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|Regarded as the premier tight end in the 2011 rookie draft, Rudolph was basically red-shirted last season, catching just 26 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns (all of his touchdowns were scored in his last seven games) as a backup to Visante Shiancoe. The Vikings chose not resign Shiancoe and with John Carlson brought on in a backup capacity, Rudolph will assume starting duties in 2012. He has sleeper potential given his solid size (6’6”, 258 pounds), which makes him a viable red zone option on a team that lacks size at the wide receiver position. However, it remains to be seen whether or not he can be a consistent weapon in the team’s passing attack. Consider him a TE2 with upside in 2012.
| Kyle Rudolph to miss a month -- Mon Nov 4 2:05 pm --|
Fractured left foot
|Vikings HC Leslie Frazier said TE Kyle Rudolph has a fractured left foot and will miss the next month. Starting RT Phil Loadholt (concussion) won't practice today. The team's "practice" will be a walkthrough.
Frazier also said today, in his press briefing at Winter Park, that Christian Ponder will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night against Washington at the Metrodome. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Given his level of production with the inadequate quarterbacking in Minnesota this season, most owners can probably part ways with Rudolph in redraft leagues. A four-week absence would put his probable return around Week 13 - much too long for teams to hold on to a TE2. John Carlson will likely absorb most of his snaps, but isn't a realistic fantasy option. As for Ponder, the Vikings didn't have much of a choice other than to stick with Ponder on a short week.
|Ponder to start for Vikings -- Fri Nov 1 1:50 pm --|
Not guaranteed to start Week 10
|Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Christian Ponder will start against the Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium. Frazier made the decision public on Friday, although he knew Ponder would start earlier in the week. Ponder took first team reps throughout the week during the open portion of practice and did not participate after practice in team sessions with the second team. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Once we learned Ponder was taking first team reps in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, it was inevitable that Ponder would be announced as the starter. TE Kyle Rudolph has some low-end TE1 fantasy value but receivers Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson will be high risk fantasy gambles.