Can I tell you that due to the title of this post, I get some of the kinkiest followers on Twitter? Let’s just say I didn’t realize the “handcuff market” was so vast and expansive. Because these people are following me and supporting my efforts here, I feel it only necessary to give them a shout out. To all the weird fetish sites that obviously have never read a word of my writing, thanks for the follow and keep up the good work!

Now onto business, lots of handcuffs to discuss due to some evolving situations in Phoenix, Cleveland, Minnesota, and New Orleans…

Marion Grice –  With Andre Ellington more than likely on the sidelines this week. It looks as though Ray Rice‘s alter-ego, Marion Grice, will get the start. Just to be clear he is nothing like Rice, I just think his name sounds like a bad alias. Truthfully I don’t know a ton/anything about Grice. I know he was drafted by the Chargers, then cut in camp, and I’ve read that he’s supposedly a strong contributor in the passing game. As for how much work he’ll see compared to backfield mates Stepfan Taylor and newly acquired, off the street, Michael Bush, I don’t know. Regardless I think Grice and Bush are both worthy adds. Bush could have value ROS, but only if Grice fails. Which makes the rookie from Arizona State the man to add. He’s still only 8% owned in Yahoo Leagues so he’s widely available. Go pick him up, I’ll wait….

Terrance West – The Browns backfield this season is like a movie with 16 alternate endings. This week Isaiah Crowell is listed as questionable with a hip injury. So the question on everyone’s mind is “If everyone hates Fruit Cake, why do people still give it as a gift during the holidays?” Oops, that’s wrong…I meant to say “will this create some opportunity for Terrance West?” It should be noted that Crowell fully expects to play. If that’s the case I wouldn’t expect the workload to improve much from last week’s 17-7 carry split, that went in Crowell’s favor. On the off chance Crowell tweaks something and sits, I’d grab West and stash. He’s your classic precautionary handcuff. I use the same tactic on the cocktail waitresses I keep in my basement when I go to work. Don’t worry I’m kidding….or am I?

Reggie Bush – Things I dislike more than Reggie Bush. Country Music, things filled with jelly (i.e Jelly donuts), fat Kristie Alley, and people who pronounce the word niche like neeeeeeessshhh. That last one really gets me. As for the O.G Mr. Kim Kardashian, he looks to be back this week to suck some value away from Joique Bell just in time for the playoffs. Bell was just starting to get rolling too. It’s possible he takes in the same workload as Theo Riddick his first week back, but more than likely he’ll get a few more touches with Riddick still in the mix. What I’m saying is, his return could mean 4-5 less touches for the emerging Bell. This is great because I was only relying on Bell in several first round playoff matchups. DAMN YOU FANTASY GODS! Why have thy forsaken me?

Matt AsiataJerick McKinnon is listed as doubtful for this week’s matchup with the Jets. McKinnon apparently has the timing of Diarrhea in the 9th inning. Way to screw all your faithful owners now Jerick, building momentum for next year I see. As for Asiata, we know who he is. He’s a between the tackles plodder with touchdown dependent value. With the way Ben Tate has been used thus far, I’d expect Asiata to see a sizable workload.

Pierre Thomas – Rejoice everyone, it’s the holiday season and the Saints backfield is once again a muddled mess for fantasy purposes. Last week Thomas returned in what was good for the Saints, bad for Mark Ingram owners. PT was back in his old role as the receiving threat out of the backfield. With Khiry Robinson returning this week I’d expect to see Ingram’s massive workload dwindle back to early season levels. He’ll still have value, but 30 touches a week going forward is unlikely.

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.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Depth Backs
Cincinnati Bengals Giovani Bernard (10/1/1) Jeremy Hill (13/4/4) Cedric Peerman
New England Patriots LeGarrette Blount (10/0/0), Shane Vereen (3/1/1) Brandon Bolden (17/0/0), Jonas Gray , James White
Detroit Lions Joique Bell (23/2/2) Theo Riddick (0/7/6), Reggie Bush (DNP) George Winn
Cleveland Browns Isaiah Crowell (17/2/1) Terrance West (7/1/1)
San Diego Chargers Ryan Matthews (13/2/1) Branden Oliver (1/0/0) Donald Brown, Ronnie Brown, Shaun Draughn
Denver Broncos C.J. Anderson (27/4/4) Ronnie Hillman (DNP), Montee Ball (DNP) Juwan Thompson,

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.

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Cuffs to the Cuffs
New York Giants Rashad Jennings (26/5/3) Andre Williams (8/3/2)
Philadelphia Eagles LeSean McCoy (25/0/0) Darren Sproles (1/3/3) Chris Polk
Indianapolis Colts Dan Herron (8/2/2) Trent Richardson (8/0/0)
Houston Texans Arian Foster (19/7/5) Alfred Blue (7/0/0) Jonathan Grimes
San Francisco 49ers Frank Gore (10/2/1) Carlos Hyde (5/3/3)
Buffalo Bills Fred Jackson (21/4/3) Anthony Dixon (6/0/0), Bryce Brown
New York Jets Chris Ivory (16/0/0) Chris Johnson (17/0/0) Bilal Powell
Minnesota Vikings Jerick McKinnon (DNP) Matt Asiata (14/4/4), Ben Tate
St. Louis Rams Tre Mason (14/4/3) Benny Cunningham (1/0/0) Zac Stacy (7/0/0)
Baltimore Ravens Justin Forsett (24/3/2) Bernard Pierce (6/0/0) Lorenzo Taliaferro
Kansas City Cheifs Jamaal Charles (19/7/4) Knile Davis (2/0/0) De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray
New Orleans Saints Mark Ingram (23/2/2) Pierre Thomas (3/4/2) Khiry Robinson (DNP), Travaris Cadet

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.

