Fantasy football owners hope they never have to worry about running back handcuffs. Ideally, your choices in the first round of Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook or Saquon Barkley would be healthy all season, but there will always be RB injuries, in which case a solid draft strategy is to opt for backups for your best running backs. You’ve heard of some of them, like Latavius Murray, Alexander Mattison, and Kareem Hunt. Others, like Joshua Kelley and Darrynton Evans, could be new to you (and could be must-have pickups and sleepers later in the year). Whether or not you have invested a lot of your imaginative capital in RBs, there is profit to hand-jacking them.
In a season that could also be marred by unexpected absences due to COVID-19, backing up backups could prove more important than ever. Any RB that gets pushed to duty is a priority for waivers, so if you have them toasted in advance, it can make all the difference between a playoff look and the comfort bracket.
This season, we have taken two backups deep (and sometimes three) on our handheld chart, expecting that there will occasionally be more shifts to depth maps at short notice than there have been in the past. As always, we update this page throughout the season, so it should remain a resource for you from the draft day right through your fantasy football championship.
2020 Fantasy RB handcuffs
|Arizona Cardinals||Kenyan Drake||Chase edmonds||Eno Benjamin|
|Atlanta Falcons||Todd gurley||Brian Hill||Ito Smith|
|Baltimore Ravens||G. Edwards / M. Ingram||JK Dobbins||Justice Hill|
|Buffalo Bills||Zack mos||Devin Singletary||TJ Yeldon|
|Carolina Panthers 1||Mike davis||Trenton canon||TBA|
|Chicago Bears 2||C. Patterson / R. Nall||Lamar mills||TBA|
|Cincinnati Bengals 3||Giovani Bernard||Samaje Perine||Trayveon williams|
|Cleveland brown||Nick chubb||Kareem hunting||Ernest Johnson|
|Dallas cowboys||Ezekiel Elliott||Tony pollard||Rico Dowdle|
|Denver Broncos||Melvin Gordon||Phillip lindsay||Royce freeman|
|Detroit Lions4||Adrian peterson||Kerryon Johnson||TBA|
|Green bay packages||Aaron Jones||Jamaal Williams||AJ Dillon|
|Houston Texans5||Duke Johnson||Buddy howell||CJ Prosise|
|Indianapolis Colts||J. Taylor / J. Wilkins||Nyheim hines||TBA|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||James Robinson||Dry ogunbowale||Devine ozigbo|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Le’Veon Bell||Darrel Williams|
|Las Vegas raiders||Josh jacobs||Devontae booker||Jalen Richard|
|Los Angeles Chargers6||Kalen ballage||Joshua Kelley||Troymaine Pope|
|Los Angeles rams||Darrell Henderson||Malcolm Brown||Cam akers|
|Miami Dolphins7||Salvon ahmed||Matt breida||DeAndre Washington|
|Minnesota Vikings||Dalvin Cook||Alexander Mattison||Mike boone|
|New England Patriots||Damien Harris||Rex burkhead||S. Michel / J. white|
|New Orleans Saints||Alvin kamara||Latavius murray||Ty montgomery|
|New York Giants 8||Wayne gallman||Alfred Morris||Dion Lewis|
|New York Jets||La’Mical Perine||Frank Gore||Ty Johnson|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Miles grinders||Boston Scott||Corey Clement|
|Pittsburgh steelers||James Conner||Benny Snell Jr.||Anthony McFarland Jr.|
|San Francisco 49ers 9||Jerick McKinnon||TBA||TBA|
|Seattle Seahawks 10||Carlos Hyde||DeeJay Dallas||Bo scarbrough|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||R. Jones / L. Fournette||LeSean McCoy||Ke’Shawn Vaughn|
|Tennessee Titans||Derrick Henry||D’Onta Foreman||Jeremy McNichols|
|Washington football team||Antonio Gibson||JD McKissic||Peyton hairdresser|
1 = Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is out until at least week 12. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
2 = Chicago’s David Montgomery (concussion) is out until at least week 12. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
3 = Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (foot) is out until at least week 14. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
4 = Detroit’s D’Andre Swift (concussion) is out until at least week 12. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
5 = Houston’s David Johnson (concussion) is out until at least week 13. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
6 = Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (hoarding) is out until at least week 12, and Justin Jackson (knee) is out until at least week 13. Ekeler will be the starter when he is healthy and Jackson will be the primary handcuff.
7 = Miami’s Myles Gaskin (knee) is out for at least week 12. Gaskin will likely be the starter when he is healthy.
8 = Giants Devonta Freeman (ankle) is out until at least week 13. He will be the starter when he is healthy.
9 = San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) are out for at least week 12. Mostert will be the starter when he is healthy and Coleman will be the primary handcuff.
10 = Seattle’s Chris Carson (foot) is out until at least week 12. Carson will be the starter when he is healthy.