2017 Fantasy Football Running Back Handcuffs Chart

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It's sad but true -- running back handcuffs are a necessary evil when it comes to playing fantasy football in 2017. Having a list of RB handcuffs always at your ready is a good way to find sleepers and breakout players, and owning a few backups, even if they're not your starter's backup, is always a good strategy. Knowing every team's handcuff is imperative as you try to navigate the waiver wire and make free agent pickups.

Depth charts can change in a hurry, which is why we'll be be constantly updating this list. Keep in mind, there are always several unsettled situations and position battles so it's important to remember these are just projections. NFL coaches are known to have favorites and do surprising things with playing time distribution, especially when factoring in matchups.

It's also important to remember that some players, namely receiving backs (Theo Riddick, Darren Sproles, etc.), might not become a traditional starter if the guy above them on the depth chart gets hurt. Still, they should see more touches and ultimately have more value than the new "RB1", which is why some of them are listed as handcuffs.

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2017 fantasy football running back handcuffs

Carolina Panthers J. Stewart/C. McCaffrey* Cameron Artis-Payne


Projected Starter

Projected Handcuff

Arizona Cardinals

Kerwynn Williams

D.J. Foster

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Tevin Coleman

Baltimore Ravens

Alex Collins

D. Woodhead/J. Allen

Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy

Mike Tolbert

Carolina Panthers

J. Stewart/C. McCaffrey*

Cameron Artis-Payne

Chicago Bears

Jordan Howard

Tarik Cohen*

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon*

Giovani Bernard

Cleveland Browns

Isaiah Crowell

Duke Johnson Jr.

Dallas Cowboys^

Alfred Morris

Rod Smith

Denver Broncos

C.J. Anderson

Devontae Booker

Detroit Lions

T. Riddick/T. Green*

Ameer Abdullah

Green Bay Packers

Jamaal Williams*

Aaron Jones*

Houston Texans

Lamar Miller

A. Blue/A. Ellington

Indianapolis Colts

Frank Gore

Marlon Mack*

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette*

C. Ivory/T. Yeldon

Kansas City Chiefs

Kareem Hunt*

Charcandrick West

Los Angeles Chargers

Melvin Gordon

Branden Oliver

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley

Malcolm Brown

Miami Dolphins

Kenyan Drake

Senorise Perry

Minnesota Vikings

J. McKinnon/L. Murray

Mack Brown

New England Patriots

D. Lewis/R. Burkhead

James White

New Orleans Saints

Mark Ingram

Alvin Kamara*

New York Giants

O. Darkwa/W. Gallman*

Shane Vereen

New York Jets

M. Forte/B. Powell

Elijah McGuire*

Oakland Raiders

Marshawn Lynch

J. Richard/D. Washington

Philadelphia Eagles

Jay Ajayi

L. Blount/C. Clement

Pittsburgh Steelers

Le'Veon Bell

James Conner*

San Francisco 49ers

Carlos Hyde

Matt Breida*

Seattle Seahawks

Mike Davis

J.D. McKissic*

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Doug Martin

Peyton Barber

Tennessee Titans

DeMarco Murray

Derrick Henry

Washington Redskins

Samaje Perine

Kapri Bibbs

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