Ezekiel Elliott Injury Update Boosts Tony Pollard Fantasy Outlook in Week 13

Ezekiel Elliott's injury update boosts Tony Pollard's fantasy football outlook in Week 13.
Ezekiel Elliott's injury update boosts Tony Pollard's fantasy football outlook in Week 13. / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages

It sounds like the bone bruise in Ezekiel Elliott's knee is going to force the Dallas Cowboys to reduce his role in the coming weeks.

If that happens, Tony Pollard's fantasy outlook would receive a significant boost.

Tony Pollard Fantasy

Pollard is averaging 11.7 touches for 71.6 yards from scrimmage per game this season while playing a complementary role to Elliott. But Elliott is averaging 17.9 touches per game this season, so stealing some of those looks could lead to a huge workload for Pollard.

We got a taste of what he can do in a featured role last year. His only real start came back in Week 15 of 2020, when he turned 18 touches into 132 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns. He finished as the RB1 in PPR leagues that week, scoring a whopping 31.2 fantasy points.

It's looking like Pollard and Elliott will be moving into more of a 50-50 timeshare, and that should lead to about 15 touches a game for the explosive third-year back.

That would make Pollard a low-end RB2 or FLEX option. But if Elliott is forced to miss any time, the Memphis product would immediately become a top-10 play at the position.

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