With the fantasy football gods feasting on the blood, bones, and ligaments of running backs almost weekly, how did Ahmad Bradshaw make it this long? Bradshaw is so injury prone, Jordan Reed pities the Colts rusher. It seems like just when you begin to trust Bradshaw, he always gets hurt. Well, at least we had several weeks this season where he was trusted and startable. We should be thankful for that. I wonder at this point if we’ve seen the last of him. He’s 29 and seems to have broken nearly every bone in his body in the past three seasons. Too bad, I always felt he had one of the better skill sets when it came to being an effective rusher and receiver. Ahmad Bradshaw, we here at the Handcuff Report salute you for your many years of service as a handcuff. Stay fuzzy sweet prince…

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Dan Herron – Prior (Or Pryor?!?) to Bradshaw going down I knew two things about “Boom”. First, he was involved in the jersey-gate with Terrelle Pryor at The Ohio State University. Second, he was pretty good in 2010 for the Buckeyes. Other than that, I knew nothing. I sort of even forgot he was in the NFL, and I write a weekly post about handcuffs. So I don’t have much to go on. I did pick him up in a few leagues where I owned Bradshaw, but I’m not expecting much. His value really comes down to how bad Trent Richardson sucks.

Trent Richardson – I understand that Trent can be a steaming pile of elephant dung, and that you can’t trust him. Well sorry kids, but you may have to. Going forward T-Pain will be getting an avalanche of touches. When you get to this point of the year, where you’re gearing up for the playoffs, workload pays the bills. He’s also been a solid receiver out of the backfield throughout his career, so he could have serious PPR value. Imagine a world where Richardson is a must own back. I’m laughing so hard, I farted…

 Latavius Murray – He had 112 yards, and Two touchdowns, on 4 carries last night. Most of which came on a 90 yard dash. Unfortunately he then went down with a concussion. Otherwise, who knows what we would have seen for final numbers. Marcel Reece got some work later in the fourth, for what that’s worth. If Murray passes concussion protocol, and is good to go next week, he’s a great ROS buy.

Ben Tate – Wow..didn’t see that one coming. This Cleveland backfield, from a fantasy perspective, is a puzzle, within a mystery, wrapped in a riddle. That makes no sense in a reality perspective…..Regardless, Tate was picked up by the Vikings on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how this effects Jerick McKinnon‘s value going forward. McKinnon can’t seem to catch a break, between Matt Asiata‘s TD vulturing ways and now this.

Isaiah Crowell – Pick him up, though he shouldn’t be available any longer, I think this guy is breaking out. He attacks the line like Marshawn Lynch. That’s really who he reminds me of. Maybe I’m wrong but I see the new beast mode. Watch Crowell this week and tell me different.

Fuzzy Handcuffs 

These guys are fun, fun, fun! Not for everyday use but good to own, and a blast when they’re in the mix. We may wish for a bit more run but have to accept that they’re splitting time and getting the most of their opportunities. Most of these handsome devils could probably be studs if given the chance.

TeamStarter (carries/targets/rec)Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec)Depth Backs
Cincinnati BengalsGiovani Bernard (DNP)Jeremy Hill (27/1/1)Cedric Peerman
New England PatriotsJonas Gray (38/0/0), Shane Vereen (1/4/4)LeGarrette BlountBrandon Bolden, James White
Detroit LionsJoique Bell (14/5/3)Theo Riddick (2/6/3), Reggie Bush (DNP)George Winn
Cleveland BrownsIsaiah Crowell (14/4/2)Terrance West (5/0/0)
San Diego ChargersRyan Matthews (16/1/1)Branden Oliver (13/3/1)Donald Brown, Ronnie Brown, Shaun Draughn
Denver BroncosRonnie Hillman (DNP)C.J. Anderson (9/10/8), Montee Ball (DNP)Juwan Thompson,
Kansas City CheifsJamaal Charles (20/2/2)Knile Davis (5/1/1)De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray

 


Standard Issue Police

Whether you’re in the back of a squad car or sitting on the corner while the Po-Po search your whip, you’re going nowhere. Do you know why? Because those things are locked on your wrists with a death grip. Much like those cuffs, these running backs are firmly locked into their positions. Not for a lack of ability, but because the starters are firmly entrenched in their roles. These backs could have value on any given week but more than likely you’ll need an injury to make these guys startable.

