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Tony Pollard


#43 Running Back

97 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 24
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210
40 Time: 4.52

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Week 6 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
50 0.3 1.5 12 0 8
Weekly Writeup
Pollard’s hit 10+ touches in 4 straight. Next up is a Patriots defense that’s funneled production to opposing backfields.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
42 0.3 2.5 21 0.1 8.7
Week 5
Pollard backed up starting RB Ezekiel Elliott with 14 carries for 75 yards. His per-carry average of 5.4 yards was slightly higher than Elliott’s. Pollard also caught all 4 targets for 28 yards. His only limitations are being behind Elliott on the depth chart and not always serving as a 3rd-down receiver because Zeke is so valuable in pass protection.
As long as Elliott is in 1 piece, Pollard will be no more than the NFL’s best No. 2 RB. There is no better handcuff capable of picking up where a starting RB left off if that starter is injured. Even with multiple-TD leads in the 2nd half against the Giants, Elliott still was sharing playing time with Pollard. If you own Zeke, you already should have Tony as his handcuff.
Week 4
For the 2nd straight game, Pollard was an effective backup to RB Ezekiel Elliott, with 10 carries for 67 yards. Missing was Pollard’s role as a receiver out of the backfield. With QB Dak Prescott throwing just 22 passes, Pollard was not targeted.
Week 5’s division opponents, the Giants, are in the middle of the pack in both passing and rushing defense. In the last 2 games, the Cowboys have built big leads in the 2nd half and essentially stopped passing. That’s not a scenario that works in Pollard’s favor. He could have more carries if Dallas rests Elliott late in the game, but fewer opportunities as a receiver. Pollard may not be am every-week fantasy starter, but he’s a superb handcuff if Elliott is injured.
Week 3
Again Dallas used Pollard and RB Ezekiel Elliott in concert to help wear down an opposing defense. With Elliott gaining ground in the middle of the field and Pollard carrying toward the margins, they were about equal in the 1st half – Zeke 11 carries for 60 yards and Tony 10 for 56. Pollard touched the ball just twice in the 2nd half, for a 4-yard run and a 5-yard reception.
It’s still not a given that Elliott will be the #1 RB. Against the Panthers’ stingy defense this week, whoever has a hot hand early may finish with more touches and yardage. It’s not likely that in Sunday’s game the Cowboys will all but abandon the running game as they did in the season opener against the Buccaneers’ porous pass defense. Carolina also has allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL through 3 weeks.
Week 2
There are 4 Rs here: rush, receive, return, recompense (to pay or give compensation). Against the Chargers, Pollard outperformed starting RB Ezekiel Elliott in the 3 verbs (109 rushing yards to 71 in 3 fewer carries, 33 receiving yards to 26, 71 kickoff return yards to 0). The noun might be more important because the Cowboys will still have to give the ball to Zeke to try to justify a $6.8-million salary that will balloon to $18M-plus against the salary cap. We don’t want to boast (much), but we’ve been pointing out Pollard’s emerging production since early last season.
In Week 2, Pollard’s time on the field grew to 34% from 24% in Week 1. He had 16 touches in 21 snaps at Los Angeles. Even before Week 2, Pollard was owned in about half of fantasy leagues. You shouldn’t have to be run over by the stampede of fantasy owners jumping on the Pollard bandwagon because you already should have had him stashed on your roster. There has been no better RB handcuff during the last 2 seasons. We repeat what we said last week: “It’s easy to envision another season with Pollard slowly growing his number of touches at Elliott’s expense.”

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Pollard saw only a slight bump in usage in his 2nd season. As a 2019 rookie, he drew 20.1% of Dallas’ carries and 3.7% of targets over his 15 games. In the 15 games he shared with Ezekiel Elliott last season, Pollard saw 21.8% carry share and 5.1% target share.
  • His playing time saw a similarly slight bump. After playing 19% of offensive snaps for his 15 games in 2019, Pollard played 28.6% of the snaps in Elliott’s 15 games last season.
  • Through 2 years, Pollard has seen about double the usage in a receiver spot compared with Elliott. According to Pro Football Focus, Pollard lined up out wide or in the slot on 15.1% of his 2019 offensive snaps and then 16% of his 2020 snaps. Elliott did so on about 6% and 8% of his snaps, respectively.
  • Pollard has been a big winner in PFF’s elusive rating each year so far. He ranked 2nd in that category last season among 63 RBs with 75+ carries. In 2019, Pollard led the 61 RBs in that group.
  • The Cowboys’ offense should be in much better shape for 2020 with some key injury returns. In addition to QB Dak Prescott, RT La’El Collins missed all of 2020 with a hip injury, LT Tyron Smith lost 14 games to a neck injury and star RG Zack Martin played just 54% of the snaps because of a calf strain.
  • Those absences -- plus the loss of center Travis Frederick to retirement -- knocked Dallas from 7th in PFF run-blocking grade in 2019 all the way down to 29th last season.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We wouldn’t be surprised to see another slight uptick in Pollard’s workload, but the Dallas backfield remains under Ezekiel Elliott’s control. Pollard looks like 1 of the few handcuffs worth targeting in fantasy drafts, but beware overpaying for a guy who likely won’t start for you unless Elliott goes down. Pollard is currently going inside the top 40 at RB in FFPC best-ball drafting, at the Round 9-10 turn.

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Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (knee) practiced all week and will return for Sunday’s game against the Rams. The rookie has averaged just 3.5 carries and 1.5 targets over his last 8 games.

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Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (knee) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bears. The rookie has averaged 2.6 carries and 2.4 targets over the past 5 weeks, so his absence is a slight boost to RB Ezekiel Elliott's projected volume.

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Cowboys RB Tony Pollard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Tuesday or Wednesday. Pollard hasn't reached fantasy relevancy this year, but he's averaged 2.6 carries and 2.4 targets over the past 5 weeks. So his absence would be a slight boost to RB Ezekiel Elliott's stock.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talked up RB Tony Pollard after the rookie ran for 42 yards and a score on 5 carries in Saturday's preseason game. "If he goes out there and he plays to that level he's going to be [at] for the next several weeks, he's going to be right in the middle of it early," Jones said. "That will really complement what we're doing with Zeke ... I can picture those guys [having] success at the same time out there really giving the defense some fits." Elliott was a 3-down workhorse last year, excelling both on the ground and as a pass-catcher. We doubt Pollard would see enough action behind Zeke to be a real fantasy option. But the longer Zeke's holdout lasts, the more intriguing a late-round flier Pollard becomes.

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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones singled out RB Tony Pollard as a standout in training camp. "Tony Pollard has done a real nice job out there," Jones said. "He's getting a little bit of everything. He's probably one that has stuck out for me if I were going to pick one." The 4th-round rookie played behind Darrell Henderson at Memphis but averaged 6.8 yards per carry and 12.4 yards per catch on 104 grabs over the last 3 seasons. The 6'0, 210-pounder clocked a 4.41-second 40 time at the Combine and registered a 72nd percentile SPARQ score. Pollard has been getting 1st-team reps in camp -- a sign that he's set to play a real role this season. How big that role is obviously depends heavily on whether RB Ezekiel Elliott shows up. We'll continue to monitor the Zeke situation, but Pollard is certainly worth a late-round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts.

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