Kyle Rudolph Fantasy News

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:04pm

1500ESPN - [Full Article]

Returning from his third major surgery in his last five seasons of football, Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph has an important season upcoming for a player starting a five-year deal worth up to $40 million if he earns the incentives, including game day active roster and workout bonuses.

Rudolph hasn't played a full season since 2012, with just as many catches (54) in the past two years as that Pro Bowl-alternate season (53). Availability, not ability, is the chief concern with the Vikings' second-round pick from 2010, who has suffered a broken foot and needed surgery to repair a sports hernia in back-to-back seasons.

Rudolph showed a glimpse of what he might do under Norv Turner in last year's preseason, catching seven passes for a 21.3-yard average, including a 51-yard touchdown. He slimmed down in 2014 to adapt to Turner's vertical offense and is still listed 10 pounds lighter than he was in 2013. Rudolph turned his focus to flexibility in workout regimens this offseason, opting for hot yoga and beach exercises. The Vikings hope that will make a difference for a talented player marred by injuries and for an offense that wants to use Rudolph as a big weapon in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the Vikings targeted tight ends on 85 passes last season. Nearly half the league (13) had a single player targeted more at the position. But, Rudolph's injury limited the Vikings down the middle of the field and the turnaround at tight end will help frame the Vikings' bid to build a passing game after ranking near the bottom of the league in passing yards, yards per attempt and touchdowns last season. We all know Rudolph is a reliable target, and the story said he's caught seven balls for every 10 passes thrown his way through four seasons. But, he just can't seem to stay on the field - as fantasy owners well know. Rudolph comes in 16th on our list. We don't always recommend drafting two TEs, but Rudolph in the late rounds as a flier may prove to pan out especially in deeper leagues.

Broncos TEs expected to block more

Monday, July 6, 2015, 8:31pm

DenverBroncos.com - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels, Virgil Green and James Casey leading the complement, the Broncos still appear to be in reliable hands as they reconstruct their tight end corps.

Daniels and Green appear locked in on the top two spots, and depending on the frequency at which the Broncos use certain personnel groups, could both end up with play counts that reflect being starters.

Fantasy Impact:

Julius Thomas, who scored 24 touchdowns the last two years, left for Jacksonville. We rank Daniels 16th on our TE list, but project him for only about 5 TDs this season. While Daniels has the experience in Gary Kubiak's offense, and Green the experience with QB Peyton Manning the last four years, the story points out the job description for the tight ends is a bit different than it was the last three seasons - there'll be a bit more blocking involved. Daniels ADP is the 12th round, however. Compared to those around him, that's about three rounds earlier than Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert who are ranked ahead of Daniels on our list.

Vikings Beat: A healthy TE Kyle Rudolph is 'a big deal' for the offense

Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:36pm

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

In watching Vikings practices this offseason and then listening to coaches and player speak, there’s a sense a healthy TE Kyle Rudolph is a big deal for the offense. In one of Bridgewater’s first press conferences of the offseason program, he was asked about the addition of Wallace. Bridgewater explained that addition was great, but he made a point to talk up how much a healthy Rudolph means to him and the rest of the offense. And this is what Turner, who has had several big-time TEs featured in his offenses, said about Rudolph:

“When he’s healthy and running like he’s been the last three weeks, it’s exciting to have him. We’ll get some coverage on the outside with the speed that we have, he can open it up a lot. He’ll get match-ups, if they’re going to play eight-man fronts, the tight end gets great match-ups through the passing game. It’s nice having him.”

Fantasy Impact:

It has been a frustrating two years for Rudolph and his owners, as he’s missed 15 of a possible 32 games in that span. But he saw 17 targets in three games last season before going down with a sports hernia. Over the past three seasons, Rudolph has averaged 5.2 targets per game, which is about what Owen Daniels averaged in 2014. There’s some upside in OC Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense if he can stay healthy.

Turner: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be a bigger part of the passing game

Friday, June 5, 2015, 5:18pm

PFT - [Full Article]

While Norv Turner notes that he likes the way the Vikings closed out 2014 on offense, he also knows Adrian Peterson’s return will have a major impact.

