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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

Team Starter Handcuff Two-Deep
Arizona Cardinals1 Chase Edmonds Eno Benjamin TBA
Atlanta Falcons Todd Gurley Brian Hill Ito Smith
Baltimore Ravens M. Ingram/G. Edwards JK Dobbins Justice Hill
Buffalo Bills Devin Singletary Zack Moss 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 Browns4 Kareem Hunt D’Ernest Johnson Dontrell Hilliard
Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Tony Pollard Rico Dowdle
Denver Broncos5 Melvin Gordon Royce Freeman TBA
Detroit Lions D’Andre Swift Adrian Peterson Kerryon Johnson
Green Bay Packers Aaron Jones Jamaal Williams AJ Dillon
Houston Texans David Johnson Duke Johnson Buddy Howell
Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor Jordan Wilkins Nyheim Hines
Jacksonville Jaguars James Robinson Devine 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 Chargers6 J. Jackson/J. Kelley Troymaine Pope TBA
Los Angeles Rams Darrell Henderson Malcolm Brown Cam Akers
Miami Dolphins Myles Gaskin Matt Breida Lynn Bowden
Minnesota Vikings Dalvin Cook Alexander Mattison Mike Boone
New England Patriots7 Damien Harris R. Burkhead/J. White J.J. Taylor
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara Latavius Murray Ty Montgomery
New York Giants Devonta Freeman Wayne Gallman Dion Lewis
New York Jets F. Gore/L. Perine Ty Johnson TBA
Philadelphia Eagles8 Boston Scott Corey Clement TBA
Pittsburgh Steelers James Conner Benny Snell Jr. Anthony McFarland Jr.
San Francisco 49ers9 Jerick McKinnon JaMycal Hasty TBA
Seattle Seahawks10 Carlos Hyde DeeJay Dallas Travis Homer
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronald Jones II Leonard Fournette Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Tennessee Titans Derrick Henry Jeremy McNichols TBA
Washington Football Team Antonio Gibson J.D. McKissic Peyton Barber

1 = Arizona’s Kenyan Drake (ankle) is expected to be out until at least Week 10. He will be the starter when healthy.

2 = Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is expected to be out until at least Week 8. He will be the starter when healthy.

3 = Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon (foot) is out until at least Week 8. He will be the starter when healthy.

4 = Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (knee) is expected to be out until at least Week 9. He will go back to sharing lead-back duties with Kareem Hunt when healthy.

5 = Denver’s Phillip Lindsay (concussion) is expected to be out until Week 9. He will go back to sharing lead-back duties with Melvin Gordon when healthy.

6 = The Chargers’ Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is out until at least Week 9. When healthy, he’ll return to lead-back duties.

7 = New England’s Sony Michel (quad/COVID) is out until at least Week 8. When healthy, he’ll push for the lead-back role.

8 = Philadelphia’s Miles Sanders (knee) is out until at least Week 8. When healthy, he’ll return to lead-back duties.

9 = San Francisco’s Raheem Mostert (ankle) is out until at least Week 10, and Tevin Coleman (knee) is out until at least Week 8. When healthy, Mostert will start and Coleman will push for the primary backup role.

10 = Seattle’s Chris Carson (foot) is expected to be out until at least Week 10. When healthy, he’ll return to lead-back duties.




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