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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 16): Rudolph's fantasy value is back as Case Keenum is looking for him in the short and intermediate areas, and even on an occasional downfield shot. He's back to being a reliable everyweek play, albeit one with a low ceiling.

Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Tough matchup. In relief of Sam Bradford, Case Keenum continues to lead a sanitized passing game, one that lacks in dynamite but tends to get the job done. Keenum has completed 64.2% of his passes, with just 1 interception across 159 throws. That said, the upside here is capped, especially with Stefon Diggs out. Keenum isn't going downfield much; he threw 15+ yards just 6 times in Week 6, just 16% of his attempts. Altogether, he's reached 240 yards only once over 5 extended appearances - that was also the only game in which he's thrown multiple touchdowns. We can rely on solid volume outlooks for two of his receivers, at least. With Diggs out, targets will generally be concentrated to slot man Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph. Thielen, in particular, matches up well with the Ravens secondary, which is soft on the inside and loses frequently up the seams. But until Diggs returns, there's not much else to look at here for fantasy purposes. By raw numbers, the Ravens pass defense has been stout thus far, But those numbers have been padded by a mega-soft schedule - they've faced Andy Dalton, DeShone Kizer, Blake Bortles, Ben Roethlisberger, E.J. Manuel, and Mitchell Trubisky - and there are definitely exploitable cracks here. The unit is cornerback-heavy, boasting strong coverage skills on the boundaries but struggling against the throws then funneled inside. The safeties and slot man Ladarius Webb have played poorly all season, while the linebackers lack the athleticism and coverage chops to handle the short zones. As a result, opposing backs and slot targets have produced a number of chunk plays, and productive inside receivers - like the incoming Adam Thielen - could have a field day on any given week.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs TB 68 1 4 0 0 0.4
4 vs DET 55 2 34 0 0 3.4
5 at CHI 67 6 45 1 0 10.5
6 vs GB 75 5 47 0 0 4.7
7 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
7 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 6 vs GB (9 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)

Rudolph ranked second in targets today with 9 but was unable to do very much with them. The big tight end was often double covered in the red zone and unable to break free of his man on third down and other spots on the field. Rudolph's biggest asset is his big framed body and ability to jump and block out his defender. Rudolph's biggest catch today came on a 16-yard catch and run play up the seam. Had he been able to break the tackle of Ha-ha Clinton Dix he would have walked right into the end zone for a touchdown. Rudolph was used sparingly today but was able to impact the game with the few catches he did have.

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 45 / 1 rec)

Rudolph had more targets than any other Viking this week and was the only receiver to get into the end zone on a passing play. Rudolph showcased his basketball background by going up and over corners again this week but his touchdown catch came on a broken play. Case Keenum rolled to his right and the entire defense followed. Rudolph was standing all alone in the back of the end zone for an easy 13-yard touchdown. Rudolph may have had the volume of targets but he also suffered from inconsistent quarterbacks and small check down routes for short yardage. The offense as a whole will need to perform better next week against the Packers if they want to try and keep pace in a competitive NFC North.

2017 Week 4 vs DET (4 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)

Case Keenum and Rudolph do not seem to have the same connection that Rudolph does with Sam Bradford. The big tight end was not utilized until the second half and even then Keenum was unable to get him the ball when it mattered. All four of Rudolph's targets came on the second to last drive of the game and most balls were thrown high where Rudolph had to make a spectacular catch to get to. The best play came on a 19-yard go route where Rudolph simply out jumped the corner and came down with the ball like a basketball rebound. It would be hard to overthrow the 6'7 tight end but Case Keenum found a way to do so. Rudolph is a much better player when Sam Bradford leads the offense and he must be eagerly awaiting his return.

2017 Week 3 vs TB (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Kyle Rudolph did not play a major role this week but he did not need to. The big tight end was only targeted twice in the passing game and played more of a role blocking than anything else. Rudolph's value comes from his red zone ability but Case Keenum never even looked his way with how well Diggs and Thielen were playing. Rudolph should see his volume increase when Sam Bradford is healthy and starting again.

2017 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Kyle Rudolph had one of the top catches of the night as well as the longest play from scrimmage for the Vikings. The big tight end worked up the seam and found some space between the linebacker and safety. Case Keenum was again hit on his throw and the ball sailed high. Rudolph leaped with one hand and was able to tip the ball to himself for a big gain. Outside of this catch, the big tight end was very quiet today. The entire offensive game plan was thrown off when Sam Bradford was ruled out and it threw everyone off their game.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (3 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)

Rudolph looks to be the Vikings number one threat in the redzone as the big tight end has proven to be able to catch the ball in traffic. Bradford went to Rudolph late from the 15-yard line to put the Vikings back up by two scores late in this one. Rudolph ran a perfect post route to make a catch over the middle for the Vikings third touchdown of the night. Bradford also used Rudolph in third and long situations to sustain drives and keep the Vikings offense on the field. Rudolph did not have a big yardage total but did throw a key block in Dalvin Cook's 33-yard scamper in the second half.


Latest News

Vikings | Five grabs for Kyle Rudolph (Sun Oct 15, 07:21 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five catches for 47 yards on nine targets in Week 6 against the Green Bay Packers.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph logs season highs on MNF (Tue Oct 10, 02:21 AM) - 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.

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