Dalton Schultz

Dalton Schultz

27-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Houston Texans
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Schultz forwent the opportunity to be the top tight end on the free-agent market for a second consecutive offseason, instead re-signing with the Texans this March on a three-year, $36 million contract. His first year in Houston was similar statistically to Schultz’s last three campaigns in Dallas; the 6-foot-5, 244-pound tight end caught 59 of 88 targets for 635 yards and five touchdowns in 15 appearances for the Texans, after averaging 66 catches for 667 yards and 5.7 TDs from 2020 to 2022. C.J. Stroud led all qualified quarterbacks in passing yards per game as a rookie, and while Schultz finished second on the team in targets, Stroud’s preference for pushing the ball downfield elevated the Texans’ wide receivers more so than their tight ends and running backs. Nonetheless, Schultz has a long track record of success and a skilled quarterback throwing him the ball, which is a recipe for respectable fantasy production even if he's only the fourth option in Houston's passing game behind WRs Nico Collins, Stefon Diggs and Tank Dell. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Texans in March of 2024.
Signs three-year extension
TEHouston Texans
March 5, 2024
The Texans and Schultz agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year, $36 million contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Schultz will stick around with C.J. Stroud for the foreseeable future on a new deal that includes $23.5 million in guarantees, per Rapoport. Had he not been re-signed Schultz would've arguably been the top tight end of this free agency cycle, and keeping the pass-catching corps that Stroud found success with as a rookie intact makes complete sense for Houston. Across 15 regular-season games in 2023, Schultz secured 59 of 88 targets for 635 yards and five scores.
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How do Dalton Schultz's 2023 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
43.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.92
 
% Team Air Yards
13.4%
 
% Team Targets
15.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
67.0%
 
Drop Rate
2.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.6
 
% Targeted On Route
22.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.62
 
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How often does Dalton Schultz run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Dalton Schultz and the other tight ends for the Texans are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Dalton Schultz
391 routes   88 targets
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% Routes Run
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55%
127 routes   21 targets
47%
2 routes   0 targets
25%
25 routes   3 targets
16%
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Mutual interest in return to Texans
TEHouston Texans
February 25, 2024
Schultz and the Texans have mutual interest in a contract extension, according to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston.
ANALYSIS
Schultz spent the 2023 season with the Texans on a one-year, $9 million contract. He's viewed as the top tight end available in free agency, so it may take a multi-year deal to bring the 27-year-old tight end back to Houston. After showing a nice rapport with rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud en route to 635 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2023, Schultz is interested in staying with Houston, while the Texans value the continuity bringing back Schultz would offer Stroud.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Schultz signed a one-year contract with the Texans in free agency after spending his first five NFL seasons in Dallas. After barely seeing the field his first two years, Schultz carved out a substantial role over three subsequent campaigns, drawing at least 89 targets each season while totaling exactly 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns over that three-year span. He’ll face a downgrade at quarterback, at least short term, with the Texans either starting Davis Mills or second overall pick C.J. Stroud. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott threw 37 TDs in 2021 alone, helping Schultz set career highs with 808 yards and eight touchdowns that year. At no point was Schultz the focal point of the Dallas passing attack, and Houston’s lack of established pass catchers could lead to more targets (but also more defensive attention) for the 6-foot-5 tight end.
The Cowboys used the franchise tag on Schultz after last year's breakout, as he ranked third in catches, sixth in yards and fifth in touchdowns among tight ends. He tied Amari Cooper for second on the Cowboys with 104 targets, and they shared the team lead with eight touchdowns apiece. Schultz's 78 catches were just one shy of CeeDee Lamb's team-leading total, and his 808 receiving yards ranked third on the team behind the two high-profile wide receivers. There could be even more opportunities available for him in 2022. Cooper was traded in the offseason, and Dallas released injury-prone No. 2 tight end Blake Jarwin. Michael Gallup is recovering from a torn ACL and is not expected to be ready for Week 1, while offseason addition James Washington broke his foot in August. Schultz is set to open the season as Dak Prescott's second option behind Lamb, and is well positioned to repeat as a key cog in a balanced Dallas offense that led the league with 30.4 points per game last year.
When Blake Jarwin went down Week 1 last season, Schultz was the next man up at tight end for Dallas, with the emphasis on "up." His Week 2 line of 9-88-1 proved to be the high-water mark for his season, as Schultz's numbers tumbled along with the rest of the offense when Dak Prescott got hurt Week 5, but he still put together a solid campaign. Jarwin will be healthy in 2021, however, and while Schultz has proved himself reliable, there won't be enough targets to go around for the duo with the team's elite trio of wideouts and Ezekiel Elliott all demanding looks as well.
Heading into his third NFL season, Schultz has yet to demonstrate he can be anything more than a depth option at tight end. There will be snaps and targets available behind new starter Blake Jarwin following the departure of Jason Witten, but the team will likely use fewer two-TE sets under Mike McCarthy, and free-agent signing Blake Bell can handle the blocking assignments. Schultz has nowhere to go but up after catching only one pass in 2019, but his production should remain modest.
The Stanford product suited up for 11 games as a rookie last year, catching 12 of 17 targets for 116 yards, but the return of Jason Witten and the emergence of Blake Jarwin late in 2018 should relegate Schultz primarily to a blocking role.
A 2018 fourth-round pick out of Stanford, Schultz more than proved himself as a blocker in college as he helped turn Christian McCaffrey and Bryce Love into 1,000-yard rushers. Schultz didn't make much of an impact as a receiver, however, and while he has the height and athleticism to potentially be a useful red-zone target in the NFL, his ability to contribute between the 20s remains a question mark. There will be a lot of snaps at tight end up for grabs in Dallas this year following the retirement of Jason Witten, but the rookie will need to show he can be at least a reliable chain-mover for Dak Prescott to take a significant share of them.
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Five catches in loss
TEHouston Texans
January 20, 2024
Schultz recorded five receptions on seven targets for 43 yards in Saturday's 34-10 loss to the Ravens.
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Limited to two targets
TEHouston Texans
January 13, 2024
Schultz recorded one catch on two targets for 37 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 45-14 win over the Browns.
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Seven targets in win
TEHouston Texans
January 7, 2024
Schultz caught five of seven targets for 42 yards in Saturday's 23-19 win over Indianapolis in Week 18.
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Limited to 19 yards
TEHouston Texans
December 31, 2023
Schultz recorded two receptions on four targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Titans.
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Leading receiver in Week 16 loss
TEHouston Texans
December 24, 2023
Schultz caught eight of 11 targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 36-22 loss to the Browns.
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