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Week 5 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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Sometimes the best players to trade away -- and trade for -- are the ones you're least invested in. The ones you didn't spend a high draft pick on.

Kenbrell Thompkins of the Patriots definitely qualifies.

Thanks to his fast start in a depleted Patriots offense, Thompkins currently ranks as a Top 20 Fantasy receiver. With 39 targets, Thompkins has caught 15 passes for 257 yards and three scores. His catch conversion rate is a sloppy 38.5 pct. on the year, but it's due to a very slow start where he caught less than 30 pct. of the passes sent his way in the Pats' first two games. He's been at 50 pct. over the last two weeks.

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Right now, Thompkins is the Patriots' best big-play receiver. How's that for crazy?! Everything from his playing time to his production when he has caught the ball suggests it's not going to totally disappear the second Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola come back. Remember, the Patriots might not be keen on lining up consistently without the threat that Thompkins offers. I don't think he's going anywhere.

Better yet, not many people spent even a mid-round pick on Thompkins. If you drafted an underperformer like C.J. Spiller or Stevan Ridley as well as Thompkins, you're in a position to upgrade. And if you're stocked at a position other than receiver you have the ammo to go get Thompkins on your Fantasy roster. The price tag still isn't too high.

Here are some actual trades made in CBSSports.com leagues involving Thompkins:

Kenbrell Thompkins and Vernon Davis for Randall Cobb: This is the kind of deal you can expect if you drafted Thompkins but don't have room for him in your lineup. You're upgrading from him to Cobb, bolstering your receiving corps. And say you whiffed on tight end through four weeks, this trade works if you're getting Thompkins and Davis since you still have a starting-caliber receiver to replace Cobb.

Kenbrell Thompkins and Bilal Powell for Jordy Nelson: This is similar to the Cobb deal, though it's a bit much to give for Nelson. Remember, Powell has some staying power as a decent starting running back with the Jets. Even with Mike Goodson coming back and Chris Ivory eventually getting healthy, Powell should be the focal point of the team's run game. Chances are this trade was made because Powell and Thompkins were bench players for a team.

Kenbrell Thompkins and Lamar Miller for Eddie Lacy and Ryan Broyles: Thompkins is being way undervalued here. Lacy is a little bit better than Miller for the long haul but we haven't seen Broyles do anything yet. It's a big gamble for the owner giving up Miller and Thompkins.

Kenbrell Thompkins for Martellus Bennett: This trade might have been fair earlier this year but Thompkins' hot play has pushed him ahead of Bennett. I just don't know what kind of receiver you'd have to get with Bennett to make this trade fair. Maybe someone like Nate Washington?

Kenbrell Thompkins and Tyler Eifert for Tony Gonzalez: This is an even deal even without Eifert involved. Sure, Gonzalez is coming off of an amazing game against the Patriots, but check out his work prior to the matchup.

Our Trade Value Chart is designed to assist you in making fair trades in your standard-scoring or PPR league. The values assigned to the players below are a long-term measurement of their Fantasy value. By adding two players' values you could determine what one player you might be able to get in return. This list should also work as a "Rest of Season" Rankings.

