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One more week in the books, a few more young running backs on the shelf. This week, the devastating running back news was Dalvin Cook going down with a torn ACL. If you watched the injury live or watched the replay over and over again like I did, you had to feel for the kid. He went down with a non-contact injury less than four weeks into what was quickly becoming an impressive rookie season, and it looked as ugly as it sounds.

But we fantasy owners don’t have time to feel bad for Cook. Pour out some Duff for your boy and move on with your fantasy life. For Cook owners, this likely leaves you scrambling for replacements. For owners desperate for running backs and streaming options, Latavius Murray just started dancing into your dreams.

While Murray won’t be confused for Cook on the field, he does have some appeal. The Vikings signed Murray before they were able to go out and draft Cook, so they at least considered him a serviceable option in the event that the draft did not go their way. They also signed him to a three-year deal, and even though most NFL contracts are filled with fake money and fake years, that is more than nothing (what an endorsement!).

While some have pointed to Jerick McKinnon as taking over a bigger role, I really don’t see that happening. He should continue with his current role, and he might see a slightly increased workload, but Murray is going to get the first shot at taking the lead role. I am desperate for running backs in at least two of my dozen leagues, and I am going to use the waiver priority I have been saving on Murray this week.

To the charts!

Mike Maher’s Week Five NFL Handcuff Report

American Football Conference
AFC East Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Patriots Mike Gillislee Rex Burkhead+ James White Dion Lewis
Jets Matt Forte+ Bilal Powell Bilal Powell Elijah McGuire
Dolphins Jay Ajayi Damien Williams Damien Williams Kenyan Drake
Bills LeSean McCoy Mike Tolbert LeSean McCoy Joe Banyard
AFC North Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Bengals Jeremy Hill Joe Mixon Giovani Bernard Cedric Peerman
Ravens Javorius Allen Terrance West+ Javorius Allen Alex Collins
Steelers Le’Veon Bell James Conner Le’Veon Bell Terrell Watson
Browns Isaiah Crowell Duke Johnson Duke Johnson Matt Dayes
AFC South Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Texans Lamar Miller Alfred Blue+ Lamar Miller D’Onta Foreman
Jaguars Leonard Fournette Chris Ivory Leonard Fournette T.J. Yeldon
Colts Frank Gore Robert Turbin Marlon Mack+ Marlon Mack+
Titans DeMarco Murray+ Derrick Henry+ DeMarco Murray+ David Fluellen
AFC West Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Chiefs Kareem Hunt Charcandrick West Kareem Hunt C.J. Spiller
Broncos C.J. Anderson Jamaal Charles Devontae Booker De’Angelo Henderson
Raiders Marshawn Lynch Jalen Richard DeAndre Washington DeAndre Washington
Chargers Melvin Gordon+ Branden Oliver Melvin Gordon+ Austin Ekeler

Notes

  • Joe Mixon is getting his shot in Cincinnati, but he is not doing much with it so far. He saw 21 touches on Sunday but managed just 48 yards from scrimmage. If you punch that into your calculator, it reads “n0t g00d”. The change at offensive coordinator for the Bengals has meant Mixon serving as the lead back, but thus far the success has just not been there. Look for him to continue to get fed, and hopefully, the results will follow.
  • Duke Johson out-snapped and out-touched Isaiah Crowell on Sunday, and the needle seems to be leading in his direction. I am not yet ready to give up on the Crow, and I think he bounces back and takes the job, but some others are already ringing the bell.
  • Melvin Gordon played most of the game for the Chargers on Sunday, but he did not look like himself. Part of the problem was that the Eagles were in the backfield all day and did not give him much room to run, but he did not look like a guy playing at 100%. Something to keep an eye on going forward.
  • Matt Forte should stay hurt (no offense, Matt). More Bilal Powell, please!
National Football Conference
NFC East Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Giants Paul Perkins+ Orleans Darkwa+ Shane Vereen Wayne Gallman
Eagles LeGarrette Blount? Wendell Smallwood Wendell Smallwood Corey Clement
Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott Alfred Morris Ezekiel Elliott Darren McFadden
Washington Robert Kelley+ Samaje Perine+ Chris Thompson Mack Brown
NFC North Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Vikings Latavius Murray Jerick McKinnon Jerick McKinnon Bishop Sankey
Packers Ty Montgomery+ Jamaal Williams+ Ty Montgomery Aaron Jones
Lions Ameer Abdullah+ Dwayne Washington + Theo Riddick Zach Zenner
Bears Jordan Howard+ Tarik Cohen Howard/Cohen Benny Cunningham+
NFC South Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
Buccaneers Jacquizz Rodgers Charlies Sims Jacquizz Rodgers Doug Martin+
Saints Mark Ingram Adrian Peterson Alvin Kamara Alvin Kamara
Panthers Christian McCaffrey Jonathan Stewart Christian McCaffrey Fozzy Whittaker
Falcons Devonta Freeman Tevin Coleman Tevin Coleman Terron Ward+
NFC West Primary Back Handcuff Pass-Catcher Reserve
49ers Carlos Hyde Matt Breida Carlos Hyde Raheem Mostert
Seahawks Eddie Lacy Thomas Rawls C.J. Prosise + J.D. McKissic
Cardinals Chris Johnson Kerwynn Williams Andre Ellington Kerwynn Williams
Rams Todd Gurley Malcolm Brown+ Todd Gurley Justin Davis
  • The NFC side of things is where most of the handcuff news is this week. Dalvin Cook is done for the year, and Chris Carson looks to be done for most of, if not all, of the year. Just a week after it looked like the Seahawks had picked a guy, we are back to a messy committee of Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, and J.D. McKissic (who a week ago I would have assumed was an underground NYC DJ). Gross.
  • Over in New Jersey, injuries led to a guy named Wayne Gallman getting a chance, and he looked pretty good. He was about the only thing that looked good for the Giants (Ok, Eli played well, too). But, the Giants have shown in the past (see: Darkwa) that being a better running back than Paul Perkins doesn’t always mean anything. It seems like Gallman will/should get an extended look, but who knows.
  • Doug Martin is returning from his suspension, so consider that Bucs chart to be written in pencil. He could end up sitting for a week or playing sparingly as they get him into game shape, so I would give it a week before rolling him into your lineup. But if you are desperate, you are desperate. Go for it.
  • All three running backs for the Eagles ran well on Sunday, which is good for them and kinda just OK for the rest of us. It was against possibly the worst rushing defense in the league, and they all took touches from each other. Hello, committee.

