Tony Pollard Fantasy Outlook Justifies Dropping Him

Jason Schandl
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What a roller coaster ride the summer has been for Tony Pollard's fantasy stock. He went from irrelevant as a fourth-round rookie to an intriguing Ezekiel Elliott handcuff to a must-own potential lead back with Zeke threatening a holdout, and he's now back to fringe handcuff territory with Elliott's new deal.

At this stage of the season, "fringe handcuff" isn't enough to make him worth taking up a roster spot in most fantasy football leagues.

Zeke is one of the biggest workhorse backs in the NFL — leading the league in carries in two of his first three seasons, and ranking first among all players in that time. For Pollard to offer any sort of fantasy value, he really needs Zeke to go down with an injury.

Pollard's only real shot at standalone value comes in Week 1, as early reports are that Elliott will be eased back into action, but hoping that Pollard splits some work doesn't give him nearly enough upside to justify starting him on most teams.

Even if you are a big believer in Pollard as a valuable handcuff, you can hold off for the time being. There's a good chance he remains on your league's waiver wire after being dropped, and even if he doesn't, it will become much harder for owners to hold onto handcuffs once bye weeks kick in.

All of these Pollard concerns also come before factoring in the fact that he's a rookie who was drafted in the fourth round. It's still far from a guarantee that he even becomes an NFL-level producer when given the opportunity.

All of these concerns point to severely limited value for Pollard, and you could be better off rolling the dice with another waiver wire running back that is more likely to return some upside this season.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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