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2020 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart: Discover sleepers, backups in your high working 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 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

Arizona Cardinals
Kenyan Drake
Chase Edmonds
Eno Benjamin
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 Panthers1
Mike Davis
Trenton Cannon
Chicago Bears
David Montgomery
Cordarrelle Patterson
Ryan Nall
Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon
Giovani Bernard
T. Williams/S. Perine
Cleveland Browns2
Kareem Hunt
D’Ernest Johnson
Dontrell Hilliard
Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott
Tony Pollard
Rico Dowdle
Denver Broncos
M. Gordon/P. Lindsay
Royce Freeman
Detroit Lions
Adrian Peterson
D’Andre Swift
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 Jaguars3
James Robinson
Chris Thompson
Dare Ogunbowale
Kansas City Chiefs
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Darrel Williams
Darwin Thompson
Las Vegas Raiders
Josh Jacobs
Devontae Booker
Jalen Richard
Los Angeles Chargers4
Justin Jackson
Joshua Kelley
Los Angeles Rams
Darrell Henderson
Cam Akers
Malcolm Brown
Miami Dolphins
Myles Gaskin
Matt Breida
Lynn Bowden
Minnesota Vikings5
Alexander Mattison
Mike Boone
New England Patriots6
Damien Harris
R. Burkhead/J. White
J.J. Taylor
New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara
Latavius Murray
New York Giants
Devonta Freeman
Wayne Gallman
Dion Lewis
New York Jets
Frank Gore
La’Mical Perine
Philadelphia Eagles
Miles Sanders
Boston Scott
Corey Clement
Pittsburgh Steelers
James Conner
Benny Snell Jr.
Anthony McFarland Jr.
San Francisco 49ers7
Raheem Mostert
Jerick McKinnon
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson
Carlos Hyde
Travis Homer
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones II
Leonard Fournette
Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry
Darrynton Evans
Jeremy McNichols
Washington Football Team
Antonio Gibson
Peyton Barber
J.D. McKissic

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

2 = Cleveland’s Nick Chubb (knee) is expected to be out until at least Week 10. He will go back to sharing lead-back duties with Kareem Hunt when healthy.

3 = Jacksonville’s Ryquell Armstead (Covid) and Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) are both expected to be out until at least Week 6. When healthy, both could push for the primary backup role.

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

5 = Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook (groin) is expected to be out until at least Week 7. When healthy, he’ll return to lead-back duties.

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

7 = Tevin Coleman (knee) is out until at least Week 6. When healthy, he’ll be in the mix for the primary backup role.

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