TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

6-6, 259Born: 11-9-1989College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 2, pick 2011

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 21): Rudolph caught his first touchdown of year against the Lions, and he has had his two best fantasy games over the last two weeks. He's a streamer against Washington this week and at least for as long as Adam Thielen is out.

General News (Tue Oct 22): practiced fully on Tuesday.

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Recent Stats and Projections

4 at CHI 52 1.0 12 0 0 1.2
5 at NYG 64 1.0 4 0 0 0.4
6 vs PHI 68 3.0 36 0 0 3.6
7 at DET 55 5.0 58 1 0 11.8
8 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds * 2.3 * * * *
8 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 1.9 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Kyle Rudolph's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 5 / 58 / 1 rec)

It may have taken 7 weeks, but Rudolph finally got his first touchdown of the season. The big tight end has just 14 catches and 130 yards for the season. This was by far his best game of the season after catching 5 of his 6 targets for a season high 58 yards. This is even with Irv Smith also catching 5 of 6 targets and the Vikings showing they are not afraid to use both tight ends in the offense. Rudolph's touchdown came from 15 yards out and was a thing of beauty. Rudolph lined up in a bunch formation and made it look like he was blocking. He then spun off his defender and settled into the middle of the field with no defenders around him. He caught the Cousins pass 8 yards down the field and sprinted the last 7 yards in for the score without being touched. It was a great example of the athleticism that Rudolph has and was his longest play of the game.

2019 Week 6 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

Rudolph finally makes an appearance in the box score worth noting with Cousins playing well. He caught all 3 of his targets and even took a pass 15 yards to the 5-yard line for Cook to punch in a few plays later for a touchdown. Rudolph also added an 18-yard catch down the sideline for a first down and showed his ability to go up and fight for a ball. It has been a tough season for a lot of Viking receivers, but Cousins seems to have figured something out and is pushing the ball down the field. Rudolph has yet to break 100 receiving yards total this season and has not found the end zone. Expect that to change in the coming weeks.

2019 Week 5 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

The offense continues to go through Cook on the ground and Thielen through the air and Rudolph continues to struggle. A few weeks ago he was being pushed by Irv Smith for playing time, and now he just appears to be nonexistent when on the field. Rudolph caught his long target for 4 yards this week and has been a non-factor in the red zone or anywhere else for that matter. The offense is going to have to even out or teams will be able to game plan to stop certain players. Rudolph needs to step up if this offense wants to continue to succeed over the course of an entire season.

2019 Week 4 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

We have to start to wonder if the struggles from Rudolph this year have more to do with Cousins than the declining play of Rudolph. He was pushed for playing time by Irv Smith last week and only saw a single target and catch for 12 yards again this week. However, Smith only had a single target and catch for 5 yards and no receiver in the offense found the end zone this week. The Viking offense is struggling outside of the running game this season and Rudolph is suffering because of it. It looked as if he was going to lose playing time to Smith last week but may have bought himself some more time with everyone else struggling around him.

2019 Week 3 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

With every passing week the value of Rudolph continues to drop. This week may spell the end for him as Irv Smith stepped up and led the team in receiving yards while Rudolph caught a single pass for 11 yards. It has been a very frustrating start to the season for Rudolph. He knew the writing was on the wall when the Vikings took Smith in the second round, but no one thought it could come this fast. Rudolph has been a complete non-factor so far this season. Some of that has to do with a struggling Cousins and some of that has to do with Rudolph just not getting open. The battle between Rudolph and Smith will be an interesting one to watch as the season wears on.

2019 Week 2 vs GB (5 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

After failing to have a catch in the first game, Rudolph at least had a reception this week. He had less than 10 yards receiving on 3 catches, but that came from the ineffectiveness of Cousins this week more than anything else. We did see Irv Smith have a reception this week and if his snap count continues to increase it will be at the expense of Rudolph. The Vikings look like a team that is preparing to move off of their long-time tight end and see what Smith has to offer. Rudolph is going to have to get things clicking with Cousins and quickly if he wants to keep his starting job.

2019 Week 1 vs ATL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was a tough week for Rudolph. He did not register a single catch and had 1 target the entire game. That is not a good look when a highly drafted tight end is lurking behind him on the depth chart. However, it was not his fault this week as the offense only threw the ball 10 total times and ran it 38. Rudolph has always been touchdown dependent and will continue to be so this season. There is a lot of competition in the red zone for the Vikings and it will limit the overall value for Rudolph.


Latest News

Vikings | Minnesota's practice report for Tuesday (Tue Oct 22, 05:36 PM) - Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Oct. 22. DE Everson Griffen (quad), DT Linval Joseph (knee), DE Hercules Mata'afa (neck), CB Xavier Rhodes (hip), TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb), OT Riley Reiff (ankle), LB Eric Kendricks (hip), LB Ben Gedeon (concussion), OG Josh Kline (foot) and DT Shamar Stephen (knee) each participated in full.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph a full participant (Mon Oct 21, 05:21 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb) fully participated in practice Monday, Oct. 21. The Vikings did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph scores in win (Sun Oct 20, 09:16 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught five of his six targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in a 42-30 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finishes with 36 yards (Sun Oct 13, 06:27 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught three passes for 36 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6. He was targeted three times during the game.

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