The Dallas Cowboys have benefited off the running back duo of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard all season long, and they’ll likely continue to lean on the talented backfield for however long their NFL Playoffs run goes. This dynamic can leave NFL DFS players with a tricky decision, so let’s take a look at Stokastic’s Ezekiel Elliott-Tony Pollard DFS rankings and see which carries more value.
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Ezekiel Elliott-Tony Pollard DFS Rankings
Per Stokastic’s expert DFS rankings, Tony Pollard ($6,100 on DraftKings‘s main slate) projects to outscore Ezekiel Elliot ($5,400) 11.72 to 8.76, but neither rank as much of a value play against a tough San Francisco 49ers defense. Stokastic’s ownership projection tool has Pollard in 30.7% of lineups and Elliott in 16.9%.
Pollard carried the bulk of the running back duties in the wild card round, playing in 58% of snaps, and running for 77 yards. Elliott ran for just 27 yards on 13 carries but has been getting more of the goal-line looks throughout the regular season. Pollard and Elliott combined for just 16 carries for 45 yards and no touchdowns when the 49ers defeated the Cowboys in the Wild Card Round of the 2022 NFL postseason. But the tandem thinks they’ll benefit from the experience of last year.
“It benefits us a lot,” Pollard said, per the Cowboys team website. “For the most part the whole group came back so a lot of the guys that were on the team when we played last year are still there. So, getting the tendencies for how guys play and getting to the film.”
The 49ers haven’t gotten any easier to play against, returning most of the players who dominated the Cowboys’ running backs in the last postseason. They rank first in the NFL in total yards allowed per game (300.6) and second in rushing yards allowed per game (77.7). The Niners allowed just 75 rushing yards to Seattle Seahawks running backs Kenneth Walker and DeeJay Dallas in the 41-23 win last weekend.
Pollard should outscore Elliott in DFS on Sunday, but neither is projected to post very high numbers against the Niners’ defense on Sunday night.
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