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82 Kyle Rudolph TE
Height/Weight: 6-6/259 | Birthdate: 11/9/1989 | Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Notre Dame | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 31/6 | Average Draft Position: 92.16
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Hitting the wire for tight ends


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) With how up-and-down many tight ends have been this season, identifying the right ones on waivers can be a key. In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg tries to pin down the best ones for you to target this week.

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels, coming off a six-catch performance with a touchdown in Week 7, is the top pick for the 41 percent of CBSSports.com leagues in which he is available. A big reason why is a matchup against the Bengals, who have allowed four double-digit Fantasy scoring games by tight ends this season.

The remainder of the top five for the week is rounded out by Coby Fleener of the Colts (44 percent owned), Charles Clay of the Dolphins (34 percent), Jared Cook of the Rams (47 percent) and Kyle Rudolph of the Vikings (32 percent), who makes more sense as a stash option if you can afford the roster space. 


Vikings list lengthy injury report for Week 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) As expected, the Vikings have ruled tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) out for Week 7 at Buffalo. Other players ruled out on the final injury report were: linebacker Gerald Hodges (hamstring) and defensive end Corey Wootton (lower back).

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow, ankle) and linebacker Chad Greenway (hand, rib) were deemed questionable, while cornerback Jabari Price (hamstring), defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle), wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (hip), tight end Chase Ford (foot), safety Harrison Smith (ankle) and linebacker Michael Mauti (illness) were officially ruled probable for Sunday.

Vikings list inactives for Week 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) The Vikings have made FB Zach Line, LB Chad Greenway, LB Brandon Watts, OL David Yankey, OL Austin Wentworth, TE Kyle Rudolph and DE Scott Crichton inactive Week 6 against the Lions.

Rudolph is the only player who had been ruled out heading into Sunday. Greenway was doubtful, however, so it wasn't likely he would suit up. 


Vikings fairly healthy as they prepare for Week 6 game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Only three injured Vikings are possibilities to be inactive for the Sunday game against Detroit. Included is tight end Kyle Rudolph, who has already been ruled out with an abdomen issue.

The others are linebacker Chad Greenway, who is doubtful with a hand injury, and safety Harrison Smith (ankle), who is questionable.

There are several big games among the probables, which include running backs Jerick McKinnon (ankle) and Matt Asiata (groin), quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle), linebacker Michael Mauti (foot), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (elbow) and wideout Cordarrelle Patterson (hip).


Vikings list inactives for Week 5


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Vikings have made QB Teddy Bridgewater, LB Chad Greenway, LB Brandon Watts, OL David Yankey, OL Austin Wentworth, TE Kyle Rudolph and DE Scott Crichton inactive Week 5 against the Packers.

Greenway and Rudolph had already been ruled out earlier in the week. Watts was considered probable entering the game, but won't play. Bridgewater was questionable due to an ankle injury, but is not able to go. 


LB Chad Greenway, TE Kyle Rudolph set to sit Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) The Vikings have ruled out linebacker Chad Greenway and tight end Kyle Rudolph for their Thursday night game against Green Bay.

The announcement comes as no surprise. Neither was expected to play. Greenway has been dealing with a broken hand and broken rib while Rudolph will likely miss about another month with abdomen and groin issues.


Vikings feel Kyle Rudolph will miss less than eight weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he still thinks tight end Kyle Rudolph, who sat out Week 4 due to a groin injury, will be out fewer than eight weeks, according to The Star Tribune

Rudolph said he had both sides of sports hernia repaired and added the abdominal issue has plagued him since early August, according to the Pioneer Press.


Vikings Week 4 inactives


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Vikings have made WR Charles Johnson, LB Chad Greenway, LB Brandon Watts, OL David Yankey, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Rodney Smith and DE Scott Crichton as inactive Week 4 against the Falcons. 

Greenway and Rudolph had been ruled out coming into the contest. Brandon Watts was probable entering the game, but won't be able to go.


Vikings have nine players injured players listed for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The Vikings have listed nine players on their final injury report leading up to a Week 4 home clash against the Falcons. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) and linebacker Chad Greenway were the only players not to participate in practice Friday. As expected, both were ruled out for Sunday.

The only player deemed questionable was cornerback Josh Robinson (hamstring), who was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday leading up to the game. The following players were ruled probable: Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (shoulder), safety Harrison Smith (knee), linebacker Brandon Watts (knee), defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), linebacker Michael Mauti (foot) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring).


Who was Teddy Bridgewater throwing to?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Teddy Bridgewater did not elicit as much excitement coming out of college as his fellow draft peers, and his NFL debut Sunday against the Saints reflected that. While Blake Bortles was tossing two touchdowns -- and two interceptions -- and Johnny Manziel was being used as a wide receiver on trick plays, Bridgewater came in did a solid, unspectacular job for the Vikings after Matt Cassel's injury Sunday.

Bridgewater put together a professional performance, though he didn't give the team enough to mount a comeback in the 20-9 loss. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and added 27 on six carries, without recording a touchdown or turnover.

Bridgewater was not asked to do much, but he has plenty of weapons in this Minnesota offense, so that should change moving forward as he gets more comfortable. He targeted six players Sunday, and a breakdown of that could give Fantasy owners an idea of how he might spread the ball around moving forward:

Greg Jennings: six targets, four receptions; Cordarrelle Patterson: three targets, three receptions; Jerick McKinnon: five targets, two receptions; Matt Asiata: four targets, two receptions; Kyle Rudolph: one target, one reception; Rhett Ellison: one target, no receptions


Report: Kyle Rudolph needs surgery, out six weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is expected to miss six weeks after an MRI revealed he needs surgery, a source told NFL Network. Rudolph suffered a groin injury Week 3 against the Saints.

