Fantasy Football 2011: The Top 25 Fantasy Football Handcuffs

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Fantasy Football 2011: The Top 25 Fantasy Football Handcuffs
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There's no worse feeling in fantasy football than watching the season go down the tubes as the result of an injury. All your well-laid plans, thorough research and savvy fantasy drafting circle the drain as your stud running back writhes on the field in pain.

However, you can take out an insurance policy of sorts on some players, hedging your bet by selecting their "handcuff," a backup that could potentially ease the pain of losing a star player by posting solid fantasy numbers of their own.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the top 25 handcuffs for the 2011 season, players that shrewd fantasy football owners will target in drafts as the Plan B that can make the difference between hoisting a championship trophy or hanging your head in defeat.

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