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Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard

Running Back #1
ADP:Round: 11, Pick: 3
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 210 lb.
College:Memphis
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (128)
Draft Team:DAL

Tony Pollard: Flashes upside as rookie

Pollard finished the 2019 season with 86 carries for 455 yards and two touchdowns while catching 15 of 20 targets for 107 receiving yards and an additional TD.

Analysis: He also chipped in 245 yards on kickoff returns for good measure. Ezekiel Elliott's preseason holdout created a small window this fall in which it looked like the 2019 fourth-round pick could be the Cowboys' No. 1 running back, and Pollard gave glimpses of what that might have looked like in two huge performances against the Dolphins in Week 3 and the Rams in Week 15 -- 51.4 percent of his rushing yards on the year came in those two games. With Elliott and his giant contract locked in atop the depth chart heading into 2020, Pollard once again figures to be the first option off the bench when the team's bell cow needs a breather, but his big-play potential could still give him fantasy value in the right matchups.

January 1, 2020 10:07 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Loses crucial fumble

Pollard had two carries for zero yards, two kick returns for 41 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Pollard lost a fumble during the third quarter to end a 10-play drive for the Cowboys, and he didn't touch the ball again on offense. The 22-year-old had 12 rushes for 131 yards and one touchdown Week 15, illustrating his volatility as a low-volume fantasy option.

December 24, 2019 7:37 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Surprising eruption for Dallas

Pollard carried the ball 12 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.

Analysis: With Dallas leading 28-7 at halftime, Pollard saw increased opportunities in the second half and made the most of them, breaking off a 44-yard TD scamper in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys' final points. The rookie RB topped the century mark for the second time this season, and both times he's done it while Ezekiel Elliott was also compiling triple-digit rushing yards (the other game being Week 3's win over Miami). Pollard remains a risky fantasy option due to his usual low touch volume, but he remains a big-play threat for the Cowboys heading into next Sunday's crucial clash with the Eagles.

December 15, 2019 6:44 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Back to full participation

Pollard (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Pollard opened the week with a cap on his reps, but his ability to handle every rep Thursday paves the way for him to return to action Sunday against the Rams following a one-game absence. Working behind Ezekiel Elliott, Pollard likely is in line for the four touches per game he received in the nine games prior to his Week 14 DNP.

December 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Practices in limited fashion

Pollard (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard sat out Week 14's loss to the Bears due to an ankle injury, but he now appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's tilt against the Rams. The rookie fourth-round pick will have two more opportunities to increase his practice activity and avoid an injury tag entirely for Week 15. If he's indeed cleared to retake the field Sunday, Pollard will reprise his usual uncontested backup role behind Ezekiel Elliott.

December 11, 2019 2:30 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Likely to return Week 15

Coach Jason Garrett said Pollard "should be able to play" in the Cowboys' next game Dec. 15 against the Rams, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: After failing to practice Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle issue, Pollard didn't suit up Thursday in Chicago, leaving the backfield solely in the hands of starter Ezekiel Elliott. It was notable that fullback Jamize Olawale didn't get a single carry and was targeted just once on his 11 offensive snaps, despite the potential opportunity at hand. If Pollard returns to action Week 15, he likely will be afforded his typical handful of touches.

December 6, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Not available Thursday

Pollard (ankle) is listed as inactive Thursday at Chicago, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Pollard ended Week 14 prep in a precarious position, being held out Tuesday and Wednesday due to an ankle injury. Despite the Cowboys not bolstering the backfield prior to kickoff, the team has opted to keep Pollard in street clothes. As a result, FB Jamize Olawale is the only back available to the offense aside from workhorse Ezekiel Elliott.

December 5, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Status in question for Thursday

Pollard (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game in Chicago, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard didn't make an appearance on the Cowboys' Week 14 injury report until Tuesday, capping it with back-to-back DNPs. After Ezekiel Elliott, fullback Jamize Olawale is the only other RB on the Cowboys' 53-man roster, so the team would show its hand with Pollard if it makes an addition to the backfield.

December 4, 2019 11:26 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Added to injury report

Pollard (ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Pollard was added to the Cowboys' Week 14 injury report Tuesday, so his status for Thursday's game against the Bears will be worth monitoring. Pollard remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott on the Cowboys' running back depth chart, which limits his fantasy ceiling, but he does remain useful as an insurance policy in the event that Elliott suffers an injury down the stretch.

December 3, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Can't do much in rain

Pollard carried the ball four times for 19 yards and caught three of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: The weather was miserable in Foxboro, and while Pollard saw his highest touch volume since he got eight carries in Week 7 against the Eagles, the rookie wasn't able to turn them into much yardage. With his role increasing, however, Pollard could have some big-play potential in Week 13's home tilt against the Bills.

November 25, 2019 12:14 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Scores first receiving TD

Pollard carried the ball twice for 12 yards and caught all four of his targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Lions.

Analysis: The rookie running back had his best game yet as a pass-catcher, and he topped 50 scrimmage yards for the first time since his huge Week 3 performance against Miami. Pollard remains firmly behind Ezekiel Elliott on the depth chart, but if offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is committed to getting the dynamic back more touches, Pollard could have deep-league value down the stretch.

November 18, 2019 9:13 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Gets just three rushes Sunday

Pollard had three carries for 13 yards during Sunday's 24-22 road defeat to the Jets.

