Fantasy Football Week 3: Examining Trade Value for This Year's Top 100 Players

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 22, 2022

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Jaylen Waddle #17 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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It can be hard not to get complacent if you're riding a 2-0 start, and it can be hard not to overreact if you're licking your wounds after an 0-2 calamity to open your fantasy season.

Either way, though, it doesn't mean you shouldn't be in tune to trends, evaluating your own roster and open to potential deals as others in your league try to fleece you.

As you navigate those treacherous waters, the trade value chart is here to help. These values are created with standard PPR formats in mind. Players not listed have a trade value of one. And as always, may the fantasy points be with you!

Trade Value: 15

1. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Trade Value: 14

2. Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

3. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

4. Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills

Trade Value: 13

5. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings

6. Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins

Trade Value: 12

7. Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

8. D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions

9. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants

10. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

11. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

12. Davante Adams, WR, Las Vegas Raiders

13. Deebo Samuel, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Trade Value: 11

14. Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

15. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

16. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings

17. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

18. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Trade Value: 10

19. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

20. A.J. Brown, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

21. Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts

22. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

23. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins

24. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

25. Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens

Trade Value: 9

26. James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars

27. Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

28. Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

29. David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears

30. Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills

31. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Trade Value: 8

32. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

33. Christian Kirk, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

34. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

35. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys

36. Rashon Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens

37. Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

38. Amari Cooper, WR, Cleveland Browns

Trade Value: 7

39. Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders

40. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

41. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

42. Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

43. James Conner, RB, Arizona Cardinals

44. Kareem Hunt, RB, Cleveland Browns

45. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

46. Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders

47. Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers

Trade Value: 6

48. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

49. Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

50. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos

51. D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers

52. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

53. Marquise Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

54. Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Commanders

55. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

56. Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

57. Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos

58. Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills

Trade Value: 5

59. Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons

60. Zach Ertz, TE, Arizona Cardinals

61. Pat Freiermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

62. Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles

63. George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers

64. Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

65. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Trade Value: 4

66. Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos

67. Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

68. Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots

69. Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans

70. J.K. Dobbins, RB, Baltimore Ravens

71. Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders

72. Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets

73. Drake London, WR, Atlanta Falcons

74. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Trade Value: 3

75. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

76. Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys

77. Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

78. Russell Wilson, QB, Denver Broncos

79. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

80. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

81. Curtis Samuel, WR, Washington Commanders

82. Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets

83. Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans

84. Allen Robinson II, WR, Los Angeles Rams

85. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Trade Value: 2

86. Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills

87. A.J. Dillon, RB, Green Bay Packers

88. Tony Pollard, RB, Dallas Cowboys

89. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

90. Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

91. Breece Hall, RB, New York Jets

92. Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions

93. Chase Edmonds, RB, Miami Dolphins

94. Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins

95. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

96. Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots

97. Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens

98. Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders

99. Jarvis Landry, WR, New Orleans Saints

100. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Jaylen Waddle has become such a fascinating player from a trade value perspective.

On the one hand, he was a WR2 last season in standard PPR formats because he was a receptions magnet, with 104 as a rookie. While that didn't translate to elite yardage (1,015) or touchdown (six) production, those marks were still good enough to make him a top-20 wideout.

But there was justifiably concern coming into this campaign that Tyreek Hill might eat into some of his production. And perhaps that might bear out over the course of the season.

After two weeks, though, both players have been viable WR1 options in fantasy:

  • Hill: 19 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns on 25 targets.
  • Waddle: 15 receptions for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 24 targets.

Some of that production was bolstered by Tua Tagilivoa's incredible, six-touchdown performance on Sunday. A regression to the mean is coming in that regard, and Waddle seems more likely to be affected by it, given Hill's history as a big-play machine throughout his career.

That means you may be able to sell a player in Waddle a bit high at the moment. It's very rare that two players on the same team post WR1 numbers, though it isn't impossible. There's certainly no need to deal Waddle—he's going to have a good season.

But if somebody comes offering a top-10 running back for him after his electrifying Week 2 performance, you should consider such a deal.

It's time to start valuing Amon-Ra St. Brown as a legitimate WR1 in fantasy, though.

Dating back to last season, the 22-year-old now has scored a touchdown in seven of his last eight games. During that stretch, he's notched 70 or more receiving yards seven times, eight or more receptions in eight straight games, and double-digit targets eight straight times.

Michael Fabiano @Michael_Fabiano

Amon-Ra St. Brown has scored 20-plus points in six of his last seven games dating back to his rookie season, during which time he’s put up an average of 26.4 points. Last season during his historic season, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp averaged 25.9 fantasy points. <a href="https://t.co/amwIUK7U7n">pic.twitter.com/amwIUK7U7n</a>

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

3 players in NFL history have had 8+ receptions in 8 consecutive games.<br><br>Michael Thomas (8)<br>Antonio Brown (8)<br>Amon-Ra St. Brown (8)<br><br>St. Brown can break the record next week.

JJ Zachariason @LateRoundQB

Amon-Ra St. Brown has seen target shares of 32.4% and 35.3% in his two games this year. This is pretty insane: he hasn't seen a target share below 31% since Week 12 of last season.

This is no longer a small sample size: Brown is a baller. If you can get him at WR2 prices, do it.

Don't push the panic button on Tom Brady just yet. At times in this early season, he's been without his top three wideouts (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones) and three offensive lineman (Donovan Smith, Josh Wells and Ryan Jensen).

Josh Norris @JoshNorris

Updating Tom Brady's numbers through Week 2:<br><br>Time to throw 2.52 seconds, fastest for QBs who started both games<br><br>Air yards per attempt 9.7, 4th highest<br><br>His arm still looks amazing. I don't think diminished talent is the answer for his drop in raw stats.<br><br>It's peripheral pieces

It's been a tough start, no doubt. But the veteran threw for 5,316 yards and 43 scores last season. Pick up a solid QB2 option, wait for the Bucs to get healthier and weather this storm. You'll be glad you didn't sell low on him as the season progresses.

Unless you think doubting Brady is a good idea. That traditionally works out just great for those who dare it.