Fantasy Football 2014: The Smart Owner's Guide to Running Back Handcuffs

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Fantasy Football 2014: The Smart Owner's Guide to Running Back Handcuffs
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To handcuff or not to handcuff? That is the question for fantasy football owners of stud running backs.

We’ve all experienced the panic when our team’s No. 1 RB suffers a serious injury. Owning a high-value backup could save your season; meanwhile, replacing your starter with a depth chart dud may only make things worse.

So, which handcuffs are worth your while and which belong among the waiver wire dregs? And for teams splitting touches in a running back by committee (RBBC), which committee members offer the best value and what situations should be avoided?

With so many teams taking different approaches to the run game in today’s NFL, it can be difficult to sort out which backup running backs possess the greatest potential return on investment.

But, fear not! The following guide is here to look at each team’s running back situation, providing clarity on which handcuffs are vital insurance policies and which are better left filling up space on someone else’s roster.

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