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Tony Pollard
Bye: 9
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 25.6
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 209
40 Time: 4.52
SPARQx (Rank): 100.90 (22%)
Burst Score (Rank): 120.00 (59%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.37 (54%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 7.00

Tony Pollard's Weekly Outlook

Week 13 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
62 0.3 2.3 19.5 0.1 10.4
Weekly Writeup
Pollard underwhelmed on Thanksgiving but encouragingly out-snapped Ezekiel Elliott and out-carried him 18 to 16. More big games are coming if Pollard continues to get that level of volume.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
47.1 0.4 3.1 27.1 0.1 10.2

Tony Pollard's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#32 Running Back

142.8 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
Not Available 153.2 712.4 4 1.6 1.5 49.7 397.7 1.8

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Basic StatsTony Pollard's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • Pollard ranked 5th in the league in NFL Next Gen’s rushing yards over expected per attempt last season.
  • He checked in 9th in Football Outsiders’ rushing DYAR and 4th in DVOA – ahead of Ezekiel Elliott in both, and well ahead of Elliott (23rd) in DVOA.
  • Pro Football Focus graded Pollard 2nd best in rushing last season, and 10th in elusive rating among 61 RBs with 70+ carries. (Pollard’s elusive rating actually fell for the 2nd straight year.)
  • Pollard gained workload in his 3rd season. His 15 games played with Elliott in 2020 saw only slight bumps over 2019: 20.1% carry share to 21.8%; 3.7% target share to 5.1%. Last year found Pollard garnering 31.4% of Dallas carries and 7.7% of targets over his 16 games.
  • Elliott played most of the season with a partially torn right PCL he suffered in Week 4. That may have helped Pollard’s opportunity share. But Pollard got 29.8% of carries and 6% of targets even through the first 4 games.
  • Cowboys decision makers still seem to be big fans of Elliott. Executive VP Stephen Jones said of Elliott in March: “I want that guy on my team. You talk about playing through some injuries. He’s a competitor. I think he’s a damn good running back. We’re fortunate to have him.” Jones added then – and on other occasions – that the team is paying Elliott a lot of money this year.
  • "Now then, Pollard, there's plenty of room for Pollard. There's plenty of room for Pollard when Zeke's in there. Pollard needs to get the ball." Jerry Jones stated.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Pollard is a nice player and probably the best RB in Dallas at this point. Perhaps the Cowboys shift a little more work his way this season after it seemed to work well last year. But there’s also the chance Ezekiel Elliott gets a little back his way without the knee injury. Whatever the specifics, expect Pollard to remain the clear #2 RB. That will produce some fantasy points, but it’ll be tough to know when to start him. That makes Pollard more attractive in best-ball formats than lineup-setting. Of course, his ultimate ceiling comes as handcuff to Elliott. Pollard’s 1 of the very few handcuffs who is OK to pair with his team’s RB1 on your fantasy roster. That’s because Pollard would be a good bet to at least match Elliott’s production (and quite possibly exceed it) should the starter go down.

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Ezekiel Elliott, RB DAL

10:37pm EST 11/24/22

Elliott delivers vs. Giants

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott posted a season-high 92 rushing yards in Thursday's win over the Giants, including a TD from 6 yards out early in the 2nd quarter. He actually trailed Tony Pollard in both carries (18-16) and targets (2-1) for the game, as Dallas went run heavy. Pollard averaged just 3.3 yards per rush and collected only 2 yards on 2 receptions. The level of work would be enough to support both RBs going forward, though we wouldn't expect Dallas to run the ball more than it throws most weeks. Next Sunday brings a Colts D that favors the pass more than the run. After that, however, comes a Houston defense that has been league-worst against the run this year.

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Cowboys RB Tony Pollard matched Ezekiel Elliott's 15 carries in the latter's return from a knee injury. Pollard, of course, out-gained Elliott 80 yards to 42 on the ground. Elliott claimed both rushing scores, however. Pollard made up for that with a huge receiving day. He led the team in targets (6), catches (6) and receiving yards (109), while scoring both of the team's receiving TDs. Those came from 30 and 68 yards out. There might be weeks of frustrating usage for Pollard going forward, but he'll be tough to sit.

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Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is active for today’s game vs. the Vikings. He was limited in practice all week but is reportedly "light years ahead of last week." It’s unclear exactly how backfield work will be divvied between RB Tony Pollard and Elliott in his 1st game back from the knee injury. See where both guys sit in the Week 11 RB Rankings.

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The Cowboys plan to give RB Tony Pollard "a little bit more in terms of touches" than RB Ezekiel Elliott agains the Vikings today, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Dallas wants to "ease Elliott back in" coming off an LCL injury and "significant contusion all the way down his shin" back in Week 7, per Pelissero. Elliott will wear a brace on that knee today. Consider him a TD-dependent RB3 play in fantasy lineups. Pollard is a RB2.

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The Cowboys expect RB Ezekiel Elliott (knee) to play today against the Vikings, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He adds that 1 source called Elliott "light years ahead of last week." We all know how much Dallas likes to work Elliott when he's in the lineup, but we're still betting that Tony Pollard gets enough today to be viable for fantasy football lineups.

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Tony Pollard, RB DAL
Dynasty MVP 130.5
Position Rank #23 RB
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2021 turned up a career-high 169 touches and an ultra-efficient season from Pollard. The 4th-year pro is now headed into a contract season. His short-term value will be tied to just how much Zeke Elliott has left in the tank.

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