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We've seen eight weeks of Melvin Gordon -- we've seen enough. The guy's a Fantasy stud.

Now you might have read that and thought Of course he's a stud! . He's had 11-plus Fantasy points in seven of eight games and nine in the one he didn't hit 11. That's the kind of consistency you've come to expect from past Fantasy heroes like Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. You don't care how Gordon does it, you just like that he does it.

Melvin Gordon
2016 stats

But the argument against Gordon is two-fold. One sentiment suggests certain metrics are unsustainable, like his per-game averages of 1.25 touchdowns and 23.1 touches. The other suggests he's just not a good running back by virtue of his 3.6 yards per carry average or his three games out of eight with 100-plus total yards.

Is he touchdown dependent? Yeah, he is. But he's also finding his way to 71.5 rush yards and 27.4 receiving yards per game, and the lack of depth in the Chargers backfield suggests his workload isn't about to vanish.

It's a hard lesson for some to learn, and even the "experts" forget it: Fantasy studs aren't necessarily the best players. Sometimes -- often times -- it's the players who have the most opportunities. So the 23.1 touches per game Gordon's been getting? That's a great thing. And many of those touches are near the goal line, which means end-zone visits. That's also a great thing.

Here's the tipping point on Gordon: as long as he stays healthy, he'll play one of the very best schedules the rest of the way. The Chargers' last tough matchup against a top-10 team versus Fantasy running backs is this week at home against the Titans. The run defenses of the Dolphins and Panthers are also formidable, but not daunting.

Gordon should have a great shot at keeping up big numbers for the rest of the season. Here are some trade samples involving him in the Fantasy universe.

Melvin Gordon for Rob Gronkowski: A good deal is a good deal, right? Gordon's among the best rushers in Fantasy, but Gronk is theee top of the top among tight ends.

Melvin Gordon and Larry Fitzgerald for Julio Jones: The chart says this is an even deal. It really comes down to what your team needs. Even if Gordon and Fitzgerald play at modest levels the rest of the year, they should get you more cumulative points than Julio and a replacement-level running back off waivers.

Melvin Gordon for DeAndre Hopkins and Tyler Eifert: This is also a good deal for Gordon presuming the owner dealing him off has running back depth. Hopkins' value is the lowest it's been in nearly two years because of the low production he's returned from his quarterback. Eifert, on the other hand, could see his stock rise if he keeps getting pelted with targets as he did last week.

Melvin Gordon for Michael Crabtree and Matt Forte: It's sort of like the previous deal but worse. The downgrade from Gordon to Forte isn't worth Crabtree. Forte remains much more of a sell-high candidate than Gordon (and if you're shopping him then you better hope the person you're dealing with doesn't find this trade chart).

Melvin Gordon and Alshon Jeffery for Jordy Nelson and Tyrell Williams: This is embarrassing. You have to be dying to give Gordon away to make this deal. Either that or so desperate to deal off Jeffery that you discount Gordon. Either way, it's ridiculous.

What are the Trade Values? The chart is designed to help guide you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR leagues. The values assigned to the players below are a long-term measurement of their Fantasy value. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you should be able to get in return. This list also works as a "Rest of Season" rankings. Also, any player not on the chart should be considered valued at no more than four points.

Note: Chart is updated based on Jamaal Charles going on IR. Christine Michael was also updated.

Running backs

Player Stnd PPR
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL 41 43
David Johnson, ARI 41 43
Le'Veon Bell, PIT 38 41
DeMarco Murray, TEN 37 40
Melvin Gordon, SD 31 33
LeSean McCoy, BUF 29 32
Devonta Freeman, ATL 26 28
Lamar Miller, HOU 24 26
Carlos Hyde, SF 22 23
Devontae Booker, DEN 21 23
LeGarrette Blount, NE 20 20
Jay Ajayi, MIA 19 21
Todd Gurley, LAR 19 21
Frank Gore, IND 19 21
Spencer Ware, KC 17 19
Christine Michael, SEA 17 19
Jonathan Stewart, CAR 16 17
Isaiah Crowell, CLE 15 15
Doug Martin, TB 14 16
Latavius Murray, OAK 14 16
Jordan Howard, CHI 14 16
Matt Forte, NYJ 14 15
Mark Ingram, NO 13 15
Jeremy Hill, CIN 13 13
Tevin Coleman, ATL 12 14
Giovani Bernard, CIN 12 14
Terrance West, BAL 11 12
Theo Riddick, DET 10 14
Jerick McKinnon, MIN 9 11
Rob Kelley, WAS 9 9
James White, NE 8 11
Jacquizz Rodgers, TB 8 10
Darren Sproles, PHI 8 10
Charcandrick West, KC 8 10
Mike Gillislee, BUF 8 9
Tim Hightower, NO 7 8
T.J. Yeldon, JAC 7 8
Ryan Mathews, PHI 7 8
Matt Jones, WAS 6 7
Derrick Henry, TEN 6 6
Bilal Powell, NYJ 5 7
Chris Thompson, WAS 5 7
C.J. Prosise, SEA 5 7
Dwayne Washington, DET 5 6
DeAngelo Williams, PIT 5 6
Damien Williams, MIA 5 5

