Assessing Fantasy Trade Value

I hope I don’t step on DeCon’s toes too much, but when I came across this article on CSB Sports’ Fantasy Football page I felt compelled to share it.  Dave Richard put together a great article about understanding trade value and what the current market is for your players.

Trades are tough because I think we all tie a certain value to players we’ve drafted and can’t peel ourselves away from the name on the back of the jersey and the rankings that we’ve pored over all summer while doing our pre-draft homework.  Richard assigns point values that you can use when evaluating a potential trade offer:

Tier Standard PPR
Top 5 WR 12 14
Top 8 RB 12 12
Top 5 QB 10 10
Excellent QB 8 8
Very Good RB 8 10
Very Good WR 8 10
Top 5 TE 8 10
Very Good TE 6 8
Very Good QB 4 4
Good RB 4 6
Good WR 4 8
Good TE 4 6
Good QB 2 2
Average RB 2 4
Average WR 2 4
Average TE 2 4

Click over to the other side of the jump to see how Richard currently values certain players and puts them into tiers.


Top 5 Excellent Very Good Good
Aaron Rodgers Matthew Stafford Ben Roethlisberger Philip Rivers
Cam Newton Eli Manning Tony Romo Ryan Fitzpatrick
Drew Brees Matt Schaub Matt Ryan
Michael Vick Mark Sanchez
Tom Brady Josh Freeman

Running backs

Top 8 Very Good Good Average
Arian Foster Michael Turner Darren Sproles Chris Johnson
Fred Jackson Steven Jackson LeGarrette Blount Peyton Hillis
LeSean McCoy Beanie Wells Rashard Mendenhall Felix Jones
Matt Forte Ahmad Bradshaw Cedric Benson Mark Ingram
Ray Rice Maurice Jones-Drew Shonn Greene Jahvid Best
Adrian Peterson Ryan Mathews DeMarco Murray Jonathan Stewart
Darren McFadden Jackie Battle James Starks
Frank Gore Willis McGahee
BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Wide receivers

Top 5 Very Good Good Average
Calvin Johnson Dwayne Bowe DeSean Jackson Brandon Marshall
Wes Welker A.J. Green Andre Johnson Sidney Rice
Steve Smith Jeremy Maclin Miles Austin Deion Branch
Mike Wallace Marques Colston Brandon Lloyd Nate Washington
Greg Jennings Larry Fitzgerald Pierre Garcon Darrius Heyward-Bey
Hakeem Nicks Victor Cruz Mario Manningham
Roddy White Steve Johnson Antonio Brown
Anquan Boldin Dez Bryant Percy Harvin
Vincent Jackson Eric Decker
Santonio Holmes Reggie Wayne
Jordy Nelson Plaxico Burress
Julio Jones

Tight ends

Top 5 Very Good Good Average
Jimmy Graham Fred Davis Vernon Davis Brent Celek
Aaron Hernandez Tony Gonzalez Jermichael Finley Heath Miller
Jason Witten Greg Olsen Owen Daniels Dallas Clark
Rob Gronkowski Brandon Pettigrew Jermaine Gresham Dustin Keller
Antonio Gates Jake Ballard Scott Chandler

So suppose, hypothetically speaking,  someone is trying to get Matt Forte (12 pts) and Eli Manning (8 pts) for instance and they give up Miles Austin (8), Steven Jackson (10) and Tim Tebow (0).  One might say that the guy getting Forte got the better end of the deal.  Purely hypothetical of course.

For me (and hopefully for you) the biggest eye opener in this article was the valuation of your players.   Throw those pre-draft kits out the window and take a real hard look at what your players are really worth.


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