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Tony Pollard 2020 Dynasty Outlook
Tony Pollard caught the eye of the University of Memphis after putting up 1,200 yards and 20 TDs his senior year as a WR. While at Memphis, they converted him to a WR/RB combo and became one of the best kick returners in the nation. In his college career he posted 941 yards and 9 TDs rushing while adding 104 receptions for 1,292 yards and 9TDs. His total kick return yards was 2,616 and 7 TDs, averaging 30.1 yards per return. His sophomore year he averaged 40 yards per kick return which led the nation.
He was awarded All-ACC and AAC Special Teams Player of the Year his freshman and sophomore year, as he split the backfield with Darrell Henderson his junior year. He decided to forego his senior year and declare for the draft.
With the 128th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis.
In 2019, Pollard finished his rookie season as the RB53. He never saw more than 36% of offensive snaps while posting 455 rushing yards and 2 TDs, averaging 5.29 YPC. He added 15 receptions for 107 yards, a TD and another 245 kick return yards. Most impressively, he had 2 games over 100 rushing yards. He posted two weeks over 20 fantasy points aand 17.6 points in week 11.
There’s been a lot of talk in Dallas about getting Pollard more involved in the offense his sophomore season. The 23 year old will look to carve out a role in 2020 to give him stand alone value in fantasy. Without getting our hopes up too high, I predict him to finish around the RB40 range with a handful of double digit weeks and plenty more weeks of over 36% of offensive snaps. He’s most likely going to remain a top handcuff and nothing more.
Tony Pollard Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020
Tony Pollard will most likely only see stand alone value if Zeke gets hurt, cut or retires since he won’t be a free agent until 2027. The good news is that Pollard remains one of the top handcuffs for the next few years.
This season will be a tall tell into how his future will be. As the Cowboys talk about getting him more involved, we’ll have to see it first before making any bold statements about his value. If you’re a Pollard owner, and he starts getting more touches, you may have hit the jackpot. Pay attention to see how Dallas feels about him this season. It will tell in his player time and role on the stacked offensive team.
According to the RotoHeat team, Tony Pollard’s ADP is #136 overall and #43 among RBs in PPR formats. His value in picks in both 1QB and SuperFlex is an early to mid 2nd rounder.
In 1QB leagues, players comparable in value to Tony are Kirk Cousins, Irv Smith Jr., Jamison Crowder, Jordan Howard, Sam Darnold, Tevin Coleman and Drew Lock. Irv, Sam and Tevin are players I wouldn’t want more than Pollard. I love Drew’s upside, but I understand the appeal for Kirk who’s a gunslinger. Jamison will be the man for the Jets and will get a crazy amount of targets. My favorite though is Jordan who’s only 2 years older than Tony. He offers a lot of upside as the starter for the Dolphins, and proved to be a solid RB option when he played for the Bears. I think he may still have some magic left in the tank.
Players with similar value to Pollard in SuperFlex leagues are also Crowder and Coleman. Others include Jameis Winston, Lynn Bowden Jr., Devin Duvernay, Marvin Jones Jr. and Mitch Trubisky. When it comes to QB’s, Winston isn’t the best guy in real life but turnovers don’t affect fantasy as much. He offers the most upside. Trubisky, though recently named the Bears starting QB, is a guy I don’t like long term. I’m doubt he’s good enough to make it all year as the starter. Duvernay’s on the Ravens who are too run heavy. Bowden is a great prospect and is an equal to Pollard for me. I’m very high on Jones this season, and I would take him over Pollard always.