By Week 3, it should be apparent whether the fantasy football roster you built in the draft is capable of taking you to the promised land. It’s possible one or two spots simply need a slight tweak in order to have your roster in perfect shape.
Injuries also may have opened up a gaping hole in one particular spot. The best fantasy managers understand there are always holes to fill, whether it's by adding a second running back or finding the right player to improve the FLEX spot. While some of this activity can happen through the waiver wire, few significant improvements become available among the crop of undrafted players.
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The best way to improve the outlook of your fantasy team is by making trades with other league managers.
This article aims to help alleviate the difficulties in making accurate fantasy trades by assigning a dollar value to any player above replacement level for standard-structure leagues: leagues that start 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 TE and a flex.
Both PPR and standard-scoring leagues are highlighted. This year, Superflex has also been added as a column where an additional starting spot can be made up of any skill position player, including quarterback. This league structure sees the value in quarterbacks skyrocket, with 12-team leagues holding onto every available starting NFL quarterback.
The calculation utilizes our rest-of-season fantasy projections for every player's fantasy outlook. We assign a value of zero (-) to players who are just out of the realm of possible starts in that particular league type, which provides us with a replacement-level basis of fantasy points for that position. Every player above replacement is then assigned a value based on the rest-of-season projections. This accurately takes into account both position scarcity as well as future projections.
The values can be used to line up both individual players in trades and two-for-one or three-for-two offerings, among others. This hopefully helps some fantasy managers come to a consensus on worthwhile trades for both parties. Typically, the side giving up the most players should expect to pay a premium of 5-10% over the stud player's cost.
The value rankings work across positions, but it is often easiest to compare within positions before finding the value for players at other positions. Hit me up on Twitter with any questions or if you are looking for customized charts based on unique leagues and/or scoring.
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