 

TeamStarter (carries/targets/rec)Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec)Cuffs to the Cuffs
Houston TexansArian Foster (DNP)Alfred Blue (36/0/0)Jonathan Grimes
Minnesota VikingsJerick McKinnon (8/7/4)Matt Asiata (1/5/3), Ben Tate
Carolina PanthersJonathan Stewart (7/3/3)DeAngelo Williams (10/1/1)Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whitiker (Injury)
New Orleans SaintsMark Ingram (23/7/7)Khiry Robinson (DNP), Pierre Thomas (DNP)Travaris Cadet
Baltimore RavensJustin Forsett (Bye)Lorenzo Taliaferro (Bye)Bernard Pierce (Bye)
San Francisco 49ersFrank Gore (19/3/2)Carlos Hyde (9/1/1)
New York JetsChris Ivory (Bye)Chris Johnson (Bye)Bilal Powell
Philadelphia EaglesLeSean McCoy (23/1/1)Darren Sproles (2/6/2)Chris Polk
St. Louis RamsTre Mason (29/2/1)Benny Cunningham (2/4/4)Zac Stacy
New York GiantsRashad Jennings (18/7/4)Andre Williams (2/2/1)
Buffalo BillsFred Jackson (3/5/4)Anthony Dixon (10/2/2), Bryce Brown (6/10/7)C.J. Spiller
Tampa Bay BucsCharles Sims (13/4/3)Bobby Rainey (5/1/0), Doug Martin (DNP)Mike James

Duct Tape Cuffs

These are of the homemade variety, you’ll use them in a pinch (i.e the starting stud goes down) but they’re always in your drawer (wavier wire) ready to step in and do their job. It may be to the bare minimum degree but they can buy you some time.

 

TeamStarter (carries/targets/rec)Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec)Handcuff to the Handcuff
Oakland RaidersDarren McFadden (8/3/0)Latavius Murray (4/4/3),Maurice Jones-Drew (3/1/1) Marcel Reese, Jamize Olawale
Indianapolis ColtsTrent Richardson (7/1/1)Dan Herron (0/0/0)
Pittsburgh SteelersLe’Veon Bell (33/4/2)Dri Archer
Green Bay PackersEddie Lacy (10/4/3)James Starks (8/2/2)John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris
Jacksonville JaguarsDenard Robinson (Bye)Toby Gerhart (Bye)Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman
Atlanta FalconsSteven Jackson (17/3/2)Davonte Freeman (6/0/0)Jazquizz Rodgers
Washington RedskinsAlfred Morris (20/3/2)Roy Helu (0/6/6)Silas Reed
Tennessee TitansBishop Sankey (11/1/1)Shonn Greene (3/0/0)Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
Dallas CowboysDeMarco Murray (ByeJoseph Randle (Bye)Lance Dunbar
Miami DolphinsLamar Miller (15/2/2)Damien Williams (0/3/2)Daniel Thomas, LaMichael James
Seattle SeahawksMarshawn Lynch (24/3/1)Robert Turbin (4/0/0)Christine Michael
Arizona CardinalsAndre Ellington (19/4/4)Stepfan TaylorRobert Hughes
Chicago BearsMatt Forte (26/6/6)Ka’Deem CareySenorise Perry

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

Don’t forget to send me all your Running Back Questions on twitter @ralphlifshitzbb.

  1. Toby says:
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    Hey Ralph, who would you start: Blue, Gray or Sims?

    Also, Shorts or Harvin at WR?

    Standard, non-ppr yahoo league

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Toby: If Foster plays go Sims, if he’s inactive go Blue. This isn’t a good week to start a Gray with the Lions in town.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’d go Harvin in PPR. Jets suck but what else do they have.

  2. Spring Blake says:
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    Cutler enough of an upgrade this week to drop one of Kaep or Sanchize for him?

    Nice write-up, Hate that I’m relying on T-Rich again….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Spring Blake: Drop Sánchez for him.

      Thanks for the kind words. At least you have T-Rich. I was stashing Peterson every where.

  3. BraunWeasleys says:
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    Who would you start in a 1 ppr league?

    Lafell vs Det
    Sanu vs Hou
    Randle vs Dal

    Im leaning toward lafell but Randle gets his 10+ targets a week and less competition for targets.. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @BraunWeasleys: I’d go Randle, LaFell is close but you never know with him.

  4. Barker says:
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    10 team 1/2 ppr

    Qb brees wr calvin gordon evans rb lacy murray te reed flex p manning
    K tucker def detroit
    Bn fitzgerald sims beckham ivory west olsen

    Drop reed for tamme sefarian jenkins paul

    Additionally can i drop anyone ( fitz west ivory ) to get randle or starks or both to handcuff my main backs

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Barker: I’d grab Paul for Reed. As for the Handcuff thing I’d drop West for one of them not sure I’d drop Fitz yet.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You have Olsen so you could drop Reed and West for Randle and Starks.

  5. bringtheheat$20 says:
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    12 team standard format
    1
    G.tate(wr)
    D.jackson(wr)
    T.mason(flex)
    2
    G.tate(wr)
    D.jackson(wr)
    M.sanu(flex)
    I have R.randle that i could play also. What threesome should I call upon this weekend.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bringtheheat$20: I like option one Tre La Soul is getting volume.

  6. LT Murray IV

    Tehol Beddict says:
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    How did I just notice our profile pic is of King Ralph???? did we just become best friends? YEP!!! I’m having spotted dick right now

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: I always wanted an over the Internet friend who ate spotted dicks!

