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What to do with Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr. in Week 5 fantasy football

Though the Seahawks passing defense has been bad, they’ve been able to defend tight ends well

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The 1-3 Minnisota Vikings have one of the worst passing offenses in the league and are over 150 yards away from hitting the 1,000 mark for the season.

While the match up this week against the Seattle Seahawks may look enticing because of Seattle’s bad pass defense. It still might not benefit the tight end group as much as you’d think.

Fantasy Football analysis: Vikings TEs Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr.

Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings unquestioned TE 1. Though he, just like most of the Vikings pass-catchers, has struggled this season. Quarterback Kirk Cousins clearly has a new favorite target in rookie wideout Justin Jefferson. While that’s been good for Vikings fans, it’s hurt the fantasy value of Rudolph and backup Irv Smith Jr.

Rudolph is the team’s fourth leading pass-catcher, but he only has 66 yards though four games. His season-high number of catches is two and his season-high mark for yards is 28. Smith Jr has had an even rougher time, just hauling in two passes for 14 yards all season.

The Seahawks defense has had their struggles against the pass well documented over the last four weeks. While they’ve been getting gashed by speedy wide recievers, they’ve made tight ends be pretty unproductive so far, only giving up one TD and 151 yards in 2020.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

The Vikings passing attack seems to revolve around one person, and it’s not Rudolph or Smith Jr. Sit these guys.