Fantasy Football 2020: Running Back Trade Values

By Alex Kurpeski

In fantasy football, there is no position more valuable than the running back. If you have a top ten back on your roster, you will have a chance to win any league you’re in, regardless of who the rest of your players are. If you’re one of the unlucky few to have missed out on a star back, then this is the article for you.  Though acquiring a back like Alvin Kamara or Ezekiel Elliott will be next to impossible, there’s a blueprint to doing so. The only question is: Do you have the stones to send an offer of this magnitude?

RB Trade Values (PPR Redraft)
  1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Trade Value = RB1 + WR2, TE1 + WR1, RB2 + RB2 + WR2

Elliott is a player who can be relied on to produce nearly 20 points week in and week out.  Though his running style and heavy usage seem unsustainable, Elliott is one of the few bellcow backs left in the NFL. Plus, he’s healthy. Don’t give him up unless you have to., but if you do, ask for at least one of these suggested packages. 

2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Trade Value = RB1 + WR2, TE1 + WR1, RB2 + RB2 + WR2

Like Elliott, Kamara is a true three-down back who is still healthy. He’s been incredible to start this season, particularly as a receiver. He could very well finish as the RB1 overall in every format. 

3. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans

Trade Value = RB1 + WR2, TE1 + WR1, RB2 + RB2 + WR2

Henry is essentially Elliott with worse receiving skill, on a worse offense. Yet his volume and health keep him in this tier. He’s always a monster down the stretch, so feel secure making a move for him. 

4. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

Trade Value = RB1 + WR2, TE1 + WR1, RB2 + RB2 + WR2

Jones is playing the best football of his career and belongs in this category once again. He’s a three-down back in an offense that runs through him. 

5. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Trade Value = RB1 + WR2, TE1 + WR1, RB2 + RB2 + WR2

Jacobs is the last back in the “godfather offer” tier. The Raiders offense runs directly through him and he’s been a beast once again this season. 

6. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

Trade Value = RB2 + WR2, TE1 + WR2, WR2 + WR2 + RB3

Ekeler barely misses out on the previous tier due to the lack of clarity regarding the Chargers’ QB situation and the relatively even split of carries between him and rookie Joshua Kelley. That being said he’s a stud in PPR leagues and he’s looked much better running the ball this season. 

7. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Trade Value = RB2 + WR2, TE1 + WR2, WR2 + WR2 + RB3

Even though he’s set to miss a quarter of the season, CMC’s value down the stretch keeps his price high in trade talks. When healthy he’s the best asset in fantasy football.

8. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Trade Value = RB2 + WR2, TE1 + WR2, WR2 + WR2 + RB3

CEH is spectacular, but he’s also a rookie back on an offense loaded with weapons. He’s gonna have some great weeks, but he’s also gonna have some less than stellar weeks. 

9. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Trade Value = WR2 + WR2 + WR2, TE1 + RB3, RB2 + RB2, QB1 + RB3

Cook would be much higher if the rest of the Vikings offense were playing not terribly. His Week Three performance was a perfect example of how valuable he can be when he’s healthy and in a favorable matchup. 

10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Trade Value = RB2 + WR2, TE1 + WR2, WR2 + WR2 + RB3

Were it not for Kareem Hunt, Chubb would be a top-five value easily. He’s one of the most dominant backs in the league when he’s rolling. 

RB Trade Values (PPR Dynasty) 

 

  1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers

Trade Value = 4 rookie first round picks + RB3 + WR3, RB1 + WR1 + RB3, TE1 + RB1 + WR2, RB1 + two rookie first round picks + WR2

Consider McCaffrey to be borderline untouchable. This is a guy who averaged roughly 30 points per game last season, and he’s still got a ton of tread on his tires. 

2. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders

Trade Value = Three rookie first round picks + RB2, RB1 + WR2, WR1 + WR1 + rookie second round pick

Jacobs’ youth (only 22 years old), production, and role as the bell cow back in the Raiders offense have elevated him to this level.  If he continues to produce at his current rate then he may become an untradable asset like McCaffrey. 

3. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints

Trade Value = Three rookie first-round picks + RB2, RB1 + WR2, WR1 + WR1 + rookie second-round pick

Kamara and Jacobs are the 2A and 2B of dynasty league running backs in my opinion.  Kamara is a bit older but by far the superior player right now. 

4. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs

Trade Value = Three rookie first round picks + RB2, RB1 + WR2, WR1 + WR1 + rookie second round pick

Because he’s a rookie running back on the Chiefs offense, CEH is worth the price of a Kamara or Jacobs in dynasty formats. Based on opportunity alone he lands here, and it only helps that the rookie has looked incredible with the chances he’s gotten. 

5. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR1, RB1, TE1 + RB2 + WR3 + rookie second round pick

Barkley’s ACL injury knocks him down a bit, but his natural talents keep him as a top-five value. I feel like he will come back in 2021 stronger than ever. 

6. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR1, RB1, TE1 + RB2 + WR3 + rookie second round pick

Elliott has been run into the ground for the last four seasons, which makes me question his longevity beyond this season. Even so, he’s worth a nice haul considering how productive he’s been thus far in his career. 

7. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR1, RB1, TE1 + RB2 + WR3 + rookie second round pick

Taylor is a rookie who appears to have three-down back potential for a team with the best offensive line in the NFL. He may soon rise above Barkley and Elliott. 

8. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR1, RB1, TE1 + RB2 + WR3 + rookie second round pick

Chubb is only in his second season and has been graded as the best running back in the league by PFF. Even with Kareem Hunt breathing down his neck Chubb is in this tier. 

 

9. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR2, RB2 + WR2, TE1 + RB2 + WR4 + rookie second round pick

Ekeler is the catalyst for a Chargers offense that has loved running the ball this season. Were it not for Joshua Kelley, Ekeler would be much higher on this list. 

10. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Trade Value = Two rookie first round picks + WR2, RB2 + WR2, TE1 + RB2 + WR4 + rookie second round pick

Cook is a bit fragile, but when he’s cookin’ he may be the best back in the NFL.

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