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Week 2 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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Our Trade Value Chart is designed to assist you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring league. The values assigned to the players below are strictly a measurement of their Fantasy value heading into the current week. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you might be able to get in return.

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The Bears' offense gave the rest of the world a look at its potential when it rolled up 41 points on the poor Colts in Week 1. A huge key to the Bears' statistical rise is receiver Brandon Marshall, who has reunited with quarterback Jay Cutler in the Windy City. Already it appears that Marshall is being regarded as a quality receiver judging by these trades that were made in CBSSports.com leagues.

Brandon Marshall for Shonn Greene and Brandon Lloyd: According to our trade chart, this is a fair-and-square deal. Marshall, with a value of 17, is equal to the combined numbers of Greene (8) and Lloyd (9). The deal also works in that the owner giving up Marshall is getting a quality replacement in Lloyd along with a running back. I could see this trade working for an owner who has Marshall and Fred Jackson.

Brandon Marshall for Michael Vick and Chris Johnson: This trade is nonsense. Vick and Johnson might be off to ugly starts but combined they're still better for Fantasy owners than just Marshall. The combined value of Vick and Johnson is a rich 40 points -- Marshall would need to be joined by the likes of Matt Ryan or DeMarco Murray to even be in the ballpark of a fair deal.

Brandon Marshall for Trent Richardson and Eric Decker: Still too much for Marshall according to the chart. Again, this could be an example of an owner giving up early on Richardson and dangling him with Decker for an upgrade at receiver. Or maybe the Richardson/Decker owner is loaded at running back and can afford to move him. What he or she doesn't know is an offer of Richardson straight up for Marshall should get some serious consideration.

Brandon Marshall for Matt Forte: A little Bear-on-Bear bartering here, but it can work. Forte has a slight edge on Marshall if only because he'll total more yards and plays at the valuable running back position. But if an owner was stuck at receiver and loaded at running back, then the deal is close enough to work.

Player Value Player Value Player Value
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 34 Steve Smith, WR, CAR 11 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI 5
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 34 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 11 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET 5
Ray Rice, RB, BAL 34 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 11 Mark Ingram, RB, NO 5
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 29 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 10 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 5
Tom Brady, QB, NE 29 Frank Gore, RB, SF 10 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET 5
Drew Brees, QB, NO 29 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT 10 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL 5
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 27 Antonio Gates, TE, SD 9 Robert Meachem, WR, SD 5
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 26 Miles Austin, WR, DAL 9 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD 5
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 23 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 9 Danny Amendola, WR, STL 5
Cam Newton, QB, CAR 23 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE 9 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 4
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN 22 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 9 David Wilson, RB, NYG 4
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 22 Eric Decker, WR, DEN 9 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL 4
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 21 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 9 Fred Davis, TE, WAS 4
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 21 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN 8 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU 4
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 21 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ 8 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 4
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC 20 Kevin Smith, RB, DET 8 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 4
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO 20 Donald Brown, RB, IND 8 Jared Cook, TE, TEN 4
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE 20 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB 8 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK 4
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 19 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 8 Randy Moss, WR, SF 4
Steven Jackson, RB, STL 19 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 8 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA 4
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 19 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 8 Lance Moore, WR, NO 4
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 18 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS 7 Josh Freeman, QB, TB 3
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 18 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 7 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT 3
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE 17 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA 7 Ben Tate, RB, HOU 3
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG 17 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 7 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 3
Doug Martin, RB, TB 17 Vernon Davis, TE, SF 7 Michael Bush, RB, CHI 3
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 17 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB 7 Evan Royster, RB, WAS 3
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI 17 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC 7 Brent Celek, TE, PHI 3
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE 16 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 7 Coby Fleener, TE, IND 3
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 16 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 7 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN 3
Roddy White, WR, ATL 16 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN 7 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ 3
Greg Jennings, WR, GB 16 Nate Washington, WR, TEN 7 Mike Williams, WR, TB 3
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB 16 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 6 Randall Cobb, WR, GB 3
Tony Romo, QB, DAL 15 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU 6 Texans, DST, 2
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 15 Andrew Luck, QB, IND 6 David Akers, K, SF 2
Michael Vick, QB, PHI 15 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 6 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 2
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 15 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 6 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC 2
Michael Turner, RB, ATL 15 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 6 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA 2
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 15 Cedric Benson, RB, GB 6 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN 2
Wes Welker, WR, NE 15 Jason Witten, TE, DAL 6 Roy Helu, RB, WAS 2
Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG 15 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL 6 Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT 2
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG 15 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN 6 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF 2
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 15 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK 6 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL 2
Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE 14 Titus Young, WR, DET 6 Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL 2
Darren Sproles, RB, NO 13 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 5 Greg Little, WR, CLE 2
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN 13 Jake Locker, QB, TEN 5 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF 2
Marques Colston, WR, NO 12 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC 5 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR 2
Philip Rivers, QB, SD 11 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI 5 Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ 2

