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Kyle Rudolph targeting Week 11 return; will have high fantasy value

Kyle Rudolph is close to returning from hernia surgery. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is targeting a Week 11 matchup against the Chicago Bears for his return from injury, according to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. Rudolph had hernia surgery following a Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints and has missed Minnesota's last six games.

The Vikings' offense has been struggling without him, as Minnesota ranks No. 31 in the league in passing yardage. Minnesota throws for just 197.1 passing yards per game on average, and while Rudolph isn't the kind of player to drastically change things, he'd definitely be a big help. His replacement, Chase Ford, has just 19 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown this season.

Fantasy Impact: Rudolph is a noted red zone threat, which gives him a ton of value when he does return. The Vikings have a bye week and then they play the Bears, so there will be plenty of updates on Rudolph going forward. But it sounds like there have been no setbacks, so fantasy owners should plan to have him in the lineup. He should start if he does play.