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TE Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Rudolph got a bump in targets, but that was game script related more than a preset role in the offense. He's still more streamer than steady every week start at tight end heading into a matchup against the Bills.

Week 3: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Good matchup. Any concerns over Kirk Cousins' transition to Minnesota have surely been alleviated by now. Through 2 games in purple, Cousins has averaged a career-best 8.02 adjusted net yards per attempt, which factors in yards, touchdowns, sacks, and interceptions. He's meshing beautifully with both Adam Thielen (a 75% catch rate for 233 yards and 2 scores) and Stefon Diggs (128 and 2 in Week 2), and this passing attack is suddenly far more menacing and downfield-oriented than it's ever been. Swapping out Sam Bradford and Case Keenum, both mediocre-at-best deep-ball throwers, for Cousins has created serious impact. Both Thielen and Diggs are excelling downfield and on comeback routes, putting tons of pressure on opposing defenses. Cousins routinely ranks among the league leaders in downfield volume and accuracy. Armed with those two outside threats as well as explosive check-down targets in Kyle Rudolph and Dalvin Cook, this has quickly become one of the NFL's most dynamic and dependable attacks. Vontae Davis's surprise retirement wasn't just a bizarre happenstance. It also crippled an already-thin cornerback group that was counting on Davis to play a significant role on this defense. Slot man Phillip Gaines was later lost to injury, leaving the Bills with just three healthy cornerbacks by game's end. At least the team has found a gem in Tre'Davious White, a playmaker on the ball whose presence is growing more and more feared by quarterbacks. If not for a rough midseason stretch that saw him gamble a few times too many, White would've challenged Marshon Lattimore for Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017. He's carried that over into this year, as Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers barely looked his way in their meetings.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SF 59 1 11 1 0 7.1
2 at GB 63 7 72 0 0 7.2
3 vs BUF PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
3 vs BUF PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * * *
3 vs BUF PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

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

2018 Week 2 vs GB (8 / 7 / 72 / 0 rec)

With Diggs and Thielen taking most of the headlines and touchdowns, Rudolph is easy to get overlooked in the offense. This plays directly into what the Vikings want to happen as the Packers defense began to forget about him as the game wore on. He managed to sneak out for a big 23-yard gain at the end of the third quarter. This helped set up the Vikings second touchdown after he was pushed out of bounds at the 5-yard line. Rudolph has not shown the same red zone prowess he did a year ago, but Thielen and Diggs have cashed in instead. It is only a matter of time before Rudolph gets his chances in the red zone.

2018 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)

It was a very quiet day for Rudolph this week with the big tight end only receiving two targets the entire game. All three of the Viking tight ends caught a pass this week, Rudolph's just happened to be in the end zone. His greatest asset is his size and jumping ability in the red zone. Rudolph hauled in an 11-yard pass right down the seam for a Viking touchdown. Cousins knew exactly where he was going with the ball before it was even snapped. Outside of this play, Rudolph was locked down by an athletic core of linebackers for the 49ers. Always a boom or bust candidate, Rudolph continues to rely heavily on red zone touchdown opportunities.


Latest News

Vikings | Kyle Rudolph finds end zone in loss (Sun Sep 23, 04:52 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown on six targets in Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills.

Our View: Rudolph got a garbage time score to stay among the startable fantasy tight ends. He should be a key target against the Rams on Thursday.
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Vikings | Kyle Rudolph racks up seven receptions (Sun Sep 16, 08:02 PM) - Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph posted seven receptions for 72 yards on eight targets in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: Rudolph only had one catch last week, but he benefited from extra volume in the passing game in this one. He'll be a boom/bust play against the Bills next week.
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