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Week 7 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. This list should also provide a glimpse into how we feel about a player for the remainder of the season.

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Some people gravitate to Patriots running backs because of their cupcake role in a dynamic offense. Others scramble away from them because of their head coach. Bill Belichick has been known to lean on a running back one week and not use him the next because his skills aren't what they look for in their game plan. The Patriots tailor their offense to the weaknesses of their opponent; sometimes that means a betweeen-the-tackles runner like Stevan Ridley just doesn't get a lot of use.

But for Ridley, a lightened load is less than 18 carries. Through six weeks, Ridley has matched or exceeded that number four times. Last week he took on a Seahawks defense loaded with talented run stuffers and the Patriots still gave him 16 attempts, partially because they didn't want to risk an extensive injury to Brandon Bolden, who left with a knee problem. Despite fumbles in each of his previous two games (one lost), Ridley is far and away the Patriots' leader in carries and has a good rushing average to go with it. If it keeps up, he'll be a wrecking ball for lesser defenses to contend with because they can't stack the box to contain him (obviously).

What Fantasy owners have to determine is whether they're cool with a back who might not get a ton of work from week to week, depending on how Belichick deciphers his opponent. But in the case of Ridley, he'll still get some carries, even in the face of a tough opponent like the Seahawks in their home nest. That makes him appealing and coming off of his worst game of the season against those Seahawks, perhaps now is the time for a confident Fantasy owner to make a play for Ridley, especially if Ridley's owned by a jittery person who can't handle the purported uncertainty surrounding his rusher.

Here are some actual trades that have gone down on CBSSports.com involving Ridley:

Stevan Ridley and Sidney Rice for Percy Harvin and Jake Locker: As much as I like Harvin as a reliable Fantasy receiver, this seems like too much to give for him. If I owned Harvin and was offered a capable running back and decent receiver for him, I'd make the move if I wanted running back depth -- and who doesn't need running back depth?

Stevan Ridley and Dennis Pitta for Tony Gonzalez: This reeks of an owner freaking out over Ridley's coach and dumping him for an upgrade at tight end. Despite Gonzalez's incredible start to the season and Pitta's poor numbers over the last three weeks, the owner basically chucked Ridley. It's OK to not be in love with Ridley's situation but it doesn't mean you should give him away.

Stevan Ridley for Andre Johnson: Even this trade doesn't work because Johnson's value seems to be in name only. Johnson's disappointing season (25 catches for 358 yards and two touchdowns) isn't reflective of his abilities but rather his role in the Texans' balanced offense and defenses doing what they can to take him away. It's a great idea to trade for Johnson now, but giving Ridley seems like too much given Ridley's performance and potential.

Player Value Player Value Player Value
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 35 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE 13 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA 6
Ray Rice, RB, BAL 34 Eric Decker, WR, DEN 13 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 6
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 29 Miles Austin, WR, DAL 13 Heath Miller, TE, PIT 5
Drew Brees, QB, NO 25 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 12 Felix Jones, RB, DAL 5
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 25 Doug Martin, RB, TB 12 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 5
Tom Brady, QB, NE 25 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL 12 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 5
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 24 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 12 Vick Ballard, RB, IND 5
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 24 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 12 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 5
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 23 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 12 Randall Cobb, WR, GB 5
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 23 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB 11 Mike Williams, WR, TB 5
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC 22 Vernon Davis, TE, SF 11 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 5
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN 22 Michael Vick, QB, PHI 11 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ 5
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 21 Michael Turner, RB, ATL 10 Brent Celek, TE, PHI 5
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 21 Darren Sproles, RB, NO 10 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB 5
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 20 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 10 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA 5
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 20 Antonio Gates, TE, SD 10 Alex Green, RB, GB 5
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 20 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 10 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 4
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG 20 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET 10 Scott Chandler, TE, BUF 4
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS 20 Tony Romo, QB, DAL 10 Fred Davis, TE, WAS 4
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE 20 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN 10 Brandon Bolden, RB, NE 4
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO 20 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 9 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF 4
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE 19 Andrew Luck, QB, IND 9 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET 4
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 19 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 9 Ben Tate, RB, HOU 4
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 19 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN 9 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC 4
Wes Welker, WR, NE 19 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 9 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 4
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 19 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 9 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB 3
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG 18 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 9 David Wilson, RB, NYG 3
Roddy White, WR, ATL 18 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG 9 Lance Moore, WR, NO 3
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI 18 James Jones, WR, GB 9 William Powell, RB, ARI 3
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 18 Greg Jennings, WR, GB 9 Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG 3
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 18 Steve Smith, WR, CAR 9 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL 3
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE 18 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 9 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN 3
Frank Gore, RB, SF 18 Jason Witten, TE, DAL 9 Nate Washington, WR, TEN 3
Marques Colston, WR, NO 18 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK 8 Michael Bush, RB, CHI 3
Cam Newton, QB, CAR 17 Philip Rivers, QB, SD 8 49ers/Bears DST 3
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 17 Steven Jackson, RB, STL 8 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 2
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA 17 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE 8 Christian Ponder, QB, MIN 2
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 17 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 7 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 2
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT 17 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU 7 Mark Ingram, RB, NO 2
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 17 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD 7 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 2
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 16 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU 7 Andre Roberts, WR, ARI 2
Willis McGahee, RB, DEN 15 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 7 Donnie Avery, WR, IND 2
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 15 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 7 Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ 2
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB 14 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL 6 Donald Brown, RB, IND 2

