2020 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart: Find sleepers, backups for your top running backsSporting News — firstname.lastname@example.org (Sporting News)
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 Falcons1||Brian Hill||Ito Smith||Tony Brooks-James|
|Baltimore Ravens||JK Dobbins||G. Edwards/M. Ingram||Justice Hill|
|Buffalo Bills||Zack Moss||Devin Singletary||T.J. Yeldon|
|Carolina Panthers2||Mike Davis||Trenton Cannon||TBA|
|Chicago Bears||David Montgomery||Cordarrelle Patterson||Ryan Nall|
|Cincinnati Bengals3||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||Royce Freeman||TBA|
|Detroit Lions4||Adrian Peterson||Kerryon Johnson||Jonathan Williams|
|Green Bay Packers||Aaron Jones||Jamaal Williams||AJ Dillon|
|Houston Texans5||Duke Johnson||C.J. Prosise||Buddy Howell|
|Indianapolis Colts6||Nyheim Hines||Jordan Wilkins||TBA|
|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 Chargers7||Austin Ekeler||Joshua Kelley||Troymaine Pope|
|Los Angeles Rams||Cam Akers||Darrell Henderson||Malcolm Brown|
|Miami Dolphins8||M. Breida/D. Washington||Patrick Laird||TBA|
|Minnesota Vikings||Dalvin Cook||Alexander Mattison||Mike Boone|
|New England Patriots||Damien Harris||James White||Sony Michel|
|New Orleans Saints||Alvin Kamara||Latavius Murray||Ty Montgomery|
|New York Giants9||Wayne Gallman||Alfred Morris||Dion Lewis|
|New York Jets10||Frank Gore||Ty Johnson||TBA|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Miles Sanders||Boston Scott||Corey Clement|
|Pittsburgh Steelers11||Benny Snell Jr.||Anthony McFarland Jr.||TBA|
|San Francisco 49ers||Raheem Mostert||Jeff Wilson Jr.||Jerrick McKinnon|
|Seattle Seahawks||Chris Carson||Carlos Hyde||DeeJay Dallas|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Ronald Jones||Leonard Fournette||LeSean McCoy|
|Tennessee Titans||Derrick Henry||D'Onta Foreman||Jeremy McNichols|
|Washington Football Team||Antonio Gibson||J.D. McKissic||Peyton Barber|
1 = Atlanta's Todd Gurley (knee) is out until at least Week 13. He will be the starter when healthy.
2 = Carolina's Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) is out until at least Week 14. 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 13. 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 = Indianapolis's Jonathan Taylor has been placed on the COVID list and is out until at least Week 13. He will likely start when healthy.
7 = The Chargers' Kalen Ballage (ankle/calf) is out until at least Week 13. He will be the primary handcuff when healthy.
8 = Miami's Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) are out until at least Week 13. Gaskin will likely be the starter when healthy, and Ahmed will be the primary handcuff.
9 = The Giants' Devonta Freeman (ankle) is out until at least Week 13. He will likely be in a committee with Wayne Gallman when he returns.
10 = 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.
11 = Pittsburgh's James Conner has been placed on the COVID list and will be out until at least Week 13. He will be the starter when healthy.