2019 Fantasy RB Handcuffs Chart

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No one really likes running back handcuffs, at least not in the fantasy football world. Many owners tell themselves RB handcuffs don't matter on drafty day, but when your top pick gets hurt on the third play of the season, you'll wish you had a different draft strategy. At that point, all those rankings and sleeper lists were a giant waste of time because your season just got infinitely more difficult without your starter's primary backup. If only you had taken two more minutes to look at the Giants depth chart!

There's no perfect way to handle backing up your starters, and finding the right handcuff(s) isn't always easy. Some teams have multiple players in constant competition for the backup spot. Others will have a veteran there until they feel a rookie is ready to move up the depth chart. This means that everything in the chart below has some level of projection to it. Teams react differently to injuries, so it doesn't always follow a straight line.

It's also important to note that just because a running back gets the second-most snaps doesn't mean he's the only handcuff option. Third-down/receiving backs don't necessarily transition to every-down backs if the starter gets hurt. Think Chris Thompson and Tarik Cohen, who may never be primary RBs despite their pass-catching proficiency. Understanding roles and how certain players fit them is key, both during the draft and once the season starts.

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We'll be here all year helping you navigate any tricky RB situations. Check back all season long for updates!

2019 fantasy football running back handcuffs


Projected Starter

Projected Handcuff

Arizona Cardinals

Kenyan Drake

D. Johnson/C. Edmonds

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Brian Hill

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram

G. Edwards/J. Hill*

Buffalo Bills

Devin Singletary*

Frank Gore

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey

Reggie Bonnafon

Chicago Bears

David Montgomery*

T. Cohen/R. Nall*

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon

Giovani Bernard

Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb

Kareem Hunt

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott

Tony Pollard*

Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay

Royce Freeman

Detroit Lions

Bo Scarbrough

T. Johnson*/J. McKissic

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones

Jamaal Williams

Houston Texans

Carlos Hyde

Duke Johnson

Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack

J. Wilkins

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette

Ryquell Armstead*

Kansas City Chiefs1

L. McCoy/D. Thompson*

Spencer Ware

Los Angeles Chargers

Melvin Gordon

Austin Ekeler

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley

Malcolm Brown

Miami Dolphins

Patrick Laird*

Myles Gaskin*

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook

Alexander Mattison*

New England Patriots

S. Michel/J. White

Rex Burkhead

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara

Latavius Murray

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley

Javorious Allen

New York Jets2

Bilal Powell

Ty Montgomery

Oakland Raiders5

DeAndre Washington

Jalen Richard

Philadelphia Eagles3

Miles Sanders*

J. Ajayi/B. Scott

Pittsburgh Steelers4

Benny Snell Jr.*

Jaylen Samuels

San Francisco 49ers

R. Mostert/M. Breida

Tevin Coleman

Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson

Rashaad Penny

Tampa Bay Bucs

P. Barber/R. Jones

Dare Ogunbowale*

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry

Dion Lewis

Washington Redskins

Adrian Peterson

C. Thompson/W. Smallwood

Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey Reggie Bonnafon


1 Starter Damien Williams (ribs) will be out until at least Week 15
2 Starter Le'Veon Bell (illness) will be out until at least Week 15
3 Starter Jordan Howard (shoulder) will be out until at least Week 15
4 Starter James Conner (shoulder) will be out until at least Week 15
5 Starter Josh Jacobs is out until at least Week 15

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