10:04 pm, December 11th, 2012
By this point of the Fantasy playoffs, in most cases, owners are not making difference-making moves that will produce significant impact in their starting lineups anymore. By now, it’s more important to have safety measures in place. That means having the handcuffs of your top players on the roster in case injuries strike. Here are the top 11 handcuffs to have during the Fantasy postseason, so you don’t have to scramble to the waiver wire if something unfortunate occurs.
1.1. LeGarrette Blount
Doug Martin has been quite a workhorse, but should he wear down or miss any time late in the year, Blount will be ready to post some pretty good numbers should he get another opportunity to see more reps.
2.2. Bernard Pierce
He has looked really good in relief this year and in some sparse action, and even though Ray Rice never seems to get injured, anything can happen in the NFL.
3.3. Evan Royster
Mike Shanahan running backs often take big hits in the open field, so Alfred Morris could be a risk to get injured late in the year. Royster would be trusted by Shanahan, at least initially, if needed to fill in for Morris.
4.4. Felix Jones
DeMarco Murray is notoriously injury-prone, so you have to keep Jones rostered if you own Murray. He played respectably enough, especially in PPR leagues, when Murray missed time earlier this season.
5.5. Toby Gerhart
Adrian Peterson has proved durable in an incredible comeback year, but if he were to go down again, Gerhart has filled in more than adequately in the past. He had a 109-yard rush outing in Week 16 last year.
6.6. Robert Turbin
Marshawn Lynch’s physical style could lead to missed time at any point, and Turbin reached the 100-yard mark in extended playing time in the Week 14 blowout win over Arizona.
7.7. Ben Tate/Justin Forsett
Arian Foster’s production has been decreasing lately, and he has been known to miss time before. Tate would likely get the call for more carries if Foster was out, but you never know for sure if there might be some sort of time share.
8.8. Daryl Richardson
Steven Jackson has been very dependable this year, but if he goes down late in the year, Richardson has the explosiveness and potential to be an instant impact Fantasy player with more touches.
9.9. Jamie Harper
Chris Johnson has been known more for up and down play than injuries in terms of Fantasy frustration. Should the unthinkable happen, harper is a strong, confident runner with good short-yardage promise.
10.10. Montario Hardesty
Trent Richardson has been getting a ton of carries and has also been getting banged up. Hardesty is a big drop-off in terms of talent, but would perform well enough if called into action.
11.11. Ronnie Hillman
We thought he would get a shot when Willis McGahee went down, but the Broncos surprisingly turned to Knowshon Moreno instead. Hillman is the next in line, though, because there is really nothing left after Moreno on the Denver depth chart. Lance Ball? Come on.