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By Steve Painter, Vikings Correspondent, Wed, May 27th 8:45pm EDT

Rudolph, Bridgewater, and Charles Johnson spent the offseason training together and Bridgewater says Rudolph is "like a different man" out there. That's great news, but he still has to prove he is durable on the field. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph should not be your first TE choice but is worthy of a late round pick.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 12:37pm EST

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph will be held out against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with ankle/knee injuries. Rudolph sustained the injuries last Sunday against the Lions. (Source: Star Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Make sure to remove Rudolph from your line-up for Week 16. The young tight end has battled injuries all season and has been active only eight times this year.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 11:21pm EST

Kyle Rudolph had 7 catches for 69 yards in the Week 15 loss to Detroit. Rudolph caught all 7 of his targets. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Overall, a good showing for Rudolph, especially in PPR formats. Rudolph remains a low-end TE1 in all formats.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Dec 9th 12:19am EST

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph made only two catches for nine yards in the Vikings' 30-21 overtime win over the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: In a game in which quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for more than 300 yards, Rudolph couldn't even break double figures in receiving yards. Rudolph has only seven catches for 66 yards and one touchdown in four games since returning from injury. Given the current state of the tight end position, Rudolph is actually still a viable option in larger leagues despite a difficult match-up with the Lions in Week 15.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 6:23pm EST

Kyle Rudolph caught 2 of 3 targets for 7 yards and a touchdown Week 13, against the Carolina Panthers. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With the Vikings going up big before the half, this is not surprising, as it became a clock management game in the 2nd half. The TD was a nice addition to an otherwise forgettable game. Rudolph remains a low-end TE1 for the rest of the season, and should continue to get red zone looks.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Nov 24th 2:04pm EST

Kyle Rudolph caught 3 passes on 5 targets for 50 yards Sunday, against the Packers. Rudolph was on the field for 60 of 68 offensive snaps. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news for fantasy owners as we head down the fantasy season stretch. Clearly a full-go for Week 12, Rudolph continues to get healthier, and will be a serviceable TE2/borderline TE1 for the remainder of the season.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 12:31am EST

Kyle Rudolph returned to action on Sunday vs. the Bears and had no catches and no targets. Vikings TE's had exactly 3 targets between Rudolph, Chase Ford, and Rhett Ellison. Ellison scored a TD on his lone target. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Chicago came into this game giving up the most points to TE's in the league. Why Norv Turner dialed back on his TE involvement is anyone's guess. The Vikings remained in this game until late, so the lack of targets is concerning. The saving grace here is that TE was slim pickings this week. For those starting Rudolph, however, the expectation was at least something - anything - but certainly not zero. The Vikings face Green Bay next week. Green Bay is middle of the pack defending the TE. Rudolph is in the TE2 conversation until he proves otherwise, and will be a capable bye-week fill-in for Week 12.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:34am EST

Kyle Rudolph practiced in full today, for the first time since his sports hernia injury sidelined him in week 3. "We have to see where he's at as we get going (on Sunday)," Zimmer said. "We'll have a plan in place for where we want to use him. We'll be smart with him. We've got to watch the tape, see how he did today, how he recovers tomorrow from two days of work, and then go from there." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Coach Zimmer expresses some caution, all signs point to Rudolph being a full-go in Week 11 against the Bears. Vikings TEs saw 11 targets last week and Chicago is the most generous team in the league v. TEs. Rudolph makes a solid TE1 this week.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Nov 4th 10:57pm EST

Kyle Rudolph was able to participate in Vikings practice Tuesday, as the team heads into the bye week. He appears to be on track to play Week 11 against Chicago. "That's my goal," Rudolph said. "It's been my goal this whole time. The timeline is up to (Sugarman), it's up to coach Zimmer. It would be horrible if we caused a setback to try to get that one game. The direction that this team is headed right now, we've got to have our focus and our goal for the long term this season." (Source: Fox Sports North)

Fantasy Impact: Vikings TE's had 11 targets in Week 9's game vs. Washington, and Rudolph will handle the majority of TE targets for the Vikings moving forward. With TE being a bit of a wasteland this season, anyone looking for help at the position is urged to pick Rudolph up off waivers this week if one can afford the roster spot. Next week, Rudolph's price goes up, when he faces a Chicago D that has been unable to stop opposing TE's this season.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Wed, Oct 22nd 10:19pm EDT

Kyle Rudolph took part in conditioning drills, today, for the first time since his sports hernia surgery in late September. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is good news, as everything appears to be on track for Rudolph to return to the lineup to face the Bears in Week 11.


