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.
NFL royalty is a concept that isn’t discussed enough. The most obvious members of the NFL’s royalty are Derrick Henry (of course) and Tom Brady. For some reason, nobody is talking about the newest member, King Kyren.
When he’s been on the field this year, Kyren Williams has been nothing short of dominant. A player who largely went undrafted has produced at a high level all season and is the RB3 in fantasy points per game.
Williams returned from an ankle injury two weeks ago with several questions attached to him. Would he be fully healthy? Would he reprise his role as the Rams’ bell-cow back? After two games back, the answer is a resounding yes. Williams has scored 38.4 and 20.2 PPR points in the last two weeks, with his 20.2 point performance coming against a stout Cleveland defense.
King Kyren has also fully taken back his lucrative role in this offense. Williams handled 21 of 22 running back carries in Week 13 and saw incredible usage.
15 percent target share, 84 percent rush share, and 100 percent of goal line touches. This is elite usage that few running backs see in the modern NFL.
Head coach Sean McVay has used running backs like this in the past. I think everyone remembers how Todd Gurley was run into the ground in Los Angeles. It seems that King Kyren has this Gurley-esque role that is a fantasy goldmine. Unless his role changes (it shouldn’t), Kyren Williams is among the elite RBs heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Don’t look now, but Rachaad White is your RB5 through 13 weeks of the NFL season. If White can keep this up, it may be the most under the radar top-five performance in recent memory. Let’s take a look to see how this is possible.
First, Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay offense have outperformed expectations and kept games close throughout the season. The Buccaneers have not suffered a true blowout loss this season and this has allowed White to be involved throughout the game each week.
White is also involved in all phases of the Tampa Bay offense. White catches passes (13 percent target share), handles the bulk of carries (66 percent rush share), and gets goal line looks (48 percent of goal line carries). This is all to say that White is heavily involved and has a lot of ways to find fantasy production.
I’m sure you’ve heard this from other people this week, but Austin Ekeler has been massively struggling since his return from injury. Let me rephrase this, Austin Ekeler has played the worst football of his career since returning from injury. There are plenty of stats that can show this, but his dip in yards per carry illustrates this.
Across his last three games, Ekeler now has 43 touches for 161 total yards, no touchdowns, and two fumbles. This is a shell of the Ekeler that we once knew.
This massive dip in production may have to do with several things: age, not having a fully healthy ankle, and offensive struggles. Regardless of the reason, the dip in fantasy scoring and general production is concerning.
Ekeler is still a starter in fantasy football but he should be kept on a short leash with critical fantasy playoff matchups looming.