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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

6-6, 259Born: 11-9-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2

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Summary

Kyle Rudolph played a full 16 game season for only the second time in his 5 year career in 2015. He also had a personal best in receiving yards with 495 and added 49 receptions and 5 touchdowns. Although the Vikings have some nice depth at the Tight End position with Mycole Pruitt and Rhett Ellison, the starting role belongs to Rudolph and he has potential to continue to develop a strong relationship with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Rudolph is not a top ten TE fantasy option but he is a key player in the Vikings offense as a whole. If both Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell can step up in the WR roles the passing game could very well open up more for Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph will likely benefit with more open looks down the field. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 19, 16, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22, 23, 24, 24
TE Redraft PPR - 20, 16, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 30
TE Dynasty - 22, 18, 22, 23, 25, 35

Stats and Projections

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2013 MIN 8 30 313 3
2014 MIN 9 24 231 2
2015 MIN 16 49 495 5
2016 PROJ-Dodds 15 52 * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 51 * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 50 * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 46 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 184
TE: 23
Overall-PPR: 191
TE-PPR: 24

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Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph not lacking confidence (Thu Jun 23, 09:56 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said he feels he is the best all-around tight end in the NFL, and he added that the position is about more than catching passes and running routes.

Our View: Rudolph has looked sluggish in recent years, and 2015 fifth-round pick Mycole Pruitt should secure a larger role in the passing game this year. The one thing going in his favor is improvements on the offense line that will allow him to run more pass routes. Still, the Vikings pass offense is low volume and not a fertile soil for fantasy development. Even though Rudolph is high on himself, we wouldn't look at him until the end of fantasy drafts, if at all.
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Vikings | Bridgewater, Kyle Rudolph connecting (Tue Jun 21, 08:30 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.

Our View: As Bridgewater continues to develop as a pro QB, he should be more efficient as a passer. We see Bridgewater as a low-end QB2 in this run-heavy offense. Rudolph is always a key piece in the Vikings passing game but only a TE2 for fantasy owners.
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