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What to do with Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr. in Week 8 fantasy football

We go over Kyle Rudolph, Irv Smith Jr.’s fantasy football outlook ahead of the Vikings Week 8 matchup against the Packers.

Kyle Rudolph #82 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball after making a catch in the second quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Tight end timeshares may not officially be a thing, but if they were, it would be safe to say that Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. are locked tightly into one and both of their values are suffering because of it. The Packers currently rank 7th in points allowed to opposing tight ends, making this a tough match-up for both of these pass catchers. Are either of them worth a gamble in your starting lineup? We break down the fantasy analysis below.

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

Kyle Rudolph’s days of being an every week fantasy starter are long gone. He is averaging only 4.7 points per game this season and is currently the 37th ranked tight end. He has yet to see more than four targets in any game this season and has managed to find the endzone just once. The Vikings may be forced to try to win on the ground and with short passes due to windy conditions on Sunday, which may bode well for the usage of the TE position. Even so, this may not offset the presence of Irv Smith Jr. taking away targets and the fact that the Packers are tough against TE’s to far this season, allowing an average of only 5.5 12 PPR points to the position. Rudolph belongs on the bench this weekend, as there are likely better options out there.

Irv Smith Jr. has seen a recent uptick in usage and production, scoring double digit points and hauling in 4 of 5 targets in each of his last two games. He has failed to find the endzone yet and is the 43rd ranked fantasy tight end, averaging 4.7 yards per game. Smith shows promise and may eventually carve out a role large enough to maintain some fantasy value, however he’s not quite there yet. For the same reasons that Rudolph belongs on the bench, Irv Smith Jr. also needs to sit this one out.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit Kyle Rudolph

Sit Irv Smith Jr.