Tony Pollard

  • Height
    6' 0"
  • Weight
    210 lbs
  • BMI
    28.5 (19th)
Tony Pollard headshot
  • Draft Pick
    4.26 2019
  • College
    Memphis
  • Age
    25.2

Tony Pollard Bio & Season Stats

Year Games Atts Rush Yds YPC Rec Rec Yds TD Fantasy Pts/Game
2021 15 130 719 5.5 39 337 2 10.8 (#30)
2020 16 101 435 4.3 28 193 5 7.6 (#51)
2019 14 86 455 5.3 15 107 3 6.2 (#58)
  • College Dominator
    13.2% (14th)
  • College YPC
    7.1 (93rd)
  • College Target Share
    15.5% (94th)
  • SPARQ-x
    100.9

Tony Pollard Advanced Stats & Metrics

Value Over Stream

+2.5
(#82)

Value Over Stream: Valuation scheme calculates a player’s fantasy pts/game over the average waiver wire replacement in standard fantasy league formats during either the current season (or previous year during the offseason) and adjusts for positional bust rates. VOS rank in parenthesis spans all positions, enabling player comparisons across QB's, RB's, WR's, and TE's.

2021

Total Touches

2021

Opportunity Share

2021

Fantasy Points

Tony Pollard ADP

83.80
(+3.07)
Average Draft Position (2022)
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7.12 Pick
RB28 Rank

Popularity Index

#105

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Tony Pollard Injury History

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Foot injury
Week 13 (2021)
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Ankle & knee sprains
Week 13 (2019)
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Tony Pollard College Stats

Year Games Rush Atts Rush Yrds TDs Rec Rec Yrds Tgt Share Age School
2015 0 (WR) 0 0 0 0 0 - 18 Memphis
2016 13 (WR) 31 159 (1 tds) 3 29 (44 tgts) 298 9.2% 19 Memphis
2017 13 (RB) 30 230 (2 tds) 6 36 (60 tgts) 536 12.3% 20 Memphis
2018 14 (WR) 78 552 (6 tds) 9 39 (64 tgts) 458 15.5% 21 Memphis

Who is Tony Pollard

After a redshirt 2015 season, Tony Pollard spent time both at receiver and running back, deep in a loaded Tigers RB depth chart behind fellow NFL’ers Patrick Taylor & Darrell Henderson. On the American Athletic Conference’s most pass-heavy team, Pollard assumed the primary receiving back role. Despite a gaudy 7.1 (93rd-percentile) career yards per carry, he never ranked higher than third in carries & left school with modest college stats, with 139 rushing attempts and nearly as many receptions.

Declaring early for the 2019 NFL draft and posting an above-average 40 time, speed, burst and agility metrics, coupled with outstanding college rushing efficiency and a 15.5% (95th-percentile) college target share led to his selection by the Dallas Cowboys in the 4th round.

Just before Pollard’s rookie season, Dallas signed starter Ezekiel Elliott to a massive contract extension. That ensured their more efficient back, Pollard, would remain second fiddle for the foreseeable future. Possessing a slight build – a 28.5 (17th-percentile) BMI - and planted behind Elliott on the depth chart, Pollard saw a sub-20-percent rookie snap share. He flashed when given an opportunity, though, posting 1.91 (No. 1) yards Created Per Touch & 5.8-percent (No. 9) Breakaway Run Rate. For comparison, Elliott came in at No. 44 and No. 52, respectively, in those metrics. Although Pollard’s snap share increased a bit in 2020, it remained only 31.5-percent (No. 62). While his year two performance wasn’t quite as exciting as 2019, his efficiency once again dwarfed that of their starter.

Although Pollard has been the more efficient Cowboy running back by a wide margin, he has not been granted much of an opportunity. His 2021 snap share eked forward yet remained a criminally-underutilized 33.7-percent (No. 60). One of the league’s most electric players, Pollard posted top-10 RB efficiency metrics across the board – once again significantly out-producing Elliott across virtually all measures. Pollard’s 8.5-percent breakaway run rate ranked No. 3. His yards created per touch was No. 9 and he ranked No. 5 in Next Gen Stats’ Rushing Yards Over Expected per Attempt. Given only a modest 8.1-percent target share in 2021, he excelled when given a chance through the air, finishing No. 2 in Yards per Route Run and No. 6 in Catch Rate. He finished No. 16 among NFL RBs in receiving yards despite only sitting No. 46 in Routes Run and No. 60 in Route Participation. Opportunity, though, held him to 10.8 fantasy points per game, the No. 32 fantasy ranking for RBs.

Zeke’s contract ensures Elliott will remain on the roster at least through 2022. Pollard’s rookie contract is also set to expire at the end of 2022. The Cowboys’ decision for 2023 and beyond should be an easy one.