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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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