..

Why Handcuffs Are So Important to The Fantasy Football Landscape

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Aug/12/2008

"Handcuffs" - This is Fantasy Football parlance for Linebackers and Ladd Biro of the Dallas News believes they are among the most significant components when it comes to the world of Fantasy Football.

Injuries are a frequent reality in the NFL, and workhorse backs take more pounding than contestants on a Japanese game show, Biro points out

No fewer than 20 starting tailbacks missed games due to injury last year.

As a result, no-names like Ryan Grant, Earnest Graham, Selvin Young and Justin Fargas suddenly became fantasy stars - and earned serious paychecks in the process. Others, such as Kenton Keith, Kenny Watson and Ahmad Bradshaw, provided a short-term lift for those owners savvy enough to insert them into their starting lineup at the right time.

In fantasy parlance, these backups are called "handcuffs," a term reserved almost exclusively for running backs. After all, backup quarterbacks are rarely worth drafting - with the possible exception of Kurt Warner in Arizona - and there are always enough starting wide receivers to go around.

Biro points to some essential running backs:

Chester Taylor, Vikings: Arguably the most important insurance policy in Fantasyland, Taylor is a proven commodity lost in the shadow of a superstar. Adrian Peterson has a well-earned reputation for missing time due to injury; so if you make him your top pick, don't allow a competitor to snare Taylor. But be advised: He'll cost you a mid-round selection.

Lorenzo Booker, Eagles: Acquired from Miami with an eye toward keeping Brian Westbrook fresh, Booker will get a handful of carries each game. And since Westbrook has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career, it's a safe bet the dual-threat reserve will get a starting turn at some point.

Ray Rice, Ravens: The rookie has drawn raves in training camp and has clearly staked his claim as Willis McGahee's heir apparent. With McGahee undergoing surgery this week to clean up his knee, Rice could conceivably start the opener.

He also advises who not to pick

----

Find NFL Future Bets including which team will win the 2009 Super Bowl at BetOnline.com here

Sports News

Where Can I Watch, Bet the Adesanya vs Costa Fight UFC 253 From Denver

Where Can I Watch, Bet the Adesanya vs Costa Fight UFC 253 From Denver

You can watch the the Adesanya vs Costa Fight UFC 253 fight at one of the fine locations by scrolling down below in the Denver areaBetting available on the Winner, Method of Victory and Total Rounds. 

UFC Fight Night Picks With Joey Odessa - Covington vs. Woodley

Joey Bagels Oddessa breaks down and predicts the UFC Fight Night card for FOLLOW THE ACTION and in particular Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley.  Covington is coming in at -370 odds, Woodley at +270.

Biggest and Craziest List of Prop Bets for U.S. Open

Biggest and Craziest List of Prop Bets for U.S. Open

So many storylines, so many ways to bet on the sport that defined gambling.

PGA Tour Picks – U.S. Open Odds 2020

PGA Tour Picks – U.S. Open Odds 2020

With six major championships and a record number of tournaments on the PGA Tour this season, I guess we can thank COVID for something. Taking place three months after its originally planned date the 120th U.S. Open kicks off the barrage of big-time events starting Thursday from famed Winged Foot Golf Club. Majors bring out the best players in the world and a plethora of wagering opportunities.

Has a Lack of Fans Made Sport Less Enjoyable?

Has a Lack of Fans Made Sport Less Enjoyable?

The outbreak of COVID-19 put an end to sport around the world in March. All of the major sporting competitions due to take place between March and June were suspended or cancelled.

Syndicate