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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 Values

NameValueChange From Last Week
Gerrit Cole51
Jacob deGrom493
Ronald Acuna48
Shane Bieber48-1
Juan Soto46
Mookie Betts44-2
Jose Ramirez42
Freddie Freeman41
Trevor Bauer40
Yu Darvish40
Max Scherzer40
Fernando Tatis39
Bryce Harper39-2
Trea Turner38
Trevor Story37
Xander Bogaerts362
Manny Machado36
Aaron Nola36
Tyler Glasnow35
Corbin Burnes33-1
Lucas Giolito33-1
Anthony Rendon32
Clayton Kershaw32
Jack Flaherty32
Alex Bregman32
Brandon Woodruff32
Vladimir Guerrero314
Lance Lynn312
Rafael Devers30
Francisco Lindor29-3
Walker Buehler28
Kenta Maeda27
Zack Wheeler262
Cody Bellinger261
Aaron Judge26
Kyle Tucker252
Bo Bichette25
Ketel Marte254
Christian Yelich25-4
Nolan Arenado25
Jose Altuve24
Whit Merrifield24
Joe Musgrove24
Mike Trout23-22
Shohei Ohtani23
Shohei Ohtani23
Ozzie Albies23
Tim Anderson22
J.D. Martinez221
Hyun-Jin Ryu22
Jose Abreu21-2
Sandy Alcantara21
Jose Berrios21-1
Kris Bryant203
Zack Greinke20
Charlie Morton201
Kyle Hendricks20
Blake Snell20-3
Nick Castellanos19
Yordan Alvarez191
Pete Alonso18
DJ LeMahieu18-4
Ian Anderson18
Julio Urias17
Paul Goldschmidt17
Giancarlo Stanton163
Nelson Cruz16
Josh Hader16
Sonny Gray16
J.T. Realmuto16-4
Corey Seager16
George Springer15
Luke Voit15
Pablo Lopez15
Austin Meadows15
Anthony Rizzo15
Liam Hendriks14
Trent Grisham14-2
Kevin Gausman142
Max Muncy14
Edwin Diaz13
John Means131
Gleyber Torres13
Freddy Peralta131
Carlos Correa13
Max Fried13
Lance McCullers13
Dylan Bundy13
Matt Olson13-2
Aroldis Chapman12
Carlos Santana125
Teoscar Hernandez11
Javier Baez112
Charlie Blackmon11-2
Tyler Mahle11-1
Byron Buxton105
Randy Arozarena101
Alex Verdugo10
Kenley Jansen101
Trevor Rogers10-2
Carlos Rodon101
Salvador Perez10
Stephen Strasburg102
Mitch Haniger101
Eugenio Suarez10-2
Jesus Luzardo10-1
Mike Yastrzemski10
Luis Castillo9-16
Jesse Winker92
Mark Melancon92
Josh Donaldson9
Marcell Ozuna9-14
Jarred Kelenic9-2
Raisel Iglesias9
Brandon Lowe9
Wil Myers9
Adalberto Mondesi95
Jazz Chisholm8
Craig Kimbrel8
Yoan Moncada8
Lourdes Gurriel8
Hector Neris8
Trey Mancini83
Matt Chapman8-1
Willson Contreras8-2
Michael Brantley8
Zach Eflin8
Ryan McMahon82
Eduardo Rodriguez8
Rhys Hoskins8
Marcus Stroman8
Aaron Civale8
Robbie Ray84
Michael Conforto8-3
Zach Plesac7-1
Dansby Swanson7-4
Eric Hosmer7
Starling Marte7
Eddie Rosario7
Jared Walsh7
Gio Urshela7
Will Smith7
Will Smith7
Emmanuel Clase7
Chris Paddack7
Frankie Montas7
Austin Riley75
Cavan Biggio7-4
Adolis Garcia61
Willie Calhoun6
Joey Gallo6-2
Yasmani Grandal6
Mike Moustakas6-3
Max Kepler6
Yermin Mercedes6-1
Sixto Sanchez6
Jameson Taillon6
Yusei Kikuchi6
