Top 10 running back handcuff options 

August, 20, 2013
In most of the obvious situations in which a fantasy owner would handcuff a backup running back, the starter is a proven veteran coming off a successful 2012 season. There’s Arian Foster and Ben Tate with the run-heavy Houston Texans, and Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce with the champion Baltimore Ravens. Plus, there’s at least some reason to believe that if top overall pick Adrian Peterson went down again with a serious injury, Minnesota Vikings reserve Toby Gerhart could at least be a reasonable fantasy flex option while filling in.

Then there are the New York Giants, with electric second-year option David Wilson being chosen as a top-20 option among running backs despite producing fewer fantasy points, rushing and receiving yards, and touchdowns in 2012 than his handcuff choice, larger veteran Andre Brown. It’s an odd situation, to some degree, but certainly a relevant one. Yes, Wilson has the top-10 upside, but there are certainly red flags with him, whether it’s about him holding onto the football, being a factor on third downs or getting touches near the goal line. With Brown, it’s about the health. Regardless, Brown is the Wilson handcuff at this point, and a pretty attractive one at that, but don’t be shocked if these guys switch roles, making Wilson the handcuff.

This situation and many others bear monitoring this season, so let’s take a look at the top 10 handcuff situations from a fantasy aspect.