Sell high on Alfred Morris
With one week of football in the books, it’s time to begin looking ahead to Week 2. Perhaps your team go bit by the injury bug — or perhaps you just love negotiations — but trade season is now in full swing.
That’s where the below charts come in handy.
With Week 2 now upon us, it’s also time to reintroduce the Fantasy 124, a “stock market” index of sorts that will be updated weekly. Here’s a quick explanation from last year, when the Fantasy 124 was first unveiled:
It’s makeshift modeled after the S&P 500 — one of the largest Wall Street stock exchange indexes. The Fantasy 124 is an index showing the value of the (roughly) 124 most valuable fantasy football players on a weekly basis.
Why 124? Because that’s how many players were first on the list, and it’s as good of a number as any.
The index — and the trade value charts below — rely on PFF Fantasy’s Rest of Season projections from Mike Clay. The dollar amounts assume a 12-team league with a $200 cap and a starting lineup of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE and 1 Flex.
The charts don’t feature exactly 124 players anymore, but the number of players doesn’t matter all that much; it’s just the name of the market, and all you really need to know is that the Fantasy 124 represents that trade values of all of startable fantasy players each and every week.
Backups, handcuffs and weekly fill-ins all obviously have some fantasy value as well, but for the sake of brevity, we had to cut the list off somewhere. If a player is not listed, consider his value to be $1.
The purpose of the Fantasy 124 is to show risers and fallers at a macro-level. As you can see below, wideouts are a little devalued right now compared to where they were one week ago. This is partly attributable to Dez Bryant’s injury, but also because nearly all of the top wideouts underwhelmed in Week 1.
As a result, wideouts can now be acquired for a little less than they could have been acquired for one week ago. This is represented on the Fantasy 124 — you can see that the value of wideouts dropped 3.56 percent week-over-week.
We only have two week’s worth of data (the index started at 1000 and each position started at 100), so the Fantasy 124 isn’t all that riveting right now, but we will watch it grow throughout the season and follow the action.