Fantasy Baseball Week 9 trade values chart for H2H and Roto: How to value injured stars like Mike Trout

Dealing with injuries has been an unfortunate part of the 2021 MLB season that every Fantasy player has had to deal with, and the last week hasn’t made things any easier. Mike Trout went on the IL last week with a calf strain that could cost him a couple of months, and he was joined by, among others, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, Zach Plesac, Nick Senzel, Franmil Reyes, Lance McCullers, Kenta Maeda, and, just Wednesday, Corey Kluber (shoulder), Luke Voit (oblique) and Marcell Ozuna (finger). 

It’s just been that kind of year, and the injuries aren’t showing any signs of slowing down. Which means, you might need to start thinking about trading from a position of strength to fill some holes in your lineup. Or, you might need to start considering trading your star players on the IL at a discount, just to get someone in the lineup. 

And, if you’re in a good spot in the early going, now might be the perfect time to start trying to take advantage of others’ desperation by acquiring some of their injured stars. If you’re sitting at 6-2 in a points league or with a solid lead in a Roto league, taking the short-term loss might be worth it if you could get someone like Trout or Corey Seager to provide a big boost once they come back. 

While I try to provide suggested trade values for every player in this column every week, when it comes to injured players, so much comes down to that team context. I’ve got Trout valued as a 22-point player in points leagues, right around the same value as someone like Nick Castellanos rest of season. But, if you’ve got Trout on your roster and you are 3-5, you’d probably much rather have Castellanos. Sure, it might make your team less likely to win a title if you get to the playoffs and Trout is healthy, but you may not get to the playoffs if you don’t fill that hole. 

If you’re off to a poor start, you probably want to discount the injured players on this list at least a few points. You might need to be willing to take a “loss” in the long term in a trade. Because if you don’t even make the playoffs, it doesn’t matter much at all that you might have “won” the trade in a vacuum, because by the time you start to recoup whatever you might have lost, it’ll be too late for it to matter.

Now, that’s not the same thing as saying teams low in the standings should focus on sure production over upside in all trades. The opposite is true when you’re talking about non-injured players, actually; you should probably be prioritizing slumping stars in deals. For example, I’ve got Luis Castillo as a nine point player in the chart now, a significant decrease from where he’d been previously, because I just can’t trust him to turn this around. It’s not the most likely outcome, which is what we’re typically dealing with.

However, if you’re at the bottom of the standings with a need at pitching, Castillo’s downside risk doesn’t really matter anymore. He can only hurt you so much now. But his upside can absolutely propel you up the standings. Right now, the most likely outcome is that someone like Freddy Peralta or Trevor Rogers returns more value than Castillo the rest of the way, but neither can hope to match Castillo’s best-case scenario as an ace capable of racking up significant innings totals. So, taking that swing on Castillo makes more sense if you’re in desperate straits. 

And if you’re in first place? Well, you’ve got the luxury to do pretty much whatever you want — assuming you believe your team’s success is sustainable. Taking on an injured star has value if you can weather the short-term hit; buying into a slumping star is also reasonable because you can presumably stomach whatever struggles they do go through. However, you’ve got the luxury of not needing to do anything in particular, and jettisoning also has a lot of value if you’re in this position — the last thing you need is for someone like Castillo to tank your ratios if he doesn’t turn it around. 

Ultimately, these values are just suggestions, they aren’t hard and fast rules, and your personal situation and how you view any given player is going to play a significant role in how you value individual players. This can be a guide, but don’t feel like you have to make a deal that doesn’t make sense for your team. In a season like this one, flexibility is going to be key. 

