• Tony Pollard

  • RB
  • , Dallas Cowboys
  • 24
  • 210 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Pollard started to see a consistent role in Week 4 and from that point–and excluding Week 15, which Ezekiel Elliott missed–Pollard averaged 8.6 touches for 38 yards and 0.25 touchdowns. The resulting 6.1 PPG (half-PPR) equate to RB4-type numbers and that’s where he’s being drafted. He doesn’t offer much startability on a weekly basis as long as Elliott is healthy, but he has RB1 upside if anything were to happen to Zeke.

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Scouting report

by Jeff Hicks

DAL RB Tony Pollard - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

2020 Week 15 showed Tony Pollard’s upside - 18 touches, 132 total yards, and one rushing score while playing 89.7% of snaps. Despite never out-snapping an active Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard finished within five fantasy points of Zeke in half-point PPR six times and outscored him once. It is also encouraging to see Pollard receive at least one target in 15 of 16 games and multiple in 11 of 16. The former Memphis Tiger outscored Elliot in points per snap in standard PPR formats.

After starting Week 15, Pollard played nearly 50% of snaps the final two weeks alongside Elliot. He is one of the few backup running backs in the NFL that does not change the offensive game plan based on talent and skills.

Fantasy Downside

Pollard’s value will not peak unless Elliott is hurt or not a Cowboy. That is difficult to see with Zeke’s contract being one of the worst in the NFL. Depending on an injury is a fools’ errand. Pollard also has the same schedule as Elliott which consists of four games against top-five defenses according to 4for4’s Schedule-Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed. The Cowboys also have one more against a top 10 unit. Pollard will see seven defensive units that were top 10 against opposing running backs.

2021 Bottom Line

Pollard is an elite backup running back with RB1 upside if Elliott were to miss any games. That said, he is nothing more than a handcuff that will not see increased snaps without a slew of injuries or skill deterioration from Elliott.

2021 Strength of Schedule - DAL

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
1
@TB
17
@LAC
9
PHI
15
CAR
18
NYG
21
@NE
BYE23
@MIN
22
DEN
3
ATL
24
@KC
30
LV
2
@NO
7
@WAS
18
@NYG
7
WAS
19
ARI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@LAR210005.002220311.003.25.210/7213.9%
2ATL26003.0013013.000.91.98/829.8%
3@SEA00000.001-501-5.00-0.50.56/827.3%
4CLE316105.331160216.009.210.222/8226.8%
5NYG630005.0022031.003.25.215/6622.7%
6ARI1031003.1029044.504.06.032/8936.0%
7@WAS816002.0016016.002.23.219/5633.9%
8@PHI740005.712240212.006.48.417/7921.5%
9PIT957006.3311021.005.86.823/7231.9%
10BYE--------------
11@MIN5601012.0000000.0012.012.021/6631.8%
12WAS412003.00210025.002.24.221/5935.6%
13@BAL822002.7516016.002.83.831/7939.2%
14@CIN1139003.5529124.5010.812.819/5137.3%
15SF1269205.756630910.5025.231.252/5889.7%
16PHI912001.3318028.002.03.033/7047.1%
17@NYG515003.00318056.003.36.334/8241.5%
Per game6.3127.190.2504.311.7512.000.062.506.865.797.5422.69/71.5632.88%
Totals101435404.31281921406.8692.7120.7363/114532.88%
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