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|Fantasy owners have been patiently waiting for the encore to Rudolph’s breakout 2012 season, where as a second year player he hauled in 53 catches and 9 touchdowns. A dream fit for Norv Turner’s tight end friendly offense, Rudolph simply wasn’t able to stay healthy in 2013 or 2014. The Notre Dame alum bounced back last year to play all 16 games, but poor offensive line play made him a blocker on a majority of the very infrequent pass plays that were called. Rudolph finished just outside of TE1 range with a 49-495-5 line for the season. With the additions of free agents Alex Boone and Andre Smith, Rudolph should have a chance to become more involved in the passing game, especially at intermediate routes and in the red zone. I do expect the Vikings to throw a bit more this season, but their strong defense and dominant running game will still take precedence over tossing the ball around. With a young tandem of receivers in Diggs and Treadwell, Rudolph could carve out a niche as a reliable target for Bridgewater, and improve his numbers enough to be a legitimate TE1, even if his upside is capped.
| Stefon Diggs misses practice Friday|
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Oct 7, 1:15 pm
|Receiver Stefon Diggs has also been held out all week due to a lingering groin injury. With the bye week coming up, the Vikings may decide to shut him down for two weeks to heal.
Should Diggs be held out, receiver Jarius Wright could be involved once again as the team’s former primary slot receiver from 2013-2015. Wright has been a healthy scratch three of four weeks this season. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Diggs' owners need to have plan B in place as he's a candidate for the inactive list in Week 5. Charles Johnson and Adam Thielen could be the top wideouts but neither would be recommended fantasy starters. TE Kyle Rudolph makes for a solid TE1 play.