Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (foot) didn't see the practice field on Wednesday. With both Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott (knee) hurting -- although Elliott was a full participant on Wednesday -- the Cowboys have signed Ito Smith for more running back depth. Wide receiver Noah Brown (groin) also missed Wednesday's practice. The Smith signing shouldn't be viewed as a bad omen that Pollard won't play in Week 14 against the Washington Football Team. But fantasy managers should keep a close eye on Pollard the rest of the week. The 24-year-old has looked much better in recent weeks with Elliott banged up and seeing a smaller workload. If Pollard is able to play, he'll be a strong RB3/flex play, albeit against a pretty strong Washington rush defense.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard scored a huge touchdown in a Week 13 win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. Pollard ran the ball seven times, gaining 71 yards and scoring a touchdown while adding two catches for three yards. Pollard was actually stuffed for just nine yards on the ground in the first half, but a 58-yard rushing touchdown in the second half made his teammates and fantasy managers happy. Once again, Pollard looked more explosive than injured starter Ezekiel Elliott (knee). If the Cowboys finally decide to actually let "Zeke" sit out a game to rest, Pollard would immediately jump into the RB1 conversation.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard could be in line for more work in a Week 13 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. Ezekiel Elliott (knee) is expected to play after practicing in full all week, but it's been no secret that his game has been affected by the injury. The two backs will likely split work to start the game, but any aggravation to Zeke's knee injury could lead to Pollard working as a three-down back. The uncertain role combined with an excellent New Orleans run defense makes Pollard a low-end RB2, but with plenty of upside.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard looked great in a Thanksgiving overtime loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. With starter Ezekiel Elliott (knee) looking less than 100% throughout the game, Pollard had his first game of the season where he ended up with more touches than Elliott. Pollard ran the ball 10 times for 36 yards and added four catches for 32 more yards on four targets. Most impressively, Pollard worked a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown in the third quarter. With the Cowboys saying they may begin managing Elliott's snaps to some extent, Pollard's fantasy arrow is pointing almost straight up.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard could see some more work than usual in a Week 12 Thanksgiving matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders. Ezekiel Elliott (knee) missed some time in Week 11 but was estimated at a limited practice on Monday and should be able to play in Week 12. Still, if the knee injury acts up for Elliott, Pollard would be next up for carries and catches out of the backfield. Pollard led the Cowboys in rushing yards in Week 11 and should be a solid RB3/FLEX option on Thanksgiving with tons of upside if Elliott misses time again.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard looked strong in a Week 11 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Pollard took over the backfield temporarily when starter Ezekiel Elliott (ankle) was forced out of the game for a bit. Pollard totaled seven carries for 50 yards and added two catches for an extra 20 yards through the air. Pollard looked like the most explosive player on the Cowboys offense with several key guys sidelined by injuries. A Week 12 Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Raiders is up next for the Cowboys, where Pollard should be a decent FLEX option with some upside.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is a decent RB3/flex option in a Week 11 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Pollard put up a solid 13 fantasy points in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons and ended up as the overall RB19 for the week. It was a nice uptick after he'd been putting up single-digit fantasy scores for the previous three games. Week 11 sees the Cowboys up against a much-improved Kansas City run defense, but in a game that could easily turn into a shootout, Pollard should still have several chances to pick up some yards behind Ezekiel Elliott.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had a huge game in a Week 10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Pollard ran the ball 11 times for 42 yards and caught six passes for 56 more yards on seven targets. Pollard ended up tied for the team lead in targets and led the team in rushing yards. It was partly his talent, but a lot of it was due to the game situation, with the Cowboys winning by 40 points and in control the entire game. Pollard once again showed that he has league-winning upside if Elliott ever misses time, but even with "Zeke" ahead of him, Pollard should continue to have RB3/FLEX value in most formats.