Here are my updated trade values for Week 9:

H2H Points Trade ValuesNameValueChange From Last WeekGerrit Cole51
Jacob deGrom493Ronald Acuna48
Shane Bieber48-1Juan Soto46
Mookie Betts44-2Jose Ramirez42
Freddie Freeman41
Trevor Bauer40
Yu Darvish40
Max Scherzer40
Fernando Tatis39
Bryce Harper39-2Trea Turner38
Trevor Story37
Xander Bogaerts362Manny Machado36
Aaron Nola36
Tyler Glasnow35
Corbin Burnes33-1Lucas Giolito33-1Anthony Rendon32
Clayton Kershaw32
Jack Flaherty32
Alex Bregman32
Brandon Woodruff32
Vladimir Guerrero314Lance Lynn312Rafael Devers30
Francisco Lindor29-3Walker Buehler28
Kenta Maeda27
Zack Wheeler262Cody Bellinger261Aaron Judge26
Kyle Tucker252Bo Bichette25
Ketel Marte254Christian Yelich25-4Nolan Arenado25
Jose Altuve24
Whit Merrifield24
Joe Musgrove24
Mike Trout23-22Shohei Ohtani23
Shohei Ohtani23
Ozzie Albies23
Tim Anderson22
J.D. Martinez221Hyun-Jin Ryu22
Jose Abreu21-2Sandy Alcantara21
Jose Berrios21-1Kris Bryant203Zack Greinke20
Charlie Morton201Kyle Hendricks20
Blake Snell20-3Nick Castellanos19
Yordan Alvarez191Pete Alonso18
DJ LeMahieu18-4Ian Anderson18
Julio Urias17
Paul Goldschmidt17
Giancarlo Stanton163Nelson Cruz16
Josh Hader16
Sonny Gray16
J.T. Realmuto16-4Corey Seager16
George Springer15
Luke Voit15
Pablo Lopez15
Austin Meadows15
Anthony Rizzo15
Liam Hendriks14
Trent Grisham14-2Kevin Gausman142Max Muncy14
Edwin Diaz13
John Means131Gleyber Torres13
Freddy Peralta131Carlos Correa13
Max Fried13
Lance McCullers13
Dylan Bundy13
Matt Olson13-2Aroldis Chapman12
Carlos Santana125Teoscar Hernandez11
Javier Baez112Charlie Blackmon11-2Tyler Mahle11-1Byron Buxton105Randy Arozarena101Alex Verdugo10
Kenley Jansen101Trevor Rogers10-2Carlos Rodon101Salvador Perez10
Stephen Strasburg102Mitch Haniger101Eugenio Suarez10-2Jesus Luzardo10-1Mike Yastrzemski10
Luis Castillo9-16Jesse Winker92Mark Melancon92Josh Donaldson9
Marcell Ozuna9-14Jarred Kelenic9-2Raisel Iglesias9
Brandon Lowe9
Wil Myers9
Adalberto Mondesi95Jazz Chisholm8
Craig Kimbrel8
Yoan Moncada8
Lourdes Gurriel8
Hector Neris8
Trey Mancini83Matt Chapman8-1Willson Contreras8-2Michael Brantley8
Zach Eflin8
Ryan McMahon82Eduardo Rodriguez8
Rhys Hoskins8
Marcus Stroman8
Aaron Civale8
Robbie Ray84Michael Conforto8-3Zach Plesac7-1Dansby Swanson7-4Eric Hosmer7
Starling Marte7
Eddie Rosario7
Jared Walsh7
Gio Urshela7
Will Smith7
Will Smith7
Emmanuel Clase7
Chris Paddack7
Frankie Montas7
Austin Riley75Cavan Biggio7-4Adolis Garcia61Willie Calhoun6
Joey Gallo6-2Yasmani Grandal6
Mike Moustakas6-3Max Kepler6
Yermin Mercedes6-1Sixto Sanchez6
Jameson Taillon6
Yusei Kikuchi6
Dallas Keuchel6
Marco Gonzales6
Jeff McNeil5-5Marcus Semien5
Justin Turner5
Alex Reyes5
Mark Canha52Yuli Gurriel52Patrick Corbin5-1Ryan Pressly5