Analysis: After the Cowboys' Week 5 loss to the Packers, Pollard dealt with knee and ankle injuries, but his practice reps weren't affected, and he entered this past weekend without a designation. Still, he didn't make much headway on the ground for a third consecutive game behind workhorse Ezekiel Elliott, who received 28 totes and six targets Sunday. Without an injury to Elliott, Pollard will have difficulty making more than a negligible mark in the box score most weeks.

October 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Practices in full Wednesday

Pollard (knee/ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Pollard came out of Sunday's loss to the Packers nursing knee and ankle injuries, but it appears as though the issues are minor and don't threaten his availability for Week 6. The rookie hasn't seen much work behind Ezekiel Elliot through two straight contests, so he currently exists off the fantasy radar except as a high-upside backup.

October 9, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Banged up heading into Week 6

In the aftermath of Sunday's loss to the Packers, Pollard is dealing with knee and ankle issues, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: That said, the running back should be able to practice this week, suggesting that neither ailment is viewed as a major concern. Pollard logged just five snaps in Week 5, while rushing four times for 19 yards. With two straight quiet statistical weeks in the books, Pollard is off the fantasy radar for now and it would probably take an injury to Ezekiel Elliott for that to change.

October 7, 2019 2:31 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Usage dries up

Pollard played two offensive snaps and didn't have a touch in Sunday's 12-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: After turning 16 touches into 128 yards in Week 3's win over the Dolphins, Pollard vanished in the primetime matchup. Ezekiel Elliott rushed 18 times for 35 yards and a touchdown and caught six of seven targets for 30 yards in this contest while playing 56 of 58 possible snaps, shaping up as the bell cow the Cowboys need him to be. Pollard's usage over the first three weeks looks like it was a mirage due to Elliott missing the entire preseason, so his fantasy value may just be as a handcuff going forward.

October 1, 2019 11:13 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Explodes for 128 scrimmage yards

Pollard carried 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. He also caught three passes for 25 additional yards in the 31-6 win.

Analysis: Pollard tied his career high of 13 carries in a game his team was heavily favored in, responding with an impressive 7.9 yards per carry as he repeatedly gashed the Miami defense. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 16-yard run in the fourth quarter and also showed his ability as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Pollard has already touched the ball 34 times through three games and seems to have carved out a legitimate role as a change-of-pace option behind Ezekiel Elliott. Game flow will likely be a large factor in his usage, while next Sunday's road matchup against the Saints is expected to be much closer than this one.

September 22, 2019 2:12 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Workload shrinks

Pollard carried the ball four times for 22 yards and he caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's win over Washington.

Analysis: With Ezekiel Elliott taking on his usual workload (25 total touches), there wasn't much left over for Pollard. He did find the end zone on a three-yard run in the third quarter while Elliott was getting a breather, but the touchdown was wiped out by a holding penalty. The fact that the Cowboys were comfortable using Pollard in the red zone is encouraging, but unless something happens to Zeke, the rookie's fantasy value will be minimal.

September 16, 2019 7:11 AM EST

Tony Pollard: Makes little impact in debut

Pollard carried the ball 13 times for 24 yards in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Giants.

Analysis: The rookie wound up seeing the same number of carries as Ezekiel Elliott, but Pollard wasn't able to do much with his touches as his longest run went for only six yards. Elliott's workload will only increase moving forward, so Pollard will need to show the same kind of electricity he did in the preseason if he wants to retain any kind of significant role in the offense.

September 8, 2019 6:16 PM EST

Tony Pollard: Conflicting reports on workload

Pollard is slated to serve as the top backup to starting tailback Ezekiel Elliott in Sunday's game against the Giants, but the extent of the rookie's role in the Week 1 game plan is uncertain. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that Elliott is expected to play around 20-to-25 snaps, while a source tells Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com that the veteran will handle a "normal" workload.

Analysis: Even if Rapoport's report proves more accurate of the two, Elliott would still make for a solid universal lineup play in season-long formats, but Pollard's fantasy viability would vary more wildly based on Elliott's usage. If Elliott is on tap for a 20-to-25-snap role, Pollard might still have a path to around 10 touches, which would keep him on the radar in deeper leagues. If Raanan's prediction comes to pass, however, little work would likely be left over for Pollard, as Elliott never played fewer than 76.8 percent of Dallas' offensive snaps in any game in 2018. Rather than committing to a firm plan for Elliott's workload, it's possible the Cowboys assess his condition as the game unfolds before determining when or if to stagger or reduce his snap count.

September 8, 2019 8:12 AM EST

Tony Pollard: May be on tap for small role

Pollard may be in line for a more limited role than initially anticipated Sunday against the Giants with top back Ezekiel Elliott expected to handle a "normal" workload, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Pollard's fantasy value took a major hit when Elliott inked a six-year, $90 million contract extension earlier this week, but the rookie was still expected to have a fairly prominent role in the Cowboys' Week 1 game plan since the veteran missed all of training camp and the preseason while holding out. Earlier reports suggested that Elliott would likely only be in line for around 20-to-25 snaps, but the Cowboys have seemingly been satisfied enough with the 23-year-old's fitness after three practices to loosen the reins. Assuming Elliott does in fact handle his usual three-down duties for the Cowboys, Pollard may only be in line for a handful of touches as a change-of-pace back, which probably won't translate to enough volume to make the Memphis product a viable lineup option in most fantasy formats.

September 8, 2019 5:59 AM EST

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