The search for start-worthy running backs never stops in Fantasy Football.

A few running backs you drafted and pegged as starters won’t be available for Week 1. Obviously that includes suspended Steeler Le’Veon Bell but now it looks like Jamaal Charles could remain sidelined as he puts the final touches on his rehab from a torn ACL. Other teams such as Baltimore and Seattle have question marks at running back heading into the first weekend.

So how much is too much to “rent” a starting running back for the early portion of the season?

DeAngelo Williams RB / Pittsburgh Steelers (2016 preseason stats)


Spencer Ware RB / Kansas City Chiefs (2016 preseason stats)

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We know Williams will get extensive opportunities for the first three weeks while Bell sits out. He’s the most attractive running back to target for an early-season boost, but you have no chance of getting him if he’s on the same roster as Bell. You also have no chance of getting him if the Williams owner doesn’t have another running back to replace him. But Williams himself doesn’t have much long-term appeal because he won’t be a reliable starter in Fantasy once Bell comes back. His value will sink. So, anyone trying to trade Williams away shouldn’t expect big value.

Eli Manning , Chris Ivory , LeGarrette Blount , DeSean Jackson or Travis Kelce should be fair enough exchanges for Williams.

Ware’s not exactly in the same situation. His status is tied to Charles’ ability to not only get on the field but stay on it for 70 percent of the snaps per week. That might last into October, it might last one or two games. But he should fetch the same kind of player in trade as Williams in non-PPR leagues because he’ll likely have at least a minor role once Charles comes back. And unlike Bell in Pittsburgh, Charles is a candidate to re-injure himself since he’s coming back from an injury. If that were to happen and Charles would miss time, Ware would emerge as at least a Top 20 Fantasy running back.

Blake Bortles , Philip Rivers , Ameer Abdullah and Emmanuel Sanders are additional players you could get for Ware in PPR formats.

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.

Running backs

Todd Gurley , LAR3837
David Johnson , ARI3639
Ezekiel Elliott , DAL3334
Lamar Miller , HOU3235
Adrian Peterson , MIN3233
Eddie Lacy , GB2932
Le’Veon Bell, PIT2932
Doug Martin , TB2628
Jamaal Charles, KC2528
Devonta Freeman , ATL2326
Mark Ingram , NO2325
LeSean McCoy , BUF2325
Latavius Murray , OAK2021
C.J. Anderson , DEN1919
Jeremy Hill , CIN1615
DeMarco Murray , TEN1516
Carlos Hyde , SF1516
Thomas Rawls , SEA1514
Melvin Gordon , SD1315
Jeremy Langford , CHI1315
Giovani Bernard , CIN911
Matt Forte , NYJ911
Ryan Mathews , PHI910
Danny Woodhead , SD813
Jonathan Stewart , CAR89
Rashad Jennings , NYG89
Derrick Henry , TEN89
Arian Foster , MIA89
Frank Gore , IND88
Ameer Abdullah, DET88
Chris Ivory, JAC78
DeAngelo Williams , PIT78
Spencer Ware , KC78
LeGarrette Blount, NE76
Duke Johnson , CLE69
Matt Jones , WAS67
Charles Sims , TB57
James White , NE57
Devontae Booker , DEN56
T.J. Yeldon , JAC56
DeAndre Washington , OAK56
Jerick McKinnon , MIN56
Christine Michael , SEA56
Isaiah Crowell , CLE55
Terrance West , BAL55
Kenneth Dixon , BAL55

Wide receivers

Antonio Brown , PIT3943
Odell Beckham , NYG3942
Julio Jones , ATL3842
DeAndre Hopkins , HOU3235
A.J. Green , CIN3235
Dez Bryant , DAL3134
Allen Robinson , JAC2932
Mike Evans , TB2628
Jordy Nelson , GB2527
Brandin Cooks , NO2527
Amari Cooper , OAK2426
Brandon Marshall , NYJ2326
Keenan Allen , SD2326
T.Y. Hilton, IND2123
Sammy Watkins , BUF2022
Alshon Jeffery , CHI1921
Demaryius Thomas , DEN1719
Randall Cobb , GB1619
Kelvin Benjamin , CAR1415
Michael Floyd , ARI1213
Jeremy Maclin , KC1114
Doug Baldwin , SEA1113
Jarvis Landry , MIA1013
Donte Moncrief , IND911
Eric Decker , NYJ911
Larry Fitzgerald , ARI911
Marvin Jones , DET911
Josh Gordon , CLE911
Julian Edelman , NE812
Tyler Lockett , SEA810
John Brown , ARI810
Allen Hurns , JAC89
Jordan Matthews , PHI89
DeSean Jackson, WAS78
Golden Tate , DET69
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN68
Willie Snead , NO57
Stefon Diggs , MIN57
Sterling Shepard , NYG56
Michael Crabtree , OAK56
Tajae Sharpe , TEN56
Will Fuller , HOU55
Devin Funchess , CAR55

Tight ends

Rob Gronkowski , NE3133
Jordan Reed , WAS1214
Greg Olsen , CAR1113
Delanie Walker , TEN810
Coby Fleener , NO89
Travis Kelce, KC78
Antonio Gates , SD66
Julius Thomas , JAC55
Zach Ertz , PHI55
Tyler Eifert , CIN55
Gary Barnidge , CLE55


Aaron Rodgers , GB1515
Cam Newton , CAR1414
Andrew Luck , IND1010
Drew Brees, NO99
Russell Wilson , SEA99
Carson Palmer , ARI88
Tom Brady , NE88
Blake Bortles, JAC77
Eli Manning, NYG77
Philip Rivers, SD77
Tyrod Taylor , BUF66
Derek Carr , OAK66
Ben Roethlisberger , PIT66

Source: CBS Sports / 2016 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Trade Values Chart