 

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  1. Chicken Dinner says:
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    L Miller/ Tyreek or Howard/ Snead

    PPR

    Is DJ a must stash in all leagues with a good record?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Chicken Dinner:

      Miller/Tyreek, at least until we see Snead on the field.

  2. Henry Muto says:
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    How do you know Lacy is the lead back ? I am thinking Rawls might be the guy.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Henry Muto:

      I don’t know for sure, but Rawls was a healthy scratch this week while Lacy was next man up. They’are apparently going to share the load for now, so if one has success early he could start to run away with the job. Or they might both suck.

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    my guess is you need to grab lat murray first but mckinnon’s simply been better than murray thus far. there was a report that lat murray hadn’t been healthy till lately, so maybe he pulls ahead now if healthy.

    please tell jaywrong something is up with his post, at least the most recent one. i thought at first it was all of razzball, but it’s only him. when i’m in his post it not only types extremely slow, but it also slows down my entire computer. this doesn’t apply to anybody else’s posts as far as i can tell. and a question:
    20 team PPR
    QB (1) staff/bortles
    RB (2) gurley, all three BAL guys, forte
    WR (3) hill/crabtree/k.wright (somebody DROPPED him last week, stupid)/beasley (not getting EVEN close to the targets rudy’s bot says he should be getting)/d.thompson
    TE (1) ertz/z.miller
    1 flex
    drop anybody for any of j.will GB, oliver (even though he’s turrible)/richard, perine, the butler (DAL)?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @goodfold2:

      Thanks. I’ll tell him.

      Perine is really the only one who interests me for the long haul. If he can hold onto the ball, he has the talent to take that job eventually. I might kick out thompson to stash him for a little while. He is on a bye this week, so you can likely wait if you want to.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @mikeMaher: this is redraft if that changes anything, doubt it does here though.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @goodfold2:

          Yeah, I figured. I’d still go Perine for the potential in the second half of the season.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @mikeMaher: have kerley too, so this would make thompson more expendable as i’d still have 5 WR.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @goodfold2: so, that’s why I don’t see you around anymore! Haha. Probably just the Gifs, what browser are you using?

      And be sure to hit me up in the rankings post tomorrow, nothing there that will cause a slowdown!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Jay: i go by other names, i’m probably up to like 25 or so now.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: oh, and whatever is going on, it didn’t before, and you always have GIFs. only thing i can think of is my VPN just today (now) i noticed it wanted an update. but even if that was the cause, why it didn’t affect anybody else in razzball baseball/hockey/football still doesn’t make sense.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: oh yeah, chrome. but this had never been an issue with anybody’s posts (yours too) till maybe late monday on your most recent post.

          • Jay

            Jay says:
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            @goodfold2: yeah, could be happening to others and they’re just not commenting on it. VPNs are known for throttling a bit, just the nature of em, but we’re dealing our end just in case. Appreciate the heads up!

  4. Who am I? says:
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    Hey I was wondering which handcuffs have the most value if they get the opportunity, aka who should I be stashing for lightning in a bottle if I have empty bench spots? If I had to guess I would probably go with Alfred Morris, Damien Williams, and Samaje Perine?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Who am I?: perine probably ends up with most stand alone value if nothing changes (injuries/zeke possible suspension). but morris clearly most upside with that awesome DAL line (go ask mcglass about it)

      • Who am I? says:
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        @goodfold2: Yeah, I agree with Perine with most stand alone value but I guess I’m asking more in case of injuries, like handcuffs that look like they won’t be in a committee, etc.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Who am I?: morris then, easily.

          • mikeMaher

            mikeMaher says:
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            @goodfold2:

            I lean Perine but it is a gamble if Kelley stays healthy and produces.

  5. Scott P says:
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    What are your rest of season thoughts on Fat Rob? He’s sitting on my bench behind Ajayi, Hunt, Mixon and Kamara. In case I need to make a roster move this weekend due to injury (Gronk?), He might have to get dropped. I start two RB plus a flex in this 10 team, non-ppr league.

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Scott P:

      In a 10 team, having to cut him would not be the end of the world.

  6. Phylgles says:
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    What do the symbols after some of the players mean?

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Phylgles:

      Injury designation. For guys who are questionable or a little banged up, so you will want to monitor their status/injury this week. Usually, I have a line explaining that, but I must have forgotten to paste it in. Good catch.

  7. Nick says:
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    10team standard – would you drop Maclin or J Allen for either McKinnon or Mckissic? Regardless, all of them are riding the bench for now but trying to grab one of those potential RBs for $0 before either have a breakout week…

    • mikeMaher

      mikeMaher says:
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      @Nick:

      Probably not

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