houstonoilers wrote:I used my first round draft pick on Alexander and picked up Morris in the last round. My thinking was, I invested alot into this picked and if something were to happen to him then I would at least have a starting rb. I also think its the team and situation like before mentioned. Turner and Morris are the two top backups in the league if you ask me......because they can produce when the STAR is out. Bennett, the backup for LJ isnt worthy of a handcuff to me.
skinsfan wrote:You want those high picks to be a solid and secure as possible. If this means drafting a reinforcement just in case of injury, it's worthwhile (as long as you aren't neglecting team needs like a solid bye-week RB, or a TE, etc).
Granted, I didn't handcuff Alexander but that's because he has yet to show any signs of brittleness (unlike Holmes last year with the hip). Instead, my other two RB (after Alexander and Parker) are Fragile Freddy and Mike Bell.
In my opinion, the only backups worth grabbing are guys that have a shot at getting 20-30 carries a game if the RB1 goes down. For instance, Morris (SEA), Turner (SD) & Jacobs (NYG) all look like they'd be plugged in and worked to death and produce nice numbers.
The ones I avoid is where even if the main guy went down, there's no 20-30 carry p/g replacement: Betts/Duckett (WAS), Henry/White (TEN), Morency/Dayne/Lundy (HOU) anybody in the NYJ backfield, etc.
And taking the backup in a non-productive offense just seems silly beyond that (BUF, GB, SF) to waste a roster spot rooting for an injury in a sitation that's not great to begin with.
I think there's only 3-5 true backup RBs worth taking any kind of flyer on. That's not including guys in 2-man RBBC situations (Bush/Deuce, Jones/Benson, etc.)
I'd sooner make sneaky goal-line vulture plays, possible breakthrough WRs, looking a week ahead for DEFs with great matchups and backup/handcuffed QBs like Leinart, Griese, Holcomb if you're in a deep league.
That's my two cents. Good luck on Sunday/Monday.
... in my opinion, of course - but that should always go without saying.
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I think it's important to differentiate between DRAFTING a handcuff and doing a WW PICKUP for the handcuff.
We are kind of past the drafting window, but my point is that if you can get a handcuff for your stud on the WW, what is it costing you?
On the other hand, you should weigh the costs of drafting a handcuff carefully.
Another thing to point out is that drafting multiple parts of a RBBC is not really the same as picking up a handcuff.
RBBC backs are going to be gone after the draft. True handcuffs (aside from the promising rookies) are mostly going to be free agents.
Ladell Betts seems like a good handcuff right now. He is on the WW in both my leagues.
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I think the ability of individual RBs is vastly overrated by most fans. With few exceptions, take any "stud RB" out there, replace him with a competent backup and they will be very successful. So much goes into having a successful running game. Cases in point:
1. Denver for the past decade
2. Rhodes when Edge got hurt
3. Holmes / Larry Johnson
4. Faulk / whoever his backups were when he was hurt
5. LT's backup when he went down
The list goes on and on.
Which is why:
1. If either Rhodes/Addai emerge the winner will be a stud
2. Edge will be a big disappointment