2023 Fantasy Football RB Handcuffs Depth Chart and Rankings: The Best Running Backs to Stash For the Fantasy Playoffs

It's time to lock up the RB handcuffs for a deep playoff run.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s cuffing season.

With the 2023 fantasy football regular season winding down, it’s time to finalize the playoff roster and prepare for a deep playoff run. The fantasy “experts” always told you it was stupid to draft a handcuff, but ‘Zero RB’ is all the rage now, and with the number of injuries to the position, the right handcuff could win you a title.

Suppose you’re a Tony Pollard manager, stash Rico Dowdle. If you’re a Derrick Henry manager, stash Tyjae Spears. If you’re a Christian McCaffrey manager, stash Elijah Mitchell.

Benches thin out during the fantasy playoffs because riding the workhorses who got you there is vital. So, subtract your WR5/6 and add the top handcuffs available to help you hoist a trophy at the end of the season.

The BEST 2023 Fantasy Football RB Handcuffs for the Fantasy Playoffs

Note: Scroll down for news and notes regarding the fantasy football RB handcuff depth chart


Updated: 12/6/2023 (Week 14)

Arizona CardinalsJames ConnerMichael Carter Jr.Emari Demercado
Atlanta FalconsBijan RobinsonTyler AllgeierCordarrelle Patterson
Baltimore RavensGus EdwardsKeaton MitchellJustice Hill
Buffalo BillsJames CookLatavius MurrayTy Johnson
Carolina PanthersChuba HubbardMiles SandersRaheem Blackshear
Chicago Bears*Khalil HerbertRoschon JohnsonD’Onta Foreman
Cincinnati BengalsJoe MixonChase BrownTrayveon Williams
Cleveland BrownsJerome FordKareem HuntPierre Strong Jr.
Dallas CowboysTony PollardRico DowdleDeuce Vaughn
Denver BroncosJavonte WilliamsSamaje PerineJaleel McLaughlin
Detroit LionsDavid MontgomeryJahmyr GibbsCraig Reynolds
Green Bay Packers**AJ DillonPatrick TaylorJames Robinson
Houston TexansDevin SingletaryDameon PierceMike Boone
Indianapolis ColtsZack MossTrey SermonN/A
Jacksonville JaguarsTravis Etienne Jr.D’Ernest JohnsonTank Bigsby
Kansas City ChiefsIsiah PachecoJerick McKinnonClyde Edwards-Helaire
Las Vegas RaidersJosh JacobsZamir WhiteAmeer Abdullah
Los Angeles ChargersAustin EkelerJoshua KelleyIsaiah Spiller
Los Angeles RamsKyren WilliamsRoyce FreemanDarrell Henderson Jr.
Miami DolphinsRaheem MostertDe’Von AchaneJeff Wilson Jr.
Minnesota VikingsAlexander MattisonTy ChandlerKene Nwangwu
New England Patriots***Ezekiel ElliottJaMycal HastyTy Montgomery
New Orleans SaintsAlvin KamaraJamaal WilliamsKendre Miller
New York GiantsSaquon BarkleyMatt BreidaGary Brightwell
New York JetsBreece HallDalvin CookIsrael Abanikanda
Philadelphia EaglesD’Andre SwiftKenneth GainwellBoston Scott
Pittsburgh SteelersN. Harris/J. WarrenAnthony McFarland Jr.N/A
San Francisco 49ersChristian McCaffreyElijah MitchellJordan Mason
Seattle Seahawks****Kenneth Walker IIIZach CharbonnetDeeJay Dallas
Tampa Bay BuccaneersRachaad WhiteChase EdmondsSean Tucker
Tennessee TitansDerrick HenryTyjae SpearsJulius Chestnut
Washington CommandersBrian Robinson Jr.Antonio GibsonChris Rodriguez Jr.


Top Week 14 Waiver Wire Target: Tyjae Spears or Ezekiel Elliott or Roschon Johnson?!

* Bears: After a strange Week 12 that saw Roschon Johnson leading the way, all three running backs should be available and healthy to play Week 14. This shapes up to a three-headed nightmare and a coinflip about who will lead the backfield for the remainder of the season.

** Packers: With starter Aaron Jones (knee) sidelined and not practicing whatsoever, AJ Dillon will be RB1 until Jones returns.

**** Patriots: Rhamondre Stevenson (ankle) will likely miss the rest of the fantasy season with a brutal high ankle sprain, leaving one of our favorite handcuffs, Ezekiel Elliott, with the team’s workhorse duties. However, do we really care who gets the touches in this horrific Patriots offense?

***** Seahawks: Kenneth Walker III (oblique) will likely split touches with Zach Charbonnet once he returns, but Charbonnet is also banged up after getting Week 13 workhorse duties. If Walker and Charbonnet can’t go, DeeJay Dallas will be the guy in Week 14.