But to say he's not a worthy handcuff is ridiculous (some poster here even IMOed that Tanner would be the handcuff).
I didn't mean to imply he's not a worthy handcuff. My implication is that his ceiling is many RB's floor. He hasn't scored more than 3TDs in his career. Heck, in 2010 he rushed 800 yards and only scored 1 TD.
Of course, he might be worth more in PPR leagues. My answer might be different in there.
That said, I'd rather draft a late-round starter with upside, like Kevin Smith or Donald Brown, than wasting a 9th-10th round pick handcuffing a limited guy like Felix Jones (because if you really want to handcuff, you have to pay a premium -- the handcuff "tax").
Matt Forte is a 3-down back.
I know Matt Forte is a 3-down back. He wouldn't be a 1st/2nd round pick if he wasn't. "Matt Forte lite" meant he does everything Matt Forte does but without the power running for short-yardage / goal line.
OK, you make some good points there.
I too would rather have a starter than a handcuff. And I won't reach for a handcuff.
But if Felix is there at 9.11 or 10.02, I'll definitely grab him. There won't be a Brown or a Clerks or a Starks or even a Hillis or a Gerhart left at that point.
BTW, I only talk about PPR. It's all I've ever played. One of the reasons I left last year's sig down there.
I know standard leagues are supposedly still more popular, but for the life of me I can't understand why. The only plausible explanation is ignorance or tradition.