By Jeremiah Delgado
The NFL’s trade deadline has come and gone, but the fantasy football trade deadline is also approaching depending on your league. It is time to take some gambles that will help you get into the playoffs and here is a good way to do that.
Each week CBSSports.com uses a trade value chart to help owners look for the fairest trades. 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 Ezekiel Elliott has a value of 41 in standard and 43 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
Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys)-Standard:41 PPR:43
David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)-Standard:41 PPR:43
Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:38 PPR:41
DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans)-Standard:37 PPR:40
Melvin Gordon (San Diego Chargers)-Standard:31 PPR:33
WR Position Value
Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)-Standard:43 PPR:47
A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)-Standard:39 PPR:43
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)-Standard:37 PPR:41
Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:37 PPR:41
T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)-Standard:24 PPR:27
TE Position Value
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)-Standard:35 PPR:38
Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers)-Standard:17 PPR:19
Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins)-Standard:16 PPR:19
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals)-Standard:15 PPR:17
Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks)-Standard:14 PPR:16
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.
There is a big surprise addition to the running back position. Melvin Gordon has cracked the list of top five this week and has surpassed LeSean McCoy to do so. Gordon has been unbelievable this season posting only two games where he failed to score double digits in standard.
McCoy still has yet to return from that nagging hamstring injury and his value will continue to decrease just a little bit.
The biggest shift on this list comes from the tight end position. Rob Gronkowski continues to raise his value while Jimmy Graham has lowered his. Two new players have been added to the list in Jordan Reed and Tyler Eifert. Both were projected to be in this position before the season began and both have just come off good games.
Reed and Eifert will continue this great production as long as they stay healthy. Andy Dalton looked to Eifert a lot last season near the red-zone. Kirk Cousins is spreading the ball a lot more this season, but his favorite weapon is still Reed.
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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