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Pollard's first shot at being a feature back didn't go as planned. He received 55 more carries than the year before and produced two fewer yards on the ground. He saw 12 more targets and had 60 fewer receiving yards. Needless to say, the efficiency regressed with volume. But that may not be the full story. Pollard himself has said he wasn't 100% to start the season and his rushing production did pick up in the second half. In Tennessee he'll compete for touches with Tyjae Spears and while we expect Pollard to be the 1A, we do envision a close split. Start looking for Pollard in Round 5 as a low-end No. 2 running back and be thrilled if he falls to you in Round 6.

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2023 1005 3.99 6 1 55 311 1549.1
2022 1007 5.22 9 39 371 3 19812.4
3y Avg. 910 4.74 6 0 44 340 1 1519.4
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  • Titans' Tony Pollard: Set to sign with Tennessee

    Pollard is slated to sign a three-year, $24 million deal with the Titans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With the looming move, it appears as though Derrick Henry will be playing elsewhere in 2024, while Dallas will be in the running back market in free agency and/or the draft. Pollard is now slated to join a backfield that also includes 2023 third-rounder Tyjae Spears, a context that figures to result in some form of an RB timeshare in Tennessee this coming season.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Headed for free agency

    The Cowboys aren't expected to use the franchise tag on Pollard and likely will allow him to test free agency, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Schefter is reporting the same thing about Raiders RB Josh Jacobs and Giants RB Saquon Barkley, both of whom received franchise tags last offseason (just like Pollard). Each of the three suffered a statistical decline from 2022 to 2023, especially in terms of yards per carry, though Pollard did better late in the season and ultimately snuck over 1,000 rushing yards for the year. Schefter also reports that RBs Derrick Henry and Austin Ekeler will be allowed to test free agency, with a deep class at the position potentially harming all of them when it comes to salary negotiations.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Finds end zone in loss to Packers

    Pollard carried the ball 15 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and caught seven of nine targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 48-32 wild-card loss to Green Bay. The fifth-year back had a solid day, seeing some early success on the ground and punching in a one-yard touchdown in the third quarter, but the Cowboys' overall struggles put them in a hole that eventually forced the offense to abandon the running game. Pollard had a productive regular season, gaining 1,005 rushing yards -- two short of his career high -- and six TDs on the ground while catching 55 of 67 targets for 311 receiving yards over 17 games, but it's unclear if he'll return as Dallas' starting RB as he heads into free agency.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Big finish to regular season

    Pollard carried the ball 17 times for 70 yards and a touchdown and caught both his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Commanders. The running back wrapped up the regular season with his best performance in over a month, as Pollard scored his first TD since Week 13 and reached 70 rushing yards for the first time since Week 12. He also collected his second straight season with 1,000 rushing yards, just nosing across the line with 1,005 before hitting the bench in favor of Rico Dowdle in the fourth quarter. Pollard will look to carry his momentum into the wild-card round next weekend when the Cowboys host the Packers.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: RBs to Start

    Pollard has been arguably the biggest Fantasy bust this season, and he comes into Week 18 with three games in a row scoring 7.7 PPR points or less. But he'll reward you this week at Washington, and he had his best game of the season against the Commanders in Week 12 with 22.3 PPR points. In that game, Pollard had 13 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, along with six catches for 24 yards on six targets. Washington has allowed a running back to score at least 14 PPR points in six games in a row, including five over that span with at least 22 PPR points. Pollard should be a top-10 Fantasy running back this week.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Minimal production on 17 touches

    Pollard rushed the ball 16 times for 49 yards in Saturday's 20-19 win over the Lions. He added one reception on three targets for zero yards. The good news is that Pollard dominated touches out of the Dallas backfield, handling 16 of the team's 21 rushing attempts. The bad news was his efficiency on those touches, as he managed only 3.1 yards per carry, with nine of his attempts going for fewer than three yards. Pollard now has been held out of the end zone and kept under 60 rushing yards in four consecutive contests.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Struggles despite improved health

    Pollard rushed 12 times for 38 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 22-20 loss to the Dolphins. Pollard admitted that he was still recovering from offseason surgery earlier in the season, and that he finally started feeling healthy in recent weeks. However, the results on the field have not fallen in line with the tailback's statements. Pollard's season-long struggles have resulted in a per-carry average more than a full yard below last year's breakout mark of 5.2. Things won't get any easier for Dallas' lead back with a matchup against the fourth-stingiest run defense on tap when the Cowboys host the Lions on Dec. 30.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Finally feeling 100 percent

    Pollard said Thursday that during the early portion of the season he was still working his way back from offseason surgery to address a leg fracture, but that "it's a night and day difference now," Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. Pollard said it wasn't until "halfway through the season, a little bit after the bye week" that he felt he was "starting to get into the groove of things." Heading into Dallas' bye in Week 7, Pollard had logged back-to-back games with under 30 rushing yards, while in eight appearances since he hasn't been held under 50 yards on the ground a single time (4.3 YPC in that span). He's also been targeted at least four times in five of his last six appearance, though it's somewhat concerning that the exception came in last week's loss to the Bills. If Pollard can indeed showcase some extra playmaking ability and burst in Week 16, he could take advantage of a Miami defense that's looked vulnerable versus the run at times.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Slowed by Bills

    Pollard rushed the ball 11 times for 52 yards in Sunday's 31-10 loss to the Bills. He added two receptions on three targets for five yards. Pollard had his rushing volume limited by game script, as the Cowboys were down 21-3 by halftime. More concerning was his lack of opportunity as a pass catcher, as he failed to reach at least 15 receiving yards for the first time in four contests. Overall, Pollard managed his lowest yardage total since Week 10, though his effort came in the context of the entire Dallas offense severely underperforming expectations.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Ties personal best in receptions

