By Jeremiah Delgado
Fantasy football playoffs are just six weeks away and before you know it your team will be in or out. There is probably a good chance that your league’s trade deadline is approaching before that. Now, is the time to either buy low or sell high and here is how to do that.
Each week CBSSports.com uses a trade value chart to help owners look for the fairest trades. So a number is given to each player and to equal a fair trade, the numbers must match. Be sure to look at both the standard and PPR value for each player on the list.
This idea works when a player like David Johnson has a value of 42 in standard and 44 in PPR, in order to trade for him you must add together enough points to meet or exceed that value. Here are a few players with the top value at each position, according to CBSSports.com
RB Position Value
David Johnson(Arizona Cardinals)-Standard:42 PPR:44
Ezekiel Elliott(Dallas Cowboys)-Standard:39 PPR:41
Le’Veon Bell(Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:38 PPR:41
DeMarco Murray(Tennessee Titans)-Standard:34 PPR:37
LeSean McCoy(Buffalo Bills)-Standard:31 PPR:34
WR Position Value
Julio Jones(Atlanta Falcons)-Standard:43 PPR:47
A.J. Green(Cincinnati Bengals)-Standard:38 PPR:42
Mike Evans(Tampa Bay Buccaneers)-Standard:37 PPR:41
Antonio Brown(Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:37 PPR:41
T.Y. Hilton(Indianapolis Colts)-Standard:26 PPR:29
TE Position Value
Rob Gronkowski(New England Patriots)-Standard:32 PPR:35
Greg Olsen(Carolina Panthers)-Standard:18 PPR:20
Jimmy Graham(Seattle Seahawks)-Standard:14 PPR:16
Hunter Henry(San Diego Chargers)-Standard:12 PPR:15
Kyle Rudolph(Minnesota Vikings)-Standard:12 PPR:14
A combination of players gives a better chance of not giving up a player too valuable to you, while still adding a great player. The easier players to trade for based on value are tight ends. Their numbers are much lower than receivers or running backs.
The running backs remain the same, but LeSean McCoy’s value seems to be dropping due to his hamstring injury. He could be a good buy low kind of guy if you find the right McCoy owner who is freaking out over the injury. Last week, his value was 37 and has now dropped to 31.
There are two new names added to the tight end and wide receiver list. T.Y. Hilton has trumped Odell Beckham Jr. on this list after having a good week against the Tennessee Titans. Be wary of buying into the Hilton hype as Moncrief has begun practicing this week and will eventually eat into those targets for Hilton.
Yes, you read that right Hunter Henry has cracked the top five for the tight end position. Week 7 featured a real dud from Henry as he only had one reception for 16 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. That shouldn’t discourage owners from trying to trade for him as Philip Rivers is running out of options to throw to. He could miss this week’s game with a concussion, so that is something else to monitor.
The next time you are thinking about offering a trade or reviewing a trade come back to this chart. It updates every week as variables change for every player throughout the season. There is no need to lose out on a trade or not to get the most bang for your buck.
Jeremiah Delgado is a fan of the Jets, Yankees and Knicks. He doubts he will, but hopes to live long enough to see the Jets or the Knicks win a championship.
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