Fantasy Football Week 12: Updated Trade Value for Top 100 Players

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Demaryius Thomas #88 of the Denver Broncos completes a first down reception against the defense of  Marcus Cooper #31 of the Kansas City Chiefs in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

In most leagues, trade deadlines are approaching quickly (or have even taken place). Now is the time to scramble and make those final trades that will impact your run to the fantasy football playoffs. 

Sure, you may not make a deal as impactful as trading Ian Kinsler for Prince Fielder (sorry, wrong sport, but who saw that one coming?), per Jon Heyman of, but the last thing you need in the final weeks is a trade that completely sinks your team while the players you sent away continue to flourish. 

But never fear, my wheeling and dealing fantasy comrades, for my fantasy trade value chart is here to steer you in the right direction. Utilize the tool below, and you are guaranteed to get solid value in any trades. 

Notes: The top 100 players were determined by using the current ESPN standard-scoring league rankings, calculating each player's "value over replacement player" (VORP for short) and by projecting a player's value for the rest of the season.

VORP was calculated by determining how many additional (or fewer) points per week a player scores compared to the best bench player at his position in 10-team leagues (No. 11 quarterback and tight end; No. 26 running back and wide receiver, taking the flex into account). Games missed due to injury or suspension count against a player's VORP.

Any player not listed has a trade value of one. Remember, this is only a guide—your team needs and areas of strength should always determine any potential trades.


Week 13 Trade Value for Quarterbacks
RankPosition RankPlayerTeamVORPTrade Value
11Peyton ManningDenver Broncos9.830
82Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints6.928
163Matt StaffordDetroit Lions4.425
314Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers2.321
325Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts2.321
456Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers1.917
467Tony RomoDallas Cowboys1.717
478Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks1.017
489Nick FolesPhiladelphia Eagles-2.917
5610Robert Griffin IIIWashington0.814
5711Tom BradyNew England Patriots-1.214
8512Matt RyanAtlanta Falcons05
8613Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers-0.35
9514Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ers-2.12
9615Andy DaltonCincinnati Bengals-0.42
9716Alex SmithKansas City Chiefs-0.92

Quarterback Notes

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles jogs off the field following the Eagles 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by
Rob Carr/Getty Images

At this point, the quarterback rankings are pretty much set in stone from one to eight, but at nine is where it gets interesting. Nick Foles has been brilliant as the Philadelphia Eagles starter this season, especially from a fantasy perspective, as he's scored 21 or more fantasy points in four of five starts.

But let's say you already have another excellent quarterback option but added Foles for depth earlier in the year and now can afford to sell him high to improve your team. What could you expect to get in return? 

  • Pierre Thomas and Michael Floyd
  • Marques Colston and Andre Ellington
  • Larry Fitzgerald and Donald Brown
  • Eric Decker and Joique Bell
  • Tony Gonzalez and Golden Tate

Robert Griffin III has been excellent the past two weeks, but in general he's been inconsistent from a fantasy perspective throughout the year, lowering his value. Meanwhile, Tom Brady remains a speculative buy, albeit one with plenty of upside as he has all of his weapons healthy once again. 

And finally, Ben Roethlisberger cracks the list this week after his 31-point performance against the Detroit Lions over the weekend. Big Ben is pretty hit-or-miss with the big performances, but he puts up decent enough points on a weekly basis to give him value. 

