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.
RotoBaller | Sep 1st
BALLER MOVE: Target ~74 (Current ADP: 83, TE:9) ANALYSIS: First let’s get the obvious out of the way, the new Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner has a track record of highlighting TE’s in his offense, including Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron. At Minnesota he will continue this trend and add Kyle Rudolph to his resume […]