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Postby dirty weasel » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:30 pm

You want an in-depth analysis of whether or not to back up your starters? Well, here's a great article...http://www.rotoworld.com/cont ... leid=23267
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Postby Infidel » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:12 pm

The only players that need to be handcuffed are the big 3 RB's. Ask any Priest owner of the past 2 years. Simple enough?
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Postby My team is injured » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:44 pm

it depends on your league's format, mainly bench size and if there are position restrictions... with a bigger bench I could see handcuffing more backs than normal..

generally speaking though, at least for redrafts, I wouldn't handcuff more than a couple backs... let's say, you start 2 RBs and only have 2 bench spots for additional RBs... I wouldn't use one of those backup spots for a handcuff unless it's a larry johnson caliber backup or the handcuff is the best rb available at the time of your pick... you'll naturally need at least one bye week RB and I'd rather take a RB with upside for my other back than most handcuffs... a lot of RBs available around the time of handcuffs in smaller bench size leagues are RBs in RBBC situations who have more upside than a handcuff... I'd also rather have a backup like chris perry than a handcuff for most other RBs even if I don't have rudi
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Postby J_rob_the_ Baller » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:24 am

yeah, if you are in a dynasty league with a large roster, then it is always a good idea to get the backups of your starters.

I have JJ, and I probably made a reach for M Barber in the 9th round, just to make sure that if JJ gets hurt, i have a backup.
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Postby J_rob_the_ Baller » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:30 am

dirty weasel wrote:You want an in-depth analysis of whether or not to back up your starters? Well, here's a great article...http://www.rotoworld.com/cont ... leid=23267


that was an excellent article, thanks for posting it. great read
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Postby dogthedyslexic » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:40 pm

In my opinion, it makes much more sense to handcuff one of your players rather than to draft the backup of a player you don't have on your roster. I say this because if your starter gets hurt, but the other guy's starter doesn't, then you have two unusable roster spos instead of one. While it's true that your backup, say Michael Turner, isn't nearly as good as Larry Johnson, he's still better with LT hurt than Larry Johnson with a healthy Priest...well maybe not in that case, but you get the point I'm trying to make.
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Postby J_rob_the_ Baller » Fri Jul 07, 2006 2:58 pm

yeah, i dont think you should draft a backup for someone else starter, unless you do it with the intention of trying to trade him to the team that has the starter.

The only exception, is if the starter is somewhat injury prone and you beleive the backup to be of stud caliber.
Example would be last year, everyone was grabbing up LJ in the presumption that holmes would eventually get hurt, knowing full well that if that happened, LJ would be a top back in the NFL.

I cant say there is really a situation like that this year, except maybe drafting some young guys who are playing behind old guys, and even then only if you happen to be in a dynasty league.
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Postby chchelse » Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:59 pm

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Postby Crippler » Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:56 pm

chchelse wrote:Rotoworld ranks the backups.......

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/featur ... leid=23267


awesome link, thanks!
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Postby Free Bagel » Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:41 am

Handcuffing seems to have become less and less popular over the years. Personally if I've got a guy I'm relying on with a clear backup that will come in if he gets hurt, then I'm gonna handcuff him.
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