The Handcuffs Who Matter
Last week on the Fantasy Slant podcast, Michael Moore and I debated and mostly disagreed on which running back handcuffs were worth drafting in standard leagues. Since that format is a difficult one to comprehensively tackle an issue that spans the entire league, I wanted to follow with a post that explains my opinions.
This advice is for shallow, redraft formats. Even in those leagues, when a starter goes down on basically any team, his backup will have value, if only as a speculative pickup. However, there is an opportunity cost to drafting a handcuff. If you draft Christine Michael, that might cost you the chance to draft Justin Hunter. Ka’Deem Carey might cost you Travis Kelce. I like enough late-round sleepers this season that I want to be confident my handcuff will deliver if the time comes. Otherwise, I don’t want to spend the draft pick.
Scott Spratt was named Newcomer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He also writes for RotoGraphs and contributes to ESPN Insider as a research analyst for Baseball Info Solutions. Feel free to ask him questions on Twitter – @PFF_ScottSpratt