Dalton Schultz: Fantasy Football's Least Interesting TE1

Tight end is perhaps the most challenging position to get right in fantasy football.

Seemingly every year, we delude ourselves into believing a certain young player will break out and become an elite tight end.

Sometimes, it works—guys like Mark Andrews and Darren Waller were fantasy league winners in their breakout years.

However, more often than not, these players fail to deliver on their hype. So, in this article, I’m going to be advocating for the boring, but valuable option: Texans tight end Dalton Schultz,

who is currently being drafted as the TE13 according to Underdog ADP.

Career In Review After spending the first five years of his career with the Cowboys, Schultz signed a 1-year contract worth up to $9 million this past spring with the Texans.

Over the last few seasons, Schultz has established himself as one of the better tight ends in fantasy football.

He has finished top 10 at the position in each of the last two years, including an overall TE3 finish in 2021.

Schultz’s best quality as a tight end is his pass-catching. He became Dak Prescott’s safety blanket and chain mover in Dallas

and ranks fourth among tight ends in targets since 2020 (behind Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, and T.J. Hockenson).

Schultz isn’t that much of a big-play threat—he averaged just 1.5 yards per route run last year,

which was 14th among tight ends—but has proven to be more than just a tight-end streamer thanks to the volume he has received.

Schultz in the Texans’ Offense Schultz does not have too much in the way of target competition in Houston. 

The Texans did sign veteran receiver Robert Woods in free agency, but at this point in his career, he is not much more than a short-yardage option.

Third-year wideout Nico Collins has some breakout potential and could assert himself as a top receiving threat, but Schultz is currently the far more proven player.

While Schultz will certainly get volume with the Texans, the quality of his targets will be worse than what he saw in Dallas.

After being selected with the second pick of the 2023 NFL Draft, rookie C.J. Stroud projects to be the Texans' starting QB this season.

Stroud, whose playstyle has ironically drawn comparisons to Dak Prescott, is a talented prospect but will likely go through the typical growing pains that rookie QBs experience,

so it is uncertain how consistent the Texans' offense will be in general.

As a result, Schultz will most likely see fewer scoring opportunities with the Texans unless Stroud takes the NFL by storm.

This will further inhibit Schultz’s ceiling, who ranked fifth among tight ends in touchdown receptions in the last three years as part of a great offense in Dallas.

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