Fantasy Corner: Running Back Handcuff Rankings

Posted on July 09, 2014 by Phil Gentile

Your draft is coming up so of course you have been prepping, deciding which stud running back you're going to select in the 1st round. As your draft unfolds, however, you need to know which backups have the chance to be the next fantasy superstar. I've decided to rank the top thirty running back handcuffs heading into the 2014 season. I ranked them on not only talent but also potential to make a fantasy impact this season.

1. Knile Davis, Chiefs

JC Superstar is a consensus #1 overall pick. If you pick him I highly recommend investing a mid round pick on Davis, who had two touchdowns in Week 17 starting in place of Charles. Davis is a low end RB1 if asked to start in the Chiefs' potent rushing attack.

2. Joique Bell, Lions

The Lions offense is going to be dangerous and part of the reason is Bell, who provides a dual threat with Reggie Bush. He could be a high end RB2 all season long.

3. Christine Michael, Seahawks

I can see the Seahawks riding Marshawn Lynch in the final year of his contract. I can also see them giving Michael an extended look.

4. Fred Jackson, Bills

The ageless wonder will get the rock if CJ Spiller can't get the job done again. Don't forget about Bryce Brown too.

5. Bernard Pierce, Ravens

With Rice's eventual suspension you will get at least 3-4 of consistent work from him...maybe more.

6. Jonathan Stewart, Panthers

Stewart is as healthy as he's ever been since entering the NFL. We've heard that before though.

7. Donald Brown, Chargers

Had a great 2013 but won't be reliable for fantasy points behind Matthews unless he gets hurts.

8. CJ Anderson, Broncos

Forget Ronnie Hillman. If Montee Ball struggles it will be Anderson getting the carries.

9. Roy Helu, Redskins

Seems like a better fit for Gruden's offense than Alfred Morris.

10. LeGarrette Blount, Steelers

Proved in New England that he is more than just a goal-line option

11. Knowshon Moreno, Dolphins

Had knee surgery last month. Was a fantasy darling in Denver but draft at your own risk.

12. Carlos Hyde, 49ers

No chance Gore can keep this up for another season right?

13. Khiry Robinson, Saints

Saints love using a RB committee and Robinson will fill the Sproles void in that equation

14. Andre Brown, Texans

Arian Foster's backup seems to get 1-2 starts every season. Can Brown make the most of them?

15. Tre Mason, Rams

The rookie has some serious skills but lack of size in pass blocking will hurt him

16. Lance Dunbar, Cowboys

Cowboys seem eager to get him more involved in 2014 which is always a good thing.

17. Vick Ballard, Colts

Are you confident in Trent Richardson returning to his old form? Me either.

18. Bilal Powell, Jets

Looked good in spots last season but they will keep him on the sidelines if CJ?K does anything remotely well this season.

19. Danny Woodhead, Chargers

Doesn't matter what happens with Matthews and Brown.....Woodhead will get consistent touches.

20. Terrance West, Browns

The pride of Towson could easily take the starting gig from oft-injured Ben Tate.

21. Ka'Deem Carey, Bears

Similar type back to Forte so could see some 3rd down work in the Bears offense to keep Forte fresh.

22. Kendall Hunter, 49ers

Most likely to get carries if/when Gore goes down.

23. Stepfan Taylor, Cardinals

Andre Ellington had a great 2013 but the former Stanford Cardinal could earn some carries.

24. Devonta Freeman, Falcons

Versatile option behind S-Jax, who isn't getting any younger.

25. Matt Asiata, Vikings

Only worthwhile if you are a Peterson owner to be honest.

26. Brandon Bolden, Patriots

Not worth owning until a spot opens up and/or Ridley's fumbling issues arise again.

27. Latavius Murray, Raiders

Last year's preseason handcuff sleeper never woke up. Now has Run DMC and  MJD to surpass.

28. Andre Williams, Giants

Hands like frying pans but he can be a decent option running between the tackles if needed.

29. Isaiah Pead, Rams

I love Zac Stacy but Pead is still hanging around. Only 24 years old. Former 2nd round pick.

30. Marcus Lattimore, 49ers

I had to add the former Gamecock to this list. If he's healthy he's a difference maker on Sundays.

next up:

Ravens host an open practice at M&T vs. Jim Harbaugh's 49ers

July 08, 2014

The Harbaugh brothers battle again, this time in preseason practice.


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