Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Sun 10/18/20 8:58 PM

Rudolph corralled three of his four targets for 47 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-23 loss to Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

The two-time Pro Bowler had averaged 1.4 receptions and 15.2 receiving yards per game heading into Sunday's matchup, but he tore off a 19-yard gain on an early-second quarter reception. Rudolph added another 19-yard catch on Minnesota's final offensive drive of the day, providing the veteran tight end with his highest receiving total since Week 15 of last year. Following the Vikings' Week 7 bye, Rudolph will face a Green Bay defense that just surrendered its first TE touchdown of 2020 during Sunday's loss to Rob Gronkowski and Tampa Bay.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Mon 10/12/20 4:07 PM

Rudolph had one reception for ten yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph played more snaps than Irv Smith (64 of the offense's 87 snaps, compared to 59 for Smith), but Smith had a mini breakout game with four receptions for 64 yards. Neither tight end had been a focus of the passing game the prior four weeks, but Smith has some upside given the coaching staff's previous talk about a possible growing role. Meanwhile, Rudolph's fantasy value limited to just an occasional end-zone target.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Mon 10/5/20 3:27 PM

Rudolph had two receptions on two targets for 27 yards in Sunday's win at Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph played on 48 of the offense's 66 snaps, but went out for a pass just 11 times. Meanwhile Irv Smith played on 41 snaps that included 13 pass routes (but didn't have a reception). The tight ends are not an active part of the passing game in Minnesota's offense, making Rudolph's fantasy value dependent on an occasional end zone target.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Sun 9/27/20 10:34 PM

Rudolph recorded two receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Titans.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph was held quiet for much of the game but came through with a beautiful one-handed three-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter. Despite the clutch reception, Rudolph has yet to carve out a major role in the offense through three games by logging only six targets. He'll look to change that in a Week 4 matchup against the Texans.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Mon 9/21/20 4:33 PM

Rudolph did not have a reception and had just one target in Sunday's loss at Indianapolis.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph (39 snaps) and Irv Smith (34 snaps) played about an equal amount for a second consecutive week though Smith had four targets. Still, it's hard to read too much into a game where Kirk Cousins struggled (15.9 NFL passer rating) and completed just 11 passes (11 of 26 for 113 yards). Rudolph did start slow last season (one target in four of the first five games) before rebounding, so there's some reason for optimism.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Mon 9/14/20 1:28 PM

Rudolph had two receptions for 28 yards on two targets in Sunday's 43-34 loss to Green Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Week 1 had some negative signs for Rudolph's fantasy value as he had just two targets and played a near equal number of snaps as Irv Smith (32 snaps versus 31 snaps for Smith) in a game where the Vikings needed to pass after falling behind early. Rudolph did start slow last season (one target in four of the first five games) before rebounding, however.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Tue 8/18/20 9:49 AM

Rudolph should retain a key role in the Minnesota offense even if fellow tight end Irv Smith becomes more involved in the passing game, Andrew Krammer of The Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

For the majority of last season, it was Rudolph handling a three-down role and Smith relying on multi-TE formations for his snaps. But by the time the playoffs rolled around, both guys were getting snaps in 11 personnel (one RB, one TE, three WRs), with the rookie sometimes replacing Rudolph in passing situations. The trend could shift even more in Smith's favor this season, with the 22-year-old bringing an element of speed and explosiveness that Rudolph can't match. In any case, the older tight end only saw 48 targets last season, Rudolph's fewest in a healthy campaign since he was a rookie back in 2011. Smith is the one with upside for fantasy purposes, though it's possible neither tight end sees enough targets to make a real dent.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Tue 1/14/20 1:10 AM

Rudolph caught 39 passes for 367 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games this season.

EDGE Analysis

Outside of a few games, the 30-year-old was largely an afterthought in the Vikings' passing game in 2019, totaling his lowest catch and yardage numbers since 2014, when he played only nine games. Rudolph figures to enter 2020 as the team's top tight end once again after signing a four-year, $36 million extension in July, though 2019 second-round pick Irv Smith could push for the job with a strong offseason and training camp.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Sun 1/5/20 7:36 PM

Rudolph caught four of seven targets for 31 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 26-20 win over the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph, who finished second on the team in targets, was held mostly to short gains as he averaged just 7.8 yards per catch. He came through in a big way in overtime when he rose up above a defender to secure the game-winning touchdown. The veteran hasn't had many big yardage games this season, but the touchdown was his seventh of the campaign. He'll remain a primary red zone target in next Sunday's road matchup with the 49ers.

Kyle Rudolph
TE MIN (7)
Mon 12/23/19 11:51 PM

Rudolph secured one of two targets for seven yards in Monday's 23-10 loss to the Packers.

EDGE Analysis

Rudolph went dormant along with the rest of Minnesota's offense besides Stefon Diggs, who had 57 yards and the team's lone touchdown. The veteran tight end will be a touchdown-dependent option against the Bears in Week 17, as he's found the end zone six times but has topped 40 yards only four times.