Giants TE Rhett Ellison (foot) is inactive for tonight's game against the Eagles. TE Evan Engram (knee) is also out. That leaves Scott Simonson as New York's lead TE. He's obviously not a fantasy option. Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley will dominate targets for the G-Men.
Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) has been ruled out for Thursday night's game against the Eagles. He returned to practice this week, putting him on track to return for Week 7. Rhett Ellison gets another game as New York's lead TE but would be a desperation fantasy play.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (knee, ankle) is doubtful for Sunday’s
game against the Dolphins. That leaves
Minnesota with Chase Ford and Rhett Ellison at TE. Neither is a fantasy option vs. Miami’s
top-shelf TE defense.
The Vikings get a Week 10 bye after Sunday's home victory over Washington. TE Kyle Rudolph said Sunday that he hopes to return to the field when his team faces the Bears on Nov. 16. "I've got to get myself in football shape," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press about his return from sports hernia surgery. "In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then." Chase Ford has produced well in Rudolph's absence, so we'll be curious to see how much of his original role Rudolph will immediately assume upon his return. Rudolph did say that he won't return until he's 100% after his initial August injury deteriorated into the hernia while he tried to play through it at the start of the season.
Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph needs sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss about 6 weeks, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer. Note that the timetable for this type of injury widely varies. It's a big blow to a Vikings team short on pass catchers and TE depth. Rhett Ellison is next up on the depth chart. The 2012 4th-round pick goes 6'5, 250 pounds and is a mediocre athlete. He has just 14 catches in 3 seasons. Ellison will be worth monitoring, but we wouldn't bother adding him to your fantasy roster. Rudolph is droppable in leagues of 10 or fewer teams.