With four more teams on bye this week, two of which have a usable option at the position of tight end in Witten and Daniels, I’ll be focusing on the return of the “red-nosed” receiver of the tight end variety, Kyle Rudolph.  He has been absent since the early days of TV antennas and no remotes this season.  For those who don’t know, that was Week 3.  That, to me, seems like forever ago.  I was probably carrying around a Dukes of Hazard lunchbox, you know, the one with Daisy prominently displayed on the front?  Week 3 for Rudolph saw a whole new system of play for the Vikings, as they were only two weeks removed from the Adrian-ocpalypse that nuked their run game and made us pick up the “Great” Matt Asiata.  The thing that makes me wanna take more notice is that they had a different and most likely better QB to get him the ball than Matt Cassel, whom he had 12 targets with in 2 games. He then went into Week 3 with new starter Teddy Bridgewater not completely healthy and left the game after garnering 3 catches on 5 targets for 27 yards.  He was originally drafted as your TE1, and may soon return there. And that’s what I am here to convince you of, or at least try to via the internet, where arm twisting and wet willies aren’t quite the same.

So go back to those September drafts and in the middle rounds you were peeping Kyle Rudolph as your TE sleeper after the big 4-5 guys were off the board already.  He came into the season with a lot of potential, finally being healthy from missing half of the season before, and looked to build on his 53 receptions and 93 targets from 2012.  These are all things you know because you stared at him either on your bench or waiver wire, waiting for him return from hernia surgery.   He comes back off of the injury pile and stares at the steaming pile of defense that is the Chicago Bears.  The same Bears that got lit the ef up by Aaron Rodgers in prime time.  The thing I am intrigued with, and this is a big “if” because he is still a question to play this week, is that Rudolph and Teddy have a nice rapport going, the type we want.  That, and the Bears are a turd sandwich against opposing TEs in fantasy.  They rank second to last in overall points given up to opposing TE, add on top of that they give up the most yards per game to opposing TE, and almost nine targets per game for the position which is the worst.  And they have Jay Cutler

So if Rudolph plays this week, and you sat on him, or picked him back up, or he is available, the reason above should be enough to cement his rosterability.  I just hope he comes back fully healthy so we can see that 2nd round pedigree that he possess… the guy we all waited for as our sleeper TE this year and the cohesiveness that him and Teddy Bridgewater may have with such limited practice time.  If he is what we want him to be, a low end TE1, he should be ranked right below Antonio Gates and, in the same sentence, Dwayne Allen for ROS output.

Smokey Says: 8 TAR, 6 REC, 54 YDS, and 1 TD. (If healthy.)

  1. Annie's Boobs says:
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    Smokey quick trade question for you. Would you trade Jordy + Ryan Mathews for Demarco and Odell? It’s a 10-team .5 ppr starting 3 WR and 2 RB with no flex. Below is my roster. With Gordon coming back I think this makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

    RB – Charles, Mathews, J Bell, Hillman, Mason
    WR – Jordy, Emannuel, Alshon, Gordon
    TE – Gronk
    QB – Cutler, Sanchez

    • Annie's Boobs says:
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      @Annie’s Boobs: or would you rather try for Gordon + Mathews/Bell for Demarco?

    • Funketown says:
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      @Annie’s Boobs: Even without Gordon coming back – that would be decent trade but with him coming back – it makes it an easy “yes” and more please trade

    • Smokey

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      @Annie’s Boobs: trading the top wr for the top rb makes sense given you have coverage and getting Odell back is sweet. I would try the gordon and bell for Demarco first.

  2. Nico says:
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    Smokesssssssssss. Lovin’ Teddy lately, I can’t help it. It’s like I’m back in elementary school! BUT, am I gettin too cute starting him over Cutler this week? Just thinking about D matchups, it seems legit, but I wanted another take. Hope you’re doin well bro!

    • Smokey

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      @Nico: Nico what’s shakin bro. Everything is good with me, How’s the Charm City treating ya. The Bears defense is atrocious, if you have more Vikings receivers than Bears it makes sense, if not you almost have to play Cutler.

  3. Mike says:
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    Hey,

    Who wins (half pt PPR) — Lynch for Jennings (or Bradshaw) and AJ Green?

    Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @Mike: ugh tough one not knowing your whole roster, but Bradshaw and Green is pretty decent if you are hoping Green turns to Green again.

  4. Curt says:
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    Picked up Rudolph, should I start him as a flex over Garcon or Baldwin, 1/2 point ppr..Julius as my TE…Thank You, Sir.

    • Smokey

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      @Curt: I would start Garcon

  5. Dom B says:
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    My roster would you trade Percy Harvin, Charles sims and odell Becham for golden Tate and rashad Jennings and also ROS Alshon or Golden tate

    Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Smokey

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      @Dom B: no, not improving that much with less

  6. BEATS by Ray says:
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    Hey Smokey, Im in a competitive money league and have 2 good D/ST (Cards, Lions). Just read that Foster might not play so I picked up Browns D. Who would u rather start this week? And also who is the better play at TE? Kyle Rudolph or Travis Kelce…. thanks man

    • Smokey

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      @BEATS by Ray: Play the Browns, new QB for Texans as well. I’d rock with Rudolph if he is a go for sure just check sunday’s injury news

      • BEATS by Ray says:
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        @Smokey: thanks smoke

  7. Travis Kelce says:
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    Am I the better bet this week or is Rudolph the guy to start?

