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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 Nov 23): For the first time in two years, Rudolph looked like a tight end worth a big extension and a fantasy roster spot. He ran well after the catch and ended up being Teddy Bridgewater's main weapon. If this continues, he could be a TE1 by the end of the year.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Teddy Bridgewater played well against the Packers, but also was sidelined briefly due to a sore shoulder and took six sacks for -48 yards to go with his 25/37 for 296 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions passing, and 4/43/0 rushing. Bridgewater relied on Kyle Rudolph extensively last week (nine targets for 6/106/1 receiving), and also found Stefon Diggs (nine for 6/66/0 receiving) and Jarius Wright (five for 4/50/0) quite a bit last weekend. Though they lost the game, the Vikings' passing attack had legs last weekend. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 18th in the NFL averaging 248.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 13 passing scores allowed balanced by 12 interceptions generated (tied for sixth in the NFL) and only 12 sacks (tied for last in the NFL). Despite the lack of a pass rush, over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 20th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (19.1 on average); though they have given out the ninth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (11.4); they have also been best in the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (just 9.5 per game on average!). Last week, Matt Hasselbeck threw 23/32 for 202 net yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions (both TDs went to running back Ahmad Bradshaw). This looks like a neutral matchup for the visiting Vikings.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at CHI 51 2 22 0 0 2.2
9 vs STL 61 2 30 0 0 3
10 at OAK 53 1 7 0 0 0.7
11 vs GB 54 6 106 1 0 16.6
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs GB (9 / 6 / 106 / 1 rec)

Rudolph peaked early, with a huge touchdown to take the lead (the only one the Vikings had) late in the first quarter. On the play, Teddy Bridgewater dropped back, scanned the field and then stepped up into the pocket. Rudolph was on a deep corner route, and Bridgewater hit him with a perfect pass about 20 yards into it. Rudolph had nobody near him save for one defender, who couldn't catch up to him as he ran the last 20 or so yards to the end zone. Rudolph also came up with a tremendous catch late in the third quarter on a tight end seam where he split the defenders, and Bridgewater delivered a ball right between them. Rudolph, who dropped a sure touchdown last week, bobbled the ball briefly, but made the catch and a big first down.

2015 Week 10 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

The most notable play for Kyle Rudolph was a missed opportunity and the most brutal drop he's had in a long time. On the play, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was chased out of the pocket by pressure. He did a good job of keeping his eyes in the end zone, and saw Rudolph all by himself in the back of it. Bridgewater threw an easy pass to Rudolph but the tight end dropped it, despite the ball hitting him right in the hands. This would have put the Vikings up 14-0 late in the first and quite possibly would have changed the whole face of the game. Rudolph has been getting fewer and fewer chances each week so a drop like that looks even worse.

2015 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

It's been a long, disappointing year for Kyle Rudolph as the big tight end has found himself behind three wide receivers in the pecking order. This week he finally found himself open twice and made both catches, one of which he shook a tackle on and took for a first down.

2015 Week 8 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Rudolph is not very integral to the gameplan for Minnesota, and Teddy Bridgewater rarely looks his direction. He was the target on a dump off once and a crossing route, both in the first quarter and then he was never targeted again.

2015 Week 7 vs DET (2 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)

It was a day of quality, not quantity for Kyle Rudolph as he saw very little passes thrown his way but one of them resulted in a touchdown. On the play, Bridgewater executed a play-action fake, then rolled out to his right. Rudolph briefly blocked a defender, then ran a short out route. The defense completely ignored him, and he was wide open when Bridgewater delivered the pass.

2015 Week 6 vs KC (5 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)

It was a 'good news/bad news' day for Rudolph. On the good side of things, he was the recipient of a 4-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. On the play, the defense chose to follow Adrian Peterson as the running back came out of the backfield on a short out route, leaving Rudolph in single coverage with Chiefs cornerback Eric Berry. Rudolph gained the inside on his route and made an easy catch along the back of the end zone. On the bad side of things, he was the target on Bridgewater's first interception. On the play, Bridgewater was scrambling and Rudolph kept moving across the field on his route, but Bidgewater didn't have time to plant his feet, and as such was still moving to his right, which caused the ball to sail right. Rudolph tried to get the ball anyway, but couldn't get his hands on it and the ball flew past and was intercepted. Overall, Rudolph gets targets but is only hauling in just 57 percent of his targets. He's very hit or miss.

2015 Week 4 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Rudolph has faded into the background in this offense, despite the need for short, quick passes to offset the offensive line issues. He was targeted just four times despite Teddy Bridgewater throwing the ball 41 times against the Denver Broncos. While he was on the field for 69 offensive snaps, Rudolph was an afterthought on any pass play and a blocker on too many of them as well.

2015 Week 3 vs SD (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was targeted enough to salvage a good fantasy day on a quiet afternoon for the Vikings pass offense, but he he dropped a touchdown. He was targeted again in the red zone when Bridgewater rushed into a bad throw. While he was able to get a few targets on shorter passes, Rudolph didn't have much margin of error in this game script and he squandered the chance to help his owners.

2015 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 5 / 30 / 1 rec)

The day started off with a bang for tight end Kyle Rudolph, as he scored on his very first target. On the play, Rudolph ran a simple up route into the end zone, running between several defenders who ended up basically leaving him on his own in the back of the end zone. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spotted him open and threw a nice pass for the touchdown. On several other plays, Rudolph made a nice catch but found himself short of the first down marker and facing off against one or more defenders. In most cases, Rudolph bulled his way close to or for a first down, showing great determination and a lot of strength.

2015 Week 1 vs SF (7 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Rudolph was the target on several badly overthrown balls by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, including an interception. On that play, Rudolph found the seam between coverage but Bridgewater threw the ball too high and it was picked off. The two hooked up for a nice 19-yard catch earlier in the game. On the play, a 2nd and 20 in the third quarter, Bridgewater had plenty of time but San Francisco covered his receivers beautifully. Rudolph kept moving though, eventually breaking free towards the left sideline where Bridgewater hit him for the big gain.


Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph due for poor outing? (Sat Nov 28, 12:25 AM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph finished with 106 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, but since 2013, he has never finished with eight or more fantasy points in standard scoring in back-to-back games.

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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph shines in loss (Sun Nov 22, 09:32 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had six catches for a season-high 106 yards and a touchdown in a 30-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.

Our View: Rudolph looked as athletic and dynamic as he has all year against the Packers. Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller draw the Packers on Thanksgiving and Rudolph heads to the Georgia Dome.
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