Tony Pollard Fantasy Outlook Still Just Handcuff to Ezekiel Elliott After Week 3 Breakout

Jason Schandl
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An exciting fantasy football option when Ezekiel Elliott was holding out in August, Tony Pollard quickly went back to the bench when Zeke signed a contract extension and started in Week 1. Week 3 saw the Dallas Cowboys draw a terrific matchup against the Miami Dolphins though, and Pollard managed to have a breakout game while still playing behind Zeke in that one.

Don't get too excited about this sort of performance becoming the norm though. To start with, the Dolphins are one of the worst NFL teams in recent memory, and they haven't been able to slow anybody down on the the defensive side of the ball.

The 31-6 blowout also meant the Cowboys were giving their backups plenty of run, and eight of Pollard's 13 carries, as well as 74 of his 103 yards and his only touchdown came in the fourth quarter after Zeke had already seen his final touch.

Pollard has some real potential in the NFL, no doubt. But volume is the most important thing for an RB's fantasy value, and that's just not something Pollard will likely see while playing behind Elliott.

He does still make for an incredibly valuable handcuff option though, already showing some terrific efficiency while he would likely be in line for workhorse volume if Elliott were to get injured.


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