Fantasy Football 2020: Running Back Trade Values (Week 5)

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. 

 

RB Trade Values (PPR Redraft)

1.Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (+1 spot)

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

 

Kamara moves ahead of Elliott, as he’s been the focal point of the Saints offense. 

 

2. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (-1 spot)

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

 

Elliott has looked less dominant this season, though his volume and upside keep him in the top two. 

 

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. 

 

4. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers

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

 

Jones is playing the best football of his career. He’s been a true three-down back for the Packers this season. 

 

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 capable of some monster performances. 

 

6. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (+1 spot)

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. He moves ahead of Austin Ekeler this week. 

 

7 . Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (+ 1 spot)

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, he’s gonna have some less than stellar weeks. 

 

8. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (+1 spot)

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. 

 

9. Kareem Hunt, Cleveland Browns (+)

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

 

Thanks to Nick Chubb’s multi-week injury, Hunt takes his spot in the top ten. 

 

10. James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (+)

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

 

Robinson has been one of the best backs in the NFL through four games. Due to Nick Chubb and Austin Ekeler’s injuries, he moves into the top ten. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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 in my opinion. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

6. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (+3 spots)

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

 

Cook is a bit fragile, but when he’s cookin’ he may be the best back in the NFL. He jumped into the top six with his string first month. 

 

7. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (-1 spot)

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. 

 

8. Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (-1 spot)

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. 

 

9. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (+)

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

 

Henry’s playstyle is a bit unsustainable, however, his role in the Titans offense is undisputed. He leapfrogs into the top ten this week. 

 

10. 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. Though he avoided serious injury, Ekeler takes a hit here due to the lingering effects of soft tissue injuries.

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