2023 Fantasy Football Week 7 Trade Value Chart: Running Backs

Championship rosters are built with trades.

RSJ’s Jackson Barrett created a value-based drafting Excel tool to create the preseason values for this Fantasy Football Trade Value Chart. The tool uses the FantasyPros consensus projections to assign values based on a 12-team, full PPR league.

Each week throughout the season, I will alter these values to reflect the player’s value for the rest of the season. I have made changes based on the FantasyPros ECR, results from the season so far, and The Wolf’s Rest of Season Rankings. But for the most part, the below values should generally reflect consensus rankings. The values provided also allow for comparing player values across positions, not just within one position group.

For more information on how to make successful deals, check out our strategies for negotiating trades.

Before going over player values, let’s take a look at the biggest changes to the trade value chart and some potential trade targets.

RISERS

The RB1 job in Miami has proven to be one of the most valuable roles in all of (fantasy) football. Following a move to the IR for rookie De’Von Achane, Raheem Mostert took back the RB1 job and made the most of it.

On Sunday, Mostert had 20 touches for 132 total yards and three touchdowns (31.2 fantasy points, weekly RB1). Once again proving that this offense is a fantasy goldmine.

Mostert’s value will be impacted by the returns of Achane and Jeff Wilson Jr. However, Achane will not be back for several weeks and there is no guarantee that Wilson will be a factor when he returns. Mostert will not be this dominant down the stretch this season, but while he holds this workhorse role, Mostert is a top-tier fantasy running back.

So far this season, the Eagles’ new weapon at running back has been able to get it done in more ways than one. D’Andre Swift had dominant rushing performances in Weeks 2 and 3 and made major contributions through the air in Week 6.

Swift had a season-high 10 targets in Week 6 and was relied on by Jalen Hurts in a game where it was difficult to get anything going offensively.

Swift is a focal point of this offense, a quality runner, and a talented pass catcher. He also has the privilege of playing behind a phenomenal offensive line and other elite talents on this offense. Given his usage and environment, he is an elite running back moving forward.

FALLERS

Things may be over for Miles Sanders. It may sound crazy, but he truly might be irrelevant in fantasy moving forward. Sanders missed Week 6 and was limited in Week 5 due to shoulder and groin injuries, respectively.

During Sanders’ Week 6 absence, Chuba Hubbard took on the majority of the work and played incredibly well. Hubbard turned 20 touches into 90 yards and a trip to the endzone in a loss to the Dolphins. Following this performance, Hubbard will likely eat into Sanders’ workload.

To keep it short and sweet, Sanders has looked bad this season. He has looked sluggish, having only one rush of 15+ yards and averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. Sanders has also struggled to create space/plays for himself, ranking 37th in evaded tackle rate.

The Panthers are on bye in Week 7. Sanders should be healthy by Week 8 but there’s no guarantee. If Sanders is ready to go, expect a split between him and Hubbard. If Sanders continues to struggle, his role could easily diminish into irrelevance.

Two injury-related fallers are Kyren Williams and David Montgomery. Williams sustained an ankle sprain while Montgomery suffered a rib injury on Sunday. Both players are expected to miss at least one week, although a multi-game absence would not be shocking for either player.

What’s unfortunate is that both players had phenomenal roles in their offenses. Montgomery was the lead back in Detroit while Williams was playing nearly every snap for the Rams.

Both Sean McVay and Dan Campbell have made it seem that these injuries are minor. If this is truly the case, both players should be back soon and their value will return. For the time being, Jahmyr Gibbs and Craig Reynolds will see work in Detroit and Zach Evans and Royce Freeman will have roles in Los Angeles.

TRADE TARGET

After everyone blew their entire FAAB budget on Jerome Ford a few weeks ago, discussions surrounding Ford has been significantly reduced. Now that the steam has cooled, it is the perfect time to buy Jerome Ford.

Ford may be a popular target considering he was featured on JJ Zachariason’s 15 Transactions for Week 7. However, JJ brings up some great points and I think Ford is a phenomenal player to target as an RB2.

First off, Ford has been an RB2 so far this season. Since taking over for Nick Chubb, Ford has been the RB16 and has weekly finishes of RB6, RB7, RB24, and RB24. This has happened facing some of the league’s best rushing defenses. Three of these games came against teams that rank 13th or better in rushing defense.

On top of easier matchups to come in the future, Ford still has a good role in Cleveland. While Kareem Hunt is eating into Ford’s role, especially on passing downs, Ford remains the top option on early downs.

Ford has combined for just over 20 fantasy points in the last two weeks. With an easier schedule coming, the bye week behind him, and a solid role in an offense that typically runs the ball very well, Ford is a great trade target.

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Author

  • Michael "MOH" O'Hara - it's pronounced Moe. -- Full-time Fantasy Football guy, part-time Ohio State Student. -- Ja'Marr Chase can do no wrong.

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