Head coach Leslie Frazier had hoped Rudolph could return to practice this week and vie for a return during the team's Week 14 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, but that no longer appears to be in the cards. Rudolph has missed the past four games with a broken foot after initially given a 4-6 week timetable, and he appears on track to return on the back end of that frame, if at all.
Fantasy Spin: With the Vikings at the bottom of the standings, and with John Carlson producing in Rudolph's place, there is no incentive for the team to rush their athletic tight end back to action. It's feasible that Rudolph will be shut down for the rest of the season once he is healthy enough to play, and fantasy owners have to keep that in mind.
In redraft leagues of 12 teams or fewer, Rudolph is not worth a roster spot, and owners in leagues of larger sizes would be hard-pressed to keep him aboard as well. Carlson is a low-end TE2 with upside for Week 14.