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Bears sign CB Alan Ball to one-year deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:44 pm ET) The Bears have signed cornerback Alan Ball to a one-year contract on Friday, per the team's official website.

Ball, 29, spent the last two seasons with the Jaguars, but was limited to only seven games in 2014 due to a biceps injury. He racked up 59 total tackles, 17 passes deflected and three interceptions over that span. He has played eight NFL seasons with the Cowboys, Texans and Jags.


Titans sign CB Brandon Harris to one-year deal
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) The Titans have signed cornerback Brandon Harris to a one-year contract on Friday, per the team's official website. Harris played 11 games in 2014, his first season with the Titans. He finished with 11 combined tackles and three pass deflections last season.

Redskins' Thompson, Redd to compete for third-down back role
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:24 am ET) Redskins coach Jay Gruden said this week at the NFL owners' meetings running back Chris Thompson will get the first chance to secure third-down responsibilities, according to The Washington Post. Silas Redd will also get consideration for the role of third-down back.

“Chris [Thompson] came in last year at the end and did some things, and we’re hoping that he can come back and stay healthy in the offseason and give us a little jolt back there,” Gruden said. “And Silas Redd will get every chance to do some things also.”

Although, the Redskins could look to bring in some competition before training camp begins.

“I also think that at the running back position in the draft, there’s a ton of them,” Gruden said. “It’s a very deep running back draft in my opinion, and we’re excited to add another piece at some point, hopefully. We have seven picks. Hopefully one of them will be a running back, or a free agent to compete. There are some good free agents that haven’t been signed yet. But, giving Chris an opportunity, Silas, Alfred (Morris), that’s where it starts. And we’ll add some more later on for competition.”


Falcons could bring in Matt Schaub to vie for backup QB role
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:10 am ET) Falcons coach Dan Quinn is not ruling out bringing back former Atlanta quarterback Matt Schaub to compete for the backup role behind starter Matt Ryan, per ESPN.

"Schaub is certainly somebody that we could [add]," Quinn said. "As we get through it, we'll let you know if we go down that road."

The 34-year-old Schaub was released by the Raiders in mid-March. T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree are the other quarterbacks on the Falcons' roster.


Panthers' Rivera expecting Stephen Hill to contribute in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:45 am ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes wide receiver Stephen Hill is ready to make an impact in 2015 after spending the 2014 season on the practice squad, per ESPN.

“Very much so," Rivera said Wednesday during the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix. “He’s a guy we feel has an opportunity. We’re very excited about [seeing] Stephen during OTAs and minicamp.

“With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do -- and I think he will; he seems to be a very smart man -- he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us."

Rivera felt Hill's year on the practice squad was beneficial after the 2012 second-round pick failed to live up to expectations during his tenure with the Jets. 

“I thought it was a good opportunity to take a step back and take a break," Rivera said. “The thing I liked about Stephen was how he contributed to our football team’s success. He came in. He had been a second-round pick. He had no assumptions, no entitlement.

