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Week 8 Fantasy Trade 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.

We're at that point in the season where trading almost becomes mandatory. If you've got a loaded roster, you're looking for one more move to bolster it and keep your spot at the top of the standings. If you're in contention but saddled with losses, you're looking for a deal or two to catapult your team into the thick of the playoff hunt. And if you're on the brink of a losing season, you're interested in a package that can give your team a chance later on this year.

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With seven weeks in the books there's plenty to review as far as who's hot and who's not, but what about the players who are hurt? Without question there are several players hobbled by injuries and buried on Fantasy benches. Should they stay there or should they get moved?

Really, it depends on the Fantasy team. If you're one of those fair to middlin' squads grasping to playoff hopes, selling off an injured stud for a player who can help you now is a good idea. And if you're the owner of a team with a good record and big playoff aspirations -- and you have the depth -- you're the type of team to deal for one of these injured players and wait for them to come back. That's the market right now for guys like Greg Jennings, Pierre Garcon, Trent Richardson and DeMarco Murray.

Let's check out what CBSSports.com Fantasy owners are getting in trade for these types of hobbled heroes.

Greg Jennings for Mike Williams and Jermaine Gresham: So here's an example of an owner acquiring some depth in exchange for an injured stud. If Jennings were healthy this trade would never happen, but the owner thin on talent and desperate for a chance to win this season moved his prominent receiver for some good starting options. The team getting Jennings can probably afford to stash him. This deal works.

Greg Jennings and Alex Smith for Philip Rivers and Lance Moore: This trade is similar to the above deal except the owner getting Jennings is giving up just a little bit more for him. While I personally feel that Jennings is only worth a marginal amount, other owners might see him as a terrific buy-low candidate expecting him back any week (and he could conceivably return sooner than later). But again, a team that needs to win now gave up Jennings and his backup quarterback for a better passer and a healthier receiver.

Pierre Garcon and Darren McFadden for Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson: The side getting Morris and Jackson wins this deal based on past performance, but anyone expecting Darren McFadden to break out with a favorable schedule coming down the stretch might be willing to sell high on Morris and pony up Jackson for McFadden along with the potential Garcon brings. Truth is, he probably didn't need to give up a receiver as good as Jackson.

Pierre Garcon for James Jones: Here's another example of a team dealing a hurt stud for help now. And frankly, the team acquiring Jones might win out. Jones didn't score last week at St. Louis but has remained a big part of the Packers' offense and should still see some playing time even when Jennings comes back. But that isn't a guarantee, and because it's not, his long-term value is capped but his short-term value is not. Garcon's short-term value is in the toilet but he could be a factor come the Fantasy postseason.

Pierre Garcon for Alex Green and Joel Dreessen: More depth in exchange for a stud worth waiting for. In this case the depth is made up of players picked up off waivers, so it's not such a tough trade to make.

Trent Richardson for Dez Bryant: Richardson's rib injury could keep him out for a game but isn't expected to be a long-term injury. But he could be affected by the injury for a few weeks. An owner got desperate here and moved him for Dez, though the deal isn't quite as bad if it's in a PPR league.

Trent Richardson and Hakeem Nicks for Tom Brady: Per the trade chart, this deal is nearly fair. Maybe the owner getting Brady is giving too much for him. In fact, if Richardson and Nicks were healthy this would be a rip-off. But because the injury bug has bit Richardson and Nicks, the uncertainty around them pushes their respective values down a touch. The owner who had Brady better have a good quarterback behind him in order to make this trade.

DeMarco Murray for Matthew Stafford: A swap of tainted studs? Perhaps, and it's an OK deal. Stafford's value is at an all-time low, but it comes on the heels of an expected loss at Chicago. Up next: A tough battle against the Seahawks at home, and that's not the last tough matchup the Lions' quarterback will have this year. Dumping him for a potential stud running back once he's back on the field isn't such a bad move -- assuming Murray heals quickly. That's the gamble any owner acquiring Murray is taking.

Player Value Player Value Player Value
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 36 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE 14 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD 7
Ray Rice, RB, BAL 33 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT 14 Alex Green, RB, GB 6
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 28 Cam Newton, QB, CAR 14 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL 6
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 27 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 13 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA 6
Drew Brees, QB, NO 26 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 13 Lance Moore, WR, NO 5
Tom Brady, QB, NE 25 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 12 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 5
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN 24 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 12 Donald Brown, RB, IND 5
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 24 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL 12 Brent Celek, TE, PHI 5
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 24 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 12 Mike Williams, WR, TB 5
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 23 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG 12 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA 5
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 22 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 12 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 5
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 21 Michael Vick, QB, PHI 11 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 4
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG 21 Tony Romo, QB, DAL 10 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 4
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE 20 Darren Sproles, RB, NO 10 49ers/Bears/Texans DSTs 4
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS 20 Michael Turner, RB, ATL 10 Martellus Bennett, TE, NYG 4
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 20 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET 10 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 4
Frank Gore, RB, SF 20 Antonio Gates, TE, SD 10 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET 4
Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 20 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 10 Felix Jones, RB, DAL 4
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 20 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK 10 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 4
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 20 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 10 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR 4
Roddy White, WR, ATL 20 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 9 Ben Tate, RB, HOU 4
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 19 Andrew Luck, QB, IND 9 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC 4
Wes Welker, WR, NE 19 Steven Jackson, RB, STL 9 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB 4
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 19 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 9 Vick Ballard, RB, IND 4
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO 19 James Jones, WR, GB 9 Josh Freeman, QB, TB 3
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 19 Vernon Davis, TE, SF 9 Jeremy Kerley, WR, NYJ 3
Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 18 Randall Cobb, WR, GB 9 LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB, ARI 3
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI 18 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 9 Nate Washington, WR, TEN 3
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB 18 Jason Witten, TE, DAL 9 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN 3
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB 18 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN 9 Andre Brown, RB, NYG 3
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 18 Steve Smith, WR, CAR 9 Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 3
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 18 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC 8 Michael Bush, RB, CHI 3
Marques Colston, WR, NO 18 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU 8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF 3
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG 17 Heath Miller, TE, PIT 8 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 2
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 17 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN 8 Chris Givens, WR, STL 2
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 16 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 8 Brandon Gibson, WR, STL 2
Willis McGahee, RB, DEN 16 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU 8 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 2
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 16 Greg Jennings, WR, GB 8 Andre Roberts, WR, ARI 2
Doug Martin, RB, TB 16 Philip Rivers, QB, SD 8 Phillip Tanner, RB, DAL 2
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA 16 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC 8 Christian Ponder, QB, MIN 2
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE 16 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE 8 Titus Young, WR, DET 2
Mike Wallace, WR, PIT 16 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ 7 Donnie Avery, WR, IND 2
Eric Decker, WR, DEN 15 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 7 Brandon Bolden, RB, NE 2
Miles Austin, WR, DAL 15 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 7 Scott Chandler, TE, BUF 2
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE 15 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 7 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL 2

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