| 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
|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.
| McKinnon misses practice, Asiata limited -- Wed Nov 26 4:46 pm --|
Kyle Rudolph practices in full
|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).
FF Today'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.
| Kyle Rudolph practices Friday, expected to play -- Fri Nov 14 2:30 pm --|
Workload on Sunday is unclear
|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)|
FF Today'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.
| Vikings "hopeful" TE Rudolph returns in Week 11 -- Mon Nov 10 6:30 pm --|
Sidelined for six games since hernia surgery
|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)|
FF Today'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.
| Kyle Rudolph eyeing Week 11 for return -- Mon Nov 3 7:00 am --|
Vikings TE recovering from hernia surgery
|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)|
FF Today'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.
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