|Chance of Injury in 2021:||20%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||1.4%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||0.1|
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.
Rudolph found himself in a committee with rookie TE Irv Smith last season, finishing with a 39-367-6 li…
|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.|