A handcuff in the context of fantasy football is a backup running back that would likely take over for a team’s starter in the event of an injury. Because hitting on late-round running back handcuffs is so often the way to win a fantasy league, it’s important to know who these players are at draft time. So without any further ado, here is our list of the top 5 running back handcuffs for the 2020 fantasy season.
5. Tony Pollard
The lightning quick Tony Pollard would be a sure league-winner should anything happen to starter Ezekiel Elliot, but that’s the problem for Pollard. Elliot is incredibly durable and while an Elliot suspension is always a possibility, the path to fantasy relevance for Pollard is treacherous.
4. Alexander Mattison
Between incumbent starter Dalvin Cook’s potential holdout or injury history, one of the season’s biggest must-have handcuffs is Alexander Mattison. The Vikings run-first offense is formidable and the bruising Mattison would again be in line for a huge workload should Dalvin Cook miss time. Mattison’s only knock is the talented Mike Boone who could also see touches if Cook were to miss significant time.
3. Marlon Mack
We already know Marlon Mack is an RB1 and so we should feel confident about his role should anything happen to starter Jonathan Taylor. Mack had 1,501 all-purpose yards and 8 touchdowns in 14 games last season and fantasy GMs should expect comparable performance as a lead back in 2020.
2. Kareem Hunt
Already Kareem Hunt possess standalone fantasy value as one of the league’s more sure RB2s, but if Nick Chubb were to miss time Hunt would easily return to being a top 5 running back and sure league-winner.
1. Damien Williams
Kansas City Chiefs
Damien Williams has already shown the fantasy world what he can do in a Chiefs offense, having won many fantasy GMs their leagues in years past, and in 2020 he is one Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury away from re-taking the reins and leading us all to fantasy glory.
We will continue to update this list weekly throughout the off-season and season, so refer back.