Fantasy football owners hope that they never have to worry about running back handcuffs. Ideally, your first-round selections of Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook or Saquon Barkley would healthy all season, but there will always be RB injuries, and in that case, a solid draft strategy is to select the backup to your top 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). Regardless, if you’ve invested a lot of your fantasy draft capital into RBs, there’s merit to handcuffing them.
In a season that could also be marred by unexpected absences due to COVID-19, backup running backs could prove more important than ever. Any RB that gets pressed into duty is a waiver-wire priority, so if you have them rostered ahead of time, that can make all the difference between a playoff appearance and the consolation bracket.
This season, we’ve gone two backups deep (and sometimes three) on our handcuff chart, expecting that occasionally there will be more shakeup to depth charts on short notice than there has been in the past. As always, we’ll update this page throughout the season, so it should remain a resource to you from 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 Moss||Devin Singletary||T.J. Yeldon|
|Carolina Panthers 1||Mike Davis||Trenton Cannon||TBA|
|Chicago Bears 2||C. Patterson/R. Nall||Lamar Miller||TBA|
|Cincinnati Bengals 3||Giovani Bernard||Samaje Perine||Trayveon Williams|
|Cleveland Browns||Nick Chubb||Kareem Hunt||D’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 Packers||Aaron Jones||Jamaal Williams||AJ Dillon|
|Houston Texans5||Duke Johnson||Buddy Howell||C.J. Prosise|
|Indianapolis Colts||J. Taylor/J. Wilkins||Nyheim Hines||TBA|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||James Robinson||Dare 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 Sanders||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||J.D. McKissic||Peyton Barber|
1 = Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is out until at least Week 12. He will be the starter when healthy.
2 = Chicago’s David Montgomery (concussion) is out until at least Week 12. He will be the starter when healthy.
3 = Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (foot) is out until at least Week 14. He will be the starter when healthy.
4 = Detroit’s D’Andre Swift (concussion) is out until at least Week 12. He will be the starter when healthy.
5 = Houston’s David Johnson (concussion) is out until at least Week 13. He will be the starter when healthy.
6 = The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is out until at least Week 12, and Justin Jackson (knee) is out until at least Week 13. Ekeler will be the starter when healthy, and Jackson will be the primary handcuff.
7 = Miami’s Myles Gaskin (knee) is out until at least Week 12. Gaskin will likely be the starter when healthy.
8 = The Giants’ Devonta Freeman (ankle) is out until at least Week 13. He will be the starter when healthy.
9 = San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) are out until at least Week 12. Mostert will be the starter when 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 healthy.