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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 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 CardinalsKenyan DrakeChase EdmondsEno Benjamin
Atlanta Falcons1Brian HillIto SmithTony Brooks-James
Baltimore RavensJK DobbinsG. Edwards/M. IngramJustice Hill
Buffalo BillsZack MossDevin SingletaryT.J. Yeldon
Carolina Panthers2Mike DavisTrenton CannonTBA
Chicago BearsDavid MontgomeryCordarrelle PattersonRyan Nall
Cincinnati Bengals3Giovani BernardSamaje PerineTrayveon Williams
Cleveland BrownsNick ChubbKareem HuntD'Ernest Johnson
Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottTony PollardRico Dowdle
Denver BroncosMelvin GordonRoyce FreemanTBA
Detroit Lions4Adrian PetersonKerryon JohnsonJonathan Williams
Green Bay PackersAaron JonesJamaal WilliamsAJ Dillon
Houston Texans5Duke JohnsonC.J. ProsiseBuddy Howell
Indianapolis Colts6Nyheim HinesJordan WilkinsTBA
Jacksonville JaguarsJames RobinsonDezine OzigboDare Ogunbowale
Kansas City ChiefsClyde Edwards-HelaireLe'Veon BellDarrel Williams
Las Vegas RaidersJosh JacobsDevontae BookerJalen Richard
Los Angeles Chargers7Austin EkelerJoshua KelleyTroymaine Pope
Los Angeles RamsCam AkersDarrell HendersonMalcolm Brown
Miami Dolphins8M. Breida/D. WashingtonPatrick LairdTBA
Minnesota VikingsDalvin CookAlexander MattisonMike Boone
New England PatriotsDamien HarrisJames WhiteSony Michel
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraLatavius MurrayTy Montgomery
New York Giants9Wayne GallmanAlfred MorrisDion Lewis
New York Jets10Frank GoreTy JohnsonTBA
Philadelphia EaglesMiles SandersBoston ScottCorey Clement
Pittsburgh Steelers11Benny Snell Jr.Anthony McFarland Jr.TBA
San Francisco 49ersRaheem MostertJeff Wilson Jr.Jerrick McKinnon
Seattle SeahawksChris CarsonCarlos HydeDeeJay Dallas
Tampa Bay BuccaneersRonald JonesLeonard FournetteLeSean McCoy
Tennessee TitansDerrick HenryD'Onta ForemanJeremy McNichols
Washington Football TeamAntonio GibsonJ.D. McKissicPeyton 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.