Kyle Rudolph's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Preseason Game vs. Cardinals

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIAugust 16, 2014

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) runs to the end zone during a 51-yard touchdown reception in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph isn't exactly considered a top target for fantasy football enthusiasts this season—his average draft position is ranked 10th among players at his position, according to—but he's certainly playing like one.

During the team's Saturday night preseason contest against the Arizona Cardinals, Rudolph caught four passes for 89 yards and one score, including a 51-yard touchdown grab from quarterback Matt Cassel.

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted Rudolph's increased mobility: also gave an impression on the tight end's movement and subsequent fantasy stock:

Rest assured, these are not the only onlookers who have noticed Rudolph's prowess this year. His stock will continue to rise, as he continues to show why he's the most quarterback-friendly target on the Vikings' roster.

In addition to being trusted in the middle of the field, Rudolph was also targeted in the red zone on Saturday, something that can be expected to continue throughout the regular season.

Currently, Rudolph is being selected late in the eighth round of most 12-team fantasy drafts. Given his visible rapport with Minnesota's quarterbacks, he should be expected to have a huge season, making him an enormous steal.

Buy now while his stock is low.