Fantasy football trade value chart: Week 8

Running backs take the top three slots and five of the top six in this week's trade value chart. Tyler Loechner breaks it down.

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Fantasy football trade value chart: Week 8

We’ve crossed the halfway point of the fantasy football regular season, and many fantasy trade deadlines are now rapidly approaching. If you need to make a trade to shore up your roster over the second half of the season, you’ll need to act fast.

You can use the trade value chart to help determine who to buy and sell, and how much they are worth. The trade value chart relies on our rest-of-season projections. The dollar amounts assume a 12-team league and a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE and 1 flex. The players are displayed in order of their standard league values, but we’ve included the PPR values for those players as well.

Below are a few trade questions received on Twitter and answered with the help of the trade value chart.

Trade Tom Brady and A.J. Green for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones? — @Barato96

Matt Ryan has been the No. 1 quarterback so far this season, and Julio Jones has been the No. 1 wideout, so you can’t really go wrong trading for the dynamic Falcons duo. The trade value chart has Ryan ahead of Brady and Jones ahead of Green, so, based on that, you can confidently make this trade. I own the Ryan-Jones stack in one league and I’m 5-2 with that team — and they are a major reason why.

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Tyler Loechner is a lead writer at PFF Fantasy. He has played fantasy football since 1999 and has been a part of the PFF Fantasy staff since 2010. Tyler was also previously a fantasy football featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

  • Jake

    Why do you have Ajayi so low? Thought he would be closer to Stewart or Ware.

    • Tyler Loechner

      He just doesn’t project out that great for the rest of the season. Definitely has value, though. Ware is firmly in the RB1 convo.

      • Jack

        I think you are grossly underestimating his value. It’s not like Buffalo was a bad defense, quite the opposite actually. It you were going to knock him for anything knock him for having a lack of history.

        • phil

          Week 1 = Didn’t play because of poor attitude.
          Week 2 = 5 Carries 14 Yards
          Week 3 = 7 Carries 28 Yards
          Week 4 = 6 Carries 33 Yards
          Week 5 = 13 Carries 42 Yards

          Total after 5 weeks = 31 Carries 117 Yards

          Week 6 = 25 Carries 204 Yards
          Week 7 = 29 Carries 214 Yards

          No way does he keep up this pace. He might break the 100 Yard mark once or twice more this season but to think that overnight this guy went from averaging 8 carries for 29 yards a game to someone averaging 25+ carries and 200+ yards a game is highly unlikely. Last year he had 49 carries for 187 so history isn’t on his side either. Add in the fact that both his knees are made from glass just doesn’t add up to be a great fantasy player.

          • Jack

            Week six also marked the first week the projected starting offensive line played together. Averaging almost 5 yards a carry last season behind the worst rated run blocking line in the league last season it quite impressive. The dolphins were literally starting the two lowest rated starting guards in the league last season. Also it appears to many that there backup tightends are much better run blockers.

      • Jake

        I’m in a position to have him as my flex. Do you think I should try and trade him for an established back or keep him rolling as a great flex/RB3 option? Loaded question I know.

        • Phil

          Trade him while hes hot man hes gonna cool off and he doesn’t have the history that tells you otherwise.

        • Jack

          Hold onto him. Only 4 players in NFL history have had back to back 200 yard games. Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams, OJ Simpson, and Jay Ajayi.

  • Chris

    I don’t understand these sometimes. Crabtree is $7 but Cooks is $28. So if someone had 4 crabtrees on their team, a trade for 1 Brandon Cooks would be fair?

    • Tyler Loechner

      Yes, according to the chart, Cooks is about 4x more valuable than Crabtree. You might just disagree with the ROS projections, which have Crab in the WR3 range and Cooks as a borderline WR1.

      The reason I always write “remember that the chart is only meant to serve as a guideline to help you strike a deal” is because every deal is its own beast. I might be wrong, but I don’t think diminishing returns are calculable unless done on a case-by-case basis. Team makeup, bench size, and how many other players from startable positions will all impact the value of a certain player/position.

  • Todd

    So if I can swing getting Ingram for Crabtree, your chart has me as the clear winner, right?

    • phil

      If your trading Crabtree for Ingram then you would definitely be the winner.

      • Lungz

        Still think so?

  • Tim Kane

    A. Cooper or D. Hopkins – PPR?

    • Phil

      Cooper for sure this week.

  • Antonio Cruz

    Landry and Meredith for Dion Lewis and Doug martin in ppr??

    • Phil

      No way

    • Jack

      I think Lewis is going to be a monster when he gets back. I don’t play PPR but I think if you are weak at Running back and strong at receiver then this is a very good trade. I have no idea what the chart says so I can’t help you there.

  • Footballquestions

    Brandin Cooks and jonathan Stewart for Jordy Nelson and Ajayi

    • Jack

      This is a toss up. Ajayi and Stewart both have risks attached to them. I think I would rather have Ajayi, but that is just my personal preference.

  • Ryan Clark

    Zeke & Mike Evans for AJ Green and Doug Martin

  • Scott

    Melvin Gordon and davontae booker for Julio jones and Theo riddick?