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Topic: Handcuff RB's
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 08/21/12 10:24
As we get closer to fantasy draft's, we constantly worry about whether to handcuff our top RB's with his backup or not. I am a firm believer in handcuffing any RB1 with his backup if there are any injury concerns for the RB1 or if the backup has proven in the past to be of high quality when called upon to carry the load. Not every top RB has a proven backup, nor has an injury history to be concerned much about. Also, in some cases, there is no clear cut backup to the RB1.

Here is a list of starting fantasy RB1's and their handcuffs you should consider drafting later as insurance against injury.

Houston Texans: Arian Foster/Ben Tate
Tate proved more than capable as a quality fantasy starter when Foster was slowed by injuries early in 2011. Tate is commonly being drafted around the 78th player off the board in recent mock drafts so you'll likely need to use a late 6th or early 7th round pick (in 12 team leagues) to secure him.

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson/Toby Gerhart
Peterson has been activated off the PUP list and while he probably won't give his surgically repaired knee a test sometime this preseason, all reports are that he will be ready for week 1 (although likely limited early to see how the knee responds). It could well be that early in the season duties will be split up between him and Gerhart. Recoveries from torn ACL's can be tricky so Gerhart is a smart handcuff to AP. Gerhart is being drafted on average with about the 92nd pick (middle of round 8 in 12 team leagues).

Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew/Rashad Jennings
MJD continues to hold out of training camp as he is unhappy with his contract. While he is expected to report just before the regular season begins, there's always the chance he doesn't, or needs a week or two to get into playing shape. Jennings spent 2011 on injured reserve because of a knee injury suffered during preseason. It wasn't a ligament tear though and he's made a complete recovery. Jennings is running with the first team while MJD is holding out and has looked good according to reports. Jennings is being selected around the 118th player (late round 10 in 12 team leagues) and is worth the pick there. His ADP may rise as we get closer to the season though.

San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews/Ronnie Brown
A broken collarbone injury suffered in the Chargers first preseason game has Mathews' status for week 1 in question. The estimated timetable for recovery is 4-6 weeks, so it's very possible he may miss the first couple of games of the season. Ronnie Brown gets first crack at taking his place as the Chargers primary RB. Brown has had great production in the past, before multiple knee injuries derailed his career in Miami a few years ago. Brown may not be the same RB he used to be though and a RBBC with Brown leading the way over Le'Ron McClain and Jackie Battle is the most likely scenario until Mathews heals up and returns. Brown isn't being drafted until around the 145th pick (round 13 in 12 team leagues) but that could start climbing if he shows well in preseason action.

Oakland Raiders: Darren McFadden/Mike Goodson
When healthy, McFadden produces great fantasy numbers, but he never seems to be able to stay healthy. Goodson was acquired via a trade with Carolina back in March as Goodson was buried on the depth chart there. Goodson has been productive when injuries forced him into a more prominent role in Carolina in previous years, but in 2011 he exhibited a fumbling problem. Goodson avoided a major injury scare in practice recently when he was carted off the field in an ambulance but his neck and spine checked out and he has resumed practicing with the team. He is the most likely candidate for a primary role instead of smaller Taiwan Jones if anything were to happen to the oft-injured McFadden. Like with Ronnie Brown, Goodson is coming cheap checking in around the 150th player selected.
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Post Date: 08/21/12 10:45
In every example you cited the owner who drafted the starter, got the back up. The only exception was Mathews/Brown. We also Richardson/Hardesty in CLE as well as Murray/Jones in DAL, Bradshaw/Wilson in NYG, Gore/Jacobs (Hunter was selected by another owner) and finally McCoy/Lewis in PHI. Owners did well backing up their top RBs this season.

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Robert The IDP Guru_9600
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Post Date: 08/21/12 16:25
In MOST drafts, Ben Tate is going around the 78th pick, unless you're MY WIFE who takes him in the 2nd round (19th pick)!!!

Every year she always gives me a "HUH?" moment, fortunately the rest of her draft was really good.

I walked out of the room for 2 minutes and... GAAAAH!!!
Draft: 3QB's 4RB's 5WR's 3TE's 2K 4DL 5LB 4DB.

Start: 1QB 2RB's 2WR's 1TE 1K 2DL 2LB 2DB.

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 Niner Flower Power_6
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Post Date: 08/21/12 16:32
LOL. I say Tate goes in the 6th round. Someone is going to make that move sooner than later and hold the Foster owner for high in return!
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