Trade value chart, Week 2: Finding the best trades a week into the season
We’re just one week into the season, but trades are already top-of-mind for many fantasy football players as we seek to fill holes in the wake of an injury-filled first weekend.
The waiver wire is arguably the most attractive it will be all season (and it’s one of the best Week 2 waiver wires we’ve seen in many years), but odds are you won’t land every waiver wire target you want. So it’s off to the trading block you go.
The trade value chart uses our rest-of-season projections to assign values to every relevant player. 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.
What a difference a week makes. Ezekiel Elliott is now the most valuable player on the trade value chart.
Now might be your last chance to buy low on Le’Veon Bell. He slipped ever so slightly in value in standard leagues, but that number could easily rise within a week.
You might want to consider buying low on Kirk Cousins. Our rest-of-season projections love him, and he saw his value substantially increase compared to the previous trade value chart.
Corey Coleman increased and Kenny Britt decreased this week, and they are now right next to each other on the trade value chart. My hunch: This trend will continue, and Coleman will soon be worth much more. Coleman gained 1.51 yards per route run last week, while Britt managed just 0.38.
Randall Cobb increased in value this week, and it might be a good time to buy low on him. His 12 targets were nearly as many as Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams combined (14), and he ran 44 pass routes, virtually the same amount as Nelson and Adams (47 each). His perceived value is likely lower than his real value.