2020 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart: Find sleepers, backups for your top running backs
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
Giovani Bernard S. Perine/T. Williams TBA 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 Lions D’Andre Swift Adrian Peterson Kerryon Johnson Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones Jamaal Williams AJ Dillon Houston Texans David Johnson Duke Johnson C.J. Prosise Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor Nyheim Hines Jordan Wilkins Jacksonville Jaguars James Robinson Dezine Ozigbo Dare Ogunbowale Kansas City Chiefs Clyde Edwards-Helaire Le’Veon Bell Darrel Williams Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs Devontae Booker Jalen Richard Los Angeles Chargers Austin Ekeler Justin Jackson Kalen Ballage Los Angeles Rams Cam Akers Darrell Henderson Malcolm Brown Miami Dolphins3 DeAndre Washington Patrick Laird Lynn Bowden Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook Alexander Mattison Mike Boone New England Patriots Damien Harris Sony Michel James White New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara Latavius Murray Ty Montgomery New York Giants4 Wayne Gallman Alfred Morris Dion Lewis New York Jets5 Frank Gore Ty Johnson Josh Adams Philadelphia Eagles Miles Sanders Boston Scott Jordan Howard Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner Benny Snell Jr. Anthony McFarland Jr. San Francisco 49ers Raheem Mostert Jeff Wilson Jr. Tevin Coleman Seattle Seahawks Chris Carson Carlos Hyde DeeJay Dallas Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronald Jones LeSean McCoy Leonard Fournette Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry Jeremy Nichols D’Onta Foreman Washington Football Team6 J.D. McKissic Peyton Barber TBA
1 = Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (quad) is out until at least Week 15. He will be the starter when healthy.
2 = Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (foot) is out until at least Week 15. He will be the starter when healthy.
3 = Miami’s Myles Gaskin (COVID) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) are out until at least Week 15. Gaskin will be the starter when healthy and Ahmed will be primary handcuff.
4 = The Giants’ Devonta Freeman (COVID) is out until at least Week 15. He will likely be in a committee with Wayne Gallman when he returns.
5 = The Jets’ La’Mical Perine (ankle) is out until at least Week 15. He will likely be in a committee with Frank Gore when he returns.
6 = Washington’s Antonio Gibson (toe) is out until at least Week 15. He will be the starter when healthy.