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Campfire Chat: Discussing Handcuffs

Footballguys staff members discuss the concept of handcuffs

In the past, handcuffing was a fairly common strategy, but it seems to have fallen out of favor. What are your general thoughts on handcuffing? Is there a handcuff you like this season?

Andy Hicks: The deeper the league, the more handcuffing comes into play. If your draft is only 16 rounds a handcuff probably isnt necessary unless there is a clear stud, behind another stud. Maybe Derrick Henry, behind Demarco Murray, but spending a 6th round pick to back up a borderline 1st/2nd rounder is not what handcuffing should be about. In deeper leagues or best balls, handcuffing should be a big part of your draft.

The one handcuff I do like this year is Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls. This should cost a 5th/6th rounder and a 12th/13th rounder. I know the presence of C.J. Prosise is a concern, but I doubt that Prosise will handle a full workload and is best served as a change of pace/3rd down back. I am in the minority, but I believe that Seattle will commit to the run as if Marshawn Lynch were there. Lacy will be the bellcow. If he has an injury, motivation issues or eats himself out of the role then the heavy workload falls to Rawls. He was very strong when Lynch was injured in 2015, but struggled with multiple injuries last year.


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