Fantasy Football Trade Value Chart (Week 2)

by Dan Harris | @danharris80 | Featured Writer
Sep 13, 2018

It was probably the scariest two hours of my life.

A couple of weeks ago, I was relaxing in the morning with my two kids. My wife, as she is wont to do, was out running a gajillion miles as she trains for a marathon. My plan was to take the little ones to breakfast and then maybe for some bike riding. I told them to run upstairs and change so we could start our day.

A minute or so later, I hear my five-year-old son start screaming and crying in pain. It’s his stomach, he says. That’s fine, no big deal. When you’ve been a parent for several years, you learn that stomach pains aren’t often something to worry about. I tell him it’s probably just something called gas, a concept that is actually pretty difficult to explain to a little child. We try walking it off, and he collapses in pain.

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After about 15 minutes, I break out the old, “Aw, buddy, if it really hurts that much, we’re probably going to have to get you to the doctor and won’t be able to ride our bikes today.” Classic parent move, right? Suddenly every boo-boo miraculously heals and your day can go on like nothing ever happened. Instead, he responds with, “Please daddy, get me to the doctor now.”

Ok, well, that was slightly disconcerting. The little man may be a lot of things but he’s not someone who complains about ouchies or asks to go to the doctor. But I’m still betting on gas. I get both kids in the car, hoping that he’ll start feeling better and maybe we can go to breakfast after all. After a lengthy discussion about why it won’t hurt him to get in the car even though it too has gas, I strap him in his car seat and call the pediatrician. Oddly enough, being in the car seat makes him feel better, though he’s not perfect.

Once I have the nurse from the pediatrician’s office on the phone, I explain the situation. It’s probably just gas, seems like he’s feeling better, etc. And in my experience, most calls to the pediatrician end with a “get outta here, he’s fine.” Instead, the nurse tells me that the practice just opened up an urgent care facility, and I should bring him in. Sigh.

We make our way there. My daughter has been asking about breakfast for like an hour and is starting to get a little “hangry,” and the magic of the car seat is no longer working. When we get to urgent care, we’re brought into a room, where my poor little guy is writhing in pain. After the usual dose of questions, the nurse puts her hands on his lower abdomen, slowly takes them away, takes off her gloves, and throws down the following:

“So, I felt some resistance. I want you to go over to the emergency room where they have better equipment. We’ll call ahead so you can go right in. We’re going to put some stuff on the veins in his arms and hands to numb them so there won’t be any delay in getting the IV in. If he gets worse on the way, go ahead and pull over and call 911.”

Well, that certainly escalated quickly. So here’s the situation: my son is in serious pain and crying hysterically. My daughter need carbs soon or she’s going to eat her own arm, and she’s also freaking out because she’s old enough to know that this isn’t good. My wife is in the middle of a training run without her phone. And a nurse just seemed to imply that my son may need some kind of emergency surgery.

It was time to channel every bit of parenting skill I had. I call my wife and leave an innocuous voicemail (“Hey, give me a buzz when you’re done with your training run. No big deal. Hope you crushed it.”). I tell my daughter that I know for a fact there’s a Dunkin’ in the hospital we’re going to and it has the best bagels in the world. And I stare into my son’s eyes and calmly say, “Look at me. I promise you. You’re going to be fine. Daddy has you.” I scoop him up and out we go.

Just so I don’t pat myself on the back too much here, I could’ve said something like, “Excuse me, but what exactly do you think is wrong with my son” or “whoa, this sounds serious, are you sure this is necessary” or “Resistance? If you put your cold hands on my stomach, you’d probably feel resistance, too.” But, in that moment, none of that occurred to me. All I was thinking about was trying to find the fastest way to the emergency room and whether there is a vending machine on the way so my daughter stops yelling at me.

They’re waiting for us at the ER. With the way my son is wailing, everyone runs out of the way, and they usher us right back into an exam room. We’re waiting for the doctor to see us, my wife finally finishes her training run and I break the news to her gently, and I explain the situation to the nurse who brings in some candy for my daughter. Finally, my son utters what are his first words that haven’t been totally muffled by crying: “Dad, I need to go pee.”

Ok, well, we’ve got words that I can actually understand, so I’m taking it as a good sign. I carry him to the bathroom and he says he can go in by himself. As I’m waiting outside the door, a nurse runs up to me with a small cup. So I sheepishly knock on the door to try to explain to him the concept of a urine sample.