“Well, any great player — and you’re talking about one of the greatest players to ever play — it makes a total difference,” Turner said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “It changes the whole approach for everybody. If you really break down how we played the last six weeks of the season, we played pretty good on offense. That’s something we’re going to build on. You add Adrian to it and, yeah, it makes a big difference.”

Turner didn’t detail too many of the changes to the approach, but did say that he expects Peterson to be a bigger part of the passing game than he’s been in the past and that other additions (the trade for Mike Wallace, the return to health of Kyle Rudolph) will also reshape the team’s offense for the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Turner has a history of feeding the ball to his top running back; LaDainian Tomlinson averaged 20.9 touches per game from 2007-09 while he and Turner were in San Diego. That included 2.86 receptions per game, which would represent a career high 45-46 receptions for Peterson if he catches the ball at the same rate. If he stays healthy, Peterson is a threat to finish as the #1 overall PPR running back.

Vikings Beat: TE Kyle Rudolph is a 'special talent' and a 'matchup nightmare'

Monday, June 1, 2015, 10:10am

Vikings.com - [Full Article]

Vikings writer Mike Wobschall...

Over the course of the three days, I was impressed with TE Kyle Rudolph. It’s almost daily that he makes a handful of catches that make it obvious he is a special talent, whether it’s posting a LB up over the middle or outrunning a safety on a corner route to haul in long receptions. Rudy is a matchup nightmare for defenses and having him healthy is a big deal for the offense. The last time the Vikings had Rudolph for 16 games, they went to the playoffs and he won MVP honors in the Pro Bowl.

Fantasy Impact:

It has been a frustrating two years for Rudolph and his owners, as he’s missed 15 of a possible 32 games in that span. But he saw 17 targets in three games last season before going down with a sports hernia. Over the past three seasons, Rudolph has averaged 5.2 targets per game, which is about what Owen Daniels averaged in 2014. There’s some upside in OC Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense if he can stay healthy. Granted, that’s a big “if.”

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater happy to have TE Kyle Rudolph back in the fold

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:28pm

Star Tribune - [Full Article]

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater made it halfway through an answer about the new guy, Mike Wallace, before interrupting himself to offer praise to Kyle Rudolph.

“I’ll tell you, what’s even a better addition is have Kyle Rudolph back healthy,” Bridgewater said. “He’s like a whole new player on the team.”

They expected big things from Rudolph last season, and the lucrative contract extension they gave him during training camp was proof of that.

“You see what my position is capable of in this offense,” Rudolph said. “I’ve proven that throughout the course of a 16-game season, when I’m out there every week, I’m one of the best players at my position.”

Fantasy Impact:

It has been a frustrating two years for Rudolph and his owners, as he’s missed 15 of a possible 32 games in that span. But he saw 17 targets in three games last season before going down with a sports hernia. Over the past three seasons, Rudolph has averaged 5.2 targets per game, which is about what Owen Daniels averaged in 2014. There’s some upside in OC Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense if he can stay healthy. Granted, that’s a big “if.”

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Rudolph sounds iffy for Sunday. If he’s out, Rhett Ellison and Chase Ford would see increased snaps, but Ford seems to be more active in the passing game.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee, doubtful) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is doubtful for Week 16. Rudolph will likely miss this week’s game. TE streamers should look elsewhere.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) missed practice again Thursday. Consider Rudolph very questionable for Week 16.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle, knee) did not practice Wednesday. Consider Rudolph questionable for Week 16.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 14. Rudolph caught a touchdown in Week 13, but didn’t do much else. He has a great matchup with the Jets, who have struggled against the tight end position.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Rudolph caught a touchdown in Week 13, but didn’t do much else. He has a great matchup with the Jets, who have struggled against the tight end position.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Rudolph caught a touchdown in Week 13, but unfortunately only saw three targets come his way. He has a great matchup with the Jets, who are #30 in TE aFPA over the past 10 weeks.

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 13. Rudolph’s Snap % was 88% in Week 12, so it’s time to start thinking of him as a high-end TE2/low-end TE1 in Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Rudolph’s Snap % was 88% in Week 12, so it’s time to start thinking of him as a high-end TE2/low-end TE1 in Norv Turner’s TE-friendly offense.

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