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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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Titans receivers can thrive in YAC with Marcus Mariota's accuracy
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) The Titans wide receiving corps could gain more yards after the catch this season because of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and his accurate throws, per ESPN.com.

The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


Saints RB Khiry Robinson doesn't feel he's on outside looking in
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Saints running back Khiry Robinson might be the least known of his backfield counterparts, but he doesn't feel like the off man out, per ESPN.com.

Robinson knows the team is heavily invested in the likes of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, but he's still confident he can thrive in whatever role the Saints put him in.

“I’m the type of person, I’m gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it’s 20 carries or one carry, I’m gonna do the best of my ability every play,” Robinson said.

Robinson has shown flashes of success during his three years in the league. Injuries played a key role against him last season, which can ultimately put him as the third back on the depth chart. He will use the offseason to continue to improve and challenge his counterparts for playing time.

“I just gotta keep working,” Robinson. “It’s all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we’ve got another player right up there to do the same thing.”


Browns OL Michael Bowie itching to compete for starting spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie is not required to report to training camp until the end of July. But never mind that - he's heading out after the last Independence Day firework explodes in the sky.

Bowie is itching to get started. He missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury after starting for Seattle on its Super Bowl title team in 2013. He is seeking to stay in tip-top shape in an attempt to land a starting spot on a Cleveland line that is the strength of the team.

"It's up to them to decide who is the best five," Bowie told the team website. "All I can do is take care of my business. Hopefully I can get a shot. That's what I'm working for."

Bowie participated fully in the offseason program, working mostly with the second team at right tackle. That will likely be the spot at which he competes for a starting job. Incumbent Mitchell Schwartz has not performed particularly well there and Mike Pettine has vowed there will be competition all over the field in camp.


Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan nearly recovered from knee surgery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan appears to be on target to join the team for training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery that prevented him from participating in earlier offseason activities.

Kerrigan, who registered a career-high 13 1/2 sacks a year ago, had the operation to alleviate pain in the area.

"My leg feels really good and I'm glad I got the surgery - not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I'm glad I got it done," he told CSN Washington. "Now it's just a matter of getting stronger and getting into shape."

Kerrigan added that he's been running and now only needs to regain strength to insure his place at training camp.


Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
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(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
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(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


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(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.


Jets DL Sheldon Richardson suspended four games
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(7/2/2015) Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced Thursday.

“I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, this organization and the fans," Richardson said in a statement via the Jets, per Fox Sports. "However, words aren't enough. This is something that can only be addressed by how I handle myself from this point on. I don't want this to take away from what the team is trying to accomplish. While I won't be there at the start of the regular season, I will do whatever I can to support my teammates until I'm able to return to the field.”

Richardson, who was a 2013 first-round pick, is entering his third season in the NFL. He was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014.

He has totaled 84 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks in 32 career games. He also has one safety.


Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
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(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


 
 
 
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