end against certain opponents, but his value will drop if Keenum starts.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph nabs touchdown in opener

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 22:05:29 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph reeled in all three of his targets for 26 yards in the season opener Monday, Sept. 11, versus the New Orleans Saints, also adding a touchdown reception in the victory.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was able to salvage his night with that touchdown score, but that's certainly fewer than the anticipated number of targets that owners were expecting. In fact, he played in just two games last season in which he received less than four balls thrown his way. In any event, Rudolph will have mostly higher-volume games coming up as one of Sam Bradford's most-trusted weapons.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph says he is healthy

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:09:43 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (leg) said he is completely recovered from the leg injury that sidelined him for part of the preseason.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph will continue to be a main part of the passing game after recording 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. He should be considered a No. 1 tight end in all leagues this week against the New Orleans Saints.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not playing Sunday

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:53:26 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (undisclosed) will not play in the preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Aug. 27.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph is dealing with an undisclosed injury, so owners should keep an eye on the situation to see when Rudolph will return to the field. He was a reliable option for owners last season and should have a similar role this season. He can be considered a No. 1 fantasy tight end in most leagues.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph misses practice

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:29:31 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 24. He had a wrap on his right leg, but head coach Mike Zimmer had no comment about the situation.

Fantasy Tip: Owners will need to monitor the situation to find out the severity of Rudolph's injury. He is coming off a terrific 2016 season where he posted 83 receptions, 840 yards and seven touchdowns. Rudolph should continue to be a solid target in the passing game and can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph top targeted TE in scoring range

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:34:49 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph finished with 24 targets inside the red zone last year, including 10 inside the 10. Both marks were the best among tight ends.

Fantasy Tip: To put Rudolph's numbers inside the 20 and 10 into perspective, he saw more targets than Odell Beckham Jr. from both distances (24-21 and 10-9), caught more such passes than OBJ (14-9 and 6-4) and matched him at both levels in touchdowns. Perhaps the Vikings' talent upgrades along the offensive line will reduce their need to throw so quickly and lessen their dependence on Rudolph outside the 20, but he is a solid midrange TE1 and should remain the team's top option in the red zone.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph improving as a blocker

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:17:00 -0700

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is doing a better job as a blocker, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Fantasy Tip: Following a two-year stretch in which he played a total of 17 games, Rudolph has put together back-to-back full seasons and broke out last year with 83 catches for 840 yards - both career highs - and seven touchdowns. However, he graded out poorly as a run blocker, so this is a good sign for his current and future owners, as any improvement in that area should keep him on the field more than he already is. He is a midrange TE1 in fantasy.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph the go-to guy in red zone

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:57:11 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph was targeted 24 times in the red zone in 2016, ranking first among tight ends and second overall.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph emerged as one of Sam Bradford's favorite targets, and he finished among the league leaders at his position in most categories. With Bradford back under center in 2017, Rudolph should have no problem finishing as a midrange TE1.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph was NFL's most-targeted TE

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:46:47 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph led all tight ends this past season with 132 targets, converting that into career highs in receptions (83) and yards (840). He also registered seven receiving touchdowns.

Fantasy Tip: It's understandable if most owners were not aware of this. Luckily for Rudolph, he could be on track for a similarly heavy workload next year, as his role in the offense undoubtedly increased once star running back Adrian Peterson went down with injury. Peterson might not return to Minnesota, and if he's out of town, Rudolph should ideally pick up where he left off as one of Sam Bradford's most dependable targets in the passing game.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph pleased with 2016 season

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:20:10 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said his play in 2016 is more up to his standards and expects to post similar stats moving forward. "I talked about how my first five years were kind of disappointing to me, in terms of my standards," Rudolph said. "This season was more along the lines of what I expect for myself, and what I expect moving forward, to kind of be a springboard and a baseline for the rest of my career." Rudolph finished the 2016 season with 83 receptions for 840 yards and seven touchdowns.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph posted career highs in receptions and receiving yards this season and was able to play all 16 games for the third time in his career. He should continue to be a main part of the passing game for the Vikings and can be a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph busy in 2016

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:16:54 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph ran routes on 58 percent of his snaps and was targeted on a career-high 23.7 percent of his routes last season, according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Fantasy Tip: Unsurprisingly, he easily set career-highs in targets (132), catches (83), and yards (840). While Rudolph benefited from Vikings' shift from an Adrian Peterson-centric offense to a short-passing attack designed to camouflage the league's worst offensive line, it also helped Rudolph played all 16 games for only the third time in his six-year career. Since it is unlikely Minnesota can address all the holes it has up front in one offseason, Rudolph stands a great chance of posting high-end TE1 numbers again in 2017.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph had career year

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:42:10 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had a career-high 83 catches for 840 yards, and his seven touchdowns were the most since 2012. He reached a performance escalator of $375,000 on 2018 and 2019 salaries for surpassing 80 catches. His 132 targets were the most among tight ends this season.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph rekindled his TE1 stature this season, and there's no reason to believe he can't build on the rapport with Sam Bradford next season. Rudolph will be a midrange TE1 option in drafts.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph has big day in finale

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 21:21:29 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted 11 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted 15 times.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph was a legitimate TE1 in all fantasy leagues down the stretch, posting four or more grabs in each of his final six games. Over the final four outings he had 29 grabs for 327 yards and two touchdowns.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph catches six passes

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 14:28:29 -0800

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught six passes for 53 yards against the Green Bay Packers in Week 16.

Fantasy Tip: Rudolph has been targeted at least eight times in each of the last five games and has at least six receptions in four of those games. He could be a low-end No. 1 tight end or a flex option in deeper leagues.

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