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You could have drafted a bunch of receivers early, you could have taken a quarterback in Round 1, but when it comes to running backs, they're still the most chased and most cherished players in a Fantasy lineup.
Chase is an understatement -- as of early this week the four most traded players and eight of the Top 10 most traded players were running backs. The list includes Matt Asiata and the player he replaced, Adrian Peterson. The list includes well-known names like Reggie Bush and Frank Gore, who are part-time players for the time being.
And the most traded list includes a back who got off to a sensational start through the first two weeks before finally coming back down to earth in Week 3. That would be Darren Sproles.
The newcomer to the Eagles offense has played on just 78 of 230 snaps this season but ranks as a Top 12 running back based on his 117 rush yards, 196 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Frankly, Sproles has four good plays this season that have turned him into a Fantasy freakazoid. But it's the potential of him delivering any time he touches the ball that makes him so intriguing (plus his 10 yards per touch average through three games doesn't hurt).
But can he keep it up? And, what's a fair price to pay for a running back with so much boom-or-bust potential? In my estimation, Sproles is a fun flex option, maybe a No. 2 running back when a starter is on a bye week, but not someone reliable for big Fantasy points from week to week. In fact, it's likely his biggest games of the year are already behind him. But people are still ponying up for him.
Here are some deals made on CBSSports.com this week involving Sproles.
Darren Sproles and Andre Ellington for Michael Crabtree and Ronnie Hillman: Believe it or not, it's nearly a fair deal for Crabtree given Ellington's disappointing start and Sproles' surprising start. If a team was loaded at running back and needed a No. 1 receiver like Crabtree, then this deal definitely works. I might prefer the running backs myself.
Darren Sproles for Delanie Walker: It's close enough to be considered a good deal, maybe not a great deal. Any time two players with hot starts and low expectations for the future are traded for each other, it's far from lopsided.
Darren Sproles for Justin Hunter: This seems a little off. Hunter has plenty of potential, but we've seen none of it since the preseason. If you're going to sell high on Sproles you should be able to do a little better than this.
Darren Sproles and Marques Colston for Cordarrelle Patterson and James White: Unless this is a dynasty league deal, this one doesn't make sense. Colston had a brutal Week 2 but has shown up in Saints games otherwise. Patterson had a nice touchdown run in Week 1 and has been less than productive otherwise. Why throw in Sproles with Colston for Patterson?! It's too much, unless the owner getting him and White can keep both for the foreseeable future.
Our Trade Value Chart is designed to help you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR league. 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 might be able to get in return. This list should also work as a "Rest of Season" Rankings.
|Calvin Johnson, WR, DET||35||39||Zac Stacy, RB, STL||17||19||Brian Quick, WR, STL||9||12|
|Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA||35||37||Russell Wilson, QB, SEA||17||17||Jason Witten, TE, DAL||9||11|
|Julio Jones, WR, ATL||34||38||Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN||16||18||Travis Kelce, TE, KC||9||11|
|DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL||34||37||Marques Colston, WR, NO||16||18||Delanie Walker, TE, TEN||9||11|
|Dez Bryant, WR, DAL||33||37||Lamar Miller, RB, MIA||16||18||Pierre Thomas, RB, NO||9||11|
|LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI||33||35||Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND||16||18||Donald Brown, RB, SD||9||11|
|Matt Forte, RB, CHI||33||35||Stevan Ridley, RB, NE||16||16||Khiry Robinson, RB, NO||9||10|
|A.J. Green, WR, CIN||32||36||Reggie Wayne, WR, IND||15||18||Ryan Mathews, RB, SD||9||10|
|Jimmy Graham, TE, NO||31||35||Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR||15||17||Carlos Hyde, RB, SF||9||10|
|Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN||31||34||DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS||15||17||Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN||9||10|
|Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI||30||34||Vincent Jackson, WR, TB||15||17||Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL||9||9|
|Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT||30||33||Zach Ertz, TE, PHI||15||17||Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT||8||10|
|Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN||29||33||Joique Bell, RB, DET||15||16||Rueben Randle, WR, NYG||8||10|
|Jordy Nelson, WR, GB||29||33||Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI||14||17||Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE||8||10|
|Antonio Brown, WR, PIT||29||33||Terrance Williams, WR, DAL||14||16||Justin Forsett, RB, BAL||8||10|
|Julius Thomas, TE, DEN||29||32||Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF||14||16||Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA||8||9|
|Peyton Manning, QB, DEN||27||27||Steve Smith, WR, BAL||14||16||Mark Ingram, RB, NO||8||8|
|Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE||26||30||Shane Vereen, RB, NE||14||16||Shonn Greene, RB, TEN||8||8|
|Michael Crabtree, WR, SF||26||29||Frank Gore, RB, SF||14||15||Matt Asiata, RB, MIN||8||8|
|Eddie Lacy, RB, GB||25||27||Tony Romo, QB, DAL||14||14||Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL||8||8|
|Alfred Morris, RB, WAS||25||25||Philip Rivers, QB, SD||14||14||Isaiah Crowell, RB, CLE||8||8|
|Arian Foster, RB, HOU||24||27||Wes Welker, WR, DEN||13||16||Andy Dalton, QB, CIN||8||8|
|Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB||24||24||Reggie Bush, RB, DET||13||16||Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS||8||8|
|Drew Brees, QB, NO||24||24||T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND||13||15||Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT||8||8|
|Matt Ryan, QB, ATL||24||24||Brandin Cooks, WR, NO||13||15||Torrey Smith, WR, BAL||7||9|
|Julian Edelman, WR, NE||23||27||Vernon Davis, TE, SF||13||15||Anquan Boldin, WR, SF||7||9|
|Randall Cobb, WR, GB||23||27||Antonio Gates, TE, SD||13||15||Hakeem Nicks, WR, IND||7||9|
|Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN||23||27||Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI||13||15||Allen Robinson, WR, JAC||7||9|
|Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI||21||24||Terrance West, RB, CLE||13||15||Niles Paul, TE, WAS||7||9|
|Montee Ball, RB, DEN||21||24||C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF||13||15||Larry Donnell, TE, NYG||7||9|
|Andrew Luck, QB, IND||21||21||Tom Brady, QB, NE||13||13||Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN||7||9|
|Mike Wallace, WR, MIA||20||23||Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF||13||13||Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN||7||8|
|Michael Floyd, WR, ARI||20||23||Eric Decker, WR, NYJ||12||15||Steven Jackson, RB, ATL||7||8|
|Jamaal Charles, RB, KC||20||23||Golden Tate, WR, DET||12||14||Bobby Rainey, RB, TB||7||8|
|Matthew Stafford, QB, DET||20||20||DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU||12||14||Alfred Blue, RB, HOU||7||7|
|Jay Cutler, QB, CHI||20||20||Doug Martin, RB, TB||12||14||Carson Palmer, QB, ARI||7||7|
|Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI||19||22||Seahawks DST||12||12||Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE||6||9|
|Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS||19||22||Greg Olsen, TE, CAR||11||13||John Brown, WR, ARI||6||8|
|Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG||19||22||Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ||11||13||Mike Evans, WR, TB||6||8|
|Roddy White, WR, ATL||18||21||Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ||11||11||Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN||6||8|
|Percy Harvin, WR, SEA||18||20||Cam Newton, QB, CAR||11||11||Heath Miller, TE, PIT||6||8|
|Andre Ellington, RB, ARI||18||20||Josh Gordon, WR, CLE||10||12||Owen Daniels, TE, BAL||6||7|
|Nick Foles, QB, PHI||18||18||Knile Davis, RB, KC||10||12||Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN||6||7|
|Andre Johnson, WR, HOU||17||20||Darren Sproles, RB, PHI||10||12||Ben Tate, RB, CLE||6||7|
|Victor Cruz, WR, NYG||17||20||Fred Jackson, RB, BUF||10||12||Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC||6||6|
|Keenan Allen, WR, SD||17||20||Kendall Wright, WR, TEN||9||13||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK||5||6|