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“Handcuffs” Which RBs Should you be Targeting in 2014!

Handcuffing is having a starting player’s backup in case that player gets hurt.  We all know the importance of handcuffing our running backs, especially in Dynasty. When it comes to protecting your depth at the running back position, handcuffing is an easy and non-expensive way to do so. An injury to one of your top-tier running backs can break you if you don’t have a capable backup. The waiver will likely be of no hope finding your running back’s backup because they’re likely to be on someone else’s roster. We see it a lot, when a back goes down, their replacement comes in and produces almost as well as the starter. They are usually asked to carry the load until the starter gets healthy. Handcuffing your starter is the easiest way to protect your roster from injury.

When it comes to protecting your depth at the running back position, handcuffing is an easy and non-expensive way to do so!

Here are my top five running back handcuffs in dynasty. I highly recommend you go get these guys while they are still cheap, especially if you have any of these guys’ starters. Down the road, I could see all these players eventually becoming starters if giving the opportunity.

1. Christine Michael, SEA – He barley saw the field last year in Seattle, but head coach Pete Carroll has had nothing but great things to say about Michael, and dubbed him as “the team’s leading candidate to break out next year.” With the monster talent that he has, Seattle sees him as their running back of the future. Seattle’s offense has the potential to be special down the road with their young nucleus of players.  Marshawn Lynch isn’t getting any younger and his contract expires after the 2015 season. Michael is the guy you want to target now while he is still under the radar.

 

2. Marcus Lattimore, SF- An absolute stud before he suffered one of the most devastating injuries I’ve ever seen while at South Carolina. Lattimore is finally healthy after being red shirted last year and will be ready to hit the field this coming season. Lattimore says that he is close to 100 percent, but the 49ers will ease him back onto the playing field this year. With current starter Frank Gore turning 31 in May, San Francisco will be looking for their running back of the future. Lattimore currently sits behind Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James on the depth chart, but once he gets his chance, he will blow past those two and compete with Gore for carries. Obviously he’s a big risk with two serious knee injuries in college, but once he gets back to full speed, I predict he will be the number one running back for the 49ers come 2015.

 I predict (Marcus Lattimore) will be the number one running back for the 49ers come 2015.

3. Bryce Brown, PHI- In the four games LeSean McCoy missed in 2012, Brown stepped in and averaged nearly 97 yards rushing and one touchdown per game. McCoy has been relatively healthy his whole career, but when he got hurt, Brown came in and produced at a high level. McCoy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon in Philly, but down the road, Brown, who has the talent, could be a guy teams target as a possible starter.

 

4. Kniles Davis, KC – He did suffer fractured fibula in the Chiefs playoff loss to the Colts, but word around Kansas City is that he should be ready for OTAs. Jamaal Charles is a fantasy monster, but he has been injury prone throughout his career. Davis showed glimpses of success last year when he rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego in the regular season finale. He then went on to score two touchdowns and reel in seven receptions versus the Colts in the playoffs when Charles went down. He is a must own in dynasty if you have Charles on your roster.

 

5. Latavious Murray, OAK – Murray is another guy who did not see the field at all last year. The Raiders running back situation is very unclear right now with their top two running backs from last season, Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, both being free agents. It’s highly unlikely the Raiders resign McFadden unless he takes a discount and Jennings isn’t guaranteed to resign either. That could open the door for Murray to get his chance to shine in the Raiders offense. Murray is a big back (6-foot-3 and 223 lbs) out of Central Florida who ran a 4.38 40 time before being drafted last year. With his combination of size and speed, as well as the opportunity he will get next year, dynasty owners should be looking to make a move to acquire Murray, who could easily be the Raiders’ starting running back in 2014.

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