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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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“I think you prepare to help him call that game throughout the course of the week," Kubiak said. “A lot of people put emphasis on him calling plays at the line, but you’ve also prepared to do that throughout the course of the week, so you, as a coach, 'Here’s what I think is best in that situation.' In a lot of ways you’re still working together. You’re just going about it a different way."

“You never want to put a player in a position where he’s doing something he’s uncomfortable with," Kubiak said. “One of things about having a veteran, especially like Peyton, he’s going to let you know, 'This is what I do best and this is what I feel comfortable with.' That’s what you need to go do as a coach. You might tweak things here or there that you think may help, but you’re never going to take him out of his comfort zone and what he feels like he does best.”

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