Fantasy Football Kyle Rudolph 2018 Player Profile

If you want a tight end who is the dime store version of what people hope Jimmy Graham can be in Green Bay, then this fantasy football Kyle Rudolph profile is for you.

As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated running backs in standard scoring and points per game leagues.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but at the skill positions, I think three years is plenty to see what a player does.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best wide receiver value lies.

Fantasy Football Kyle Rudolph

Current ADP (As of 9/3/2018):

Standard: TE7, #75 overall.

PPR: TE8, #74 overall.




Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 7 101.2 8 6.3
2016 3 126 7 7.9
2015 14 79.5 25 5.0


Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2017 8 158.2 10 9.9
2016 2 209 3 13.1
2015 15 128.5 25 8.0


Targets Targets Per Game Receptions Receptions Per Game Catch Rate
2017 81 5.1 57 3.5 70%
2016 132 8.3 83 5.2 63%
2015 73 4.6 49 3.1 67%


Overview: Kyle Rudolph finally broke out in 2016 after years of fantasy football prognosticators hoping it would happen. Unfortunately, he took a slight step back in 2017 after everyone believed in him. His profile lends well to the Jimmy Graham role circa 2017: lots of end zone targets, and not a whole lot else. That is if he even gets those. He took a backseat last season with the emergence of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. Now Dalvin Cook should (conceivably) be available for all of the 2018 season, taking even more opportunity from Rudolph.

Strategy: His ADP is literally stupid in PPR; the only time he’s lived up to that rank is when he received 132 targets in 2016. Call me crazy, but I don’t think he’s getting 132 targets again. In standard scoring, he’s in the completely unsexy tier of WRs, and he goes at the top of the tier. Let someone else draft him.

Ceiling:  If he repeats his best yardage season and his best touchdown season, it’s 800 yards and nine scores. We’ll give him the Kirk Cousins TE boost and call it that.

Floor:   What will actually happen is Rudolph the End Zone Reindeer will have his fantasy owners drinking until their noses turn red as he gets thirty yards and one red zone target a week

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