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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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Malcolm Jenkins: Eagles players not surprised by McCoy trade
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:12 am ET) While most folks were shocked when the news broke in early March the Eagles were trading running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills, apparently McCoy's Philadelphia teammates were not

Safety Malcolm Jenkins told NFL Network on Wednesday it was not surprising when it was announced McCoy was being traded for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

"In the locker room a lot of guys weren't surprised by the trade, what we were more surprised of was that it was just a player-for-player trade," Jenkins said. "I think everybody thought we would have gotten more -- Kiko, plus a couple draft picks, you know, somebody else...

"You look at the style of runner that Chip wants in his offense and even though Shady is one of the best backs in the league, he's not necessarily what Chip is looking for all the time. Chip thinks he's a great running back, he knows his talent is there, but our (system) is really predicated on downhill, somebody who is going to hit the hole every time. It's about getting up in the defenders face as fast as you can and that's not necessarily Shady's running style."

The Eagles replaced McCoy's absence in the backfield by signing former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 1,845 yards in 2014, and former Chargers running back Ryan Mathews.

"When you talk about what you can get for -- if you are looking to acquire more talent -- I just think Shady's cap number and what we were able to get in return for Shady, I think made sense," Jenkins said. "And some guys in the locker room who kind of know what's going on weren't surprised by it."


Joe Lombardi: Lions excited to see what Broyles does in offseason
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:57 am ET) The Lions are not yet giving up on wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who has been hampered in his career by knee and Achilles injuries. 

“I think he’s a guy you have a lot of respect for because he’s had three major injuries and fought his way back,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, per The Oakland Press. “When he’s been in there he’s been productive. We’re excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He’s had a full year to be healthy we’re excited to see what he does in the offseasaon.’’


Michael Thomas signs tender with Dolphins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:54 am ET) Michael Thomas, an exclusive rights free agent, formally signed his one-year tender with the Dolphins on Wednesday morning, reports Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. The 24-year-old played in eight games last season, making 18 tackles, until landing on IR with a chest injury.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker


Report: Rolando McClain agrees to one-year, $3M deal with Cowboys
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:19 am ET) The Cowboys have reached an agreement with linebacker Rolando McClain on a one-year deal, a source told The Dallas Morning News. McClain's deal will pay him $3 million in base salary and potentially another $1 million in incentives.

McClain made his return to the NFL in 2014 after twice retiring. The former first-round pick thrived in his first season with Dallas, totaling 81 tackles (65 solo), one sack and two interceptions in 13 games. 

Although, he did have some injury issues last season. Knee and groin injuries, as well as an illness forced McClain to miss three regular season games. He was then limited in the playoffs due to a concussion.

McClain remained a sought-after free agent this offseason despite reports he is facing a four-game fine for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Also, an arson investigation into a fire that destroyed his Alabama home in December remains open but inactive.


Texans' O'Brien: WR DeAndre Hopkins can 'be one of the best'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is very encouraged by the performance of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season, per ESPN. O'Brien went as far as to say that Hopkins can be one of the best.

"He had a really productive year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "The thing that we really like about Hop and that we want him to continue to do is his work ethic. He’s a hungry player. He works every single day. He came into the spring a year ago and he was learning the offense and thinking out there, then all of a sudden you could see all the work he put in and learning, he just took off."

Due to the departure of wide receiver Andre Johnson, the progression of Hopkins will be under the microscope as he is now the focal point of the passing offense.

"We just want to see him continue and progress," O'Brien said. "We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts."

In two years with the Texans, Hopkins has reeled in 128 receptions for 2012 yards and eight touchdowns.


Giants won't rush WR Victor Cruz back to the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hopeful that wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready by training camp, the team will not rush him back, reports ESPN.

"I shouldn't say this, because medically I really don't have a definite answer, but by training camp hopefully, even if it's just to bring him," Coughlin said. "We're not going to just throw him to the wind. He'll work his way through. But I hope that would be the target."

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year. Coughlin is hopeful that he'll return to be the player that he was before the injury.

"I think he'll be the player that he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said of Cruz. "But as far as when, I would be careful of what I would say there. Hopefully it's the first game. But if it isn't, you know we've done that one before. We just went through it. But I'm hoping it would be."

The former undrafted free agent has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford to take more chances through the air
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system for the first time last season. The team plans on taking more chances down the field in Stafford's second season in the new offense, Lombardi said, according to the team's official website.

“In his second year (in the offense) he’s going to be that much more comfortable,” Lombardi said.

“We’ll be able to tailor the offense a little bit more to what he likes and what he’s good at. I thought he played smart football and sometimes to a fault. We’ll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football.”

Although Stafford didn't take many shots down the field, he did throw a career-low 12 interceptions in 2014. 

The former first overall draft pick has thrown for 21,714 yards with 131 touchdowns and 85 interceptions during his six-year career.


Colts OLB Robert Mathis plans to be ready for training camp
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is not ready to run yet, he told Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL. Mathis added that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

“It’s not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp,” Mathis told Sirius.

Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.

During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.


Lions TE Eric Ebron has been working out with Matthew Stafford
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that tight end Eric Ebron has been working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford in Atlanta this offseason, reports the Detroit News. Lombardi also said that the plan is to have Ebron be the No. 3 weapon in the passing game this year.

Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. 

"Listen, there's a big learning curve, obviously, for any rookie. And the tight end position is one that requires a lot," Lombardi said, per MLive.com. "As you look back, if you're self critical, maybe we asked a little too much from him from that perspective. I think there was just a volume that he struggled with early.

"But, listen, he was productive, and for anybody the second year is always where you see the biggest jump."


Cowboys' Tony Romo: DeMarco Murray asked me to take a pay cut
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was really hoping to remain with the Cowboys this offseason. So much so, he asked quarterback Tony Romo to take a pay cut to remain with the team, Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."


 
 
 
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