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College: Notre Dame | 9 years
Height: 6'6" | Weight: 265 lbs
Birth Date: 11/9/1989
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2019 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 TE

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2019 RTSports Outlook

Rudolph had another productive season as the starting tight end for the Vikings. He was seventh overall in fantasy tight end scoring, finishing with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns. It wasn't a huge season for Rudolph but consistent. He has 57 or more receptions three straight seasons. Rudolph will continue to be the top tight end in an offense that likes to throw the ball. Rudolph isn't much of a blocker but a top pass catcher. He has plus speed, very good hands and the ability to make the tough catch. He can also be a top red-zone target but didn't get many chances in that area last year.

FANTASY OUTLOOK:   Rudolph probably hit his ceiling three years back but even with that said, he is a low-end No. 1 tight end. The position isn't quite as deep as past seasons. His reception totals won't be that of some of the top tight ends but his touchdown totals should be solid. He can finish with around 65 receptions for 650 yards and seven touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Theres nothing especially exciting about Viking tight end Kyle Rudolph, but hes finished in the top-10 at the tight end position in fantasy football for three consecutive seasons, and 2019 is shaping up to be another year where Rudolph finishes at the bottom of the TE1 tier. Rudolph scored just four touchdowns last season after combining for 15 in 2016 and 2017, so fantasy owners may be able to count on some positive regression in that category. Otherwise, Rudolph seems like a solid bet to finish with something like 60 catches and 600 yards, and while his dynasty outlook is hampered by the addition of Irv Smith Jr., Rudolphs short term outlook as a safe option for quarterback Kirk Cousins seems secure. Last year, Rudolph who had 64 catches for 634 yards had the second-best catch rate among tight ends and was seventh at the position in red zone receptions despite only ranking 29th among tight ends in how accurate his targets were. If Cousins can bounce back, Rudolph should see some improvements, putting his overall ceiling closer to what it was in an 840-yard, seven-touchdown 2016 campaign. Once the top tight ends are off the board, dont be afraid to take Rudolph.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Nov 11 4:10am ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph finished with four catches for 14 yards and two scores during the win over the Cowboys on Sunday. With Adam Thielen (hamstring) out of the lineup, the veteran accounted for both of quarterback Kirk Cousins' touchdown throws on the night. He has been relatively productive despite his lack of volume catching passes, racking up four touchdowns over his last four outings. He is an acceptable streaming option, but don't expect this type of production consistently moving ahead.

From RotoBaller

Nov 11 1:13am ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph had four receptions for 14 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, Nov. 10, against the Dallas Cowboys. Rudolph also caught a two-point conversion.

Fantasy Spin: Twenty of Kirk Cousins' 32 passes went to tight ends or backs, so clearly that was a big part of the game plan going in. Rudolph didn't account for many yards, but his two TDs give him four in as many weeks. That provides him with some touchdown-dependent desperation value.

From TheHuddle

Nov 8 6:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is the epitome of the boom-or-bust tight end in fantasy. He has done some booming of late, though, with touchdowns in two of the last three games. In fact, of his 20 reception on the season, 11 of them have come in the last three games. The Dallas Cowboys have been a little shaky against the position the last five weeks averaging 5.8 receptions, 70.3 yards and 0.5 touchdowns allowed per game. There are a few top tight ends on byes or injured this week, and Rudolph is a sneaky replacement that could pay dividends.

From RotoBaller

Nov 3 6:40pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught 3-of-5 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in Week 9's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Rudolph hooked up with Cousins on a three-yard score late in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the year. Though Rudolph has seen an uptick in production lately with Adam Thielen (hamstring) missing time, he still doesn't inspire confidence as anything more than a touchdown-dependent TE2 for Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys.

From RotoBaller

Oct 31 9:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has seen an uptick in production recently as he has at least three catches in three straight games and had 5/58/1 in Week 7. He's still averaging just 18.4 yards per game and failed to break out as a usable fantasy player even with star wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined for most of the last two games. Thielen is expected to resume his normal role and target share for Week 9's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. Don't even think about starting Rudolph unless you're playing in a league that starts two tight ends, and even then there should be more enticing options on the waiver wire.

From RotoBaller

Oct 24 11:53pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught all three of his targets for 17 yards in a 19-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Fresh off his best game of the year, Rudolph couldn't capitalize on Adam Thielen's absence against Washington. With Thielen expected to return in Week 9, Rudolph's shaky streaming appeal disappears completely.

From TheHuddle

Oct 24 12:30am ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is coming off a solid game in Week 7 as he tallied five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. It was his first touchdown and his first time exceeding 36 receiving yards on the season. Rudolph may see a slight increase in targets due to receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) being out, but he still shouldn't be trusted in standard leagues. Rudolph remains an unexciting touchdown-dependent TE2 in Week 8's home matchup against the Washington Redskins.

