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Week 3 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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You have to give credit where it's due: Michael Vick has been incredible in Chip Kelly's fast-break offense. Through two weeks he's posted 631 passing yards, 77 rushing yards and six total touchdowns with only one turnover. He's completed over 62 percent of his passes and -- I hate this stat but it has merit -- has a QB rating over 110.0 per game. Vick has never posted back-to-back games with a QB rating that high in his career.

So it's clear the offense agrees with him and he's back to Fantasy dynamo status. But it's also clear that he's an injury risk. He came up gimpy after being tossed around at Washington in Week 1, then was assisted off the field vs. the Chargers in Week 2 when the back of his head bounced off the ground (he returned for the next drive).

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For most, Vick was taken along with another quarterback on Draft Day with the intention of either being a backup for a shaky starter or being a piece of a blockbuster trade. If you have a very good alternative at quarterback, now might be the time to get maximum value on Vick in a trade before he gets helped off the field and doesn't return.

But who would want him? Well, the Fantasy owners of Cam Newton and Russell Wilson could be interested. Newton hasn't looked great and certainly hasn't run as much as we believed. Wilson has his Seahawks to a 2-0 start but he himself is ranked 24th among passers in standard-scoring leagues. Tom Brady's off to a slow start too but his Fantasy owners might be too patient (or is it too stubborn?) to let him go. The owners of these players are who you target with Vick if you can afford to part ways with him.

One other problem with moving Vick: You can't expect a king's ransom. That's because there are so many quarterbacks worth starting from week to week. They might not put up the massive amount of points Vick has produced but most people are willing to be economical at quarterback and "settle" for 20 to 25 Fantasy points per week instead of ponying up for the 33.0 Fantasy points per week Vick has averaged so far. Also, it's not exactly a secret that Vick is injury prone -- people you talk to will know this and will not pay full price for a player they could be without for some time.

Here's a sampling of actual trades involving Vick in CBSSports.com leagues:

Michael Vick for Tom Brady: I'd guess in this swap one owner is going for the gusto by trading for Vick while another thinks he's being shrewd in acquiring Brady. It's not like Brady's played like garbage -- his receiving corps has been decimated. It won't always be that way for Brady, nor will he always play difficult defenses like he did in Week 2. I like the Brady side better.

Michael Vick and David Wilson for Jimmy Graham and Josh Freeman: In this deal chances are the guy justified overpaying for Graham by giving up Vick because he had a stud quarterback ahead of him (someone like Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers) and thus didn't "need" Vick.

This is an important tip for those trading for Vick: If your rival owner has Vick on the bench, don't overpay. Vick's doing him absolutely no good on the bench. And if the rival owner argues that Vick is too good to give up for less than what he expects, suggest an offer for the other stud quarterback on the roster. Remember, the feeling here is that Vick is a ticking time bomb -- the second he gets hurt his value is shattered. It would be a darn shame for the owner benching Vick to get too greedy and not get something for him.

Michael Vick and Steve Smith for Larry Fitzgerald: This is pretty close to fair in a standard league and dead-on in a PPR league. It's the perfect kind of trade -- the owner dealing Vick improves one of his starting spots and the owner getting Vick improves at quarterback while downgrading (but not bottoming out) at receiver.

Michael Vick and Rashard Mendenhall for Jamaal Charles: Another close swap along the lines of the Fitzgerald deal where an owner upgrades at running back while another takes a step back at running back but makes up for it at quarterback.

Name Stnd PPR Name Stnd PPR Name Stnd PPR
Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN 37 37 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 18 19 Philip Rivers, QB, SD 9 9
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 34 36 Marques Colston, WR, NO 18 20 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 9 10
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 33 34 Cam Newton, QB, CAR 17 17 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC 9 11
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 33 35 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC 16 17 Chris Givens, WR, STL 9 10
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 31 31 Darren Sproles, RB, NO 16 20 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI 8 8
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 31 33 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN 16 16 Terrelle Pryor, QB, OAK 8 8
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 30 33 Roddy White, WR, ATL 16 19 Ben Tate, RB, HOU 8 9
Doug Martin, RB, TB 30 32 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG 16 17 Brandon Myers, TE, NYG 8 9
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 30 32 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA 16 17 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI 8 9
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 30 35 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA 15 15 Mike Williams, WR, TB 8 9
Ray Rice, RB, BAL 29 32 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL 15 17 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA 8 10
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 29 33 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND 15 16 Eddie Royal, WR, SD 8 10
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 29 33 Eric Decker, WR, DEN 15 17 Marlon Brown, WR, BAL 8 9
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN 28 29 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE 14 17 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 7 7
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 28 32 Danny Amendola, WR, NE 14 18 Mark Ingram, RB, NO 7 7
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI 28 33 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND 14 16 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR 7 7
Trent Richardson, RB, CLE 27 28 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 14 16 Joique Bell, RB, DET 7 9
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 27 32 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 13 13 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 7 9
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 26 29 Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN 13 14 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU 7 8
Randall Cobb, WR, GB 26 31 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL 13 16 Golden Tate, WR, SEA 7 9
Reggie Bush, RB, DET 25 30 Vernon Davis, TE, SF 13 16 Andre Roberts, WR, ARI 7 9
Wes Welker, WR, DEN 25 30 Jason Witten, TE, DAL 13 18 Rod Streater, WR, OAK 7 9
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 24 24 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB 13 14 Greg Jennings, WR, MIN 7 9
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 24 24 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN 13 15 Lance Moore, WR, NO 7 9
Steven Jackson, RB, ATL 23 24 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA 12 12 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK 7 7
Drew Brees, QB, NO 22 22 David Wilson, RB, NYG 12 12 EJ Manuel, QB, BUF 6 6
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 22 24 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, ARI 12 12 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 6 6
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI 22 25 Jared Cook, TE, STL 12 13 Montee Ball, RB, DEN 6 6
Tom Brady, QB, NE 21 21 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE 12 14 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI 6 6
Andrew Luck, QB, IND 21 21 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 12 14 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ 6 6
Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF 21 21 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 12 15 Brent Celek, TE, PHI 6 7
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 21 21 Antonio Gates, TE, SD 11 12 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN 6 6
Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 21 21 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI 11 13 Coby Fleener, TE, IND 6 7
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 21 22 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 11 14 Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE 6 7
Eddie Lacy, RB, GB 21 21 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC 11 14 Vincent Brown, WR, SD 6 6
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO 21 26 Miles Austin, WR, DAL 11 13 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN 6 7
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG 21 24 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 11 12 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG 6 7
Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 21 24 Steve Smith, WR, CAR 11 13 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 5 5
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB 21 23 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 11 13 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN 5 5
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS 20 20 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 10 10 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ 5 6
Stevan Ridley, RB, NE 20 20 Sam Bradford, QB, STL 10 10 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 5 5
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB 20 22 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL 10 10 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, PIT 5 6
Tony Romo, QB, DAL 19 19 Julian Edelman, WR, NE 10 12 Tyler Eifert, TE, CIN 4 5
Michael Vick, QB, PHI 19 19 Anquan Boldin, WR, SF 10 12 Brandon Gibson, WR, MIA 4 5
Frank Gore, RB, SF 19 19 Tavon Austin, WR, STL 10 12 Da'Rel Scott, RB, NYG 3 4
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 19 21 James Jones, WR, GB 10 12 Nate Burleson, WR, DET 3 5
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 18 18 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU 9 9 Seahawks DST 3 3

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Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(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
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(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. 


Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(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
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(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
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(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.


Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


 
 
 
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