Running Backs

Week 12 Trade Value for Running Backs
RankPosition RankPlayerTeamVORPTrade Value
31Matt ForteChicago Bears8.328
42Jamaal CharlesKansas City Chiefs8.228
53Marshawn LynchSeattle Seahawks8.028
64Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings7.828
75LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles7.728
126Knowshon MorenoDenver Broncos6.526
137Frank GoreSan Francisco 49ers4.826
148Alfred MorrisWashington4.526
209Chris JohnsonTennessee Titans4.424
2110Reggie BushDetroit Lions4.324
2211Eddie LacyGreen Bay Packers3.224
2312Zac StacySt. Louis Rams1.124
3313Giovani BernardCincinnati Bengals2.720
3414Stevan RidleyNew England Patriots1.920
3515DeMarco MurrayDallas Cowboys1.720
4116Le'Veon BellPittsburgh Steelers0.618
4217Ben TateHouston Texans-1.618
4318Chris IvoryNew York Jets-1.818
4419Andre BrownNew York Giants-4.718
5420Fred JacksonBuffalo Bills2.915
5521Pierre ThomasNew Orleans Saints1.415
6322Ryan MathewsSan Diego Chargers1.312
6423Danny WoodheadSan Diego Chargers1.012
6524Maurice Jones-DrewJacksonville Jaguars0.512
6625DeAngelo WilliamsCarolina Panthers0.412
6726Ray RiceBaltimore Ravens-0.112
7227Rashad JenningsOakland Raiders0.110
7328Shane VereenNew England Patriots-5.110
7429Darren SprolesNew Orleans Saints09
7530Bobby RaineyTampa Bay Buccaneers-2.89
9131Donald BrownIndianapolis Colts-0.63
9232Andre EllingtonArizona Cardinals03
9333Joique BellDetroit Lions1.53

Running Back Notes

Oddly enough, there has been a recent influx of steady options at the running back position, a fairly rare occurrence this late in the season. Look at all of the fantasy options that have emerged:

  • Chris Ivory has seized the running back position for the New York Jets and been excellent in the process.
  • Andre Brown has returned from injury and been a steady producer.
  • Pierre Thomas has been consistent enough for the New Orleans Saints to trust in fantasy on a weekly basis.
  • Zac Stacy is the waiver-wire MVP.
  • Ben Tate has picked up where Arian Foster left off. Ditto for Rashad Jennings in Oakland.
  • Bobby Rainey—who the hell saw that coming?
  • Shane Vereen has returned from injury and fulfills the Darren Sproles role for the New England Patriots.
  • Donald Brown has upended Trent Richardson as the running back to own in Indianapolis.

Given how shaky the position has been this year, you could hardly fault owners for stashing any and all running backs or for being reluctant to deal any. It's pretty unlikely you'll pry a top-15 runner away from an owner unless he has crazy depth at the position, especially at this point in the season. 

Wide Receiver

Week 12 Trade Value for Wide Receivers
RankPosition RankPlayerTeamVORPTrade Value
21Calvin JohnsonDetroit Lions9.029
112Demaryius ThomasDenver Broncos6.427
173Brandon MarshallChicago Bears5.125
184A.J. GreenCincinnati Bengals4.525
195DeSean JacksonPhiladelphia Eagles4.825
246Andre JohnsonHouston Texans4.323
257Dez BryantDallas Cowboys4.123
268Josh GordonCleveland Browns2.223
279Jordy NelsonGreen Bay Packers5.022
2810Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers4.522
2911Wes WelkerDenver Broncos3.522
3012Vincent JacksonTampa Bay Buccaneers3.022
3713T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Colts2.119
3814Victor CruzNew York Giants2.419
3915Alshon JefferyChicago Bears2.919
4016Pierre GarconWashington2.319
4917Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals0.816
5018Eric DeckerDenver Broncos1.516
5119Torrey SmithBaltimore Ravens1.616
5220Riley CooperPhiladelphia Eagles1.116
5321Marques ColstonNew Orleans Saints-1.616
5822Denarius MooreOakland Raiders0.713
5923Harry DouglasAtlanta Falcons0.113
6024Terrance WilliamsDallas Cowboys013
6125Danny AmendolaNew England Patriots-4.113
6226Jarrett BoykinGreen Bay Packers-2.813
7627Rueben RandleNew York Giants08
7728Anquan BoldinSan Francisco 49ers-0.18
7829Keenan AllenSan Diego Chargers-0.18
7930Percy HarvinSeattle Seahawks-7.68
8831Golden TateSeattle Seahawks-0.44
8932Steve SmithCarolina Panthers-1.04
9133Cecil ShortsJacksonville Jaguars-1.04
9934Jerricho CotcheryPittsburgh Steelers1.12
10035Michael FloydArizona Cardinals0.32

Wide Receiver Notes

Calvin Johnson is this close to being the most valuable player in all of fantasy football, as his 112 fantasy points in the past four weeks is as many points as Wes Welker—the 10th-ranked receiver this year, mind you—has the entirety of the 2013 season. 

