When the Dallas Cowboys and running back Ezekiel Elliott parted ways after last season, Tony Pollard, who had been the complimentary back to Elliott, was primed to be one of if not the biggest contributor for the offense in Dallas. He was a home run hitter in previous seasons and had a lot of stock going into this season. Last year, he eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground with 9 rushing touchdowns, while adding on 39 catches for 371 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns.
This season has been a drop for Pollard in terms of fantasy football. While he only has one game with less than 10 carries, he only has one game with over 100 rushing yards. He also has not seen the endzone since Week 1 against the New York Giants.
In the first three weeks of the season, Pollard scored double digit points but has only had one double-digit point performance since then. The Cowboys cannot get the run game going with Pollard and it is a tough choice of whether to trust Pollard or not.
Is it time to bench Tony Pollard in fantasy football moving forward?
No one can blame fantasy owners for making a move to put Pollard on the bench, assuming they have better options at the running back position. However, the Cowboys' offense is a wild card and we don't know what we will get from them week-to-week.
Pollard has been getting between 12 and 15 carries over the last four games but has not had more than 55 yards on the ground. As far as being the pass-catching back he has shown to be, since Week 8, has struggled to get targets and receptions.
The Cowboys will take on the Carolina Panthers, which on paper, is a favorable matchup for Pollard. However, so were the Giants and Pollard still could not get anything going. If Pollard struggles this week against the Panthers, it is time for him to be sent to the bench in fantasy football.