Welcome to our new feature where we recap a particular player’s journey in the 2022-2023 NFL Fantasy Football Season. This article features preseason expectations, draft expectations, overall season production, and critical moments during the season. We will do this for all 32 teams as we highlight a player per team.
There has been a clamor for Tony Pollard to get more reps as with his limited plays, he looks like the better RB compared to Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard seems faster and a better fit than Elliott who has been riddled with injury.
Tony Pollard came in as the 27th-ranked RB with an ADP of 90. Owners could find him in the 7th-9th rounds. That would be great value for a flex/backup RB in fantasy. Time would tell if Pollard would be getting more reps, especially with a Cowboys team that was unsure if Dak Prescott was their guy at QB.
OVERALL SEASON PRODUCTION
Tony Pollard was one of the biggest surprises of the fantasy season as he destroyed all expectations with a top-7 RB finish in fantasy football. What makes it better as his snap percentage revolved around 40-60%. This shows how efficient and impressive his performance was as he still split reps with Zeke. He ended the year with 1007 yards and nine TDs, all career-highs. In the receiving game, he boasted career-highs in 371 yards and three TDs. It will be fascinating to see how Pollard will be projected for next year’s season.
CRITICAL MOMENTS DURING THE SEASON
Week 8 vs Chicago Bears
After an up-and-down start to the season so far, Pollard broke out against the Bears. He dominated the run with 14 carries for 131 yards and a trio of TDs. This performance gave him 33.70 FP, 4th for all RBs. He ran for an 18-yard TD in the second quarter, a 7-yard TD run in the third, and a game-sealing 54-yard TD rush in the 4th quarter to give Dallas 49 points.
Week 11 vs Minnesota Vikings
In a game between contenders, Dallas blew out Minnesota 40-3. Tony Pollard was big in the passing game with six catches for 109 yards and a couple of TDs. He wasn’t too shabby in the run game with 80 yards through 15 rushes. In a three-game stretch, Pollard scored 33.70, 21.80, and 36.90 FP in this game. He caught a 30-yard TD pass in the 2nd quarter and a 68-yard TD pass in the 3rd quarter. He finished RB 1 for the week.
Week 13 vs Indianapolis Colts
The Dallas offense looks really good when Tony Pollard is on a roll. The same can be said in the Week 13 matchup vs the Colts. The Cowboys scored 54 points this game and the Cowboy bandwagon started to get bigger. Pollard rushed for 91 yards and two TDs. The hype for Tony Pollard was at its peak with many shouting for more reps for him.