Dallas Keuchel6
Marco Gonzales6
Jeff McNeil5-5
Marcus Semien5
Justin Turner5
Alex Reyes5
Mark Canha52
Yuli Gurriel52
Patrick Corbin5-1
Ryan Pressly5
Dylan Carlson5-2
Christian Vazquez5
Diego Castillo5
Griffin Canning5
Michael Pineda5
Adam Wainwright5
Joey Votto5
Matt Barnes5
Nico Hoerner5
Ramon Laureano41
Omar Narvaez41
Nick Solak4
Jake Cronenworth4
Jonathan Villar42
Bryan Reynolds44
Garrett Hampson4
Wander Franco4
Noah Syndergaard41
Dominic Smith4-2
Dinelson Lamet4
Anthony Santander4
Sean Manaea4
Carson Kelly42
Lou Trivino33
Isiah Kiner-Falefa31
Avisail Garcia3
Ke'Bryan Hayes3
Tommy Edman3
Raimel Tapia33
Kolten Wong3
Cedric Mullins3
James Karinchak32
Tyler Naquin3
Alex Kirilloff3
Adbert Alzolay33
Luis Severino3
Brady Singer3
Brendan Rodgers3
Andrew Benintendi3
Andrew Heaney3-1
Alex Wood3
Jorge Polanco3
Carlos Carrasco3
Anthony DeSclafani3
Michael Kopech3
Jordan Montgomery3
Shane McClanahan3
Jose Urquidy3
Framber Valdez3-2
Michael Fulmer22
Brad Hand2
Andrew Vaughn22
Ryan Mountcastle2
Nate Lowe2
Kendall Graveman2-1
Jean Segura22
Didi Gregorius2-1
Kyle Schwarber2
Chris Sale2
Josh Staumont22
Nick Senzel2
Yimi Garcia2
Ty France2
Cesar Hernandez22
Mike Minor22
Matthew Boyd2
Jake Diekman22
Alec 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 Marquez2-1
Jorge Soler2-4

Roto Trade Values 

Change From Last Week
Ronald Acuna43
Fernando Tatis423
Juan Soto41
Gerrit Cole41
Mookie Betts40-2
Trea Turner39
Jacob deGrom38
Jose Ramirez38
Shane Bieber37-2
Trevor Story36
Bryce Harper35-2
Freddie Freeman34
Trevor Bauer33
Max Scherzer33
Yu Darvish33
Xander Bogaerts322
Manny Machado32
Vladimir Guerrero294
Tyler Glasnow29
Anthony Rendon28
Aaron Nola28
Corbin Burnes28-1
Tim Anderson27
Francisco Lindor27-3
Clayton Kershaw27
Lucas Giolito27-1
Jack Flaherty26
Byron Buxton267
Rafael Devers26
Alex Bregman26
Brandon Woodruff26
Cody Bellinger251
J.D. Martinez251
Whit Merrifield25
Walker Buehler25
Kyle Tucker252
Lance Lynn242
Bo Bichette23
Christian Yelich23-4
Ketel Marte234
Ozzie Albies22
Aaron Judge22
Zack Wheeler222
Kris Bryant223
Mike Trout22-1
Jose Altuve21
Nolan Arenado21
Kenta Maeda21
Giancarlo Stanton206
Shohei Ohtani20
Adalberto Mondesi202
Pete Alonso20
Joe Musgrove20
Shohei Ohtani20
Nick Castellanos19
Yordan Alvarez191
Jose Abreu19-2
Nelson Cruz18
Corey Seager18
DJ LeMahieu17-3
Hyun-Jin Ryu17
Julio Urias17
Sandy Alcantara17
Josh Hader16
Edwin Diaz16
Liam Hendriks16
Paul Goldschmidt16
Teoscar Hernandez16
Trent Grisham16-2
Jose Berrios15-1
Javier Baez152
Luke Voit15
Zack Greinke15
J.T. Realmuto15-4
Pablo Lopez15
Austin Meadows15
Kyle Hendricks15
Charlie Morton151
Matt Olson14-3
George Springer14
Aroldis Chapman14
Ramon Laureano141
Ian Anderson14
Gleyber Torres13