I open the door slowly. He’s sitting on the toilet and has a huge smile on his face. “Boy, I feel a LOT better, dad.”

Don’t get me wrong – I was extremely relieved. But also:

So, I send him back to the room, sheepishly explain to the nurses and doctors the situation and beg them to believe I’m not a crazy parent, call my wife to give her the good (albeit embarrassing) news, and check out. We hit up some Dunkin’ on the way out, grab the bikes, and have an utterly normal rest of our weekend.

So what’s the moral of the story? First, make sure your kids eat a lot of fiber. But second, I could have reacted a lot of ways in that situation. I could have left my wife a voicemail that betrayed just how petrified I was, or texted her incessantly until she responded. I could have yelled at my daughter to stop talking about how much she wants a chocolate chip muffin rather than begging the nurse to get her some candy to tide her over. And most importantly, I could have let the little guy know that he may be in trouble by panicking, which would only have worsened the situation. But I didn’t. Other than totally failing to ask the nurse, “Um, out of curiosity, what’s wrong with my son,” I kept cool.

We just finished Week 1, guys. Your team may have had the worst week in the history of fantasy football. You might have lost Delanie Walker for the season, be concerned about Leonard Fournette, or realized that even with the discount you got on Doug Baldwin, that draft pick is not going to work out.

Just breathe. We’ve got a long way to go. Don’t dump your big names for pennies on the dollar because of one bad game. Don’t try to reinvent your team on the fly. Ask the nurse for some candy and trust that everything is going to work out.

With that said, it’s never too early to think about making some minor tweaks to your team. And to that end, we are BACK and better than ever with our weekly trade chart.

You know the deal by now — take the values assigned to each player on both sides of a proposed trade, add them together, and see which comes out on top. Easy-peasy. But note ONE change from last year. Rather than being based off standard leagues, these are now geared toward 0.5 PPR leagues. And, of course, I’ll offer my usual caveat. Use these as rough guidelines — they’re not the Bible.

Ready? Let’s make some deals.


Player Current Value
Aaron Rodgers 20
Russell Wilson 20
Tom Brady 20
Cam Newton 18
Drew Brees 18
Deshaun Watson 15
Kirk Cousins 13
Andrew Luck 13
Patrick Mahomes 13
Matthew Stafford 7
Philip Rivers 7
Ben Roethlisberger 7
Alex Smith 7
Jimmy Garoppolo 7

Running Backs

Player Current Value
Todd Gurley 70
Alvin Kamara 68
David Johnson 63
Ezekiel Elliott 62
Melvin Gordon 61
Saquon Barkley 55
Kareem Hunt 53
Dalvin Cook 53
Christian McCaffrey 53
Jordan Howard 50
Joe Mixon 50
Devonta Freeman 34
Le’Veon Bell 35
Leonard Fournette 36
Lamar Miller 25
Kenyan Drake 25
Chris Thompson 23
Alex Collins 22
Jay Ajayi 22
Dion Lewis 19
LeSean McCoy 18
Mark Ingram 17
Tevin Coleman 17
Adrian Peterson 16
Jamaal Williams 14
Rex Burkhead 14
Carlos Hyde 14
Marshawn Lynch 12
Derrick Henry 12
James Conner 12
Royce Freeman 12
Bilal Powell 10
James White 10
T.J. Yeldon 10
Alfred Morris 9
Peyton Barber 9
Isaiah Crowell 9
Matt Breida 9
Phillip Lindsay 9
Austin Ekeler 9
Kerryon Johnson 8
Marlon Mack 7
Duke Johnson 7
Sony Michel 6
Theo Riddick 6
Tarik Cohen 5
Chris Carson 4
Rashaad Penny 4
Ty Montgomery 4
Corey Clement 3
Aaron Jones 3
Frank Gore 2
Doug Martin 2
Giovani Bernard 2
Jordan Wilkins 2
C.J. Anderson 2
LeGarrette Blount 2
Latavius Murray 2