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard will look to get back into fantasy relevance in a great Week 10 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Pollard has shown plenty of upside and is clearly a league winner if starter Ezekiel Elliott misses time, but Pollard himself has had games where he merits FLEX consideration. The entire Cowboys offense slumped in Week 9 against the Denver Broncos, but they have a much better matchup coming up against the Falcons, who are currently ranked just 27th against opposing running backs. Pollard checks in as a mid-range RB3/FLEX option.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard only touched the ball five times in an ugly Week 9 loss to the Denver Broncos. Pollard gained 11 yards on four rushing attempts and caught one of the two passes sent his way for a 32 yard gain. With the Cowboys losing 30-0 at one point, there was just no chance for the team to establish any sort of running game at all. Pollard has developed FLEX value on his own, but games like this will happen occasionally where game script just takes Pollard out of fantasy relevance. He and the Cowboys have a potential bounce back game in Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is worth a look in deeper leagues for a Week 9 game against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos defense has been good at forcing opposing teams to run the ball by defending the passing game well, but then haven't been able to do much to stop the run. Pollard and starter Ezekiel Elliott should see plenty of opportunities in this game. Week 8 was the first time Pollard saw fewer than 10 carries since Week 1, but that was also a game played with Cooper Rush under center. Pollard should return to his usual role and is an RB3/FLEX option in Week 9.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard didn't do much in a Week 8 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Pollard ran the ball seven times, gaining 24 yards. He also caught one pass on two targets, gaining just one yard through the air. Pollard and starter Ezekiel Elliott combined for just 76 yards on the ground, as the Vikings defense was able to stack the box with Cooper Rush in at quarterback. With Dak Prescott (calf) expected to return in Week 9 against the Broncos, the Cowboys should be able to find more room to move the ball on the ground.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard remains a solid option in Week 8 fantasy lineups. Pollard is clearly the second running back in Dallas behind starter Ezekiel Elliott, but nevertheless, he has now seen double-digit carries in five games in a row and ranks as the RB26 in standard scoring half PPR leagues. All of that despite scoring only one touchdown so far this season. Pollard has league-winning upside if Elliott goes down, but even on his own, he's developed low-end RB2 value in deep leagues.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard continues to be a flex option in fantasy despite not being the starter in the Cowboys offense. In Week 6 against the New England Patriots, Pollard ran the ball 10 times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 22 more yards. Pollard now has now seen at least 10 touches and gained at least 60 yards for four games in a row. Despite clearly playing behind starter Ezekiel Elliott, there is more than enough coming from the elite Cowboys offense for Pollard to put up RB3/flex value on a weekly basis, even with just his 10-12 weekly touches.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard should see plenty of chances to touch the ball in Week 6. Pollard has averaged almost 13 touches per game this season and while that won't be enough for RB1 consideration, it's certainly enough to paint him as a solid, reliable RB3/FLEX option. Pollard has shown the ability to do a lot with his limited touches, as he leads all running backs in yards per carry with 6.4. While he may not have the ceiling to win your fantasy week, he certainly has a solid, consistent floor and won't be the reason you lose either.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had another strong performance in Week 5's win over the New York Giants, totaling over 100 yards. He ran the ball 14 times for 75 yards and made four catches for 28 additional yards. Starter Ezekiel Elliott saw 23 touches to Pollard's 18, but whenever the Cowboys play with positive game script, Pollard should be able to see about a dozen touches. Elliott is the superior back and the better fantasy option, but Pollard can be a reliable FLEX option with nice upside whenever the Cowboys have a good matchup. Week 6 against the Patriots should be one of those.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had an enormous performance in Week 2 and has remained a solid contributor, averaging 10.5 rush attempts per game. Still, he hasn't been able to amass too many fantasy points while playing behind starter Ezekiel Elliott. With Elliott (knee) dealing with a minor knee injury, there always remains the possibility that he can aggravate the injury or be pulled early if the Cowboys have the game in hand early. Pollard has shown the ability to have RB1 upside, but his range of outcomes is quite wide because of his playing time. He's safer as an RB3/low-ceiling FLEX option for Week 5.