Handcuffing is a widely used strategy in fantasy football, but rarely is it used correctly. We often hear about handcuffing during fantasy draft season. People prioritize handcuffs in the late rounds, and what typically ends up happening is they drop these players three weeks into the season.

Sure, if you drafted James Conner five years ago or Austin Ekeler in 2019, the strategy worked like gangbusters. But those are the exception, not the rule. So, the advice I gave back in August, and will continue to give, is don’t handcuff on draft day unless you plan on committing to the ‘cuff. Instead, spend those late-round picks on high upside wide receivers and late-round quarterback options.


But that’s not to say that I’m against the...

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