Week 1 is in the books, we are on the heel of the Thursday Night Football Bengals-Ravens game and I couldn’t be more happy. Is there any better time of the year? Before I clicked submit on this piece, we received a beautiful clip of Joe Mixon jogging in to the locker room early in the first quarter with a right knee injury. This will be the freshest handcuff report out on the inter-web. Mixon owners please pick up Giovani Bernard, he is looking fresh out there!

I will not go down a rabbit hole of why you should roster your RB handcuff because I know you are here to scroll straight to the names, that is what I am here to give you. Read my pre-season handcuff article if you are curious. I’ll sum it up for you, SCHEME!

  • Giovani Bernard– Hot off the press, Mixon looks amazing but ran to the locker room to check his knee in the 1st quarter. He looks fine after coming back out but if you haven’t learned from the Le’Veon Bell/James Conner case study then please invite me to your fantasy league next season!
  • T.J. YeldonHamstring injuries always tend to linger and Leonard Fournette has a history of injury, this is why I avoided him in all of my leagues except one. Yeldon showed well in the pre-season and didn’t look bad after Fournette left the game. Beat reporters, coaches and Leonard himself point to him suiting up for Sunday but expect him to have a limited “pitch count.” Keep an eye out on the practie/injury report Friday to see if he participates in any capacity.
  • Austin EkelerEkeler should have been an honorable mention in my “Baby, I’m more than just a handcuff” piece. Ekeler posted 5 catches for 87 yards, 1 receiving TD, and average 7.8 yards per carry off 5 carries for 39 yards. It’s clear the Chargers are wanting to feature Ekeler more than just a backup. If you own Melvin Gordon, you need to own Ekeler and if someone else picked him up I would recommend trading one of your bench players to acquire him. He is worth a roster spot.
  • Javorius Allen (aka Buck Allen)- Another one that is steaming off the press. I am one more week of game action away from admitting I overvalued and drafted Alex Collins. Still hangin’ on for one more week. Kenneth Dixon was placed on IR this week increasing Alex Collins’ value and Buck Allen. Allen has stand alone PPR value, in deeper leagues or on desperate teams, and was used at the goal line for a touchdown in the Thursday night game. The Ravens still showed commitment to the run game after going down a couple of scores.  Be ahead of the curve this week and grab Allen before your friends do.
  • Philip Lindsay- The one guy I’m already worn out on and I have yet to write about him. Devontae Booker is still in Denver and Royce Freeman’s usage will increase as the season progresses. Lindsay reminds me a little bit like Ekeler. I don’t think Lindsay will produce as consistently as Ekeler, yet. I’m still in wait and see mode on Lindsay so don’t drain your FAAB budget or waiver priority on him unless you have Freeman on your roster for handcuff purposes. I’ll write more on Lindsay after I see more.

My treat, here are two non-RB handcuffs:

  • Geronimo Allison- Geronimoooooo, already posted 5 catches on 8 targets for 69 yards (did you hear that Gronk?…69 yards…) and on TD last Sunday Night. Owning a piece on a team that has arguably the best QB in league is worth the investment. Devante Adams has already shown up on the injury report with a shoulder issue. If he happens to miss any time Allison is an automatic WR3/Flex play with WR2 upside. Adams owners might have already placed a waiver request in but I recommend getting ahead of them if you can.
  • Dallas Goedert- I wrote about him previously but in week 1 Dallas had 3 targets including one redzone target in his first NFL game, that was a low scoring game. If Zach Ertz misses any time, which he is known for missing a game here and there, Goedert will be a sure fire plugin. I still believe his value will continue to increase as the season progresses and the Eagles incorporate him more in to the gameplay. Teams will gamelan to shutdown Ertz leaving opportunities for Goedert to eat. Still a couple of weeks early on him but if you own Ertz I would recommend this inusurance policy.

Now you are all wondering who your RBs backup is…well I’m here to tell you that Razzball has a pretty sweet depth chart tool that’ll give you some guidance. Check it out!

Signing off for the week ladies and gents. Leave your comments and questions below. I love to interact on twitter so give me a follow @NicRomero_

Good Luck this week!

  1. Donaldson says:
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    I really like Austin however my bench is
    Luck
    Gernimo
    Corey davis
    Dion Lewis
    Yeldon….,do you drop any of these guys to pick up Austin ek?????

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @Donaldson: Who are your starting RBs and WRs?