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard carried the ball 10 times in a Week 4 win over the Carolina Panthers. With the Cowboys relying on the ground game in this one as quarterback Dak Prescott only completed 14 passes, starter Ezekiel Elliott got 20 carries while Pollard got 10. With his 10 carries, Pollard picked up 67 yards, averaging almost seven yards per carry. Elliott had the much bigger game in this one (20 carries for 143 yards and a touchdown) but Pollard still looked explosive with his touches. He'll continue to have his own FLEX value in most leagues and is an immediate RB1 option if Elliott misses time.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard missed practice on Thursday, but his absence was not injury related. Pollard, in fact, missed practice to attend the birth of his daughter. He is not expected to miss any more time and is fully expected to be on the field in his usual role on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. A tough Panthers defense is the bigger concern at this point for the Cowboys offense. Pollard has developed his own FLEX value despite still playing behind starter Ezekiel Elliott.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard has clearly worked his way into his own fantasy value this season. Previously seen as a high-upside backup, Pollard has put up FLEX numbers or better every week so far this season, including an overall RB4 performance in Week 2. Week 4 gives the Cowboys their toughest challenge yet, as the Carolina Panthers defense is allowing an average of just 45 yards to opposing running backs. Still, Pollard should see around 10 touches and has the explosiveness to do plenty with them. He's a FLEX option with some nice upside in Week 4 fantasy lineups.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard missed practice for a personal reason on Thursday, but a source close to him isn't concerned. It sounds as if Pollard should return on Friday and be good to go for Week 4 against the undefeated Carolina Panthers. The 24-year-old is still playing second fiddle to lead back Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, but he's carved out some standalone fantasy value as a flex option in deeper leagues so far in 2021. Pollard has played just 31.5 percent of the offensive snaps through three games, but that has translated to 27 rushing attempts for 183 yards and a touchdown. He's also seen one more target (eight) than Elliott and has caught all eight targets for 65 additional yards. If Zeke were to go down at any point, Pollard would be extremely valuable to fantasy managers.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard got a dozen touches in an easy Week 3 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Pollard ran the ball 11 times for 60 yards and made one catch for five more yards on his only target. Pollard was clearly the best Cowboys running back in Week 2, but Ezekiel Elliott took that title back in Week 3, scoring two touchdowns and out-touching Pollard 20-12. Pollard has developed FLEX value this season even if he keeps playing behind Elliott. If the starter ever misses time though, Pollard would immediately shoot into the RB1 ranks.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard had an outstanding Week 2 and will look to keep it going in a Week 3 Monday Night Football matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Week 1, the Cowboys went pass-heavy and Pollard saw just seven touches. In Week 2's run-heavy game plan though, Pollard saw 16 touches and clearly outplayed starter Ezekiel Elliott. While Pollard won't supplant Elliott as the starter any time soon, he's certainly shown what he can do with the ball in his hands and could continue to make this backfield much more of a timeshare than anyone expected before the season began. There's risk in starting Pollard in fantasy lineups because of his official spot on the depth chart, but there's plenty of potential reward as well. Weighing all of that, he comes in the RB3/4 range for Week 3.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard was clearly the best back in a Cowboys uniform in a Week 2 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Pollard thoroughly outplayed nominal starter Ezekiel Elliot, falling behind in touches 16-to-18 but out-gaining him 109-to-71 on the ground and 31-to-26 through the air. The Cowboys unexpectedly employed a two-headed monster approach in the backfield and Pollard took every advantage given to him. It was an excellent game for the guy considered Elliott's backup. If Dallas continues with this approach, Pollard suddenly leaps into the RB2 ranks. The Cowboys will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard is not a good starting option in Week 2 fantasy lineups. Pollard would shoot up into the RB2 ranks if starter Ezekiel Elliott were to miss time, but as things stand, he is little more than a change-of-pace option in the Dallas offense. In Week 1, Pollard received seven touches, rushing three times for 14 yards and adding four catches for 29 yards. He may see more touches in the second halves of games where the Cowboys have comfortable leads, but that's unlikely to happen in Week 2 against a Los Angeles Chargers team that looked impressive in Week 1. Pollard should be rostered as a direct backup to Elliott, but has little standalone value.
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