TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings
|6-6, 259||Born: 11-9-1989||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 2|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): The fanfare around Rudolph's return amounted to nothing good for fantasy as he played about 1/3 of the snaps in a terrible offensive game for Minnesota. Even though his involvement and health should improve, Teddy Bridgewater and company aren't exactly inspiring confidence right now.
General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.
General News (Thu Nov 20): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Nov 19): practiced fully on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 18): was eased back into action in the team's Week 11 loss to the Chicago Bears, playing just 14 snaps (30 percent of the offensive plays). Rudolph was on the field less than Rhett Ellison (51 percent of snaps) and Chase Ford (47 percent). Rudolph also wasn't targeted at all in the passing game.
Week 12: vs Green Bay Packers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Christian Ponder reminded everyone why the Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater this year, by flubbing Ponder's one start of the season at Green Bay in Week 5 (six sacks taken for -34 yards; 22/44 for 222 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown). Since then he's been back on the third team where he deserves to be, leaving Bridgewater to learn his craft as an NFL starter. Looking back to Week 5 won't tell us much about Bridgewater's prospects during Week 12. Bridgewater had a game to forget against the Bears last week, throwing 18/28 for 158 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -11 yards. He had a better game two contests ago, throwing 26/42 for 268 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -16 yards). During that two week span, Cordarrelle Patterson (10 targets for 3/33/0 receiving) and Greg Jennings (12 for 7/80/0) lead the list of most-targeted receivers for Bridgewater. He's thrown his TDs to tight ends Rhett Ellison (five for 5/37/1) and Chase Ford (nine for 6/70/1) - there hasn't been much in the way of fantasy points to share around. The Packers' pass D is ranked 13th in the NFL averaging 238.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 15 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions (tied-third in the NFL) and 25 sacks (tied-11th) put up to date. Mark Sanchez managed 26/44 for 320 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions at Lambeau Field last week (three sacks taken for -26 yards), while Jay Cutler threw 23/40 for 256 net yards, one TD allowed vs. two interceptions thrown while taking three sacks for -18 yards. The Packers have the edge in this matchup.
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Rudolph played about 1/3 of the snaps, but he wasn't ready to make a big impact, and the Vikings offense apparently wasn't either.
Latest NewsVikings | Kyle Rudolph a full go (Fri Nov 21, 05:16 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable. Our View: Rudolph should get more than the paltry number of snaps he got last week, but he's still not worth a start until he shows us that he's back and has established chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater.
link to story Vikings | Kyle Rudolph practicing (Thu Nov 20, 10:18 AM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 19. Our View: Between rust, Teddy Bridgewater's sometimes shaky play and Green Bay's improved defense we'd avoid Rudolph this week. At best we look at him as a low-end TE2 and no more this week.
link to story Vikings | Kyle Rudolph used sparingly (Mon Nov 17, 02:29 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) was eased back into action in the team's Week 11 loss to the Chicago Bears, playing just 14 snaps (30 percent of the offensive plays). Our View: Rudolph was on the field less than TEs Rhett Ellison (51 percent of snaps) and Chase Ford (47 percent). Rudolph also wasn't targeted at all in the passing game.
link to story Vikings | Kyle Rudolph probable (Fri Nov 14, 04:24 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11. Our View: Like Rashad Jennings, Ryan Mathews, and Montee Ball, Rudolph shouldn't be counted on to get his normal workload, but the matchup could still dictate a start at a scarce position for any of the four.
link to story Vikings | Kyle Rudolph practices in full (Thu Nov 13, 05:34 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nov. 13, after being limited Wednesday, Nov. 12. Our View: Rudolph is back this week for an easier matchup against a bad Bears defense. We like him as a mid-level TE2 with upside.
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