Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/29/13
Running back “handcuffing” if a popular topic amongst fantasy drafts these days, not only because of the recent slue of ACL injuries to elite running backs, but also because many consider this “year of the running back” especially important. For those who don’t know (I’m assuming 95 percent of people reading this do), handcuffing is simply keeping the backup running back of the ones you have on your fantasy roster to protect yourself against potential injury.There are many things to consider when deciding whether it is necessary to handcuff the backup.First of all, examine your league. Is it a 10-team, 12-team, or 14-team league. If it is a shallow league, such as a 10-team league, it becomes less imperative to lock these guys in due to a plethora of waiver wire talent.In deeper leagues such as 14-team and even 16-team leagues, it is ESSENTIAL to lock in the key backups due to running back scarcity on the waiver wire. The standard league is typical the 12-team league, and that is wh...
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