For the first times since week three we have an NFL week without any teams on bye.
If you are holding a Cole Beasley type as a fourth receiver or Matt Asiata as a fourth running back, it is time to dump them for either the high upside player or you running back hand cuffs.
Not every player has a direct handcuff. And Even if they do, the handcuff might not be a great player.
This doesn’t count the places where teams use two running backs at all times. Tevin Coleman is not a handcuff to Devonta Freeman. He is a weekly starter on his own.
This week’s waiver priorities do not coincide with the handcuffs in some cases where it looks like someone might have value for the next week or two.
Below are my running back handcuff tiers.
Tier 1 – The must cuff
Alfred Morris, Derrick Henry, Mike Gillislee
Tier 2 – Top-20 if the starter goes down
Damien Williams, Charcandrick West, Matt Jones, DuJuan Harris, Cameron Artis-Payne.
Tier 3 – Flex plays
Kapri Bibbs, Paul Perkins, Bilal Powell, DeAndre Washington/Jalen Richard, Wendell Smallwood, Kenneth Farrow, Andre Ellington.
Tier 4 – No reason to cuff but if you have an extra bench spot
Alex Collins, Benny Cunningham, Peyton Barber, Jeremy Langford, Ty Montgomery
Tier 5 – Ignore the handcuff or already in a committee
Falcons, Ravens, Browns, Bengals, Lions, Colts, Jaguars, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, Steelers, Texans.
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And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league and your roster construction has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.
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Mike Gillislee – I am not buying McCoy is playing this week until he is practicing and really ready to go. This is the same team that said Watkins foot injury wasn’t serious and McCoy’s hamstring was ok.
Kenneth Dixon – Pretty much splitting snaps evenly with West. Don’t wait until after he takes the starting role to try to add him.
Wendell Smallwood – Right now this is assuming Mathews is out and Sproles is limited this week. If things change he could go up or down this list. If more news comes out that Sproles is looking like he will not play, Smallwood is my no doubt top priority in a week where many need a win. It takes two injuries to make me want Smallwood. The two injuries happened, but it also means my interest disappears when one of the two are active.
Tyler Boyd – This has more to do with Green’s injury than Boyd’s performance. He is the most exciting receiver to benefit because of his potential.
Brandon LaFell – I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the Bengals highest scoring receiver the rest of the season. It is going to be boring and probably touchdown dependent.
Tyreek Hill – Involved every week and the snaps are going up, but they still aren’t as high as you would want as a top-30 option. Hill is making the most of his opportunities and I don’t think Maclin returning hurts his value at all.
Sammy Watkins – I am not buying the reports that he plays this week. The bad news is I bet someone in your league does buy it. That will probably drive his FAAB price up a little and I assume someone will probably want to use a waiver claim on him now. I think he is going to win a lot of people their leagues this year.
Dontrelle Inman – The Chargers have a great playoff schedule, and Inman is on the field more than any other Charger receiver.
Eli Rogers – He seems like the slot receiver for Pittsburgh. It is still the Brown and Bell show on the offense, but if you need a flex level receiver I think he can be that.
Adrian Peterson – Still getting in here because he could return at some point in December,
Alex Collins – Prosise and Pope both got hurt. By default he becomes the number two running back and reports have already said Rawls is banged up, although still expected to play.
Alfred Morris – The best pure handcuff in the league.
Jared Cook – Had a huge week, but I don’t buy it. Too many mouths to feed and we have been let down by him too many times.
Tajae Sharpe – As long as Mariota keeps rolling Sharpe should be a solid flex.
Damien Williams – Line is banged up, but he is the handcuff to Ajayi who has an injury history.
Carson Wentz vs. Packers: He has fallen off the fantasy radar since an early season surge. The Packers are so ridiculously beat up on defense that Wentz makes for a decent play.
Colin Kaepernick @ Dolphins: I didn’t list him last week, but that was an accident. He is a streamer every week until he crosses the threshold of being owned too much.
He is a lot higher owned, but if Eli Manning is out there I also like him this week.
Bills vs. Jaguars: Here is your defense against Blake Bortles play.
Steelers @ Colts: It looks like Andrew Luck won’t be playing this week. The Steelers defense isn’t great, but Scott Tolzien isn’t either.
Chargers @ Texans: The Chargers have been better than expected, and Brock Osweiler had at least one turnover in the first eight games of the season. That streak ended this past week when he threw for 99 yards.
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