Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is expected to play this weekend against the Detroit Lions. He is listed as probable after missing a day of practice this week because of a sore thigh. Rudolph has become a big part of Minnesota's passing game in the red zone, having already pulled in three touchdown catches this season.
Fantasy Impact: Rudolph is a fringe No. 1 tight end this week as fantasy owners start to need bye-week replacements. He cannot be counted on for lots of yardage but three touchdowns through three weeks makes it easy for fantasy owners to forget about that. Rudolph is a tight end on the rise and should be owned at this point in just about all formats.