“He ran all the scout teams for us. He ran them hard. Gave us great looks, which is what makes us excited 'cause you watch a guy perform who could very easily dog it, and he didn’t. And you saw him grow. You saw him make catches. You saw him get comfortable in his own skin again."


Terence Newman reunites with Mike Zimmer in Minnesota
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:16 am ET) The Vikings announced Friday they signed cornerback Terence Newman, who played for coach Mike Zimmer in Dallas and Cincinnati.

“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said, per the team's official website. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

Although terms of the deal were not officially released, NFL.com reported earlier this week the veteran cornerback's deal is a one-year, $2.5 million contract.


Gruden: Redskins 'keeping a close eye' on Santana Moss
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET) With wide receiver Santana Moss still looking to continue his NFL career, Washington coach Jay Gruden said there is a chance the Redskins might re-sign the veteran receiver, who had just 10 catches in 2014.

"We're keeping a close eye on Santana," Gruden said at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix, per ESPN. "You know, that's something that we know where Santana is and he knows where we are, and something may work out down the road.

"I could always play with Santana. Santana's a great person. He's great in the locker room for us. He knows all the positions. I know he's going to be in great shape, and I would not hesitate one bit to call him."


Jaguars' Thomas won't try to measure up to Broncos' numbers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:11 am ET) New Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas told SI.com he has already begun working with quarterback Blake Bortles.

"It’s exciting, that first time you get to work out with your new quarterback," he said. "We’ve got a couple thousand more reps to go, but I’m really looking forward to that chemistry and growing with that entire offense."

The expectations will be elevated for Thomas, who is coming off two great seasons with the Broncos. However, Thomas isn't out to prove he can have the same production without Peyton Manning throwing him passes.

"I think I’ve got to be a little bit cautious on trying to prove so much," he said. "I think I’ve just got to go out there and work my hardest, and do everything I can to win every route, and see what happens. I don’t want to set a goal of 'I gotta have these numbers.' I’m just going to work my hardest every day, do everything I can to become a better player, and do everything I can to help out my team and this offense."

Thomas is also confident he will be able to coexist on offense with veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who has been with the team since 2006.

"I don’t think we’ll have any problem playing together," he said. "I was actually talking to him this weekend. I ran into him; we both live in L.A. He’s a really good guy. I’ve met him a couple times before. We both have the same marketing company, so we know the same people, and people that I respect speak very highly of him. I think we complement each other very well. There are going to be things that he can teach me, and I can learn from him."


Former Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin: I still believe in Chip Kelly
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:59 am ET) Former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin apparently has no ill-will toward Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly. Although the Eagles could not match the Chiefs' five-year, $55 million contract offer, which Maclin signed in mid-March, Maclin is still a fan of Kelly, who has overhauled the Eagles' roster this offseason.

"I still believe in Chip," Maclin said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think Chip's going to do great things here. I have the utmost respect for him. Unfortunately, we couldn't get something worked out. But at the end of the day I'm very excited about playing for Kansas City and playing for Big Red."

As well as Maclin not being brought back, the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles. They also released defensive end Trent Cole and offensive lineman Todd Herremans.

Maclin missed the 2013 season -- Kelly's first in the NFL -- due to a torn ACL. However, he returned in 2014 to post career highs in targets (143), catches (85) and receiving yards (1,318), while tying a career high with 10 touchdowns.


Lions' Caldwell: Don't expect Stafford's numbers to change much
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:36 am ET) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is just one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards. However, since he accomplished the feat in 2011, his passing yards have declined each season.

Stafford passed for 4,257 yards and attempted 602 passes in 2014 -- his first year under coach Jim Caldwell. While at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix this week, Caldwell said it's probably safe not to expect Stafford's numbers to change much in 2015.

"Here's the thing I want to make certain you guys understand, and see what I see just in terms of my vision," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "When I tell you we're not going to throw the ball anymore than we threw it, that's a fact. We're probably not going to throw it (more).

"If we do throw it more, that means we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team. OK? Plain and simple. Maybe that ball's got to be distributed a little bit differently, but I don't anticipate those numbers changing, overall, a significant amount."


 
 
 
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