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2014 Fantasy Football: Updating Top 5 RB Handcuffs

2014 Fantasy Football: Updated Top 5 RB Handcuffs

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You have prepared all offseason for your fantasy football draft. You know which stud RB you want to build your team around, but what happens if that RB gets hurt Week 1 and misses the entire season? If that happens you better hope you have drafted his handcuff. With that in mind, here are the top five RBs that could end up saving your season if your starter goes down in 2014.

5. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

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5. Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

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Jamaal Charles was the top RB in fantasy football last season, and he will be a top three pick in virtually every fantasy draft. If you are lucky enough to get Charles you need to make sure you also get Knile Davis. Davis proved to be a capable fantasy option when he started the final game of 2013 and when Charles got injured in the playoff game.

4. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

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4. Ronnie Hillman, Denver Broncos

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I am a big believer is Montee Ball this season, and I think he has a huge year. With that said, Ball is unproven and is missing the preseason after having his appendix removed. If Ball’s recovery takes longer than expected you will want to own Hillman. It has been proven time and time again that when you are a RB in a Peyton Manning led offense, you will have a big season.

3. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

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3. Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

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Many fans may not know much about Terrance West, but the only thing you really need to know is that he is Ben Tate’s backup. Ben Tate couldn’t stay healthy when he was Arian Foster’s backup in Houston and now he is the starter in Cleveland. Ben Tate has missed 24 games over the last four seasons, and it’s a safe bet that he will miss some more in 2014. When he does, Terrance West and his owners will be the ones who benefit.

2. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

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2. Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

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Every season fantasy experts and owners predict that Frank Gore will finally start to slow down. So far we have all been wrong, but one of these years we will be right. If this is the year that Gore doesn’t make it all the way through, the talented rookie Carlos Hyde will be waiting for his opportunity to shine.

1. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks

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1. Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks

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Marshawn Lynch has been a fantasy stud ever since he got to Seattle, and he could be again this season. No matter how well Lynch plays in 2014, it will likely be his last season in the Pacific Northwest. Christine Michael is the future, and Lynch is one injury away from the future becoming the present.