Fantasy & Reality: Making the right deal

After six weeks, you probably know what kind of Fantasy team you have. And unless you're one of the lucky ones at 6-0 (or even 5-1), chances are you're probably in the market to try and help your team improve by making a trade.

There are three kinds of trades made in Fantasy:

Player for player: Pretty self-explanatory. Happens with a variety of player types (elite players, bench players) and could be used to alleviate bye week problems.

Depth for a stud: An owner drafts well and/or plays the waiver wire well and turns a couple of good players into one stud. Usually helps both teams; one owner gets a stud and has easier lineup decisions, the other has good starters to use.

The blockbuster: Roster-changing deal involving multiple players at multiple positions. This is a combination of the first two kinds of trades in that depth is usually a huge factor in who is part of the move.

We talk about making trades every year, but this year we're going to do something different. This year, we're going to attempt to build a Fantasy Trade Chart, much like the NFL's immortal Draft Pick Value Chart. Here, we assign simple values to players based on the tiers that they're in. That way, if you have a question about what or who you can get in trade for a player you want to dangle, you can get started on an answer here.

Fantasy Trade Chart
Standard PPR Two-QB
Top 3 QB 12 12 16
Excellent QB 8 8 12
Very Good QB 6 6 10
Good QB 4 4 8
Top 7 RB 12 12 12
Very Good RB 8 10 8
Good RB 4 6 4
Average RB 2 4 2
Top 2 WR 12 14 12
Very Good WR 8 10 8
Good WR 4 6 4
Average WR 2 4 2
Top 3 TE 8 10 8
Very Good TE 6 8 6
Good TE 4 6 4
Average TE 2 4 2
Top 3 Excellent Very Good Good
Aaron Rodgers Michael Vick Tony Romo Matt Schaub
Tom Brady Matthew Stafford Philip Rivers Matt Ryan
Drew Brees Cam Newton Eli Manning Ben Roethlisberger
    Ryan Fitzpatrick Tim Tebow
Running backs
Top 7 Very Good Good Average
Fred Jackson Michael Turner Chris Johnson Mike Tolbert
Arian Foster Ahmad Bradshaw Steven Jackson Peyton Hillis
LeSean McCoy Beanie Wells LeGarrette Blount Mark Ingram
Darren McFadden Frank Gore Cedric Benson Daniel Thomas
Ray Rice Ryan Mathews Darren Sproles Marshawn Lynch
Matt Forte Maurice Jones-Drew Jahvid Best Ryan Torain
Adrian Peterson Rashard Mendenhall BenJarvus Green-Ellis Brandon Jacobs
    Willis McGahee  
    Shonn Greene  
    Felix Jones  
Wide receivers
Top 2 Very Good Good Average
Calvin Johnson Mike Wallace Roddy White Reggie Wayne
Wes Welker Greg Jennings Marques Colston Santana Moss
  Dwayne Bowe Steve Johnson Sidney Rice
  Larry Fitzgerald Dez Bryant Percy Harvin
  Steve Smith Santonio Holmes Deion Branch
  Hakeem Nicks Brandon Marshall Nate Washington
  Jeremy Maclin Pierre Garcon James Jones
  Miles Austin Anquan Boldin Darrius Heyward-Bey
  Andre Johnson Jordy Nelson Denarius Moore
  Vincent Jackson Eric Decker  
  A.J. Green Julio Jones  
  DeSean Jackson Victor Cruz  
Tight ends
Top 3 Very Good Good Average
Jimmy Graham Brandon Pettigrew Antonio Gates Dallas Clark
Aaron Hernandez Rob Gronkowski Jermichael Finley Benjamin Watson
Jason Witten Tony Gonzalez Jermaine Gresham Kellen Winslow
  Vernon Davis Fred Davis  
  Greg Olsen Dustin Keller  
  Owen Daniels    

Some additional notes:

• If either side is giving more than two players than the other side, it's not a fair deal. Any wise guy can go through all of this and find some silly trades that "would be fair" according to the chart. For example, six average wide receivers for Aaron Rodgers. Get real. Add this rule of thumb to your trading technique: Three-for-one trades happen all the time, four-for-one trades might suggest collusion or a guy giving up way, way too much. Try to keep the number of players in the deal even as best as you can.

• You can create your own values. What if you have a player who's not listed above? Use your judgment, and perhaps agree to a value on that player with your trading partner. DeAngelo Williams is a fair example -- would you say he's a good running back or an average running back? What if you and the owner you're bickering with can't decide a hard-and-fast value for someone who is listed? Why not split the difference? Let's just say that you think Eric Decker is good (four points) but the guy you're haggling with isn't hot for him and thinks he's average (two points). Count him as three points and move along.

• Fantasy points do not equal Fantasy value. Just because two players are even in Fantasy points does not mean they should be dealt for each other. I know Victor Cruz has been outstanding with 55 Fantasy points in standard leagues but I'd still rather have Arian Foster (who has 54 points so far), thank you very much.

• Things change. This should be obvious but just in case it's not, players' values fluctuate on a weekly basis. Matt Ryan might have been considered a stud-in-waiting after he threw for four touchdowns in Week 2 vs. the Eagles. He's thrown as many in the four weeks since. Can't consider him the same guy. Injuries also play a role -- LeGarrette Blount, Felix Jones and Jahvid Best have had their great moments for Fantasy owners but are banged up, so their values aren't as high.

• Your league may vary. Not all leagues are created equal and the trade chart will change things for people in deeper leagues or PPR leagues that can start four wideouts. It wouldn't be considered crazy to tack on one point at positions that are considered more valuable in unique scoring leagues.

• Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not only is every Fantasy league different, but every Fantasy owner thinks for his or her own self. Just because we say the basis for a trade is "fair" does not mean your fellow owners will agree. Some owners will say no to a deal because they don't think it's in their best interests, which is understandable. But some owners will overvalue and undervalue players for the darndest reasons ("He was sooo good last year," or, "He went to the same school that I did."). Again, please use this chart as a starting point in trades and not a basis of absolute finality when it comes to deeming a trade fair or not.

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