  7. buclover says:
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    Hi Ralph,
    I’d sure appreciate your take on a commissioner issue I have. Somehow, I inadvertently switched my league’s trade deadline from default to none. Now trades can take place all the way through the end of the playoffs. This league is over 10 years old. Would it be appropriate for me to send out an email explaining the situation and giving everyone until this coming Thursday to get trades in ? I don’t make setting changes during the season…it’s like the #1 rule for running a league. But in this case, I feel like maybe an exception is in order. There are a couple of knuckleheads in our league (keeper league btw) that could make an ugly trade for a potential keeper and give an unexpected boost to a weak playoff team.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @buclover: Yeah send out a note and let everyone know the situation. If you have 10 years of camaraderie you should be able to come to a reasonable conclusion. I’d even ask if everyone had a set date for the deadline. This way you come to an agreed upon conclusion.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @buclover: or you could just let teams run themselves.

  8. Velocity_X says:
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    Hey Ralph, fighting for a playoff spot and struggling with a few lineup choices. Thanks in advance.

    Stafford or Tannehill in a league that factors in completion percentage?

    1/2 PPR, I have to start three: Harvin, Edelman, Crowell, Ryan Mathews, or Jarvis Landry

    Full PPR: Owen Daniels or ASJ? Flex spot: McKinnon, Sims, Michael Floyd, or Jenkins (if not starting at TE).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Velocity_X: Tannenhill, Crowell, Harvin, Edelman.

      Daniels and Sims

  9. Nick says:
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    A Johnson, Sanu or K Allen as WR3 in a 10-team non-ppr?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nick: Allen

      • Nick says:
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        allen is really screwing me, while sanu would have had me 11 :(

        • Nick says:
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          @Nick: i spoke too soon

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Nick: Bahahahaha!

  10. Sparty Scott says:
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    Seems like a stupid idea, but I’m considering starting Boom Herron over Lamar Miller. I feel like Boom could rack up some garbage time yards against JAX after T-Rich sucks again. And Miller could be limited in his game. Am I crazy?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sparty Scott: Not crazy…..well maybe a little. I think I’d describe you as “bold”…. I will say this, I’d be surprised if Lamar Miller blows up. I think he’s a “safe” flex option. always between 8-16, but not much else. Boom will play let’s see what he can do.

  11. The Harrow says:
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    miller actually on new injury update, this one is a knee (so seems worse than the shoulder one he did well with last week, when he was much farther down rankings. so i got ingram/miller/vereen/mathews/l.murray at RB, pick the 2nd in PPR (it would’ve been miller had there not been this injury news from friday), ingram is for sure.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Harrow: also hill an option in this one.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The Harrow: I like Vereen ina PPR format. I doubt they’re able to pound it with Gray(or Blount) against that Lions front 7, but I can see them finding space in the check-down game. The Pats have done this for years to supplement the running game when they either couldn’t run because of their opponent or because they didn’t have a between the tackles option. It’s risky because Vereen is very up and down but he could see 10 targets.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: yeah, risky is right, he’s got huge down weeks. wish we knew for sure hill would get a lot of carries. miller without knee injury was also better option i think. only one that isn’t good option is mathews against RAMS great run D, and he’s not yet been given enough work.

  12. Nick says:
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    Defense week 13;

    Chicago @ Detroit
    San Diego @ Baltimore (both available)
    St Louis v. Oakland (both available)
    Cincy @ TB (both available)
    Miami @ NYJ
    NE @ GB
    Dallas v. Philly

    Thanks!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: damn, I forgot the NYG are also available @ Jags, how could i forget?!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Nick: St. Louis or Miami at the Jets. Real toss up with those two.

  13. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph, looking at week 12 in my 10-team, non-ppr league. I have the following part of my roster set but need a WR3 & flex & have too many good matchup plays, check it out;

    QB-Rodgers
    RB1-D Murray
    RB2-R Jennings
    WR1-Cobb
    WR2-Beckham
    TE-Witten
    K-Tucker
    D-St Louis

    WR3- M. Bryant v NO/ K Allen @ Bal / Sanu @ TB / A Johnson v. Tenn
    Flex- Ingram @ Pit / Mathews @ Bal / McK v. Car / L Murray @ STL (if he clears concussion protocol)

    What do you think about those 2 roster spots? Mind you if I wanted to go WR heavy, I can put one of my bench WR into the flex as well, but in NON-PPR, I think you have to go starting RB heavy…Thanks for your input!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nick: I like Bryant and Mathews, but it’s close with Ingram. That’s a tough call. They’re almost neck and neck.

      • Nick says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Well Ingram struggled against Baltimore so I’m hesitant to play Mathews (but if he is healthy, maybe he can do better than Ingram?)

        Then again my other option of Ingram v. Pitt is not the best but I think Ingram will be able to run a little more against the Steelers…

        Also, Sanu is intriguing at flex vs. TB…so is L Murray since Mathews ran all over the Rams..

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Nick: I think Mathews floor is higher than Ingram’s but the opportunity for Ingram to go 100 and 2 TD’s is greater. That’s what I’m debating

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