That's insane. Absolutely insane. My guess is that the owner of Megatron has fared very, very well over the past month. 

There aren't many surprises at the top of the trade value chart for wide receivers, but one player who has seen his value dip slightly is Dez Bryant, with a total of 10 fantasy points in the past two games. Let's say you don't trust his usage in the Dallas Cowboys offense and are fed up with Bryant being so touchdown reliant this season—what could you expect to get in return if you traded him?

It's really hard to know Percy Harvin's trade value at this point—he has just one reception for 17 yards on the season, after all, and he's not playing this week as Seattle is on a bye—but you probably won't have to give up a ton to get him given the uncertainty.

He's a player that should produce upon his return, but to what degree remains unknown. If you can afford to add a player that won't even start this week, he's an intriguing target. 

Tight Ends

Week 12 Trade Value for Tight Ends
RankPosition RankPlayerTeamVORPTrade Value
91Jimmy GrahamNew Orleans Saints7.527
102Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots-2.127
153Julius ThomasDenver Broncos5.026
364Vernon DavisSan Francisco 49ers3.520
685Jordan CameronCleveland Browns2.911
696Tony GonzalezAtlanta Falcons1.311
707Charles ClayMiami Dolphins1.011
718Jason WittenDallas Cowboys0.811
809Greg OlsenCarolina Panthers0.37
8110Martellus BennettChicago Bears07
8211Jordan ReedWashington07
8312Delanie WalkerTennessee Titans0.27

Tight End Notes

Nov 17, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) warms up prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

There is good and bad news for Jimmy Graham owners. The good news is that his usage was up quite a bit this past weekend, and he looked as spry as we've seen him in weeks. The bad news is that he's probably once again touchdown reliant in his fantasy production, as he still isn't anywhere close to 100 percent.

Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski is back to his dominant ways and gets bumped way up the value chart because of it, now on the same level as Graham. He now has 11 or more points in three of his four games since returning from injury, so he's locked and loaded as an elite option at the position.

Ditto for Julius Thomas, who has scored 10 touchdowns this season and has found the end zone in eight of 10 games. He's no flash in the pan, either—his role in this Denver offense is secure.

One player spiraling down the value rankings, however, is Jordan Cameron, who has not produced at all with Jason Campbell under center. It's time to sell, sell, sell on Cameron before his value bottoms out. What can you expect to get in return for the Cleveland tight end?

Spoiler alert—not much.

  • Ben Roethlisberger and the Kansas City Chiefs defense/special teams 
  • Colin Kaepernick and Darren Sproles
  • Keenan Allen and the Cincinnati Bengals defense/special teams
  • Greg Olsen and Cecil Shorts
  • Andy Dalton and Bobby Rainey

Delanie Walker makes the rankings this week, as he has proven to have excellent chemistry with backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. After the top 12, however, the position really loses all value, and if you don't have one of the top options, you are in trouble. 

Defense/Special Teams

Week 12 Trade Value for Defense/Special Teams
RankPosition RankTeamVORPTrade Value
841Kansas City Chiefs6.56
872Carolina Panthers3.95
893Seattle Seahawks3.74
944Cincinnati Bengals3.73

Defense/Special Team Notes

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 17:  Michael Johnson #93 of the Cincinnati Bengals sacks Jason Campbell #17 of the Cleveland Browns during their game at Paul Brown Stadium on November 17, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Bengals defeated the Browns 41-20.  (Photo
John Grieshop/Getty Images

This week, the Cincinnati Bengals replace the San Francisco 49ers in the value rankings, both due to a huge Week 11 and because the Niners have tricky matchups against Washington and Seattle in the next three weeks.

The Chiefs lose some value after they were overwhelmed by the Denver Broncos, a team they again face next week. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers remain an excellent option, though their streak of seven consecutive games with double-digit fantasy points was broken against New England this past weekend. 

The bottom line is this—if you have one of these four defenses, you are getting amazing value at the position. Continue to enjoy the ride. 

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