Dylan Carlson5-2Christian Vazquez5
Diego Castillo5
Griffin Canning5
Michael Pineda5
Adam Wainwright5
Joey Votto5
Matt Barnes5
Nico Hoerner5
Ramon Laureano41Omar Narvaez41Nick Solak4
Jake Cronenworth4
Jonathan Villar42Bryan Reynolds44Garrett Hampson4
Wander Franco4
Noah Syndergaard41Dominic Smith4-2Dinelson Lamet4
Anthony Santander4
Sean Manaea4
Carson Kelly42Lou Trivino33Isiah Kiner-Falefa31Avisail Garcia3
Ke’Bryan Hayes3
Tommy Edman3
Raimel Tapia33Kolten Wong3
Cedric Mullins3
James Karinchak32Tyler Naquin3
Alex Kirilloff3
Adbert Alzolay33Luis Severino3
Brady Singer3
Brendan Rodgers3
Andrew Benintendi3
Andrew Heaney3-1Alex Wood3
Jorge Polanco3
Carlos Carrasco3
Anthony DeSclafani3
Michael Kopech3
Jordan Montgomery3
Shane McClanahan3
Jose Urquidy3
Framber Valdez3-2Michael Fulmer22Brad Hand2
Andrew Vaughn22Ryan Mountcastle2
Nate Lowe2
Kendall Graveman2-1Jean Segura22Didi Gregorius2-1Kyle Schwarber2
Chris Sale2
Josh Staumont22Nick Senzel2
Yimi Garcia2
Ty France2
Cesar Hernandez22Mike Minor22Matthew Boyd2
Jake Diekman22Alec Bohm2
Josh Bell2
Joey Wendle2
Tommy Pham2
Jesus Aguilar2
Gavin Lux2
Clint Frazier2
Drew Smyly2
J.D. Davis2
Madison Bumgarner2
Manuel Margot2
Domingo German2
Rich Hill2
Tony Gonsolin2
Jed Lowrie2
Amed Rosario2
German Marquez2-1Jorge Soler2-4 Roto Trade Values  Name
Change From Last WeekRonald Acuna43
Fernando Tatis423Juan Soto41
Gerrit Cole41
Mookie Betts40-2Trea Turner39
Jacob deGrom38
Jose Ramirez38
Shane Bieber37-2Trevor Story36
Bryce Harper35-2Freddie Freeman34
Trevor Bauer33
Max Scherzer33
Yu Darvish33
Xander Bogaerts322Manny Machado32
Vladimir Guerrero294Tyler Glasnow29
Anthony Rendon28
Aaron Nola28
Corbin Burnes28-1Tim Anderson27
Francisco Lindor27-3Clayton Kershaw27
Lucas Giolito27-1Jack Flaherty26
Byron Buxton267Rafael Devers26
Alex Bregman26
Brandon Woodruff26
Cody Bellinger251J.D. Martinez251Whit Merrifield25
Walker Buehler25
Kyle Tucker252Lance Lynn242Bo Bichette23
Christian Yelich23-4Ketel Marte234Ozzie Albies22
Aaron Judge22
Zack Wheeler222Kris Bryant223Mike Trout22-1Jose Altuve21
Nolan Arenado21
Kenta Maeda21
Giancarlo Stanton206Shohei Ohtani20
Adalberto Mondesi202Pete Alonso20
Joe Musgrove20
Shohei Ohtani20
Nick Castellanos19
Yordan Alvarez191Jose Abreu19-2Nelson Cruz18
Corey Seager18
DJ LeMahieu17-3Hyun-Jin Ryu17
Julio Urias17
Sandy Alcantara17
Josh Hader16
Edwin Diaz16
Liam Hendriks16
Paul Goldschmidt16
Teoscar Hernandez16
Trent Grisham16-2Jose Berrios15-1Javier Baez152Luke Voit15
Zack Greinke15
J.T. Realmuto15-4Pablo Lopez15
Austin Meadows15
Kyle Hendricks15
Charlie Morton151Matt Olson14-3George Springer14
Aroldis Chapman14
Ramon Laureano141Ian Anderson14
Gleyber Torres13
Randy Arozarena131Starling Marte13
Alex Verdugo13
Sonny Gray13
Blake Snell13-3Max Muncy13
