After a disaster of a suggestion last week in Marion Grice, I’m looking to a couple of familiar names and faces this week. Both Andre Williams and Latavius Murray have been featured here before and will be again today. When it comes to handcuffs you sort of hit a point where there are only so many usable options left. Though I suppose Kerwynn Williams’ breakout does fly in the face of that previous statement. The point is we know the players now, and if you’re digging through handcuffs it’s because you need to use them for playoff match ups. So good luck with that! To wrap this up it’s been a great year, and the constant game of musical chairs amongst the starters at the running back position have kept me mighty busy. Hopefully my advice led you to a few victories this season, good luck in the playoffs!
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Andre Williams – With Rashad Jennings in on only three plays last week, Williams broke out in a big way. The former Heisman finalist went for 147 total yards and TD on 24 touches. It would have been nice if Williams could have done this when I was starting him weeks back, but beggars can’t be choosers. Though I did choose him, so maybe I’m not a beggar. As for the outlook for this week, I’m not sure, but it would make sense for Coughlin to ride Williams and continue to rest Jennings. It’s not like the Giants are playing for anything. Wow that last statement felt great to type.
Latavius Murray – The last time “The Tavius” took on the the Chiefs he went crazy on four carries and left concussed. The Chiefs are averaging more than 5.0 yards per carry to RB’s this year, and Murray back in week 12 was working on an all-timer before he went down. If he’s on your wire, 1. Your league sucks 2. pick him up 3. Start him. We clear?
Kerwynn Williams – He’s been moderately useable for a few weeks, putting up 100 yards and 75 yards on the ground. On Thursday night he coughed up the ball late in the fourth and was then forced to sideline in favor of Stepfan Taylor. With a match up vs the Seahawks looming in week 16, I’d avoid Zona backs all together. Whoever gets the Cards first week of the playoffs could be in for a cake walk. This team is falling apart.
Knile Davis – This is total deja vu of last season, oh wait Jamaal Charles is probable and good to go? Welllllll okay then, I’d only start Davis as a flex if you are really, really desperate. Then again it is the Raiders, so some hot garbage time love is possible.
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 (6/5/3)||Jeremy Hill (8/4/3)||Cedric Peerman|
|New England Patriots||LeGarrette Blount (20/2/2),||Shane Vereen (1/4/3),||Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, James White|
|New York Jets||Chris Ivory (16/2/1)||Chris Johnson (16/2/2)||Bilal Powell|
|Cleveland Browns||Isaiah Crowell (14/0/0)||Terrance West (15/0/0)|
|San Diego Chargers||Ryan Matthews (11/1/1)||Branden Oliver (3/2/0)||Donald Brown, Ronnie Brown, Shaun Draughn|
|Denver Broncos||C.J. Anderson (21/0/0)||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 (2/1/1)||Andre Williams (21/5/3)|
|Philadelphia Eagles||LeSean McCoy (17/0/0)||Darren Sproles (4/0/0)||Chris Polk|
|Minnesota Vikings||Matt Asiata (19/4/3)||Ben Tate (3/0/0)||Joe Banyard|
|Indianapolis Colts||Dan Herron (8/7/4)||Trent Richardson (7/0/0)|
|Houston Texans||Arian Foster (24/4/2)||Alfred Blue (9/0/0)||Jonathan Grimes|
|San Francisco 49ers||Frank Gore (12/0/0)||Carlos Hyde (2/1/1)|
|Arizona Cardinals||Stepfan Taylor (6/1/1)||Kerwynn Williams (19/0/0)||Marion Grice , Robert Hughes,|
|Green Bay Packers||Eddie Lacy (13/9/5)||James Starks (10/2/2)||John Kuhn, DuJuan Harris|
|Detroit Lions||Joique Bell (18/5/5)||Reggie Bush (8/6/4)||Theo Riddick,George Winn|
|St. Louis Rams||Tre Mason (20/2/0)||Benny Cunningham (3/5/5)||Zac Stacy|
|Baltimore Ravens||Justin Forsett (13/2/2)||Lorenzo Taliaferro (7/1/1)||Bernard Pierce (3/0/0)|
|Kansas City Cheifs||Jamaal Charles (10/4/2)||Knile Davis (1/3/3)||De’Anthony Thomas, Cyrus Gray|
|New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram (10/2/2)||Pierre Thomas (5/6/4)||Khiry Robinson, 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|
|Buffalo Bills||Fred Jackson (8/14/10)||Bryce Brown (3/3/2)||Anthony Dixon|
|Oakland Raiders||Latavius Murray (23/2/2)||Darren McFadden (4/0/0)||Marcel Reese, Maurice Jones-Drew|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Le’Veon Bell (26/9/6)||Dri Archer|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Toby Gerhart (5/3/2)||Jordan Todman||Storm Johnson|
|Atlanta Falcons||Steven Jackson (16/2/2)||Davonte Freeman (2/2/2)||Jazquizz Rodgers (3/3/1)|
|Carolina Panthers||Jonathan Stewart (20/1/0)||DeAngelo Williams (DNP)||Fozzy Whitiker|
|Washington Team||Alfred Morris (17/5/3)||Roy Helu (DNP)||Silas Reed|
|Tennessee Titans||Bishop Sankey (9/2/2)||Dexter McCluster (0/4/2)||Shonn Greene (DNP), Leon Washington|
|Dallas Cowboys||DeMarco Murray (32/10/9)||Joseph Randle (1/0/0)||Lance Dunbar|
|Miami Dolphins||Lamar Miller (12/5/5)||Daniel Thomas (0/0/1)||Damien Williams, LaMichael James|
|Seattle Seahawks||Marshawn Lynch (23/5/5)||Robert Turbin (4/2/1)||Christine Michael|
|Chicago Bears||Matt Forte (13/9/8)||Ka’Deem Carey (2/1/1)||Senorise Perry|
Thanks for reading and Happy Handcuffing!
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