      • Donaldson says:
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        @Nic Romero:
        Cam newton
        Julio jones
        DeAndre Hopkins
        Jordan Howard
        Lamar miller

        • Nic Romero

          Nic Romero says:
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          @Donaldson: Since you do not have Fournette, I would lean more towards dropping Yeldon for Ekeler. If Fournette and Melvin are healthy all season, Ekeler would be more valuable throughout the season over Yeldon. Obviously that is not the case with Fournette but it looks like he is going to play this week and will probably be questionable on and off every week. Yeldons stand alone value is somewhat capped with Fournette playing. With Ekeler…Melving Gordon was a 100% last week, ate AND Ekeler still produced. I see more games like this popping up throughout the season. With Fournette still chomping to play you are not going to start Yeldon over Howard, Miller, or Lewis on any given week for now. Corey Davis is still wait and see for me right now. Allison is a good bench stash for at least the next 2-3 weeks.

  2. Donaldson says:
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    Done

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @Donaldson: Awesome! I did the same in a couple of mine. Good luck! Now if Fournette happens to go out again after this week and it looks like he is headed out for a couple of weeks or longer and Melvin is still healthy then I would consider getting Yeldon back on your roster.

      • Don says:
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        @Nic Romero:
        Last question Dion Lewis vs Nelson agoular. That Tampa secondary is super weak
        But Lewis is producing.

        I’m leaning towards Nelson

        • Nic Romero

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          @Don: Thats a tough one. Some would say you go lead RB over flex WR. IDK if lewis is consider lead RB yet, but he is one more game like last week to move in to that spot in TEN. I think that Henry will have a better week. He had a long TD run called back last week but worried about him overall. TEN has injury worries on the OL and QB worries. I’m in on Agholor this week as well!

          • Donaldson says:
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            @Nic Romero:
            Yea I’m conflicted. I think hou is going to come in hot this week. So i think Nelson is the safer play

  3. miles proudfoot says:
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    Based upon the obove, would you want Duke Jr, Geronimo, or Ekeler on your team for a flex spot?

    I’m also trying to decide who to start this week in two spots, the last WR and Flex. It’s between Cobb, Cole, Godwin, and Engram. What do you think?

    Thank you!

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @miles proudfoot:Geronimo or Ekeler. Keep an eye on Devante Adams and Aaron Rodgers’ injury and if they are playing. If Adams is playing I would expect him to be shadowed by Rhodes. If so, that would leave opportunity for Cobb and Allison. If Rodgers is playing then I feel better about both Cobb and Geronimo. Ekeler was more productive and has more touches than Duke Johnson. Would favor Ekeler over Duke. Def between Geronimo and Ekeler and depending on injuries in GB I would go from there.

      I think Bucs and Fitzmagic will come back down to earth after last week and against a stout eagles D. Tough pickings. Between Cobb, Cole and Engram. Cobb if Rodgers plays. Patriots should be high scoring game, leaning towards game script Cole should get his opportunity. I think Engram should increase his production from last week but its hard to trust a TE and with all of the mouths to feed in NY. I imagine that game to be somewhat low scoring compared versus NE/JAX. Given that, leaning Cole slightly over Engram.

  4. Nic Romero

    Nic Romero says:
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    Geronimo or Ekeler. Keep an eye on Devante Adams and Aaron Rodgers’ injury and if they are playing. If Adams is playing I would expect him to be shadowed by Rhodes. If so, that would leave opportunity for Cobb and Allison. If Rodgers is playing then I feel better about both Cobb and Geronimo. Ekeler was more productive and has more touches than Duke Johnson. Would favor Ekeler over Duke. Def between Geronimo and Ekeler and depending on injuries in GB I would go from there.

    I think Bucs and Fitzmagic will come back down to earth after last week and against a stout eagles D. Tough pickings. Between Cobb, Cole and Engram. Cobb if Rodgers plays. Patriots should be high scoring game, leaning towards game script Cole should get his opportunity. I think Engram should increase his production from last week but its hard to trust a TE and with all of the mouths to feed in NY. I imagine that game to be somewhat low scoring compared versus NE/JAX. Given that, leaning Cole slightly over Engram.

  5. Jeff P says:
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    Start two (half-ppr, .04 per return yard) Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Thompson.
    Despite Lockett’s return yards, leaning towards sitting him, and starting Sanders, so I guess it comes down to Thompson vs Lewis

    • Nic Romero

      Nic Romero says:
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      @Jeff P: Sanders all day, all in on him this season! I’m taking Thompson over Lewis.

      • Nic Romero

        Nic Romero says:
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        @Nic Romero: Tennesse is trending down and Redskins up. Buying Redskins O over TEN right now

  6. Jeff P says:
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    Start two (half-ppr, .04 per return yard) Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Thompson.
    Despite Lockett’s return yards, leaning towards sitting him, and starting Sanders, so I guess it comes down to Thompson vs Lewis for the second spot

  7. don't stop bell leveon says:
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    Allison is already a wr3. if there’s an adams injury allison has wr1 upside, cobb wont stay healthy.

    hes more than a handcuff imo

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