• Tony Pollard

  • RB
  • , Dallas Cowboys
  • 25
  • 209 lbs
  • 6' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Pollard finished RB42 in 15 games played in 2021. He has averaged 9.7 touches per game over the last two seasons, and 11.3 in 2021, so his role is slowly growing. He’s a reasonable spot-start in a pinch, but he can’t be trusted in a full-time starting role (fantasy-wise) as long as Ezekiel Elliott is healthy. However, he’s one of a handful of real-world RB2s that have top-five injury upside.

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Scouting report

by Mike Randle

DAL RB Tony Pollard - 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook

2022 Fantasy Upside
Tony Pollard is one of the most popular Zero RB targets for the upcoming season. Another example of an explosive and versatile running back from Memphis, Pollard has increased his receptions and receiving yards in each of his first three NFL seasons. Last year, Pollard also saw a career high in rushing attempts (130) and rushing yards (719) while averaging a robust 6.2 yards per touch (second among all running backs).

Pollard produced six RB2 or better weeks while sharing touches with Dallas’ clear lead RB1, Ezekiel Elliott. However, the departure of wide receiver Amari Cooper has allowed the Cowboys to explore Pollard on the field as a slot receiver even with Elliott in the backfield. Pollard has tremendous fantasy upside if Elliott ever was injured, but his projected increased role solidifies his standalone value.

2022 Fantasy Downside
Owner Jerry Jones reiterated Elliott’s role as the team’s lead RB once again, leaving fantasy drafters to speculate if Pollard’s increased opportunity is going to be a reality. He is currently residing as a mid-round fantasy RB pick, which has a historic large variance of outcomes. If Elliott remains healthy all season, will there be enough opportunity for Pollard to make a significant redraft impact?

2022 Bottom Line
I’m buying Pollard’s role increasing, and see an average Cowboys receiving core in need of another weapon. If offensive coordinator Kellen Moore uses Pollard in an Alvin Kamara-type role, Pollard could be a league-winner in PPR formats. There is always a risk in the annual running back “dead zone” in fantasy drafts, but Pollard’s efficiency on just a 33.7 percent snap share is a harbinger of great things to come in 2022.

2022 Strength of Schedule - DAL

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17W18
5
TB
18
CIN
25
@NYG
15
WAS
12
@LAR
19
@PHI
31
DET
20
CHI
BYE8
@GB
23
@MIN
25
NYG
10
IND
30
HOU
22
@JAX
19
PHI
2
@TEN
15
@WAS

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

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@TB314004.67429047.254.38.320/8324.1%
2@LAC13109108.383310310.3320.023.021/6233.9%
3PHI1160005.4515015.006.57.529/7737.7%
4CAR1067006.7000000.006.76.718/6129.5%
5NYG1475005.36428047.0010.314.331/7839.7%
6@NE1041004.10322037.336.39.326/8929.2%
7BYE--------------
8@MIN726003.7111011.002.73.719/7326.0%
9DEN411002.751320232.004.35.324/6238.7%
10ATL1142003.82656079.339.815.832/7741.6%
11@KC750007.142200210.007.09.022/6732.8%
12LV1036003.60432048.006.810.831/7441.9%
13@NO7711010.1423041.5013.415.428/7040.0%
14@WAS--------------
15@NYG1274006.17313034.338.711.729/7140.8%
16WAS834004.25216038.005.07.025/7334.2%
17ARI39003.003490516.335.88.819/6429.7%
18@PHI--------------
Per game8.6747.930.1305.532.6022.4703.078.647.8410.4424.93/72.0734.66%
Totals130719205.53393370468.64117.6156.6374/108134.66%