The tight end position in fantasy football this season has once again been a baren wasteland for those who did not use early draft capital on Travis Kelce or Mark Andrews. How about those top tight ends like Kyle Pitts? Bust. Darren Waller? Bust. George Kittle? Bust. Even the popular mid-tier and sleeper options like Cole Kmet, Pat Freiermuth and Hunter Henry have been relative zeros this season. However, one tight end that came into this year with a ton of buzz was that of Albert Okwuegbunam and he's fallen so far down the depth chart that he was inactive for the Broncos Week 6 game against the Chargers. Why was he inactive? Well, aside from lack of production, the obvious reason is because the Broncos activated their third round pick Greg Dulcich from the IR. There was some hype around Dulcich during training camp and those who followed closely would have seen the reports that he was potentially pushing Albert O. for the starting job. Unfortunately, Dulcich ended up injured and landed on IR to start the season. Given the state of the Broncos offense and the poor play of the now injured QB Russell Wilson should Greg Dulcich be a priority add for those who see him still floating around the waiver wire? Let's dive in!


Greg Dulcich is the New TE1 for the Denver Broncos

When it comes to workout metrics, Dulcich didn't exactly jump off the charts. He doesn't have elite speed for a tight end, clocking in with a 4.70 40-time at the combine and the rest of his combine metrics were just average at best. He does offer some size, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 243lbs and he is a pure pass catching tight end. 

In his season debut the Broncos wasted no time getting him involved as he played 70% of the team's offensive snaps and showed a glimpse of big play ability when he hauled in a 39-yard touchdown catch. Overall he saw just three targets in this game but it was encouraging that he ran a route on 71% of his offensive snaps which means the Broncos do not want him to be a primary blocker. 

Most defenses are going to be focusing on shutting down Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy which could leave some favorable matchups for Dulcich in this Broncos offense. We've also seen Russell Wilson have success targeting a tight end over the course of his career in Seattle. If nothing else, Dulcich may be able to be a bit of a security blanket for Wilson or whomever becomes the Broncos QB if Wilson is forced to miss some time with his various ailments. 

When it comes to whether or not Dulich deserves to be a priority add off the waiver wire this week I think the answer has to be yes. The tight end position is so putrid that anyone that is getting the type of snap share and route participation that Dulcich is getting should be rostered just in case he ends up popping. 


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