Fantasy football 2019: Top running back handcuffs for all 32 teams

Jacob Camenker
NBC Sports Boston

In fantasy football, players are often so focused on combing through rankings to find sleepers and busts or trying to stockpile as much top talent as possible that they forget something: something that is a very important part of football.

Injuries.

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While nobody ever roots for an injury, the fact of the matter is that they do occur. And at no position is there a higher rate of turnover than the running back position. Every year, a big-name player deals with a nagging injury or suffers a major one. And in recent years, we've even seen some top guys (we're looking at you, Le'Veon Bell) hold out for extended periods of time. That could happen again this year with Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon, and it brings up an important subject that often gets ignored in the fantasy realm: handcuffs.

Having running back handcuff, or at least knowing who the top options are, is extremely important. Because when a top-talent or starter at running back goes down, NFL teams often have a next man up philosophy at the position and just make their backup the workhorse. But still, it's important to know just who those backups are going to be.

You don't necessarily have to handcuff your starting running backs. If there are players available in your draft that have more potential than handcuffs, certainly pick them up. But if nothing on the board looks enticing, grabbing a handcuff can be a sound strategy. Because in fantasy football, running backs can go from zero to hero very quickly.

Luckily, we're here to help you out in the running back department and keep you posted on all the top handcuffs to know about. Here's a look at the top handcuff (or in some cases, handcuffs) for all of the projected starters during the 2019 fantasy football season.

Team

Starter

Handcuff(s)

Arizona Cardinals

David Johnson

Chase Edmonds

Atlanta Falcons

Devonta Freeman

Ito Smith

Baltimore Ravens

Mark Ingram

Justice Hill/Gus Edwards

Buffalo Bills

LeSean McCoy

Frank Gore/Devin Singletary

Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey

Cameron Artis-Payne

Chicago Bears

David Montgomery

Mike Davis/Tarik Cohen

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon

Giovani Bernard

Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb

Kareem Hunt*

Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott

Tony Pollard/Alfred Morris

Denver Broncos

Phillip Lindsay

Royce Freeman

Detroit Lions

Kerryon Johnson

C.J. Anderson

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones

Jamaal Williams

Houston Texans

Lamar Miller

Duke Johnson

Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack

Nyheim Hines/Jordan Wilkins

Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette

Alfred Blue

Kansas City Chiefs

Damien Williams

Carlos Hyde

Los Angeles Chargers

Melvin Gordon

Austin Ekeler/Justin Jackson

Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley

Malcolm Brown/Darrell Henderson

Miami Dolphins

Kenyan Drake

Kalen Ballage

Minnesota Vikings

Dalvin Cook

Alexander Mattison

New England Patriots

Sony Michel

Damien Harris/James White

New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara

Latavius Murray

New York Giants

Saquon Barkley

Wayne Gallman Jr.

New York Jets

Le'Veon Bell

Elijah McGuire/Bilal Powell

Oakland Raiders

Josh Jacobs

Doug Martin/Jalen Richard

Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Howard

Miles Sanders

Pittsburgh Steelers

James Conner

Jaylen Samuels/Bennie Snell Jr.

San Francisco 49ers

Tevin Coleman

Matt Breida/Jerick McKinnon

Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson

Rashaad Penny

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones

Peyton Barber

Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry

Dion Lewis

Washington Redskins

Derrius Guice

Adrian Peterson/Chris Thompson


*Hunt is suspended for the first 8 games of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Fantasy football 2019: Top running back handcuffs for all 32 teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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