    Pollard rushed 16 times for 59 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Eagles. Pollard was stymied on the ground against a tough Philadelphia defensive front, but his contributions as a receiver helped him approach the century mark in total yards. The starter ceded a short score on one of backup Rico Dowdle's 12 carries Sunday. Had Pollard been gifted the one-yard touchdown in the second quarter instead, he would have increased his modest streak of games with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown to four instead of missing both marks. Pollard did eclipse 1,000 combined yards from scrimmage with Sunday's showing, a feat he has accomplished for three years running. Dallas' feature back will face the Bills, who have surrendered 110.9 rushing yards per game this season, on the road next Sunday.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Big day in big win

    Pollard carried the ball 13 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and caught all six of his targets for 24 yards in Thursday's 45-10 rout of the Commanders. The running back was fairly quiet through the first half. but Pollard churned out a seven-yard TD run right before halftime and then began to pile up some yardage as the Cowboys put the game away. It's the first time in five games since Dallas' bye that the running back has topped 100 scrimmage yards, while the touchdown was his second in as many games and fourth of the year. Pollard hasn't had the huge breakout projected for him in the wake of Ezekiel Elliott's departure, but he still has time to put together a big finish to 2023, with a Week 13 home tilt against a vulnerable Seahawks run defense next on the schedule.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Breaks touchdown drought

    Pollard rushed 12 times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-10 win over the Panthers. He also caught four of five targets for 19 yards. Pollard's performance was highlighted by a 21-yard touchdown rush to begin the fourth quarter, his first touchdown since Week 1. With his rushing yardage also qualifying as his most since Week 3, Pollard took advantage of a favorable matchup Sunday. He'll strive to keep his positive momentum going in Thursday's game against the Commanders, who allowed 140 yards and two touchdowns to Giants tailback Saquon Barkley in Week 11.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Bust Candidate (Lineup Decisions)

    This is (another) make-or-break week for Tony Pollard, but no one should be surprised if it comes with his workload being reduced. Against a tougher opponent Pollard would be a borderline bench for Fantasy, but the Panthers have made nearly every running back they've faced look good. Hopefully Pollard isn't an exception. I'd give him one more week as a RB2 and use him ahead of Derrick Henry, Najee Harris and Isiah Pacheco.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Contrarian DFS Play

    The discourse around Pollard this week is entirely negative and for good reason. But this Panthers defense allowed 17 points to D'Onta Foreman, 12 to Salvon Ahmed, and two touchdowns a piece to Tony Jones and Tyler Allgeier. If Pollard is ever going to get going, this is the week.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Left out of offensive eruption

    Pollard carried the ball 15 times for 55 yards in Sunday's 49-17 rout of the Giants. Seemingly every other Cowboys skill player got into the end zone Sunday, even No. 2 RB Rico Dowdle, but Pollard once again couldn't get anything going. The fifth-year back hasn't scored a touchdown since Dallas' opener, and his 55 rushing yards was actually his highest output in that category since Week 3. Pollard will try to break out of his slump Week 11 against a Panthers defense that ranked 28th in rushing yards allowed per game coming into Sunday.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Quiet again in Week 9 loss

    Pollard carried the ball 12 times for 51 yards and caught three of five passes for 12 yards in Sunday's 28-23 loss to the Eagles. The running back found some success against a tough Philly front seven in the second half and wound up averaging a respectable 4.3 yards per carry, but Pollard still found himself taking on a secondary role in the Dallas offense even in a competitive contest. Since seeing huge volume early in the season, he's gotten 15 touches or less in four of the last five games, averaging just 70.4 scrimmage yards a game and failing to get into the end zone. In fact, Pollard somehow hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1, when he ran in two TDs against the Giants in a 40-0 rout. A rematch against the Cowboys' NFC East rivals from New York in Week 10 could be just what Pollard needs to get rolling again.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Left out of offensive outburst

    Pollard rushed the ball 12 times for 53 yards in Sunday's 43-20 win over the Rams. He added one reception for two yards. The Cowboys scored four offensive touchdowns and racked up 387 total yards, yet Pollard contributed little to the showing. He was held to 13 total touches -- his second-lowest mark of the season -- and most concerning was his lack of involvement as a pass catcher. After tallying at least 70 rushing yards in each of his first three games, Sunday's effort marked his highest total in four contests since.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Excels as receiver Monday

    Pollard rushed 15 times for 30 yards and secured six of seven targets for 80 yards in the Cowboys' 20-17 win over the Chargers on Monday. As his final line implies, Pollard was stonewalled on the ground, but he salvaged his fantasy night as a receiver with numbers that were all good for second on the Cowboys. The versatile back's receiving yardage total was also a season high and boosted by a 60-yard reception early in the fourth quarter on which he almost broke free for a touchdown. Pollard will aim to snap a three-game streak of sub-50-yard rushing performances when the Cowboys return from a Week 7 bye to tangle with the Rams at home on Oct. 29.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Upgrades to full practice

    Pollard (shoulder) was a full practice participant Friday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. The quick return to full participation after one limited session suggests Pollard should be ready for his usual workload Monday night against the Chargers. Only two teams have allowed more fantasy points per game to RBs, and Pollard has dominated the Dallas backfield work in competitive situations this year.
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  • Cowboys' Tony Pollard: Limited to begin Week 6 prep

    Pollard was a limited participant in Thursday's practice due to a shoulder injury, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Pollard is making his first appearance of the season on the injury report, but unless the Cowboys reveal that he hurt his shoulder during Thursday's session, his limitations to begin Week 6 prep might have been maintenance-related. In any case, Pollard will have two more opportunities to upgrade to full activity in practice before the Cowboys decide whether to give him a designation heading into Monday's game against the Chargers.
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