There aren’t a ton of superstars available on the free agent market in the current position, but there are some intriguing names … including Tony Pollard. He is coming off a career season, posting 39 catches, 1,378 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns. That was good enough for him to finish with 248.8 fantasy points.
Unfortunately, Pollard suffered a broken left fibula in the Cowboys’ postseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers which will have a recovery timeline of at least three months. That could affect his value as an unrestricted free agent.
The most likely scenario is that Pollard stays with the Cowboys, either through a new contract or the franchise tag, and most of us would agree that he’s among his best (or the better) landing spots. But where else would Pollard hold the most fantasy value if he didn’t stay in Dallas? This isn’t about salary caps, money, etc., but more about his overall fantasy appeal.
Here are five teams that may need a running back and would be interesting spots for Pollard next season. Let’s start things off in Kansas City.
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Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs seem to be injury-prone and inconsistent Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon Planned to be a free agent. The team has Isiah Pacheco in the backfield, and pairing him with Pollard would be a good fantasy option. Pollard seemed best to play alongside a power back, and it’s nice to see him being used in a high-octane offence.
The Dolphins may have had a gaping hole in the backfield last season, because Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., Salvon Ahmed (RFA) and Molise Gaskin they are all supposed to be free agents. Miami could decide to keep one of Mostert or Wilson, who are familiar with coach Mike McDaniel’s offense and pair him with Pollard. In that case, Pollard would lead the backfield in touch with an explosive offense.
The Bears use a run-based offense with an emerging young quarterback i Justin Fields, but the team needs players around him. If the Bears decide to let David Montgomery walk as a free agent, Chicago could pair Pollard with Khalil Herbert to form a powerful one-two backfield punch. With the Bears’ need for offensive firepower, there would be plenty to do for both backs to succeed.
Los Angeles Rams
Akers Cam he looked impressive at the end of last season and is probably the best starting option in 2023, but Pollard would add a more explosive weapon to the offense. While the move would hurt Akers’ appeal, offensive head coach Sean McVay could use Pollard in a variety of ways. He could even take the job from Akers, who was in the doghouse during the last season.
The Panthers could be in the market for a running back, as Onta Foreman Planned to be a free agent. Pollard would be a good fit, forming a backfield committee with Chuba Hubbard in a section that more playwrights could use. In fact, Pollard adds a “poor man’s version” of cheaper Carolina Christian McCaffrey. He would be a fantasy No. 2 viable back in this case.
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