2012 Fantasy Football Handcuff Picks
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2012 Fantasy Football Handcuff Picks

Fantasy Handcuff pick: A player with good potential and high risk. Players in this category are usually backups to high profile running backs. It is unlikely that they will score a lot of points, but if the starter goes down they'll be a safe start for at least a few weeks. It is important to draft these players to hedge the bet on your starting RB getting injured. From our Fantasy Football Dictionary

We have classified the following players as fantasy handcuff picks for 2012. We will be updating this list throughout the pre-season.

Name Pos Team Age Yrs
Exp.
Pos. Rank
Kyle Orton QB BUF 31 7 Unranked
The best part about the Cowboys signing Orton is that now whenever the inevitable Tony Romo injury pops up, the backup will produce at least 75-80 percent of the starter's production. That is a major step up from the depths of Jon Kitna. Quirky Romo owners could even stick with Orton as a handcuff rather than . Top 12-15 QB potential in this offense if he plays.Read More
Brady Quinn QB FA 29 5 Unranked
The Chiefs added some depth at the quarterback position this off season when they signed Quinn. After losing Cassel to a season ending hand injury, they realized having a quality backup is a necessity. Quinn hasn't played a down of football since 2009, but don't let that scare you. Unless something happens to Cassel, he won't see a down of action this season eit... Read More
Tim Tebow QB FA 27 2 Unranked
When the Jets signed Tebow, everyone began to wonder how he would fit into the offense. At first Rex said the Jets would run a two quarterback offense. Then a few weeks later Rex said Tebow could see as many as 20 snaps a game. If the latter is true Sanchez and Tebow will be useless to fantasy owners. For the sanity of fantasy owners we hope Rex keeps one of th... Read More
Jamie Harper RB --- 25 1 Unranked
The 4th round pick out of Clemson didn't have much production in his rookie season as he finished with just 44 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. Harper was listed as 3rd on the depth chart for most of the season behind Chris Johnson and Javon Ringer, but he does possess above average receiving skills and solid pass blocking abilities that could translate into ... Read More
Rashad Jennings RB NYG 29 3 RB - #16
Jennings missed all of 2011, but says he is fully healthy and ready to take back the backup duties for MJD. The Jags don't rely enough on their backups to rate Jennings as anything more than a handcuff (and maybe not even a good one). If MJD went down, you would really need to think about whether you would be willing to ever start Jennings. However, if a certain co... Read More
Felix Jones RB FA 27 4 Unranked
Bad news for anyone who typically avoids the Felix Jones hype train: many more people are now on your side. After laboring through the Cowboys' first five games last season, injuries slowed Jones (shocker!) and DeMarco Murray happened. Both are training room regulars so a depth chart change is possible - and likely at least once or twice. For now Jones is the ot... Read More
Dion Lewis RB FA 24 1 Unranked
The 5-foot-7 sparkplug remains LeSean McCoy's backup, though the starter's three-down ability makes it tough for anyone else to receive playing time. Diminutive size could limit touches if ever thrust into starting lineup, but Lewis produced in college, runs with purpose and averaged 4.4 ypc on 23 attempts last season. Draft as McCoy handcuff in later rounds of dee... Read More
Isaiah Pead RB STL 24 R Unranked
Drafted 50th overall, Isaiah Pead represents the highest pick the Rams have spent on a running back since they took Steven Jackson at number 24 back in 2004. Pead will likely begin his career as a situational player, but should slide right into second behind Jackson on the depth chart. There's a lot of upside here and owners may want to stash him away as... Read More
Bilal Powell RB NYJ 25 1 RB - #74
The 2011 season was Powell's rookie year. In limited action Bilal saw 13 carries, which totalled just 21 yards. Unless something happens to Greene, Tebow and McKnight Bilal won't see more than a handfull of touches this season. Couple his lack of carries last year with Jets rookie Terrance Ganaway and there's a chance Powell could fall to fourth on the depth cha... Read More
Javon Ringer RB --- 27 3 Unranked
Ringer struggled mightily in 2011 and is entering a contract year in 2012. He'll compete with second-year RB Jamie Harper to be the #2 RB on the Titans' depth chart. Ringer's third season ended in week 13 (hand injury) and he failed to impress with just 59 carries (paltry 3.1 YPC). He's yet to top 240 yards in any of his first 3 NFL seasons and appears destined to ... Read More
Ben Tate RB CLE 26 2 RB - #24
Despite being behind Arian Foster on the depth chart last season Tate had a pretty good year. In 15 games Tate carried the ball 175 times for 942 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. Not too bad for a backup running back. If you're an Arian Foster owner you need to add Tate to your roster. It is obvious Tate can get the job done should something happen to Foster. Not onl... Read More
Daniel Thomas RB MIA 26 1 Unranked
Last season was Thomas' first year in the NFL. In 13 games Daniel carried the ball 165 times for 581 yards with no rushing touchdowns. This year we don't expect much of an improvement in Thomas' numbers. Daniel will likely spend most of his time playing behind Bush in the Dolphins' west coast offense. When on the field with Bush, Thomas will likely be held in t... Read More
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