John Means131Kevin Gausman135Kenley Jansen131Carlos Rodon131Trevor Rogers12-2Anthony Rizzo12
Carlos Correa12
Salvador Perez12
Max Fried12
Yoan Moncada12
Lourdes Gurriel12
Craig Kimbrel12
Freddy Peralta121Jarred Kelenic12-2Eddie Rosario11
Raisel Iglesias11
Charlie Blackmon11-2Lance McCullers11
Dylan Bundy11
Mitch Haniger111Matt Chapman11-1Brandon Lowe11
Jazz Chisholm11
Jesse Winker102Wil Myers10
Brad Hand10
Willson Contreras10-2Joey Gallo10-2Jared Walsh10
Mark Melancon102Trey Mancini103Marcus Semien9
Michael Brantley9
Josh Donaldson9
Mike Moustakas9-3Gio Urshela9
Eugenio Suarez9-2Tyler Mahle9-1Zach Eflin9
Ryan McMahon92Luis Castillo8-14Marcell Ozuna8-14Justin Turner8
Robbie Ray83Ryan Pressly8
Eric Hosmer8
Stephen Strasburg82Rhys Hoskins8
Will Smith8
Alex Reyes8
Will Smith8
Zach Plesac8
Eduardo Rodriguez8
Dylan Carlson8-2Jesus Luzardo8-1Jeff McNeil8-3Michael Conforto8-3Marcus Stroman8
Aaron Civale8
Garrett Hampson8
Adolis Garcia81Carlos Santana85Ke’Bryan Hayes7
Hector Neris7
Victor Robles7-1Dansby Swanson7-3Emmanuel Clase7
Yuli Gurriel62Alec Bohm6
Austin Riley63Tommy Edman6
Nick Solak6
Mark Canha62Max Kepler6
Kolten Wong6
Christian Vazquez6
Jake Cronenworth6
Isiah Kiner-Falefa61Willie Calhoun6
Didi Gregorius6-1Diego Castillo6
Mike Yastrzemski6
Nate Lowe6
Yermin Mercedes6-1Cavan Biggio6-4Wander Franco6
Omar Narvaez51Raimel Tapia53Anthony Santander5
Ian Happ53Chris Paddack5
Alex Kirilloff5
Andrew Benintendi5
Sean Manaea5
Matt Barnes5
Carson Kelly52Yusei Kikuchi5
Yasmani Grandal5
Cedric Mullins5
Jameson Taillon5
Dominic Smith5-2Noah Syndergaard51Jonathan Villar52Alek Manoah5
Nick Senzel4
Andrew Heaney4-1Patrick Corbin4-1Dylan Cease4-1Kendall Graveman4-1Nick Madrigal4
Jean Segura42Bryan Reynolds44Tommy Pham4
James Karinchak42Kyle Schwarber4
Frankie Montas4
C.J. Cron4
Buster Posey4
Griffin Canning4
Sixto Sanchez4
Michael Pineda4
Adam Wainwright4
Kyle Lewis4
Jesus Aguilar4
Gavin Lux4
Dallas Keuchel4
Clint Frazier4
Alex Wood4
Andrew Vaughn42Luis Robert4-1Tyler Naquin4
Luis Severino4
Framber Valdez4-2Josh Rojas4-2Joey Votto3
Jorge Polanco3
Carlos Carrasco3
Lou Trivino33Taylor Rogers3
Chris Sale3
Gary Sanchez3
Brady Singer3
Yimi Garcia3
Chris Taylor3
Jorge Soler3-4Ty France3
Drew Smyly3
Myles Straw3
Michael Kopech3
Brendan Rodgers3
Marco Gonzales3
Randal Grichuk3
J.D. Davis3
Ian Kennedy3
Cesar Valdez3-3Avisail Garcia3
Jose Urquidy3
Zac Gallen3-2Franmil Reyes3-5Anthony DeSclafani3
Jo Adell3
Adbert Alzolay33Ryan Mountcastle2
Dinelson Lamet2
Josh Bell2
Cesar Hernandez22Mike Minor22Chris Bassitt21Josh Staumont22Michael Fulmer22Nathan Eovaldi2
Matthew Boyd2
German Marquez2-1Eduardo Escobar2
Jordan Montgomery2
A.J. Pollock2
Amed Rosario2

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