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
|Arizona Cardinals||C. Edmonds/J. Conner||Jonathan Ward||Eno Benjamin|
|Atlanta Falcons||Mike Davis||Cordarrelle Patterson||Wayne Gallman|
|Baltimore Ravens||Ty’Son Williams||Latavius Murray||Le’Veon Bell|
|Buffalo Bills||Devin Singletary||Matt Breida||Zack Moss|
|Carolina Panthers||Christian McCaffrey||Chuba Hubbard||Royce Freeman|
|Chicago Bears1||David Montgomery||Damien Williams||Khalil Herbert|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Joe Mixon||Samaje Perine||Chris Evans|
|Cleveland Browns||Nick Chubb||Kareem Hunt||D’Ernest Johnson|
|Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott||Tony Pollard||Corey Clement|
|Denver Broncos||Melvin Gordon||Javonte Williams||Damarea Crockett|
|Detroit Lions||D’Andre Swift||Jamaal Williams||Jermar Jefferson|
|Green Bay Packers||Aaron Jones||AJ Dillon||Kylin Hill|
|Houston Texans||Mark Ingram||Phillip Lindsay||David Johnson|
|Indianapolis Colts||Jonathan Taylor||Nyheim Hines||Marlon Mack|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||James Robinson||Carlos Hyde||Dare Ogunbowale|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Darrel Williams||Jerick McKinnon|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Josh Jacobs||Kenyan Drake||Peyton Barber|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Austin Ekeler||Larry Rountree III||Justin Jackson|
|Los Angeles Rams||Darrell Henderson||Sony Michel||Jake Funk|
|Miami Dolphins||Myles Gaskin||Salvon Ahmed||Malcolm Brown|
|Minnesota Vikings||Dalvin Cook||Alexander Mattison||Ameer Abdullah|
|New England Patriots||Damien Harris||James White||R. Stevenson/J. Taylor|
|New Orleans Saints||Alvin Kamara||Tony Jones Jr.||Dwayne Washington|
|New York Giants||Saquon Barkley||Devontae Booker||Gary Brightwell|
|New York Jets||Tevin Coleman||M. Carter/T. Johnson||La’Mical Perine|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Miles Sanders||Kenneth Gainwell||Boston Scott|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Najee Harris||Benny Snell Jr.||Kalen Ballage|
|San Francisco 49ers||Elijah Mitchell||JaMycal Hasty||Trey Sermon|
|Seattle Seahawks2||Chris Carson||DeeJay Dallas||Travis Homer|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Leonard Fournette||Ronald Jones||Giovani Bernard|
|Tennessee Titans3||Derrick Henry||Jeremy McNichols||Khari Blasingame|
|Washington Football Team||Antonio Gibson||JD McKissic||Jaret 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.