Buying or Selling Kyle Rudolph's Return to Fantasy Football Relevance

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent INovember 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings scores a touchdown  during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kyle Rudolph is doing his best New Orleans Saints wide receiver impersonation. Now you see him, now you don't. 

After starting out nicely with five touchdowns in his first six games, Mr. Rudolph has been missing for the better part of a month.

That is, until the Minnesota Vikings's divisional clash with the Detroit Lions. Christian Ponder found Rudolph seven times for 64 yards and a score.

But it's hard to trust someone after they've hurt you. Should we trust Rudolph even though he's spent the last three weeks spurning us?


Selling Rudolph as a Fantasy Starter

"Look, Kyle. I need more than a touchdown once a month if you want to be on my team. Being a starting tight end for the [insert ridiculous team name here] is an honor and should be treated as such."

Maybe Rudolph is a method actor and wanted to extend his Invisible Man Halloween costume a week on each side. I don't know. However, that's no excuse for two catches for 17 yards over three games.

Three games! That's a point of game in an extremely generous fantasy league.

Not good enough. I deserve to be treated better than that.


Buying Rudolph as a Fantasy Starter

Everyone goes through a rough patch every now and again. That's when you stick by your partner and reap the benefits of such loyalty later on.

Aside from those poor three weeks, he has been a solid contributor and is a trusted red-zone target of Ponder's. When a quarterback is going to look for your fantasy player in the end zone, he's a must-start every week.

Yes, it's difficult to overlook the lack of yards and total receptions. But if you need points in bunches from your tight end, he's your man.

That's really all you need to know. He's a fantasy starter and deserves to be a part of your life.