After catching all 5 targets for 43 yards in Week 13 at New Orleans, Schultz had season lows of 1 catch, 3 targets and 4 yards at Washington. He didn’t even start for the 1st time in 2021 as the Cowboys, trying to revitalize an ailing rushing attack, started the game with G Connor Williams at FB and little-used TE Jeremy Sprinkle as a blocker in his 1st start this season.
In the 1st 6 games this season, Schultz was targeted 37 times and caught 31 passes. In the 7 games since then, he again totaled 37 targets but caught just 22. There also has been a downward trend in yards per target and TDs. He was doing his best work with a complete cast of WRs and a QB who since have seemed limited because of lingering injuries and have left less room for Schultz in the offense. Depending on your roster, he’s no longer a must-start in a sputtering offense.
Schultz caught all 5 targets for 43 yards at New Orleans. It was the 1st time he’d caught every pass thrown to him since Week 2.
Schultz remains 1 of QB Dak Prescott’s favorite targets in short-yardage and red-zone situations. He has been on the field for at least 96% of snaps in each of the last 3 games with TE Blake Jarwin on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He has not scored against the next 2 opponents, the Football Team and Giants, but still there are few better fantasy TE choices than Schultz.
Schultz caught 3 passes on 7 targets for 46 yards, including a 32-yard TD and following 2-point conversion in the 4th quarter that pulled the Cowboys even with the Raiders for the 1st time in the game. We would have expected even more with WRs Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb not playing, but their roles were filled adequately by WRs Michael Gallup and Ced Wilson. TE Sean McKeon caught 1 pass for 10 yards and his 1st NFL TD.
QB Dak Prescott has relied on Schultz for much of the last 2 seasons. In 2021, he has had 7 or more targets in 6 games and at least 45 yards in 9 games. The TD was his 4th this season. There are few TEs as reliable as Schultz.
On a day when QB Dak Prescott eschewed throwing downfield because of injuries and a tricky wind, Schultz led the Cowboys with 53 receiving yards, and tied for the team lead with 6 catches (on 8 targets).
Schultz has been a go-to receiver for Prescott ever since former starting TE Blake Jarwin was injured in Week 1 of 2020. With WRs CeeDee Lamb (50 catches) and Amari Cooper (44) both likely out for Thursday’s game against the Raiders, Schultz (44) could play an even bigger role. He could tack a TD or 2 on to his first-10-games total or 3. He’s a must-start in most fantasy leagues.
Perhaps because his output wasn’t needed against Atlanta, Schultz was targeted just twice, catching a season-low 1 pass for just 14 yards. After consecutive games with 79 receiving yards, he has totaled the same 79 yards in the last 3 games combined.
Schultz hasn’t scored a TD since Week 4, reducing his fantasy value. After catching 5 or more passes in 5 of the 1st 6 games this season, he hasn’t caught more than 4 balls in any of the last 3. In likely pass-happy games during the next 2 weeks, Schultz could be important in maintaining possession and being a safe, reliable target for QB Dak Prescott.
Schultz was the Cowboys’ leader in receiving yardage against Denver. Before you get excited about that, it was 54 yards in an offense that barely functioned (or even had the ball in the 2nd and 3rd quarters). He caught 4 of 5 targets
With TE Blake Jarwin on IR, Schultz is likely to carry an even larger workload, and greater fantasy value. Against Denver, QB Dak Prescott targeted only 2nd-year TE Sean McKeon and he caught neither of his 2 targets.
The seemingly last-minute change to backup QB Cooper Rush was not beneficial for Schultz. He and Rush couldn’t seem to get on the same page. The QB targeted him 7 times but threw more balls into Schultz’s feet than into his hands. Just 2 passes connected for 11 yards.
