Jul 24, 2007
I’ve been working this week on our annual look at the top NFL backups to look at for fantasy football. It’s a whopper, but I gotta say, while there’s a lot of quantity, there’s not much quality. That’s in part because I never include players in something of a committee or in a true committee, and there are more of them these days. Back in the day, though, RB handcuffs were much more prevalent. So what I have found this year in my drafts is that I’m not really looking to back up my studs at the RB position as much.
Here are the few RB handcuffs I will make it a point to acquire.
LaDainian Tomlinson – Michael Turner
Clinton Portis – Ladell Betts
Travis Henry – Mike Bell
Honestly, that’s about it in terms of the “must have” handcuffs. The committees are a killer, but there are also some other factors that are reducing the value of the RB handcuffs this year. In Philly, I’m still not sure who the handcuff is, Correll Buckhalter or Tony Hunt (for now I’m saying CB and TH for upside). In Indy, I know the Colts like DeDe Dorsey, but they also have this kid named Kenton Keith they like, and they could add another veteran. In Pittsburgh, we’re still not sure if it’s Kevan Barlow or Najeh Davenport, although I will have some insight on that situation when the article is released tomorrow.
There are still a few other viable handcuffs – Sammy Morris, Maurice Morris, Brian Leonard, to name three – but other than the few must-haves, I think I’d rather give myself great depth at the position and protect myself as best as I can as I did in a recent (29 round) draft in which took LaMont Jordan and Dominic Rhodes and DeAngelo Williams and DeShaun Foster.
Again, I should have the feature done by tomorrow, it’ll be close to 10,000 words.