By Jeremiah Delgado
This is it. For most fantasy leagues, Week 11 is your trade deadline. Now, is the time to take those giant leaps of faith on some potential playoff stars or add some depth and here is how 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 44 in standard and 46 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:44 PPR:46
David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals)-Standard:42 PPR:44
Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:40 PPR:43
DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans)-Standard:39 PPR:42
Melvin Gordon (San Diego Chargers)-Standard:38 PPR:41
WR Position Value
Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)-Standard:43 PPR:47
Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)-Standard:42 PPR:46
Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)-Standard:40 PPR:44
A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)-Standard:40 PPR:44
Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants)-Standard:31 PPR:35
TE Position Value
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)-Standard:30 PPR:33
Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans)-Standard:18 PPR:21
Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers)-Standard:18 PPR:20
Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks)-Standard:16 PPR:18
Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals)-Standard:16 PPR:18
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 easiest players to trade for based on value are tight ends. Their numbers are much lower than receivers or running backs.
For the most part, each list of top five has held this week with the exception of tight end. Jordan Reed is no longer in the top five and Delanie Walker has now jumped into the top five at the position. Walker is coming off of another great week where he caught a touchdown pass from DeMarco Murray.
Marcus Mariota has really taken a big leap this year and has taken his passing game to the next level while making use of his favorite target, Walker. He could be in for a great end of the season and comes at a pretty cheap price. If you need a consistent tight end, then you might want to look at trading for Walker.
Antonio Brown is back on top after catching another touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger this week. He looks to be getting back to that consistent wide receiver most people drafted with the first pick.
It is going to be tough to knock off Ezekiel Elliott from the top as he shows no signs of slowing down. The Dallas Cowboys are committed to the run and behind that offensive line it will be tough to stop him.
He is not featured on this list but owners should look to try and pry away LeSean McCoy. Right now, he is the cheapest he will ever be and his schedule for the rest of the season is nice.
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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