With Smith coming on as the team's top TE target, Rudolph may be out in 2021. Smith had a huge game on Christmas Day, posting a 6-53-2 line. For the season he has 28 catches for 335 yards and five TDs, but three of those TDs and 153 yards have come over the last three weeks.
MIN TE Kyle Rudolph - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 14 at Tampa Bay
Rudolph was a non-factor last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he had zero catches on two targets. Rudolph suffered a foot injury late in the game and has yet to practice this week. Early Friday reports indicate Rudolph will miss Week 14's game against the Bucs, however, nothing has been confirmed. At any rate, it is best to have a contingency if indeed Rudolph sits, and what better late-week addition than the returning Irv Smith Jr.