From RotoBaller

Oct 24 12:13am ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and TE Irv Smith Jr. could be a larger part of the offense in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins with WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) sidelined. Rudolph and Smith combined for 10 grabs, 118 yards and a touchdown in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions with Thielen out.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph has been a tremendous red-zone target in the past, but he has been mostly non-existent this season. From a fantasy perspective, he is still only worth using as a TE2 in seasonal play, with some upside at a low cost in DFS. Smith is a decent long-term fantasy prospect, but not roster-worthy at this time.

From TheHuddle

Oct 23 2:33pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph may see a few more targets this week with Adam Thielen out and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Oct 22 5:53pm ET

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.

From TheHuddle

Oct 21 5:33pm ET

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.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph is coming off his best game of the season where he posted 58 yards and one touchdown. He may see a new more targets this week if Adam Thielen is not able to play and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.

From TheHuddle

Oct 20 9:23pm ET

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.

Fantasy Spin: After managing just nine catches for 72 yards in the first six games, Rudolph was more involved against Detroit, finding the end zone for the first time in 2019. His usage could see a bump if Adam Thielen's hamstring injury turns out to be serious, but he should still be treated as a touchdown-dependent TE2.

From TheHuddle

Oct 20 7:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-6 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 7. Rudolph connected with Kirk Cousins on a 15-yard score in the fourth quarter, Rudolph's first touchdown catch of the year. Adam Thielen (hamstring) left the game early, meaning guys like Rudolph, Olabisi Johnson, and Irv Smith Jr. were asked to step up in the passing attack. To their credit, they all put up solid performances. That being said, Rudolph remains an uninspiring low-volume option at tight end and should only be played as a touchdown-dependent TE2 in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins.

From RotoBaller

Oct 17 9:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is not a player you need to force into lineups in Week 7. Rudolph caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in his best game of 2019 in Week 6. He has just nine catches this year and his average target distance is 2.2 yards. He's still playing at least 90% of offensive snaps every game, but he doesn't get enough targets or red-zone work to be in consideration for fantasy lineups. Rudolph is an unexciting TE3 with limited upside in a run-heavy offense and he should not be started in Week 7.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 7:30pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards in a Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. This was Rudolph's best game this season by quite a large margin, which just reinforces that he can't be trusted as a starting tight end even with the position being as shallow as it is. He played in 68-of-71 (96%) offensive snaps and had the third-most targets this week, but he still possesses a low weekly floor and ceiling with his lack of red-zone usage. Rudolph is only a desperation play as a TE2 heading into Week 7's road game against the Detroit Lions.

From RotoBaller

Oct 13 6:33pm ET

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.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph had his best game of the season in Week 6 but is still not a strong fantasy option at this point. Fantasy players in most leagues likely will be able to find better options for their lineups.

From TheHuddle

Oct 11 11:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been close to non-existent from a fantasy football perspective so far this year, catching 6-of-8 targets for 36 scoreless yards in five games played. He has been on the field for at least 84% of offensive snaps in each game but is being asked to block on most plays as the team has shifted to a very run-heavy attack. Rudolph has seen one target in 4-of-5 games and remains an unexciting option even at a paper-thin position, but he can be used as a (very) low-end TE2 streamer in Week 6 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings will likely look to take advantage of the Eagles' shoddy secondary by utilizing the passing attack on Sunday - all you can hope for is Rudolph to get a red-zone target or two and for him to possibly come away with a touchdown.

From RotoBaller

Oct 6 6:03pm ET

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph caught one pass for four yards against the New York Giants in Week 5.

Fantasy Spin: Rudolph has posted six catches and 36 yards in five games this season and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Oct 3 10:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is not a recommended play in Week 5 on the road against the New York Giants. Though Rudolph is still playing a high percentage of snaps, he's close to being eclipsed by Irv Smith Jr. in the passing game and has just 32 scoreless receiving yards on seven targets this season. There are likely better TE2's out there to take a shot on, such as Jack Doyle, Dawson Knox, or Noah Fant.

From RotoBaller

Sep 30 10:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hauled in his only target for 12 receiving yards in Week 4's 16-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Rudolph's lack of involvement through four weeks is beyond concerning as he's racked up a grand total of seven targets, catching five for a mere 32 yards. Rudolph can be safely dropped in all but the deepest of leagues as his volume and production aren't even on the touchdown-dependent TE2 radar at the moment. He's a desperation play as a bye-week streamer in Week 5 against the New York Giants.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 11-Jun-2019: MIN - Re-signed - Four-year extension (through 2023)
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