It’s uncommon for a rookie tight end to make an immediate fantasy impact. It’s especially uncommon for a rookie tight end to make a fantasy impact after missing most of the offseason program and training camp, as well as the first few weeks of his debut season.
Since Week 6, Greg Dulcich has finished as a fantasy TE1 in each of his three starts and he appears to be exactly what Russell Wilson’s offense was missing while he was on the shelf. Make no mistake about it, the offense still sucks. But, Dulcich is proving to be a reliable vertical threat down the seam, which is something that Russ has had throughout his career.
The rookie out of UCLA scored in his NFL debut against the Chargers and has since corralled 10 of 14 targets for 138 yards over the Broncos’ last two games. He’s averaging 60 yards per game on 5.7 targets per game and should only be utilized more after the team’s Week 9 bye week.
Even better, he’s averaging nearly 30 routes run per game, which is good for the eighth-most in his position. He’s also seeing a handful of deep shots with nearly 75 air yards per game. Dulcich has locked-in TE1 upside written all over him and he’s surprisingly still available in 35% of leagues.
“You can move him a lot in the offense himself,” Broncos OC Justin Outten said of the tight end. “You can spread him out or you can put him in line. So he’s taken on a brunt of the offense moving forward. Week 1, we kind of limited him. As he gets more comfortable, he can expand his role.”
Dulcich sits at low-end TE1 territory on The Wolf’s Rest of Season Rankings and checks in at TE5 on his Week 10 Rankings.