    • Smokey

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      @Travis Kelce: I like Kyle a little bit more this week as long as healthy

  8. Zandy says:
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    must win
    6pt td league
    send romo for matt ryan? or play my russell wilson?

    • Smokey

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      @Zandy: Play wilson

  9. Nick says:
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    McKinnon, K Allen, Sanu or R Mathews in a flex non-ppr?

    • Smokey

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      @Nick: McKinnon, with a secondary nod for Allen

  10. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Qb newton wr calvin cobb evans rb lacy west te olsen flex p manning
    Bn gordon murray fitz ivory sims reed

    I give cam cobb i get brees beckham

    • Smokey

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      @Barker: I think Brees is far better ROS than Cam and you have enough mix and match WR you have my blessing

  11. Joe says:
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    Smokey would you trade mohamed sanu and bobby rainey for shane vereen?

    • Smokey

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      @Joe: what’s the rest of your roster look like? Are u desperate for a better RB in Vereen?

  12. tom says:
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    IN a 12 team h2h ppr and would like to know if you can pick 3 of these guys for me to start… d jax , edelman , cooks , martavis Bryant , vincent jackson …. I’m really down on v jax and would prefer to never play him again unless I have no choice. and how can I sit M bryant with this streak he’s on unless you think it has to stop some time. Whats your big 3 ?? I could also play mckinnin and play only 2 of these wr’s …. is that a better idea? thx for your help.

    • Smokey

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      @tom: Jax Edelman and Bryant

  13. Joe says:
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    I have antonio brown,emanuel sanders,reggie wayne,julian edelman, Mohammed sanu,steve Smith sr, greg olsen, vernon davis, levon bell, ryan mathews, tre masón, darren mccfaden, bobby rainey, peyton manning

    • Smokey

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      @Joe: yea I would maximize the 2 for 1

  14. Robert says:
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    Better ROS: Charles Sims,Tre Mason or Fred Jackson?

    • Smokey

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      @Robert: I am hoping TB gives Sims a shot to run with the job

  15. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Odell and Percy for Alshon Jeffrey

    Aaron Rodgers – Packers
    RB – LeSean McCoy – Eagles
    RB – Andre Ellington – Cardinals
    WR – T.Y. Hilton – Colts
    WR – Kelvin Benjamin – Panthers
    TE – Larry Donnell – Giants
    PK – Steven Hauschka – Seahawks
    DEF – Baltimore Ravens – Ravens

    Bench:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger – Steelers
    RB – Fred Jackson – Bills
    RB – Charles Sims – Buccaneers
    WR – Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants
    WR – Percy Harvin – Jets
    WR – Roddy White – Falcons
    TE – Delanie Walker – Titans

    • Smokey

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      @Dom B: no

  16. Bob says:
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    Crabtree or Rudolph in my flex? Non-ppr

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Bob: Rudolph, crabtree avg like 40 yards and 3 catches very aww-inspiring

  17. Nick says:
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    hey smokey, i currently have R Jennings at RB2 in my non ppr leafue (with McKinnon at flex)….do you role with R Jennings/McK at RB2&flex or are any of these options better for week11…

    R Mathews, K Allen or Sanu…

    Thanks!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: Rather Im playing Mathews at flex and Jennings at RB2.

      Why dont you think Mathews against a baddd Raider defense, over Mckinnon, K Allen or Sanu in my flex?

      • Smokey

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        @Nick: I’m tentative with Matthews following the injury. Wanna see how he gets I’m the flow of the game, the chargers need a rb to help their offense badly. They have looked stale.

  18. Rin says:
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    Who wins in these trades(.20 ppr)

    1.)Ahmad Bradshaw & jordan matthews
    – other side Alf morris & Edleman

    2.) jordan matthews & Big Ben
    – other side alf morris

    3.) odell beckham & ahmad bradshaw
    – other side Desean jackson & alf morris.

    4.) Big Ben & Jordan matthews
    – other side Matt forte (that owners QB is cam newton & no backup)

    5.) tre Mason plus ahmad Bradshaw & Jordan matthews
    – other side alf Morris & Edleman

    6.) tre Mason plus Bradshaw & Jordan Matthews
    – other side is Desean jackson & alf Morris

    • Smokey

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      @Rin:
      1. Morris side
      2.Big Ben side
      3. Beckham side though I could see it both
      4. Forte, u shouldn’t be able to get first rd talent for that cheap.
      5./6. Same trades as above mason pushes them over for me

  19. The Harrow says:
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    drop a.will for which of blue/sims/gray/b.brown (this would take a waiver claim, but i’m at the end anyway)/PT cruiser/starks/randle/riddick/cadet/blount? I have already mason/charles/bell (PIT)/miller. PPR.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: this is ROS question, not this week, if it was it’d be sure to be blue.

      • Smokey

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        @The Harrow: sims or brown

  20. The Harrow says:
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    different league, full return league (10 yards per pt for those too), PPR. start 2 WR/ 2 RB/ 1 TE/ 1 flex (non TE/QB)
    ryan
    landry/patterson/gordon/julio/m.bryant
    murray/mathews/ingram/ivory/sims
    reed
    what’s best use of roster spot
    1. 6th RB. options are gray or a handcuff like blount/randle (my own)/starks
    2. 2nd TE. options are clay/rudolph/ASJ/cook/daniels

    • Smokey

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      @The Harrow: Rudolph. He has te1 ability.

  21. Dom B says:
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    Would you trade Andre Ellington since he plays SEA in the Playoff championship

    • Smokey

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      @Dom B: no. Still think he has value vs tougher def

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