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Fantasy Football RB Handcuffs

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: Dec 22, 2023

Welcome to the fantasy football running back depth charts and handcuffs page.

This is a guide for which running backs have the lead role and who is next in line in the backfield.

By deciphering each team’s depth chart, you’ll have an edge on your opponents when finding the next running back who can take the job and run with it, also known as handcuffs.

Let’s take a look at the running back depth charts for each NFL team.

Fantasy Football RB Handcuff Outlook

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You can also get a sense of where each running back stacks up among the broader player pool with our fantasy football rankings.

Now, on to the RB handcuff breakdowns, outlined in the table below.

NFL Week 15 RB Handcuff Ranks

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RkTeamRunning BackNext In LineWatchJob SecurityNotes
149ersChristian McCaffreyJordan MasonElijah Mitchell (Q)GREAT
2RamsKyren WilliamsRonnie RiversRoyce FreemanGREAT
3BuccaneersRachaad WhiteChase EdmondsSean TuckerGREAT
4BillsJames CookLatavius MurrayTy JohnsonGREAT
5SaintsAlvin KamaraJamaal WilliamsKendre Miller GREAT
6LionsJahmyr GibbsDavid MontgomeryCraig ReynoldsCOMMITTEE
7JaguarsTravis EtienneD'Ernest JohnsonTank BigsbyGREAT
8DolphinsRaheem MostertDe'Von Achane Jeff Wilson Jr.COMMITTEE
9FalconsBijan RobinsonTyler AllgeierCordarrelle PattersonGREAT
10GiantsSaquon BarkleyMatt BreidaEric GrayGREAT
11ColtsJONATHAN TAYLORZack MossTrey SermonGREATTaylor looks ready to return.
12ChiefsISIAH PACHECOClyde Edwards-HelaireJerick McKinnonGREATPacheco could be back in Week 16.
13RaidersJOSH JACOBSZamir WhiteAmeer AbdullahGREATJacobs is likely back this week.
14CowboysTony PollardRico Dowdle Deuce VaughnGREAT
15JetsBreece HallDalvin CookIsrael AbanikandaGREAT
16EaglesD'Andre SwiftKenneth GainwellBoston ScottGREAT
17BengalsJoe MixonCHASE BROWNTrayveon WilliamsGREATBrown's role is growing.
18Titans Derrick HenryTYJAE SPEARSGREATWe could see more Spears.
19CardinalsJames ConnerMichael CarterEmari Demercado GREAT
20PanthersCHUBA HUBBARDMiles SandersRaheem BlackshearGREATHubbard is seeing heavy usage.
21VikingsTY CHANDLERAlexander Mattison (Q)Kene NwangwuGREATChandler's role is no longer temporary.
22BroncosJavonte WilliamsSamaje PerineJaleel McLaughlinGREAT
23PackersAARON JONESA.J. Dillon (Q)Patrick TaylorCOMMITTEEJones had a nice role in Week 15.
24PatriotsEzekiel ElliottJaMycal HastyRhamondre Stevenson (O)GREAT
25SeahawksKENNETH WALKERZach CharbonnetDeejay DallasGREATWalker's status is in question.
26TexansDevin SingletaryDare OgunbowaleDameon PierceGREAT
27SteelersNajee HarrisJaylen WarrenGodwin IgwebuikeCOMMITTEE
28BrownsJerome FordKareem HuntPierre Strong Jr.COMMITTEE
29ChargersAustin EkelerJoshua KelleyIsaiah SpillerCOMMITTEE
30RavensGus EdwardsJustice HillMelvin GordonCOMMITTEE
31BearsD'Onta ForemanKhalil HerbertRoschon JohnsonCOMMITTEE
32CommandersANTONIO GIBSONChris RodriguezBrian Robinson (Q)COMMITTEEThis looks like an ugly committee.

Latest RB Handcuff News

Now, on to the latest happenings in backfields, which are all current as of Friday, Dec. 22.

Colts: Jonathan Taylor looks ready to return

Jonathan Taylor (thumb) has been practicing in full this week, making it look likely that he’ll be back in the lineup against the Falcons.

  • Jonathan Taylor Fantasy Tip: Zack Moss has not been able to practice, so if he’s out, we could see a mix of Trey Sermon and Tyler Goodson spelling Taylor. As always, temper your expectations on a star player in their first game back from injury.

Chiefs: Isiah Pacheco could be back in Week 16

Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) has also returned to full practices this week. We can project him back for the Chiefs against the Raiders.

  • Isiah Pacheco Fantasy Tip: Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon performed well in Pacheco’s absence, so there’s a chance that he’ll have a bit of a reduced role in his first game back.

Raiders: Josh Jacobs is likely back this week

Josh Jacobs (quad) missed practice on Thursday, but interim head coach Antonio Pierce stated that he expects him to play in Monday Night Football.

  • Josh Jacobs Fantasy Tip: We’ll have to monitor the practice reports leading up to Monday’s game, but it sounds like Jacobs is ready to return. We may see a bit more Zamir White than usual in Jacobs’ first game back.

Bengals: Chase Brown’s role is growing

Chase Brown had seven carries and three targets against the Vikings last week, while Joe Mixon 10 attempts and three targets.

  • Chase Brown Fantasy Tip: Brown has a lot more burst than Mixon and it’s clear that the rookie has earned a role in this backfield. We may be witnessing a changing of the guard in Cincinnati.

Titans: We could see more Tyjae Spears

Derrick Henry has looked like he’s lost a step, most notably in their Week 16 loss vs the Texans, where he ran for only nine yards on 16 carries.

  • Tyjae Spears Fantasy Tip: Tyjae Spears is an explosive runner and is likely to be the lead back for Tennessee in 2024. With the Titans eliminated from the playoffs, we could see them try to get the rookie more involved.

Panthers: Chuba Hubbard is seeing heavy usage

Chuba Hubbard has gotten 20 or more carries in each game since Frank Reich was fired, as the Panthers have gone run-heavy.

  • Chuba Hubbard Fantasy Tip: Hubbard has entered the circle of trust as a rock-solid fantasy RB2. We could see a big game from him against a run-funnel Packers defense in Week 16.

Packers: Aaron Jones had a nice role in Week 15

Aaron Jones had 13 carries and four targets in the Packers’ loss to the Bucs in Week 15, which leaves me feeling hopeful going forward.

  • Aaron Jones Fantasy Tip: Jones gets a great matchup against a vulnerable Panthers’ run defense in Week 16. A.J. Dillon (thumb) looks ready to return, but bet on Green Bay to lean on Jones.

Seahawks: Kenneth Walker’s status is in question

Kenneth Walker (shoulder) has missed practice this week, putting his status in question for the Seahawks’ game vs the Titans.

  • Kenneth Walker Fantasy Tip: If Walker is able to play, we could see more touches for Zach Charbonnet. If Walker is out, Charbonnet becomes a rock-solid RB2.

Commanders: It’s an ugly committee in Washington

Antonio Gibson barely played in the second half of the Commanders’ loss to the Rams. We could see more of the same in Week 16.

  • Antonio Gibson Fantasy Tip: There’s a chance that Washington leans on Chris Rodriguez against the Jets, making this a volatile situation.

Author

Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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