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Week 9 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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To trade or not to trade Megatron, that is the question. With apologies to William Shakespeare, who probably would have loved Fantasy Football had he tried it, that's the topic on the mind of everyone who has suffered along with Calvin Johnson's less-than-stellar statistics this season.

But after crunching the numbers, there are actually striking similarities for most of Johnson's numbers from last year and this year -- with one very obvious difference. Through his first seven games in 2011, Johnson was targeted 67 times and caught 41 passes for 679 yards and 10 touchdowns. Through his first seven games in 2012, Johnson was targeted even more -- 75 times -- and caught 41 passes for 638 yards but just one touchdown -- a Week 3 pass from Shaun Hill.

In the Lions' most recent game vs. the Seahawks, Johnson did not look well. It's been known he's been dealing with a sore knee and it looked like it affected him on a number of plays. There were multiple times where he was slow to get up and admitted he's playing in pain. He also had three drops in the game, and they're not his first drops on the season. According to Stats, Inc., Johnson has six drops through seven games, tied for the most of any receiver, and it doesn't include plays where he had the ball knocked away or where he lost possession when he falls to the ground. Two of those drops were in the end zone. Regardless, Johnson has left a lot of stats on the field.

And if Fantasy owners could get points for receivers drawing coverage, Johnson would still be a stud. It goes without saying that he's been seeing constant double- and triple-teams, especially in the red zone, and it's finally started to pay off for the Lions' other receivers who are open as a result (see Ryan Broyles' touchdown in Week 8 as an example).

The double teams aren't going away. The knee injury looks pretty significant and even though he's playing through it, there's some thought it's impacting his production. And as other receivers step up, the more 'decoy' he'll play, especially in the red zone. In fact, it's happening already -- check out the coverage the Seahawks paid to Johnson that opened up Ryan Broyles for an easy score last week. Even with the Lions' offense playing well last week, these are reasons to shop Johnson, assuming you're not getting offered peanuts for him.

But in case you're not convinced, here's one more factor: His schedule. The Lions play at Jacksonville this week before a challenging slate to end the season where every opponent is currently above .500 (that does include a home date with the 4-3 Colts). The nasty part comes in November when the Lions play at the Vikings, which is typically tough for them, before hosting the Packers and Texans within a five-day span. That puts a lot of pressure on a banged-up player like Johnson to come up big against tough defenses, even ones he's familiar with.

Giving Johnson away isn't an option -- he's just not worth pawning off for a couple of mid-level starters. But if the opportunity arises to trade him for a comparable stud -- a Jimmy Graham, a Doug Martin or even Willis McGahee, the thought here is to do it either this week or next week after he (hopefully) dominates the Jaguars.

Let's take a look at some trades involving Johnson in CBSSports.com leagues:

Calvin Johnson for Ryan Mathews: This is the kind of trade I think is acceptable for Johnson. While I might prefer another back -- one that is assured work on passing downs and/or the goal line -- at least Mathews is a heavy-volume runner with a favorable schedule ahead of him.

Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings for Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace: I don't like this move for the Johnson owner. Not only are you settling for less than ideal value for Johnson and Jennings, but you're getting two receivers on the same team. Maybe in a PPR league this deal comes close if Jennings indeed misses time. This smacks of an impatient owner willing to drop Johnson for anything decent.

Calvin Johnson, Aaron Hernandez and Felix Jones for Ray Rice: Owners shouldn't expect to trade Johnson straight up for Rice -- he's too good of a stud for Calvin right now -- so pairing him with other talent is pretty much the only way to get to Rice. The only way this deal works for the Johnson/Hernandez/Jones owner is if he has great depth at receiver and tight end. If he doesn't, he's giving away plenty of points for just one back who has 20-point potential from week to week but has actually hit that mark just twice in seven games.

Calvin Johnson and Alex Green for Darren McFadden and Heath Miller: Here's a sensational trade if you're giving up Johnson. Darren McFadden himself isn't having the most phenomenal year, but he's been putting up decent stats of late (13-plus points in two of his last three) and Miller is having an outstanding year. Both are instant starters, whereas Green isn't and Johnson could have up and down moments the rest of the way.

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

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Player News
Bills move Corey Graham to safety
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:01 am ET) The Bills have moved cornerback Corey Graham to safety, the Buffalo News reports.

Graham said that he and the team have discussed the move all offseason and decided to give the position change a try on Tuesday when the team held its first workout of OTAs.

"He’s got that unique ability where he can do both things," coach Rex Ryan said. "So let’s see what we have out there. And this is no slam on Duke or on Rambo or on Meeks or any of those guys, but this is us doing what’s best for the team. And if that means we feel good about [Graham] playing safety, then that’s where he’ll be."

Graham is enthusiastic about playing the safety position full-time.

"I want to try to really learn it and see where it goes, see how much my grasp is, see how I’m playing at it, see where it can take me," he said. "I look forward to it. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m actually very excited about it."

Graham recorded 84 total tackles last season, his first in Buffalo, while intercepting two passes.


Vikings' Bridgewater 'extremely comfortable' with leadership role
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his role as leader of the offense, the Star Tribune reports.

"I’m a young guy still on the team, but guys are pushing me forward to say something in the huddle, or break the team down, or break the offense down," Bridgewater said. "That just gives you that confidence in yourself, confidence in your leadership and I’ve been extremely comfortable doing that so far."

Coach Mike Zimmer is satsfied with the work Bridgewater has done during the offseason.

"It’s hard to never not be pleased with Teddy because he’s such a hard worker," Zimmer said. "We wanted him to get bigger and stronger; he looks a little bit bigger to me. He’s always worked real hard. The leadership things are starting to come better. I think he’s been doing a good job the two days we’ve been out here against the defense."

Bridgewater made 12 starts in his rookie season and played 13 games in all, racking up 2,919 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 64.4 percent of his passes.


Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."


Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."


Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.


 
 
 
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