The RB Handcuff, a very interesting fantasy player that has perceived value were anything to go wrong with the player that is ahead of them. We have seen backs explode when given the opportunity and prove that they were a talented option that was buried on a depth chart and we have seen RBs that are nothing special get a ton of work and produce for fantasy. It is tough to determine who a handcuff truly is especially in today’s NFL. Teams are using more than 1 back on a regular basis now and the true workhorse back is a rarity which is why they are so valuable in drafts. There are a ton of factors going into what makes a handcuff so I am going to run through the list of players that I do not think fully qualify. Handcuffs are players that will see a massive workload increase in the RB in front of them were to go down. They are also players that do not have a ton, if any, standalone value weekly as long as the starter is on the field. I will run through the list of names that are not Handcuffs in my personal opinion first and then I will go through and rank the 14 RB’s that I see as true handcuffs giving you a quick reason why on each. Let’s get started!Read More
There are a number of ways to be effective as an NFL receiver.
One way is to be able to out-jump any defender and contort your body in mid-air for ridiculous highlight reel catches. We’ll call that the DeAndre Hopkins method.
But for other, less physically-gifted receivers, creating consistent and solid separation is a more fitting option. That’s what the Yards of Separation (SEP) metric measures, the average amount of space a WR is able to create between himself and a defender in his routes.
To help give some context to the sleepers we’ll discuss shortly, here are some of the SEP numbers from some of the league’s top WRs in 2018. The higher the number, the more separation yards created:
Tyreek Hill – 3.1
Davante Adams – 3
Odell Beckham – 3
Adam Thielen – 2.9
Travis Kelce – 2.9
Antonio Brown – 2.6
DeAndre Hopkins – 2.5Read More