NFL training camps are open and it’s that time of year again. It’s time to start researching all of your upcoming fantasy football drafts. Every season there are a number of late draft players who turn into either league winners or impact players that help your fantasy team. One of those players could be Tony Pollard.
There’s an old saying in fantasy football. You can’t win your league with the first few picks, but you can lose it. This is why it is always recommended to take care of things early in the draft. Leave your true skills to be found in the mid and late rounds. That’s where you’ll find the Dallas Cowboys making a comeback.
Pollard is coming off a breakout season for the Cowboys last season. Almost anyone with eyes recognized that he was the best running back on Dallas’ roster. However, Ezekiel Elliott’s contract will force him onto the field as the starter. So what can you expect from Pollard? That’s what we’re going to break down for you.
This is Tony Pollard’s fantasy football outlook for the 2022 NFL season.
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Tony Pollard’s Fantasy Football Outlook for the 2022 NFL Season
The Dallas Cowboys have had a rough offseason. They lost Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns in free agency. Their defense lost one of the best pass rushers in football in Randy Gregory. Still, the Cowboys haven’t done much to replace them. So many people believe the Dallas offense will take a step back this year. That’s probably true. But that doesn’t mean 2021 breakout Tony Pollard will suffer.
Pollard was one of the best players in fantasy football last year. Cowboys starting running back Ezekiel Elliott’s yards per game have declined every year of his career. He rushed for just 58.9 yards per game last season, finishing the season with 1,002 yards in 17 games.
Meanwhile, Pollard ran for 719 yards in 15 games, over 100 fewer catches than Elliott. He was absolutely the better runner and player last season. Elliott is a year older and the Cowboys offensive line is no longer elite. I would expect Elliott to contend once again this year.
Obviously, because of Elliott’s huge contract, he will start and play a lot of snaps. But the Cowboys coaching staff is fully aware of the talent Pollard possesses. So they plan to find other ways to get him on the field.
.@dallascowboys they have to strike a good balance using RB Tony Pollard as a receiver https://t.co/qFpIW4pSir
— WFAA (@wfaa) August 5, 2022
It has been reported that the Cowboys plan to use Pollard as a wide receiver. Pollard showed last season that he is more than capable of handling that load. He caught 39 of 46 targets for 337 yards. Both Cooper and Cedrick Wilson Jr. they left in free agency. Michael Gallup is still recovering from ACL surgery. James Washington has already been injured in training camp and could miss an extended period of time. All of this leads to Pollard’s usage being higher than his ADP suggests.
The average draft position for Pollard in the draft is currently 88. In 10-team leagues, that’s the 9th round. In leagues with 12 teams it is the 8th round. Either way, I fully expect him to surpass that position.
With more and more fantasy football leagues incorporating a PPR aspect, that will likely only help Pollard’s projections.
Pollard is coming off the draft board as the #32 RB right now, put him in a marginal flex position. But if what we saw in camp comes to pass, he has a good chance of ending up as the RB2 this year.
Zeke blocks for Tony Pollard pic.twitter.com/Dg5HSaeZYc
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 4, 2022
During Thursday’s camp practice, Elliott was seen blocking Pollard. Everyone knows the younger Pollard is far more explosive at this point in his career. Dallas might decide to use Elliott a bit more at running back, opening holes for Pollard to run through.
If you are the type of fantasy football player who uses the ‘No RB strategy’ then Pollard is the perfect target for you. You can get him in the middle rounds of your draft, but his upside is far greater. He is easily one of the best Foxes in fantasy football this year. If Elliott goes down with an injury, he becomes a plug and play RB1. But even if he doesn’t, he’s a flex play with RB2 upside at worst. Give me that all day in the middle rounds.
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