By Scott Lotzer, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Sep 30th 2:05am EDT

Kyle Rudolph is expected to miss at least 5 more weeks after having surgery to repair a sports hernia on both sides of his abdomen. "I actually got both sides fixed while I was there," Rudolph said. "It was something we thought we could manage. With these injuries, you know they're progressively going to get worse, but we tried everything we could to kind of make it week-by-week, and it got to the point where every Monday we were starting over again. Just get it fixed now so in November, December, January, I'm playing at a high level." The Vikings elected to hold his roster spot as opposed to adding him to the IR - Designated to Return list. The IR-DTR list requires a player to be inactive for 8 weeks. The Vikings believe he can return to action sooner than that. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The safe bet is that Rudolph returns after the Vikings Week 10 bye when they face Chicago in Week 11. Word to the wise: Greg Jennings had a similar injury last season and never quite regained his speed afterward. Rudolph is certainly a TE2 when he returns to the lineup, but expectations need to be kept low until he proves otherwise. Make sure to watch his progress and look out for any changes or setbacks for his return timetable.


By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 22nd 2:39pm EDT

The Vikings suffered another big blow in Sunday's 20-9 loss in New Orleans with TE Kyle Rudolph exiting the game with a right groin injury. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported on Monday afternoon that the Vikings starting TE will need surgery after team doctors viewed his MRI. Rudolph will be out for about six weeks. (Source: Albert Breer)

Fantasy Impact: Rookie QB Teddy Brigdewater will throw to the combo of Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray until Rudolph returns or they find another TE. This is not a good situation in Minnesota. Stay away from the TE's there in all leagues.


By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 4:26pm EDT

Rudolph suffered an injury late in the game and didn't return. Rudolph said this after the 20-9 loss to the Saints: "Something popped. I've been battling it for a while." (Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Fantasy Impact: The Vikings starting TE had only 3 catches for 27 yards before exiting the game in the 2nd half. He is best kept as a TE2 considering he is very dependent on TD's, especially now with the rookie Bridgewater under center for the near future. It remains to be seen how serious Rudolph's injury really is.


By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Fri, Sep 19th 11:36pm EDT

Rudolph was limited all week in practice with an abdomen issue, but he is listed as probable and will be in the starting lineup. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: He is facing a New Orleans defense that has allowed the most passing yards this season, however Rob Ryan's unit has allowed only 65 yards and one touchdown to opposing tight ends. Rudolph is very dependant on TD's with Matt Cassel at the helm. He is a mid TE1 for this week's matchup, who should pick up his numbers as the season progresses.


By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 9:14pm EDT

Fourth-year Notre Dame product Kyle Rudolph was limited in practice on Wednesday with what is being called a new issue for him with his abdomen. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The gifted tight end has gotten off to a slow start this season, catching only 7 of 12 targets for 69 yards and 1 score. He is being held back by the lack of looks created by Matt Cassel. For now Rudolph is a back-end TE1, but should be treated like a TE2 if you have another option.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 1:27am EDT

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph turned a team-high eight targets into five catches for 53 yards in a loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Even though he didn't score it was encouraging to see Rudolph get more involved in the offense in Week 2. He increased his catches (2 to 5) and targets (4 to 8) as well as his receiving yards (16 to 53). If Peterson is out for an extended period of time Rudolph could become an even bigger part of the Vikings' offense if they choose to lean more heavily on the passing game. Either way Rudolph remains a reliable starting TE in the majority of fantasy leagues.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 1:01am EDT

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hauled in a 5-yard touchdown catch on Sunday, but did little else in the season opening victory against the St. Louis Rams. Rudolph was targeted only four times and converted those looks into just two catches for 16 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Without the short touchdown catch, Rudolph would have been a major disappointment for fantasy owners on Sunday. The former All-Pro was expected to play an important role in Norv Tuner's new offense, but Rudolph appeared to be somewhat of an after thought in the Vikings' passing attack in Week 1. However he was definitely the first option on his touchdown catch as Matt Cassel found his talented tight end wide-open in the end zone after executing a play-action fake. Because of his size and sure-hands, Rudolph should remain a top option in the red zone for the Vikings this season and that alone makes him a legitimate TE1.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 11:58pm EDT

Tight end Kyle Rudolph looked like the No. 1 option in the Vikings' passing attack on Saturday night as he caught 4 passes for 89 yards with a 51-yard TD catch in Minnesota's second preseason game against the Cardinals. Rudolph was Cassel's first-read on three separate pass plays and they resulted in gains of 14 and 18 yards as well as the 51-yard TD strike.

