4 Best Fantasy Football Running Back Handcuffs for the 2019 NFL Season

Mike Esposito
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For many fantasy football players, elite running backs are the backbone of a championship roster, even though fantasy's best tailbacks aren't always a sure thing. In fact, last season, first-round RBs like David Johnson and Leonard Fournette weren't nearly as productive as many had hoped.

As a result, fantasy owners need to get their hands on an insurance policy just in case their RB1 gets hurt, or doesn't produce as expected. Here are the 2019 fantasy season's top running back handcuffs.

4. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns

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Kareem Hunt comes to Cleveland with a lot of baggage and won't see any action until late in the fantasy season due to an eight-game suspension. However, Hunt is a must-own handcuff in 2019. Despite his issues, Hunt is a proven Pro Bowl-caliber RB that is capable of a game changing play on any snap. If either backup Duke Johnson or starter Nick Chubb gets hurt upon Hunt's return, expect big things from the former Kansas City Chief.

3. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

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Austin Ekeler is already a solid running back in PPR formats thanks to his usage in the Los Angeles Chargers' passing game, but he has tremendous value as one of fantasy's most-coveted handcuffs. Melvin Gordon has played just one full season in his career thanks to myriad of minor injuries. If Gordon happens to miss time again in 2019, Ekeler will likely see a ton of touches.

2. James White, New England Patriots

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James White has become a PPR stud after carving out his role as the go-to receiving back on the New England Patriots, but he could be even more valuable if Sony Michel gets hurt in 2019. White made massive strides as a runner last season, setting career highs in rushing yards (425) and yards per carry (4.5). If called upon to start, the 27-year-old tailback could put up some dominant fantasy performances.

1. Latavius Murray, New Orleans Saints

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Based on how the New Orleans Saints like to utilize their running backs, Latavius Murray will probably see his fair share of snaps. However, he'll have tremendous potential if Alvin Kamara were to miss any amount of time. Murray has proven in the past that he's capable of carrying the load when necessary, and he should see plenty of success running behind the Saints' solid offensive line.

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