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What to do with Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard in Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs

Will Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard could cannibalize each other’s touches during the Cowboys’ must-have tilt with the Eagles?

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys acknowledges Ohio State fans following the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Despite their myriad issues in 2020, the Dallas Cowboys somehow remain in the playoff conversation. The team currently owns a 5-9 record, trailing current NFC East leader the Washington Football Team (6-8). However, with Washington winning the first two games between the two, Dallas cannot afford to drop another game the rest of the way. That means taking care of business this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Football analysis: Cowboys RBs Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard

Few players have disappointed fantasy managers more this season than Ezekiel Elliott, but his last three games have proven especially difficult to swallow. Elliott has not topped 100 yards from scrimmage or reached the end zone during that stretch. Further complicating matters, he enters the weekend officially questionable to play with a calf issue, though he did practice in a limited capacity throughout the week.

In contrast, second-year back Tony Pollard has delivered for fantasy managers of late. He has reached the end zone three times and compiled 180 yards from scrimmage over the past two weeks. Even if Elliott plays, Pollard might see more combined carries and targets as he did during Week 15’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

As for the Cowboys’ opponent in Week 16, the Eagles have yielded an average of roughly 85 rushing yards and a touchdown to running backs this season. However, Philly has only kept running backs out of the end zone twice all year (most recently its last matchup with the Cowboys in Week 8).

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Pollard as a high-end RB2.

If he plays, start Elliott as a FLEX.