Randy Arozarena131
Starling Marte13
Alex Verdugo13
Sonny Gray13
Blake Snell13-3
Max Muncy13
John Means131
Kevin Gausman135
Kenley Jansen131
Carlos Rodon131
Trevor Rogers12-2
Anthony Rizzo12
Carlos Correa12
Salvador Perez12
Max Fried12
Yoan Moncada12
Lourdes Gurriel12
Craig Kimbrel12
Freddy Peralta121
Jarred Kelenic12-2
Eddie Rosario11
Raisel Iglesias11
Charlie Blackmon11-2
Lance McCullers11
Dylan Bundy11
Mitch Haniger111
Matt Chapman11-1
Brandon Lowe11
Jazz Chisholm11
Jesse Winker102
Wil Myers10
Brad Hand10
Willson Contreras10-2
Joey Gallo10-2
Jared Walsh10
Mark Melancon102
Trey Mancini103
Marcus Semien9
Michael Brantley9
Josh Donaldson9
Mike Moustakas9-3
Gio Urshela9
Eugenio Suarez9-2
Tyler Mahle9-1
Zach Eflin9
Ryan McMahon92
Luis Castillo8-14
Marcell Ozuna8-14
Justin Turner8
Robbie Ray83
Ryan Pressly8
Eric Hosmer8
Stephen Strasburg82
Rhys Hoskins8
Will Smith8
Alex Reyes8
Will Smith8
Zach Plesac8
Eduardo Rodriguez8
Dylan Carlson8-2
Jesus Luzardo8-1
Jeff McNeil8-3
Michael Conforto8-3
Marcus Stroman8
Aaron Civale8
Garrett Hampson8
Adolis Garcia81
Carlos Santana85
Ke'Bryan Hayes7
Hector Neris7
Victor Robles7-1
Dansby Swanson7-3
Emmanuel Clase7
Yuli Gurriel62
Alec Bohm6
Austin Riley63
Tommy Edman6
Nick Solak6
Mark Canha62
Max Kepler6
Kolten Wong6
Christian Vazquez6
Jake Cronenworth6
Isiah Kiner-Falefa61
Willie Calhoun6
Didi Gregorius6-1
Diego Castillo6
Mike Yastrzemski6
Nate Lowe6
Yermin Mercedes6-1
Cavan Biggio6-4
Wander Franco6
Omar Narvaez51
Raimel Tapia53
Anthony Santander5
Ian Happ53
Chris Paddack5
Alex Kirilloff5
Andrew Benintendi5
Sean Manaea5
Matt Barnes5
Carson Kelly52
Yusei Kikuchi5
Yasmani Grandal5
Cedric Mullins5
Jameson Taillon5
Dominic Smith5-2
Noah Syndergaard51
Jonathan Villar52
Alek Manoah5
Nick Senzel4
Andrew Heaney4-1
Patrick Corbin4-1
Dylan Cease4-1
Kendall Graveman4-1
Nick Madrigal4
Jean Segura42
Bryan Reynolds44
Tommy Pham4
James Karinchak42
Kyle 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 Vaughn42
Luis Robert4-1
Tyler Naquin4
Luis Severino4
Framber Valdez4-2
Josh Rojas4-2
Joey Votto3
Jorge Polanco3
Carlos Carrasco3
Lou Trivino33
Taylor Rogers3
Chris Sale3
Gary Sanchez3
Brady Singer3
Yimi Garcia3
Chris Taylor3
Jorge Soler3-4
Ty France3
Drew Smyly3
Myles Straw3
Michael Kopech3
Brendan Rodgers3
Marco Gonzales3
Randal Grichuk3
J.D. Davis3
Ian Kennedy3
Cesar Valdez3-3
Avisail Garcia3
Jose Urquidy3
Zac Gallen3-2
Franmil Reyes3-5
Anthony DeSclafani3
Jo Adell3
Adbert Alzolay33
Ryan Mountcastle2
Dinelson Lamet2
Josh Bell2
Cesar Hernandez22
Mike Minor22
Chris Bassitt21
Josh Staumont22
Michael Fulmer22
Nathan Eovaldi2
Matthew Boyd2
German Marquez2-1
Eduardo Escobar2
Jordan Montgomery2
A.J. Pollock2
Amed Rosario2