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Tight End, Minnesota Vikings

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Draft: 2011 Round 2 (11)
College: Notre Dame
Ht: 6’6”  Wt: 259 DOB: 1989-11-09 Age: 25
TE Rank Tier ADP-12
#8 2 6.12

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2011 MIN 15 8 39 26 249 9.6 3 42.9 2.9
2012 MIN 16 - 93 53 493 9.3 9 103.3 6.5
2013 MIN 8 - 46 30 313 10.4 3 49.3 6.2
2014 MIN 7 - 34 24 231 9.6 2 35.1 5.0
2014 (Projected) MIN       70 745 10.6 6 110.5  

2014 Outlook
Depth Chart
Where Norv Turner goes, the fantasy owner looking for a break-out tight end follows. From Jay Novacek in the‘90s, Antonio Gates in ‘00s and Jordan Cameron last year, Turner has quite a knack for featuring tight ends in his offensive system. Will Kyle Rudolph be the next in line to make the leap? Prior to his 2013 mid-season broken foot, Rudolph was on pace for career highs in receptions and yardage, totals that would have put him in the low-end TE1 conversation. In a fantasy position that lacks consistency outside the top tier, Rudolph has the physical traits and work ethic to massively improve on his 2013 ranking. While not as athletic as some former Turner tight ends, Rudolph is a monster in the red zone, and reports out of offseason workouts have him working extensively on his route running and discipline. With Turner calling plays, the threat of Adrian Peterson in the backfield, and Cordarelle Patterson out wide, Rudolph should easily double his totals from 2013, making him a solid TE1 for owners who miss out on a member of the top 5.

Comment: OC Norv Turner features the tight end, which bodes well for Rudolph. Turner has made fantasy stars out of Antonio Gates and Jordan Cameron.

Fan. Tm. Player
TE1TE1 Kyle Rudolph
TE2TE4 Chase Ford
TE3TE2 Rhett Ellison
Vikings Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Nov 26, 4:46 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Did not participate: TE Chase Ford (hamstring/foot), FS Harrison Smith (shoulder/ankle), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (knee), RB Jerick McKinnon (low back) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee). Limited participation: RB Matt Asiata (concussion), LT Matt Kalil (knee) and LB Anthony Barr (knee). Full participation: TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen/groin), WR Jarius Wright (hamstring), WR Greg Jennings (rib) and RT Mike Harrison (ankle). (Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: With Jerick McKinnon banged up, recent addition Ben Tate is likely to be worked into the rotation week 13. Until the backfield situation is worked out in Minnesota it is tough to trust any Viking running back for fantasy purposes.

Injury Kyle Rudolph practices Friday, expected to play
Workload on Sunday is unclear
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Nov 14, 2:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Zimmer also said that he expects Kyle Rudolph to suit up Sunday, though it is unclear if the tight end in his return will re-assume the large workload he had before sports hernia surgery in Week 3. Rudolph was listed as probable. His backup, Chase Ford, is also probable despite a foot injury. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Owners desperate for a tight end can plug him into lineups immediately but ideally, you should wait a week in case his snaps are limited against the Bears.

Injury Vikings "hopeful" TE Rudolph returns in Week 11
Sidelined for six games since hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Mon Nov 10, 6:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph "practiced a little bit" on Monday as the team returned from its bye week, HC Mike Zimmer said, and the team remains hopeful Rudolph will be able to return from a six-game absence on Sunday in Chicago. Rudolph hasn't played since sustaining a sports hernia on Sept. 21 in New Orleans, and was originally projected to be out for six weeks. Rudolph said last week a return for the Bears' game "has been my goal the whole time," though he added he wouldn't run the risk of a setback by trying to return too quickly. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rudolph said around the time of the surgery that his hernia had bothered him since the preseason, which means owners never got a chance to see what he could really do after dropping 15 pounds in the offseason. The fourth-year tight end returns to a team desperate for the size and athletic mismatch he offers down the middle of the field and in the red zone, which means he should be immediately considered as a fantasy TE1 when he is cleared to play.

Injury Kyle Rudolph eyeing Week 11 for return
Vikings TE recovering from hernia surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Nov 3, 7:00 am

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are winding down for the bye but tight end Kyle Rudolph is ramping up his rehabilitation from hernia surgery and targeting the team's next game, Nov. 16 at Chicago, for his return. "That's my goal," Rudolph said after Sunday's 29-26 victory over Washington. "I've got to get myself in football shape. In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then." (Pioneer Press)

FFToday's Take: The Vikings have a bye Week 10 and will face the Bears in Week 11. Rudolph was averaging 5.6 targets per game before his injury in Week 3. He's a worthy stash if you're needy at the tight end position and have the roster depth.

