2017 Running Back Handcuffs


It's always important to know what the status of each team's running back situation is. Some teams have legitimate handcuffs in case their top back goes down. Some teams have a running back by committee situation that doesn't have a clear cut person to own in case of injury. I would like to warn everyone as well, that some running backs like Danny Woodhead and James White may be listed as the number two back on the official depth chart, but that doesn't mean that they will assume a large role if the number one goes down. I have broken each team's running back depth charts down to show you who you should own if you want to cuff your top back. 

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AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Lead - LeSean McCoy; Handcuff - Jonathan Williams
Miami Dolphins: Lead - Jay Ajayi; Handcuff - Damien Williams
New England Patriots: Lead - Mike Gillislee; Handcuff - Rex Burkhead; 3rd Down - James White
New York Jets: Lead - Bilal Powell; Handcuff - Matt Forte

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Lead - Terrance West; Handcuff - Buck Allen; 3rd Down - Danny Woodhead
Cincinnati Bengals: Lead - Likely split between Joe Mixon/Jeremy Hill to start season w/ Mixon taking over. 3rd Down - Gio Bernard
Cleveland Browns: Lead - Isaiah Crowell; Handcuff - Duke Johnson
Pittsburgh Steelers: Lead - Le'Veon Bell; Handcuff - James Connor

AFC South

Houston Texans: Lead - Lamar Miller; Handcuff - Alfred Blue w/some D'Onta Foreman
Indianapolis Colts: Lead - Frank Gore; Handcuff - Marlon Mack 
Jacksonville Jaguars: Lead - Leonard Fournette; Handcuff - Chris Ivory
Tennessee Titans: Lead: Demarco Murray; Handcuff - Derrick Henry

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Lead - CJ Anderson; Handcuff - Jamaal Charles
Kansas City Chiefs: TBD Likely Lead - Spencer Ware; Handcuff - Kareem Hunt
LA Chargers: Lead - Melvin Gordon; Handcuff - Branden Oliver
Oakland Raiders: Lead Marshawn Lynch; Handcuff - Likely split between DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard

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NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Lead - Ezekiel Elliott (susp 1st 6 games); Handcuff - Darren McFadden w/some Alfred Morris
NY Giants: Lead - Paul Perkins; Handcuff - Orleans Darkwa; 3rd Down - Shane Vereen
Philadelphia Eagles: Lead - LeGarrette Blount; Handcuff - Wendell Smallwood; 3rd Down - Darren Sproles
Washington Redskins: Lead - Rob Kelley; Handcuff - Samaje Perine; 3rd Down - Chris Thompson

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Lead - Jordan Howard; Handcuff - Jeremy Langford
Detroit Lions: Lead - Ameer Abdullah; Handcuff - Zach Zenner; 3rd Down - Theo Riddick
Green Bay Packers: Lead - Ty Montgomery; Handcuff - Jamaal Williams
Minnesota Vikings: Lead - Dalvin Cook; Handcuff - Latavius Murray

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Lead - Devonta Freeman; Handcuff - Tevin Coleman
Carolina Panthers: Likely timeshare with Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey
New Orleans Saints: Likely timeshare with Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lead - Doug Martin (susp 1st 3 games); Handcuff - Jacquizz Rodgers; 3rd Down - Charles Sims

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Lead - David Johnson; Handcuff - Kerwynn Williams sprinkled w/Chris Johnson
LA Rams: Lead - Todd Gurley; Handcuff - Malcolm Brown
Seattle Seahawks: TBD. Likely Lead - Eddie Lacy; Handcuff Thomas Rawls; 3rd Down - CJ Prosise
SF 49ers: Lead - Carlos Hyde; Handcuff - Tim Hightower


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