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.

Branden Oliver – With Ryan Mathews failing to practice all week it looks like Oliver is going to start. He had some big weeks earlier in the season and he’s a solid flex start this week.

 

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 (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!

 

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

  1. Wilsonian says:
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    So now it looks like I have to be insane to start Julio. Who is filling in (pick 2):

    Murray
    L.Miller
    FJax
    J.Matthews
    Stills
    LaFell
    M.Bryant

    0.5 PPR – 3 point bonus at 85 yards rec/100 yards rush – 6 point bonus at 135 yards rec/150 yards rush

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: one has to be a WR

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Wilsonian: Latavius and Bryant. Good matchups for both, and the best chance of hitting those bonuses.

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: don’t like Matthews or Stills? Both have solid matchups, too, and seem like they could hit the bonuses. It was down to those 4 (Matthews, Stills, Murray, M.Bryant) for me and I’m having a hard time deciding.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Wilsonian: I like Bryant because he’s seeing more volume than the others. Matthews is a bit more risky, and unlikely to break a big one the way Bryant is. I think Murray is a top 10 play at RB today.

  2. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Whos gonna get the most points Ivory or CJ2K? The timeshare is pretty even.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: It’s a really tough call. It could remain a dead heat. Then again they’re each startable options because of the Jets High school offense.

  3. Jeremy says:
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    Jeremy Hill or Latavius as a flex? And Martavis or Kenny Stills as a WR3 this week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jeremy: Latavius and Martavis

  4. Dimitri Aggelidakis says:
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    I have Julio Jones as well. My other WR’s are Kenny Stills, Harry Douglas and Desean Jackson. Which 2 would you start?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dimitri Aggelidakis: Stills and Jackson if he’s good to go.

  5. Robert says:
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    F Jax or The Daily Show?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Robert: Daily show

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Robert: No problem

  6. Sean English says:
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    Who do you trust for tomorrow more, R Jennings, or Eddie Lacy? I’ve heard similar news on both all week as far as time shares and everything else that pisses off fantasy owners.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sean English: Lacy, no doubt. They’re forcing that time share but he is the superior player. In RCL’s he’s averaged about 22 points per game the last 5 weeks.

      • Sean says:
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        Thank you King

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Sean: Thank You!

  7. thesportsguy says:
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    Season long pool where you can only play each player 1x, need to determine next 3 weeks at QB..here are my remaining options

    Week 15 – Eli vs Wash, Sanchez vs Dal, Flacco vs Jax, Wilson vs SF

    Week 16 – Sanchez vs Wash, Manziel At Car, Cam vs Cle, Fitz vs Balt

    Week 17 – Cam @ Atl, Tannehill Vs NYJ, Sanchez @ NYG, Dalton @ Pitt, Manziel @ Balt Wilson vs STL

    Leaning towards first listed..any changes?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @thesportsguy: Yes, I’d agree with your choices and switch to Tanny if Cam is out week 17

  8. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph, Martavis Bryant or Keenan Allen at WR3 in a standard league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nick: Bryant

  9. Jason Morgan says:
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    Start one in a PPR league:

    1. Giovani Bernard who is now no longer the starter and hasn’t done squat since week 8
    2. Andre Williams. Jennings is back and is slated to start, but I question how much he will actually play. Why not let Williams handle the giants share?
    3. James Starks. Is Lacy 100%? What kind of time share do you see happening here? Enough for Starks to outperform Bernard and Williams in PPR?
    4. Branden Oliver. Is Mathews playing? How much will Donald Brown steal from Oliver?

    Thanks for your thoughts…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jason Morgan: My gut tells me to go Gio in PPR but my head says Williams. Not that he’s boosted by PPR, in fact it’s the opposite. Even if Jennings plays Williams has seen consistent work all season.
      As for Starks, I’ve seen this and heard this from the Packers before. Unless You’re in a 14+ team league I’d avoid startin him. If Lacy’s inactive he’s a start but if Lacy plays he scores points. As I said above he’s averaging nearly 22 points per game.

      Oliver, I think Mathews sits and Oliver gets the work. Brown doesn’t scare me.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: sorry that Lacy part was confusing. I meant to say when Lacy plays he tends to score points and dominant the meaningful carries. Starks is very touchdown dependent. He’s not breaking a ton of long runs.

      • Jason Morgan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the in depth response. That still leaves Gio, Williams or Oliver?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Jason Morgan: Haha Williams

  10. Scott says:
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    Blount or Herron for flex? Need upside for a tough semi-final matchup.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: I’m starting both all over, but I prefer Blount this week.

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You seem to be as high on Latavius as I am (picked him up in dynasty last year). Start him at RB2 over J. Bell? Std scoring, 5pt bonus at 100yd. I’m probably a slight favorite in my matchup.

    Same league, WR3: Douglas (if Julio sits–also starting Roddy), Moncrief or M. Wilson?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: ohhh that’s tough I do really like Bell. As much as I love Murray I think Bell is still the better play. The Chiefs run d stinks but the Vikings aren’t much better. KC’s opponent’s YPC is 4.9 and Minny’s is 4.4.

      Go Douglas.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @The Harrow: Fair enough, I’d argue it depends what you look at. A half yard difference in YPC is significant. We agree they are both bad. At the end of the day we’re splitting hairs.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: it is significant for sure, but what a simple yds against per carry doesn’t show is the level of opponents. that site i showed does in fact adjust for that.

  12. Dom B says:
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    Flex with Julio out Roddy White or Kelvin Benjamin or Fred Jackson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dom B: Jackson

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