Fantasy Impact: If the first-half was any indication of what's to come, Kyle Rudolph will play an integral role in the Vikings' passing attack in 2014. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is currently being drafted as the 10th TE and the 94th overall player off the board in mock drafts. Rudolph could easily outperform his current draft position and is someone you should target if you miss out on the elite talent at the position.


By Jake Perper, Vikings Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 12:45am EDT

We saw what Jordan Cameron did under Norv Turner's direction last season and that's likely what Rudolph will do this season. The fourth-year pro caught one pass for 22 yards and fell just one yard short of scoring a touchdown against the Raiders on Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: The Notre Dame product has 15 touchdown grabs in three seasons in the NFL. He is currently ranked as the 9th best TE in Fantasy Pros rankings behind Jordan Reed and ahead of Zach Ertz and Dennis Pitta. He should be a solid TE 1 if he can stay healthy this season.


By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 11:14pm EDT

ESPN reports that tight end Kyle Rudolph has agreed to a five-year, 36.5 million dollar extension with the Minnesota Vikings. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Now that Rudolph's contract situation has been taken care of he can turn his full attention to learning new Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner's offense. And considering Turner's history with tight ends Rudolph could be in for a breakout season. Beginning in the early 1990's with Jay Novacek and continuing with Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron, Turner's offenses have consistently featured a prolific pass-catching tight end. If history continues Rudolph could be a solid TE1 and a bargain at his current ADP of 95.


By Michael Bailey, Vikings Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 1:04pm EDT

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has shed some weight in the hopes that it will help him get open more often in coordinator Norv Turner's tight-end-friendly offense. (Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel)

Fantasy Impact: If Rudolph can stay healthy after only playing half a season a year ago, a return to his numbers of 2012 (53-493-9) isn't out of question.

The NY Times | Jul 31st
First year under TE guru Norv Turner ended up being a huge bust. Can he stay upright?
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
Talent, role and system are pretty awesome, but health is a major problem for Rudy
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
I'm liking the Vikings offense with Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator, Adrian Peterson back and Teddy Bridgewater in his second season. Trips to the red zone should grow and that's where Rudolph should get the majority of his fantasy points.
FFLockerRoom | Jul 29th
Finally healthy and with a returning Adrian Peterson, Rudolph is a good bet to flirt with double digit touchdowns if he plays 16.
RotoBaller | Jul 27th
BALLER MOVE: Target in Late Rounds as High-End TE2 Current ADP: 165 STD, 147 PPR ANALYSIS: Although Minnesota is still looking for everything to come together for the injury-prone Kyle Rudolph, the immense size and upside are still there. Rudolph is 6’6” and 260 lbs– making him a terrifying red zone threat. Between his foot injury... Read More
RotoBaller | Jul 19th
In most fantasy football leagues, managers only need to draft one tight end. Something tells me I’m going to struggle when deciding which one to target. Since writing a recent article on Travis Kelce and how he should continue to improve this year, I’ve found that I’m also in love with Kyle Rudolph. Not only... Read More
RotoBaller | Jul 2nd
BALLER MOVE: Target as Low-End TE1 ANALYSIS: Injuries have plagued Kyle Rudolph the past two seasons, during which he played just 17 games, but he is finally healthy heading into 2015. The progression of Teddy Bridgewater and the return of former MVP Adrian Peterson should greatly benefit a healthy Rudolph. Rudolph finished last season 38th among tight ends, but... Read More
RotoBaller | Jun 27th
Yep, you read that right. Kyle Rudolph, the guy who finished the 2014 season with 24 receptions, 231 yards and two touchdowns will be a top-ten fantasy football tight end in 2015. Rudolph, 25, is now 5 years apart from when he entered the league as a highly-touted tight end out of the University of Notre Dame. At... Read More