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2020 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart: Find sleepers, backups for your top running backs

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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 stay 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 CardinalsKenyan DrakeChase EdmondsEno Benjamin
Atlanta FalconsTodd GurleyBrian HillIto Smith
Baltimore RavensMark IngramGus EdwardsJK Dobbins
Buffalo Bills1Devin SingletaryT.J. YeldonTBA
Carolina Panthers2Mike DavisReggie BonnafonTrenton Cannon
Chicago BearsDavid MontgomeryCordarrelle PattersonRyan Nall
Cincinnati BengalsJoe MixonGiovani BernardT. Williams/S. Perine
Cleveland BrownsNick ChubbKareem HuntD'Ernest Johnson
Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottTony PollardRico Dowdle
Denver Broncos3Melvin GordonRoyce FreemanTBA
Detroit LionsAdrian PetersonKerryon JohnsonD'Andre Swift
Green Bay PackersAaron JonesJamaal WilliamsAJ Dillon
Houston TexansDavid JohnsonDuke JohnsonBuddy Howell
Indianapolis ColtsJonathan TaylorNyheim HinesJordan Wilkins
Jacksonville Jaguars4

James Robinson

Chris ThompsonDare Ogunbowale
Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards-HelaireDarrel WilliamsDarwin Thompson
Las Vegas RaidersJosh JacobsDevontae BookerJalen Richard
Los Angeles Chargers5Austin EkelerJoshua KelleyTBA
Los Angeles Rams6Darrell HendersonMalcolm BrownTBA
Miami DolphinsMyles GaskinJordan HowardMatt Breida
Minnesota VikingsDalvin CookAlexander MattisonMike Boone
New England Patriots7Sony MichelRex BurkheadJ.J. Taylor
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraLatavius MurrayTBA
New York GiantsDevonta FreemanDion LewisWayne Gallman
New York Jets8Frank GoreLa'Mical PerineKalen Ballage
Philadelphia EaglesMiles SandersBoston ScottCorey Clement
Pittsburgh SteelersJames ConnerBenny Snell Jr.Anthony McFarland Jr.
San Francisco 49ers9Jerick McKinnonJeff Wilson Jr.TBA
Seattle SeahawksChris CarsonCarlos HydeTravis Homer
Tampa Bay BuccaneersR. Jones/L. FournetteLeSean McCoyTBA
Tennessee TitansDerrick HenryDarrynton EvansJeremy McNichols
Washington Football TeamAntonio GibsonPeyton BarberJ.D. McKissic

1 = Buffalo's Zack Moss (toe) is out until at least Week 4. He figures to resume being the co-No. 1 when healthy.

2 = Carolina's Christian McCaffrey (ankle) is expected to be out until at least Week 7. He will be the starter when healthy.

3 = Denver's Phillip Lindsay (toe) is out until at least Week 4 and possibly until Week 6. He should return to being the primary handcuff to Melvin Gordon when healthy. 

4 = Jacksonville's Ryquell Armstead (Covid) and Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) are both expected to be out until at least Week 4. When healthy, both could push for the primary backup role.

5 = The Chargers' Justin Jackson (quad) is out until at least Week 4. When healthy, he should return to being the No. 3 back.

6 = The Rams Cam Akers (ribs) is out until at least Week 4. When healthy, he'll return to a three-man committee for "lead back" duties.

7 = New England's Damien Harris (hand) is out until at least Week 4. Once healthy, he could push for the starter's job or be the primary handcuff to Sony Michel. James White (personal) is out until at least Week 4.

8 = The Jets' Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is expected to be out until at least Week 5. He will start when healthy. 

9 = San Francisco's Raheem Mostert (knee) is out until at least Week 4 and Tevin Coleman (knee) is out until at least Week 6. Mostert will start when healthy.