Sell high on Alfred Morris

Matt Forte takes over the top spot on Week 2 fantasy football trade value chart, and Tyler Loechner tells you why it's time to sell Alfred Morris. The Fantasy 124 ...

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(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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.

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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.

  • Matt

    Why so low on Jordan Matthews?

    • Tyler Loechner

      Our projections have him as a borderline WR2 the rest of the way. Agholor will get more targets going forward, and Matthews, despite being an integral part of Philadelphia’s offense, isn’t likely to see as much of a percentage of the team’s targets as other top wideouts do.

      If he adds a few more 10-catch, 100-plus-yard days to his resume, look for him to spike.

      • Matt

        Great, thanks for giving context to the rank!

  • JBoyer

    This is great content. A great addition would be a weekly trend, that would show how much the players’ value has changed from last week. That would provide some context on how a players value is changing and when to pounce or move on.

    • Tyler Loechner

      Thanks for the feedback! I can look into how to incorporate that.

  • Trey Kimbell

    Looking to beaf up my running backs, was looking to make a trade for arian foster. I am pretty stacked at WR in a standard format 10 team league. Currently my 2 starting RB’s are Forte and Tevin Coleman, my 3 WR’s are A.J. Green, DeMaryius Thomas, and Golden Tate, and my lone starting TE is Heath Miller. Would it be hindering my WR depth too much to trade A.J. Green and DeMaryius Thomas from my team for Arian Foster, Randall Cobb, Tyler Eifert, and Nelson Agohlar?

    Thanks, don’t usually ask for this specific advice but this one is perplexing to me because of Foster’s injury and that I am trading away the strength of my team.

  • evo34

    There needs to be an explanation from PFF of how an injured RB on an
    anemic offense can be the fourth most valuable property in all of
    fantasy football… It makes me question the validity of their entire