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Wes Welker very playable if he plays
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:03 am ET) Broncos receiver Wes Welker (concussion) is on track to get cleared and play Sunday night against the Colts. If he does, stick him in your lineup as your flex or WR3. He's a borderline WR2 in PPR leagues.

You can't predict concussions, so it doesn't make sense to sit him unless the team says it will limit his snaps.

In last year's matchup with Indy, Welker drew a healthy 11 targets. He caught seven passes for a season-high 96 yards. As it turns out, it was Welker's only game without a touchdown in the season's first half.

Welker historically starts strong, then fades. He's scored 32 touchdowns with 70.9 receiving yards per game in the first half of the season, compared to 16 touchdowns with 64.6 receiving yards per game in the second half.

Make sure to check the practice reports all week, but start Welker if he's a go.


Ravens re-sign Derek Cox
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Sammy Watkins risky in Week 1
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:25 am ET) The Bills haven't had a bonafide No. 1 receiver since the days of Jim Kelly to Andre Reed, but rookie Sammy Watkins has the talent to be their best wide receiver since the franchise's Super Bowl era. Sure, Eric Moulds, Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson were fine, but with the right quarterback, Watkins can be special.

Unfortunately, Watkins will be catching passes from second-year signal caller EJ Manuel. The team seems to have little confidence in Manuel being the answer at quarterback just one year after drafting him in the first round. Kyle Orton was pulled out of retirement and handed a pricy one-year deal, and one can easily picture the scenario where he's starting games for the team in November and December.

Will Manuel respond to the job-security threat with elevated play? His best shot is to feed his star rookie early and often. Bears cornerback Charles Tillman has made a career off shutting down No. 1 receivers, but he's not the same player at 33 as he was at 25. While he was a plus in coverage as recently as 2012, Tillman struggled on the field between injuries last year. If Watkins had a top-16 quarterback delivering the ball, I'd like him for a big game in Week 1. As it is, Fantasy owners would be best holding off on starting Watkins until the quarterback situation plays itself out for better or for worse.


Fred Jackson may have trouble finding running room in Week 1
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Unlike Spiller, Jackson does much of his work without the benefit of big plays, grinding out his numbers by taking what the defense gives rather than providing a home-run threat on any down. While most of the members of the Bears back seven that was responsible for surrendering so many big plays has returned, the team has overhauled the defense line, signing three new defensive ends and drafting two rotational defensive tackles.

Two of those free-agent additions are Lamarr Houston and Willie Young, the two players that graded out as the best 4-3 defensive ends in run stop percentage last season, per Pro Football Focus. With those two players in tow and second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson taking up space in the middle, Jackson could have difficulty converting on short-yardage or goal-line situations.

It's also fair to wonder how many long scoring drives the Bills will be able to put together if Jackson and the offensive line can't stymie the line's potentially improved rush defense. EJ Manuel hasn't done enough at this point in his career to trust his ability to pick defenses apart with his arm. If the Bills have trouble finding the red zone, Jackson could wind up being a Week 1 Flex option Fantasy owners come to regret.


C.J. Spiller could ride big plays to productive Week 1
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Spiller will be squaring off with the Bears on Sunday. Last season, the Bears turned in by far the worst run defense performance in the league. They surrendered 2,583 rushing yards and 5.3 yards per rush, both marks placing them last in the league. They overhauled the defensive line in the offseason as a result, drafting two rotational defensive tackles and signing three defensive ends.

But if those players can't keep Spiller bottled up at the line all game, he's a threat to break a long touchdown or two. While the Bears run defense was obviously porous as a unit, the back seven was particularly offensive, ranking last in Football Outsiders' second-level yardage and open-field yardage statistics. The Bears didn't do much to upgrade those two levels of the defense either, meaning plenty of broken tackles and long gains are there for the taking if Spiller can find a little daylight. He's a trustworthy RB2 in Week 1 and a must-use in any Flex conversations.


EJ Manuel will look to conquer road woes Sunday
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Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.

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