2021 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart: Find sleepers, key backups for your top running backs

2021 handcuff rb

2021 handcuff rb

RB handcuffs are a crucial evil in fantasy soccer. Running backs get harm (or wind up on the COVID listing) far too usually to not have an insurance coverage coverage, particularly in the event that they have been one in all your early-round picks. Knowing a staff’s depth chart and having a participant’s backup able to insert into your lineup is an effective way to maintain your staff on observe. It’s not a nasty thought to accumulate one or two handcuffs of backs who aren’t even on your staff. You by no means know when a sleeper will emerge and vastly outproduce his 2021 preseason rating because of elevated taking part in time.

To illustrate how necessary handcuffs might be, check out Christian McCaffrey and Mike Davis in 2020. McCaffrey suffered a number of accidents all through the season and performed simply three video games, opening the door for Davis to take over. In Weeks 3-16, Davis was the No. 6 general running again in PPR codecs. McCaffrey house owners who did not have Davis have been kicking themselves, as they misplaced the assumed No. 1 general choose for many of the yr and needed to attempt to piece collectively a substitute from different groups. People who picked up Davis bought a bargain-bin RB1. It may need been unhealthy luck to lose McCaffrey for many of the season, however overlaying your self from an damage standpoint is simply good apply.

As talked about above, you do not have to have a staff’s beginning running again to see worth of their handcuff. In a league the place you draft Ezekiel Elliott and Miles Sanders, Tony Pollard and Kenneth Gainwell are positively going to be extra engaging to you, however you must take into account them even when you do not have Elliott and Sanders. Even with out accidents to the starters, Pollard and Gainwell may have flex values.

Some handcuffs current extra worth than others, so take that into consideration in your draft. Pollard and Gainwell provide significantly extra upside than guys like Samaje Perine and Wayne Gallman. Just as with beginning running backs, the standard of the No. 2 RB issues, too, in addition to different elements, comparable to receiving skillset and red-zone acumen. You need not attain for the low-end handcuffs. They’ll be obtainable in the previous couple of rounds.

We’ve already seen the likes of Pollard, Alexander Mattison, Marlon Mack, and Jamaal Williams flash when given a extra vital position in an offense, in order that they’re among the many extra engaging handcuffs. Unknowns, comparable to Chuba Hubbard and Jeremy McNichols, are sometimes sitting on the waiver wire except it is a deep league. As at all times, monitor damage conditions and snap counts weekly, and be able to strike issues are trending within the improper route.

2021 Fantasy RB Handcuffs

TeamStarterHandcuffTwo-Deep
Arizona CardinalsC. Edmonds/J. ConnerJonathan WardEno Benjamin
Atlanta FalconsMike DavisCordarrelle PattersonWayne Gallman
Baltimore RavensTy’Son WilliamsLatavius MurrayLe’Veon Bell
Buffalo BillsDevin SingletaryMatt BreidaZack Moss
Carolina PanthersChristian McCaffreyChuba HubbardRoyce Freeman
Chicago Bears1David MontgomeryDamien WilliamsKhalil Herbert
Cincinnati BengalsJoe MixonSamaje PerineChris Evans
Cleveland BrownsNick ChubbKareem HuntD’Ernest Johnson
Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottTony PollardCorey Clement
Denver BroncosMelvin GordonJavonte WilliamsDamarea Crockett
Detroit LionsD’Andre SwiftJamaal WilliamsJermar Jefferson
Green Bay PackersAaron JonesAJ DillonKylin Hill
Houston TexansMark IngramPhillip LindsayDavid Johnson
Indianapolis ColtsJonathan TaylorNyheim HinesMarlon Mack
Jacksonville JaguarsJames RobinsonCarlos HydeDare Ogunbowale
Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards-HelaireDarrel WilliamsJerick McKinnon
Las Vegas RaidersJosh JacobsKenyan DrakePeyton Barber
Los Angeles ChargersAustin EkelerLarry Rountree IIIJustin Jackson
Los Angeles RamsDarrell HendersonSony MichelJake Funk
Miami DolphinsMyles GaskinSalvon AhmedMalcolm Brown
Minnesota VikingsDalvin CookAlexander MattisonAmeer Abdullah
New England PatriotsDamien HarrisJames WhiteR. Stevenson/J. Taylor
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraTony Jones Jr.Dwayne Washington
New York GiantsSaquon BarkleyDevontae BookerGary Brightwell
New York JetsTevin ColemanM. Carter/T. JohnsonLa’Mical Perine
Philadelphia EaglesMiles SandersKenneth GainwellBoston Scott
Pittsburgh SteelersNajee HarrisBenny Snell Jr.Kalen Ballage
San Francisco 49ersElijah MitchellJaMycal HastyTrey Sermon
Seattle Seahawks2Chris CarsonDeeJay DallasTravis Homer
Tampa Bay BuccaneersLeonard FournetteRonald JonesGiovani Bernard
Tennessee Titans3Derrick HenryJeremy McNicholsKhari Blasingame
Washington Football TeamAntonio GibsonJD McKissicJaret Patterson

1 = Bears backup Tarik Cohen (knee) is out for no less than the primary six weeks of the season. He would be the main receiver again when he returns.

2 = Seahawks backup Rashaad Penny (calf) is predicted to overlook a “few weeks.” He will seemingly return to the first handcuff position when he returns.

3 = Titans backup Darrynton Evans (knee) is out till no less than Week 4. It’s unclear if he would be the main backup or third-stringer when he returns.