Injury Kyle Rudolph making progress
Recovering from double sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Thu Oct 23, 4:00 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3 after double sports hernia surgery, participated in the team stretch at the beginning of practice for the first time since surgery and did running on the side with an athletic trainer. (Fox Sports)

FFToday's Take: Given the current state of the Vikings' offense (Cordarrelle Patterson's lack of involvement, for example), it is not a stretch to think that Rudolph could be a second-half stud given the fact that Teddy Bridgewater is a short and intermediate thrower. Rudolph will probably remain out through Minnesota through the team's Week 10 bye, but appears to be on track to go after that.

Injury Vikings optimistic about early return from Rudolph
Underwent sports hernia surgery after Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 29, 4:05 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Mike Zimmer still feels like TE Kyle Rudolph out less than eight weeks from when hurt. That's why no injury with designation to return. (Chris Tomasson on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Rudolph admitted his injury had bothered him since early August and was given a 4-to-6 week timeline for recovery. As proof of Rudolph's upside when healthy, Jarius Wright ended up taking many of the slot snaps in Week 4 that Rudolph would have received. The Vikings' bye is in Week 10, which makes the following week a realistic return date. Any time before Week 11 should be considered a bonus.

Injury Kyle Rudolph likely out six weeks
Will undergo sports hernia surgery
By: Doug Orth | Mon Sep 22, 3:35 pm

Minnesota Vikings
TE Kyle Rudolph left Sunday’s loss to the Saints with a groin injury and was expected to have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage. Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that Rudolph will need to have sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks while he recovers. The Vikings have targeted Rudolph 17 times this season, just behind Greg Jennings for the most of anyone on the team. (Pro Football Talk)

FFToday's Take: Another brutal blow for a Minnesota offense that has lost potentially its top two red-zone options in Adrian Peterson and Rudolph. Rhett Ellison and MarQueis Gray will fill in during his absence, but the Vikings don't have a suitable replacement for Rudolph on the roster. It makes the job even harder for rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who will make his first career start at home against Atlanta in Week 4.

2014 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at STL W 34-6 4 2 16 8.0 1 7.6
2 NE L 7-30 8 5 53 10.6 0 5.3
3 at NO L 9-20 5 3 27 9.0 0 2.7
12 GB L 21-24 5 3 50 16.7 0 5.0
13 CAR W 31-13 3 2 7 3.5 1 6.7
14 NYJ W 30-24 2 2 9 4.5 0 0.9
15 at DET L 14-16 7 7 69 9.9 0 6.9

2013 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 at DET L 24-34 4 2 27 13.5 0 2.7
2 at CHI L 30-31 6 3 42 14.0 1 10.2
3 CLE L 27-31 8 5 28 5.6 0 2.8
4 PIT W 34-27 2 2 6 3.0 0 0.6
6 CAR L 10-35 11 9 97 10.8 1 15.7
7 at NYG L 7-23 9 3 27 9.0 0 2.7
8 GB L 31-44 4 4 51 12.8 0 5.1
9 at DAL L 23-27 2 2 35 17.5 1 9.5

2012 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  Receiving Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts
1 JAC W 26-23 7 5 67 13.4 0 6.7
2 at IND L 20-23 5 3 35 11.7 1 9.5
3 SF W 24-13 6 5 36 7.2 2 15.6
4 at DET W 20-13 5 2 8 4.0 0 0.8
5 TEN W 30-7 7 4 23 5.8 1 8.3
6 at WAS L 26-38 11 6 56 9.3 1 11.6
7 ARI W 21-14 4 0 0 - 0 0.0
8 TB L 17-36 2 2 17 8.5 0 1.7
9 at SEA L 20-30 2 0 0 - 0 0.0
10 DET W 34-24 9 7 64 9.1 1 12.4
12 at CHI L 10-28 9 5 55 11.0 1 11.5
13 at GB L 14-23 8 6 51 8.5 1 11.1
14 CHI W 21-14 2 0 0 - 0 0.0
15 at STL W 36-22 4 3 22 7.3 0 2.2
16 at HOU W 23-6 6 3 39 13.0 1 9.9
17 GB W 37-34 6 2 20 10.0 0 2.0
WC at GB L 10-24 3 3 42 14.0 0 4.2
WC = Wild-Card

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