Kyle Rudolph

Kyle Rudolph

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 20%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.4%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 0.1
Durability: question mark 5

Low Risk

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Kyle Rudolph Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Rudolph registered a 39-367-6 line and a 16th-place PPR finish last season.
  • He out-targeted rookie TE Irv Smith just 48 to 47.
  • The move from Stefon Diggs to rookie Justin Jefferson might mean more targets for Vikings TEs this season, but Smith is a serious threat overtake Rudolph atop the depth chart.

Rudolph’s 48 targets, 39 catches and 367 yards last year were all his lowest marks in a healthy season since his 2011 rookie campaign. He scored 6 TDs but still finished just 16th among TEs in PPR points.

There were a couple of problems. First, the Vikings ranked 30th in both pass rate and pass attempts last year. So there wasn’t a ton to go around.

But the bigger issue was the arrival of 2nd-round rookie TE Irv Smith. Rudolph just barely edged the new guy in targets, 48 to 47. And Smith actually out-targeted Rudolph 30 to 28 over the final 8 games of the season. Rudolph also saw his playing time decline. He registered an 83+% snap rate in 7 of his first 8 games but hit that mark in just 2 of his final 8.

Rudolph did beat Smith 7.6 to 6.6 in yards per target and 1.09 to 1.02 in yards per route run last season. But we’re talking about a 30-year-old, 9-year veteran vs. a 21-year-old rookie. It’s fair to expect Smith to be better in 2020, while Rudolph might be on the decline at this point.

If there’s good news, it’s that the departure of WR Stefon Diggs leaves behind 7.7 targets per game over that last 3 seasons. Minnesota added 1st-round rookie WR Justin Jefferson, but he’s unlikely to soak up all of Diggs’ volune. So even though the Vikings are unlikely to throw it a whole lot more this year, we could see more targets go to the TEs. Still, Rudolph would probably need Smith’s role to shrink in order to be a reliable fantasy option.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Rudolph found himself in a committee with rookie TE Irv Smith last season, finishing with a 39-367-6 li…

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Kyle Rudolph Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 10, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a right ankle sprain that limited his playing time in ensuing weeks but didn't cost him any games. He had surgery on the ankle after the season.
Oct 3, 2016 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Rudolph suffered a reported "clavicle/ribs" injury that cost him practice time but no games.
Dec 14, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Rudolph suffered an unspecified ankle injury to go with a simultaneous knee injury. He was listed with both as he missed Week 16.
Dec 14, 2014 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Rudolph was listed with unspecified knee and ankle injuries and missed 1 game. It's not clear whether either injury cost him time over the other.
Sep 21, 2014 NFL Inguinal Groin Sports Hernia Rudolph tore a muscle in his groin in Week 3 and required surgery to fix his sports hernia injury. He missed the next 6 games and a Bye Week.
Nov 3, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Rudolph fractured his left foot in the 3rd quarter vs. the Cowboys. He missed the remainder of the game as well as the following 8 games.
Nov 25, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a concussion in Week 12 action against the Bears. He returned the next week.
Aug 17, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Rudolph suffered a concussion in the 1st half of a preseason game. Although he missed the rest of the game, he did not miss any other games.
Nov 20, 2011 NFL Leg Quad Bruise Rudolph suffered a deep quad bruise against the Raiders. He sat out the next game as a result.
Oct 9, 2010 Non-NFL Thigh Hamstring Tear Grade 3 While at Notre Dame, Rudolph tore his right hamstring from the bone and needed season-ending surgery. He had been dealing with hamstring issues since preseason.
Nov 7, 2009 Non-NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Rudolph suffered a left shoulder injury while at Notre Dame. He missed the following three games.