If QB Dak Prescott returns Sunday against Denver, that should be a good thing for Schultz. In their last 4 games together, he has averaged 74 yards per game, with 3 TDs and at least 5 catches in each game. Schultz should be near the top of your TE radar. TE Blake Jarwin has become an afterthought in the Dallas defense, regardless of who the QB is. Rush targeted him once, and that pass was incomplete.
Despite having some difficulty holding on to the ball, Schultz was QB Dak Prescott’s most frequent target with 8. He led the team with 6 catches that totaled 79 yards. TE Blake Jarwin is playing a diminishing role as a pass catcher, even though he frequently plays with Schultz in 2-TE sets.
Prescott has an array of WR targets even without injured WR Michael Gallup, but when he needs to beat the pass rush and find a target quickly he’s usually looking for Schultz. It’s not at all a bad position to be near the top of the mind of a QB in 1 of the NFL’s most explosive offenses. It’s also a good idea to have Schultz on your roster.
The sure-handed Schultz had a difficult time holding on to the ball. Most notable were 2 plays late in the 1st quarter. After making a catch for a 1st down, Schultz lost the ball but a replay review found that his knee was on the turf before the ball came out. Then he made an 8-yard catch, on which the ball jarred loose when his butt hit the turf. That play was ruled no fumble because Schultz’s forward progress had been stopped, which illustrates the old football adage “two cheeks equal one knee.” He also juggled the ball on a 4th-quarter catch. By the way, Schultz finished with team highs of 6 catches and 8 targets. He totaled 58 yards, including a 6-yard pass on which he walked into the end zone. In addition, he caught a pass on a 2-point conversion attempt that came up short.
Schultz’s role seems to be continually expanding. His 8 targets Sunday didn’t seem like much but were more than a third of QB Dak Prescott’s 22 passes. If the Cowboys have close games – starting with Sunday’s home contest against the Giants – or their running game comes up short, Schultz could help your fantasy team even more.
Schultz and TE Blake Jarwin both started against Philadelphia. Schultz finished with more snaps than Jarwin on a night when he had 2 TD catches (19 and 22 yards) for the 1st time in his career. Schultz, 4 years younger than Jarwin, had a team-high 80 yards and 6 catches (both the 2nd most of his career) in 7 targets.
Schultz is a very viable fantasy TE. For the season, he has 14 catches in 15 targets. He clearly has been QB Dak Prescott’s preference as a pass-catching TD. Even sharing time in a 2-TE set, Schultz can be the No. 1 red-zone target. He also can get downfield faster than Jarwin.
Coming off a strong 2020 season, Schultz is 8 for 8 on targets this year. He was targeted just twice Sunday against the Chargers for 18 yards, while TE Blake Jarwin nearly doubled Schultz’s targets and yardage with 4 targets and 37 yards. It’s good for Dallas that the team has 2 viable pass-receiving TEs. The 1 thing that’s good for Schultz’s fantasy owners that the Cowboys frequently use multiple-TE formations. However, unless 1 or the other emerges as the red-zone TE or is injured, there won’t be significant fantasy value for either.
Schultz ceded last season’s starting role back to TE Blake Jarwin, injured most of 2020. At Tampa Bay, Schultz’s production was more than twice that of Jarwin’s (6 catches to 3, 45 yards to 20). Above all else, Schultz is reliable.
From the Wayback machine of last year’s Fantasy Vision, we found this: “For the 3rd consecutive week, Schultz caught every pass thrown his way.” Prescott recognized that reliability by throwing to Schultz, who caught all 6 passes thrown to him, for a 3rd-and-1 play in the 3rd quarter.
Don’t look at this as Jarwin coming back and reestablishing himself as a favorite target for QB Dak Prescott, who also missed most of last season. We found this gem from last year: “With Prescott playing, Schultz scored 2 TDs; since then, he’s had only 1 in 7 games.”
Schultz and Prescott had some chemistry in 2020, and Schultz’s performance totals suffered when he was playing with the imposters who followed Dak at the helm of the offense. Keep an eye, or both eyes, on Schultz.