Wide Receivers

Player Current Value
Antonio Brown 65
Julio Jones 58
Odell Beckham Jr. 58
DeAndre Hopkins 58
Michael Thomas 58
Keenan Allen 56
Tyreek Hill 48
A.J. Green 45
Mike Evans 45
Davante Adams 42
T.Y. Hilton 42
JuJu Smith-Schuster 39
Adam Thielen 39
Larry Fitzgerald 39
Stefon Diggs 36
Emmanuel Sanders 29
Jarvis Landry 29
Golden Tate 28
Demaryius Thomas 25
Chris Hogan 25
Allen Robinson 22
Marvin Jones 22
Brandin Cooks 22
Marquise Goodwin 21
Josh Gordon 21
Amari Cooper 19
Randall Cobb 19
Kenny Stills 19
Michael Crabtree 18
Corey Davis 17
Robert Woods 17
Robby Anderson 16
Will Fuller 15
Keelan Cole 15
Tyler Lockett 14
Jamison Crowder 12
Nelson Agholor 12
Doug Baldwin 11
Cooper Kupp 11
Chris Godwin 11
Devin Funchess 10
Julian Edelman 10
Kenny Golladay 9
Sterling Shepard 9
Quincy Enunwa 9
Sammy Watkins 7
John Brown 7
DeSean Jackson 7
Alshon Jeffery 7
Pierre Garcon 5
Jordy Nelson 5
Rishard Matthews 4
Geronimo Allison 4
John Ross 3
Mike Williams 3
Mohamed Sanu 2
Brandon Marshall 2
Ted Ginn 2
Kelvin Benjamin 2

Tight Ends

Player Current Value
Rob Gronkowski 41
Zach Ertz 35
Travis Kelce 29
Jimmy Graham 10
Evan Engram 8
Jack Doyle 8
George Kittle 8
Trey Burton 8
Jordan Reed 8
Kyle Rudolph 7
Jared Cook 7
Eric Ebron 5
David Njoku 4
O.J. Howard 4
Tyler Eifert 3

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Dan Harris is a featured writer for FantasyPros. For more from Dan, check out his archive or follow him on Twitter @danharris80.

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2Melvin Gordon (LAC)RB
3Derrick Henry (TEN)RB
4Tyreek Hill (KC)WR
5Julio Jones (ATL)WR
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7DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)WR
8Jamaal Williams (GB)RB
9JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)WR
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17T.Y. Hilton (IND)WR
18Robert Woods (LAR)WR
19Marlon Mack (IND)RB
20Gus Edwards (BAL)RB
21Mike Evans (TB)WR
22Julian Edelman (NE)WR
23Elijah McGuire (NYJ)RB
24Keenan Allen (LAC)WR
25David Johnson (ARI)RB
26Adam Thielen (MIN)WR
27Zach Ertz (PHI)TE
28Jeff Wilson (SF)RB
29Brandin Cooks (LAR)WR
30Peyton Barber (TB)RB
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6Max Scherzer (WSH)SP
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14Jacob deGrom (NYM)SP
15Jose Altuve (HOU)2B
16Bryce Harper (FA)CF,RF
17Aaron Judge (NYY)RF,DH
18Trevor Story (COL)SS
19Giancarlo Stanton (NYY)LF,RF
20Paul Goldschmidt (STL)1B
21Freddie Freeman (ATL)1B
22Charlie Blackmon (COL)CF
23Javier Baez (CHC)2B,3B
24Justin Verlander (HOU)SP
25Corey Kluber (CLE)SP
26Andrew Benintendi (BOS)LF,CF
27Kris Bryant (CHC)3B,RF
28Gerrit Cole (HOU)SP
29Anthony Rizzo (CHC)1B
30Juan Soto (WSH)LF
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2James Harden (HOU)PG,SG
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4Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN)C
5Kevin Durant (GSW)SF,PF
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7Stephen Curry (GSW)PG,SG
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13Joel Embiid (PHI)PF,C
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16Jimmy Butler (PHI)SG,SF
17Kemba Walker (CHA)PG
18Kyrie Irving (BOS)PG,SG
19Ben Simmons (PHI)PG,SF
20Jrue Holiday (NOR)PG,SG
21Rudy Gobert (UTH)C
22Andre Drummond (DET)PF,C
23John Wall (WAS)PG
24Kyle Lowry (TOR)PG
25Khris Middleton (MIL)SG,SF
26Donovan Mitchell (UTH)PG,SG
27Bradley Beal (WAS)SG
28Kevin Love (CLE)PF,C
29Draymond Green (GSW)PF,C
30LaMarcus Aldridge (SAS)PF,C
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