Kyle Rudolph headed for MRI


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who left the Week 3 loss in New Orleans with a groin injury, will get an MRI on Monday, reports NFL Network.

Kyle Rudolph leaves with groin injury


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph walked gingerly off the field early in the fourth quarter Week 3 at New Orleans with a groin injury and did not return.

He had three catches for 27 yards before leaving but wasn't as involved in the passing game after rookie Teddy Bridgewater replaced an injured Matt Cassel at quarterback early in the second quarter, collecting just one of his five targets (a 10-yard catch) the rest of the way.

Rudolph, who had a touchdown in Week 1 and five catches for 53 yards in Week 2, will hope to return to the lineup Week 4 against the Falcons.


Kyle Rudolph fine to play Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is active for Week 3 at New Orleans despite an injury to his abdomen that limited him in practice all week. He was listed as probable on Friday's injury report.

Rudolph is coming off a five-catch, 53-yard performance against the Patriots last week.


Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph expected to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Vikings should have their offensive playmakers for Week 3.

Both Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph are probable entering the game. Rudolph was limited in practice Friday, but Pattterson was able to practice in full. 


Vikings release final injury report


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Vikings have released their final injury report before Week 3.

Chad Greenway, Rodney Smith and Brandon Watts will all enter the game listed as questionable.

The Sharrif Floyd, Phil Loadholt, Michael Mauti and Xavier Rhodes are all probable heading into the contest.

Both Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Rudolph are considered probable for Week 3. 


Kyle Rudolph not a strong Week 3 option


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Kyle Rudolph's breakout season has yet to start and Fantasy owners are beginning to panic.

He did score a touchdown in Week 1 against the Rams and he had five catches for 53 yards in Week 2 against New England. But we're expecting more now that he's with offensive coordinator Norv Turner, and hopefully he'll start producing soon.

The Saints allowed a touchdown to Levine Toilolo in Week 1, but New Orleans was among the better teams at defending tight ends last year. You can start Rudolph if he's your No. 1 guy, but I like Niles Paul, Larry Donnell and Dwayne Allen better, by comparison.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Kyle Rudolph pops up with new injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph popped up on the injury report with an abdomen injury. He was limited in practice Wednesday. Rudolph has seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown entering Week 3 at New Orleans.

Kyle Rudolph totals 53 yards


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had a team-high eight targets but connected just five times for 53 yards in the Vikings' 30-7 loss at home to the Patriots in Week 2. He had two catches for 26 yards on the Vikings' first drive of the game. 

The Vikings play at the Saints in Week 3. 


Kyle Rudolph notches Week 1 touchdown vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught two passes for 16 yards and scored a touchdown in his team's 34-6 win over the Rams Sunday.

Rudolph caught two of his four targets in Week 1, with his fourth-quarter touchdown helping to salt the game away. He beat his 16-yard total three times in the preseason and will likely have bigger performances down the road. Rudolph will look to reach the end zone again when he squares off with the Patriots in Week 2.


Kyle Rudolph faces tough Week 1 matchup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has drawn a lot of positive Fantasy buzz this preseason, with tight-end star-maker Norv Turner coming to Minnesota. Rudolph racked up a team-leading 149 receiving yards and a touchdown on seven catches during the preseason, but even though the stars seem to be aligning for an excellent season, he may run into trouble in Week 1.

Rudolph heads to St. Louis to face the Rams, where he has two things working against him. First, he'll be up against a vicious front four and may be called upon to block more than he would in a typical game. Rudolph was an excellent pass blocker in 2013, grading as the third-most efficient pass-blocking tight end in the league, per Pro Football Focus (min. 25 percent of team's snaps).

Second, the Rams were easily the best team in the league at defending tight ends in the passing game, per Football Outsiders. Ranking first in DVOA against tight ends, the Rams only allowed an average of 41.9 yards per game to the position in 2013.

CBSSports.com experts are mixed on Rudolph's prospects in Week 1, with Jamey Eisenberg ranking him 16th and Dave Richard seventh at the position. I'm siding with Eisenberg here, and if I owned Rudolph in any Fantasy leagues, I'd consider benching him in favor of someone with a better matchup.


Kyle Rudolph on Norv Turner: He's a genius


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) After catching a 51-yard touchdown pass Saturday, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph told coach Mike Zimmer that "the guy you have upstairs is a genius," reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Rudolph referred to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who is known for featuring tight ends.

Through two preseason games, Rudolph has caught five of six targets for 111 yards and a score.


Kyle Rudolph catches long touchdown vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph hauled in four receptions for a team-high 89 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 30-28 preseason win over the Cardinals.

Rudolph began the game by recording a 17-yard catch on the offense's fist play from scrimmage but kicked things up on the third drive, hauling in a 51-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead. Rudolph is adapting well to the new offensive system, and he could be a big-play threat for the Vikings as teams load up to stop Adrian Peterson.


Kyle Rudolph signs five-year extension


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't have to worry about entering the final season of his contract without an extension any longer. He signed a five-year extension on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.


Kyle Rudolph slims down for more explosion


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is down to 260 pounds after playing at 275 last season, reports ESPN.com. The 6-foot-6 Rudolph is training at Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald's camp this week, working on his speed in and out of cuts.

"Becoming more explosive in and out of cuts, that was the big emphasis for me, going back and watching a ton of (Cleveland) Browns tape (when Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner was the coordinator there last year)," Rudolph said.

"I've always watched a lot of (San Diego Chargers tight end) Antonio Gates (who played for Turner from 2007-12), and I don't know that there's anyone as good as him at getting in and out of breaks. That's been the big point of emphasis for me the whole year, and getting the weight down has helped a ton, I think. I feel like I run a lot smoother than I did at 275."