 

Team Starter (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff(s) (carries/targets/rec) Handcuff to the Handcuff
Arizona Cardinals Andre Ellington (5/0/0) Marion Grice (5/3/3), Michael Bush Robert Hughes, Stepfan Taylor
Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden (11/2/2) Latavius Murray (DNP) Marcel Reese, Maurice Jones-Drew
Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell (21/11/8) Dri Archer
Green Bay Packers Eddie Lacy (21/3/2) James Starks (1/2/2) John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris
Jacksonville Jaguars Denard Robinson (11/4/3) Toby Gerhart (5/0/0) Storm Johnson, Jordan Todman
Atlanta Falcons Steven Jackson (18/0/0) Davonte Freeman (8/1/1) Jazquizz Rodgers
Carolina Panthers Jonathan Stewart (12/2/2) DeAngelo Williams (7/0/0) Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whitiker (Injury)
Washington Redskins Alfred Morris (17/5/3) Roy Helu (1/4/4) Silas Reed
Tennessee Titans Bishop Sankey (10/0/0) Shonn Greene (2/0/0) Dexter McCluster, Leon Washington
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray (20/6/6) Joseph Randle Lance Dunbar
Miami Dolphins Lamar Miller (13/3/2) Daniel Thomas (1/1/1) Damien Williams, LaMichael James
Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch (20/1/1) Robert Turbin (4/2/2) Christine Michael
Chicago Bears Matt Forte (5/9/6) Ka’Deem Carey (2/1/1) Senorise Perry

 

Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!

 

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

  1. Dom B says:
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    So with Ellington down and out and same with deangelo Williams who would you start at RB 2 Johnathan Stewart or Fred Jackson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Fred-Ex, I’m a big Freddie fan.

      • de nachos says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: FredEx! Did he “thank his hands for being so great”? side note: how can I not find a video of that classic line…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @de nachos: Hahaha you caught that! Beautiful! I always felt like we shot our load to early with Mitchell in the Fred-Ex name. So I use it on F-Jax….Yeah why can’t you? That’s weird.

          • de nachos says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: it’s bizarre. i’ve enlisted other interwebs savvy friends to find it with the 10 year anniversary of quote coming up. it seems to have slipped down the Al Gore Rabbit Hole.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @de nachos: Al Gore’s Rabbit Hole is the name of my 90’s cover band.

              • de nachos says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: I’ve heard your Mr. Big “to be with you” brings the cougars to tears

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @de nachos: That’s what we in the industry call “The Pantydropper”..

  2. Allan says:
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    I was going to start kendall wright over wayne at wr2 this week cuz wayne keeps crapping all over my team. Now that wright is likely out I still don’t like wayne. Should I pick up greg jennings, allen hurns, or nate washington to start over wayne? I kinda like washington seeing as how he is their only healthy receiver and the giants suck.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Allan: on face value I say Hurns, but your line of thinking with Washington might be right. Trust your gut.

  3. abe says:
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    lamar miller or reggie bush? also, vincent jackson or moncrief? non ppr. thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @abe: Miller, and I like Moncrief’s upside

  4. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    in some good news, before ingram broke his hand, wasn’t he very heavily used for about a game and a half even when PT and Robinson were healthy at the time? I’m pretty sure that’s why i was so happy to have waivered him in my 2 biggest money leagues at the time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: oh sure the usage will be high. 30 touches is probably unlikely though.

  5. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph, with R Jennings & Williams looking like a 50/50 split, should i plug Ryan Mathews in at flex or M Bryant, Sanu, L Murray, J Reed are also options…non-ppr league…thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nick: Roll with Matthews.

  6. Dom B says:
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    Which to start at TE Jordan Reed or Delanie Walker at RB Johnathan Stewart or Fred jax and at DEF BAL or Buffalo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Jordan Reed, F-Jax, and Baltimore.

  7. J-FOH says:
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    I love jelly donuts …that is all

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @J-FOH: Haha Yuck!

  8. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph, I have another question regarding my defense for the playoffs. I think playing ST Louis next week vs. Arizona is a good play with Stanton at QB & no RBs (ellington out), right?

    Then week 16 (fantasy championship), St Louis has the NYG ..so I can try and grab Detroit from waivers (playing @Chi) or other options which might be better for week 16 are;

    GB @ TB
    NE @ NYJ
    Cle @ Carolina
    SD @ SF

    would you drop Sanu (want to keep A Williams in case Jennings is not 100% in my playoffs) or J Reed for any of the defenses above to hold for week 16 if I make it to fantasy championship, here is my roster;

    QB- Rodgers
    WR- Cobb, Beckham, K Allen
    RB- D Murray, R Jennings
    flex- Ingram
    TE-Witten
    Bench- A Williams, M Bryant, R Mathews, L Murray, Sanu, J Reed

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