Wide receivers

Player Stnd PPR
Julio Jones, ATL 43 47
A.J. Green, CIN 39 43
Antonio Brown, PIT 37 41
Mike Evans, TB 37 41
T.Y. Hilton, IND 24 27
Odell Beckham, NYG 23 26
Dez Bryant, DAL 22 24
Jordy Nelson, GB 21 23
Demaryius Thomas, DEN 19 22
Brandon Marshall, NYJ 18 21
Amari Cooper, OAK 18 21
Brandin Cooks, NO 18 20
Randall Cobb, GB 17 20
Michael Crabtree, OAK 17 20
Terrelle Pryor, CLE 16 19
DeAndre Hopkins, HOU 15 18
Kelvin Benjamin, CAR 15 18
Alshon Jeffery, CHI 15 18
Allen Robinson, JAC 15 17
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 13 17
Davante Adams, GB 13 17
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN 13 16
Michael Thomas, NO 13 16
Donte Moncrief, IND 13 16
Doug Baldwin, SEA 13 15
Jarvis Landry, MIA 12 16
Julian Edelman, NE 12 16
Stefon Diggs, MIN 12 15
Marvin Jones, DET 11 13
Jamison Crowder, WAS 10 13
Ty Montgomery, GB 9 13
Willie Snead, NO 9 12
Mike Wallace, BAL 9 11
Golden Tate, DET 8 11
Jordan Matthews, PHI 8 11
Tyrell Williams, SD 8 10
John Brown, ARI 8 10
Will Fuller, HOU 7 9
Steve Smith, BAL 7 9
Kenny Britt, LA 7 9
Travis Benjamin, SD 7 9
Jeremy Maclin, KC 7 9
Chris Hogan, NE 7 9
Quincy Enunwa, NYJ 7 9
Cole Beasley, DAL 6 9
DeSean Jackson, WAS 6 8
Robert Woods, BUF 6 8
Michael Floyd, ARI 6 7
Tyler Lockett, SEA 5 7
J.J. Nelson, ARI 5 7
Mohamed Sanu, ATL 5 7
Russell Shepard, TB 5 6

Tight ends

Player Stnd PPR
Rob Gronkowski, NE 35 38
Greg Olsen, CAR 17 19
Jordan Reed, WAS 16 19
Tyler Eifert, CIN 15 17
Jimmy Graham, SEA 14 16
Delanie Walker, TEN 12 14
Kyle Rudolph, MIN 11 13
Hunter Henry, SD 9 12
Travis Kelce, KC 7 9
Coby Fleener, NO 7 8
Zach Miller, CHI 6 8
Martellus Bennett, NE 6 8
Jack Doyle, IND 6 8
Gary Barnidge, CLE 5 7


Player Stnd PPR
Tom Brady, NE 26 26
Matt Ryan, ATL 23 23
Drew Brees, NO 20 20
Aaron Rodgers, GB 20 20
Andrew Luck, IND 19 19
Cam Newton, CAR 18 18
Derek Carr, OAK 14 14
Marcus Mariota, TEN 11 11
Matthew Stafford, DET 11 11
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 10 10
Philip Rivers, SD 10 10
Andy Dalton, CIN 10 10
Kirk Cousins, WAS 9 9
Dak Prescott, DAL 9 9


Team Stnd PPR
Seahawks DST 7 7
Broncos DST 7 7
Vikings DST 7 7