Name Stnd PPR Name Stnd PPR Name Stnd PPR
Adrian Peterson 35 37 Reggie Wayne 18 21 DeAngelo Williams 11 11
Jamaal Charles 34 37 Darren McFadden 18 19 Hakeem Nicks 10 12
LeSean McCoy 34 36 Giovani Bernard 18 19 Steve Smith 10 12
Marshawn Lynch 32 34 Michael Vick 17 17 Marlon Brown 10 11
Calvin Johnson 31 35 C.J. Spiller 17 17 T.Y. Hilton 10 11
Reggie Bush 31 34 Eric Decker 16 20 David Wilson 10 10
Matt Forte 31 34 Darren Sproles 16 19 Julian Edelman 9 12
Jimmy Graham 30 34 Rob Gronkowski 16 19 Justin Blackmon 9 12
Dez Bryant 30 34 Jordan Cameron 16 19 Brian Hartline 9 12
Peyton Manning 30 30 Robert Griffin III 16 16 Cecil Shorts 9 11
A.J. Green 29 33 Eddie Lacy 16 16 Fred Jackson 9 10
Julio Jones 29 33 Marques Colston 15 18 Martellus Bennett 9 10
Arian Foster 29 31 Mike Wallace 15 17 Greg Olsen 9 10
Alfred Morris 29 29 Le'Veon Bell 15 16 Russell Wilson 9 9
Brandon Marshall 28 33 Colin Kaepernick 15 15 Danny Woodhead 8 10
Demaryius Thomas 27 30 Antonio Brown 14 17 Coby Fleener 8 10
Wes Welker 26 31 Julius Thomas 14 16 Chris Givens 8 10
Doug Martin 26 28 Lamar Miller 14 15 Denarius Moore 8 10
Aaron Rodgers 26 26 Josh Gordon 13 16 Jared Cook 8 9
Drew Brees 26 26 Bilal Powell 13 14 Philip Rivers 8 8
Randall Cobb 24 29 Knowshon Moreno 13 14 Bernard Pierce 8 8
Larry Fitzgerald 24 29 Vernon Davis 12 16 Ryan Mathews 8 8
Andre Johnson 24 28 Antonio Gates 12 15 Owen Daniels 7 9
Ray Rice 24 27 Tony Gonzalez 12 15 Ben Tate 7 8
DeSean Jackson 24 26 Torrey Smith 12 15 Daryl Richardson 7 8
Matthew Stafford 23 23 Steve Johnson 12 15 Joique Bell 7 8
DeMarco Murray 23 23 Vincent Jackson 12 15 Eli Manning 7 7
Victor Cruz 22 26 Kenbrell Thompkins 12 14 Jay Cutler 7 7
Jordy Nelson 22 25 Stevan Ridley 12 12 Rashard Mendenhall 7 7
Matt Ryan 22 22 Steven Jackson 12 12 Ahmad Bradshaw 7 7
Tony Romo 22 22 Jason Witten 11 15 Miles Austin 6 8
Tom Brady 22 22 Danny Amendola 11 15 DeAndre Hopkins 6 8
Frank Gore 21 21 Roddy White 11 14 Tavon Austin 6 8
Pierre Garcon 20 24 Jermichael Finley 11 13 Jason Snelling 6 6
Trent Richardson 20 21 Dwayne Bowe 11 13 Jacquizz Rodgers 6 6
Andrew Luck 20 20 James Jones 11 13 Terrelle Pryor 6 6
Cam Newton 19 19 Anquan Boldin 11 13 Seahawks 5 5
Chris Johnson 19 19 Maurice Jones-Drew 11 11 Chiefs 5 5

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Patriots' Devin McCourty: There's a 'chance that I might not be back'
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(9:22 pm ET) With the Patriots deciding to use their franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski, safety Devin McCourty knows his time in New England could be coming to an end. 

In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, McCourty said he didn't have much information on what the Patriots would do and was going off of various media reports that came down to the organization deciding whether to franchise him or Gostkowski. 

Now that Gostkowski is ineligible from hitting the free agent market, McCourty will test the waters beginning on March 10. 

"I guess it's more realistic now that [there's] a chance that I might not be back there," McCourty said. "Or there's still a chance that I will, but I guess [there's] more of a chance now with the franchise tag going to Steve that I could be playing in a different place. Still, keeping an open mind and trying to enjoy the process."

In 2014, McCourty recorded 68 tackles and two interceptions. 


Report: Texans' Andre Johnson given permission to seek trade
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:42 pm ET) Wide receiver Andre Johnson has been given permission by the Texans to seek a trade, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle

The Texans told Johnson that he'd have a reduced role this upcoming season opposite of DeAndre Hopkins. Therefore, Johnson wanted out of his deal. If a trade cannot be made with a suitor, Johnson will be released

Johnson was the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft and is the greatest player in the history of the Texans. He's recorded 1,012 catches, 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns in his career.

A trade could be difficult, however, based on Johnson's upcoming $16.1 million cap figure and $10.5 million base salary for the 2015 season. 


Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles) 'on schedule' with recovery
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:57 pm ET) Running back Vick Ballard is poised to be back in the Colts' plans for the 2015 season. 

Ballard, who has missed almost all of the previous two seasons due to injuries, hasn't suffered any setbacks with his recovery, according to the Colts' official website. Ballard tore his ACL in 2013 and suffered an Achilles tear before the 2014 season. 

“Vick’s doing well. He’s going through rehab right now. He’s on schedule,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "He’s been working his tail. When the doctors say he’s 100 percent and ready to roll, then we’ll get him back on the field.”

Ballard led the Colts in rushing as a rookie in 2012 with 814 yards and two touchdowns. He only played in one game in 2013 before tearing his ACL in a practice the following week. His Achilles tear came during the 2014 preseason. 


Report: Jaguars looking for help at RB this offseason
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:39 pm ET) It appears Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart will have new role in 2015. 

According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars are planning to move Gerhart around on offense at H-back in addition to running back. This also means the Jaguars will be in the market for additional help at running back. 

Gerhart was plagued by injuries in 2014, which paved the way for Denard Robinson to assert himself as a potential starting running back down the road. Robinson, however, is injury prone himself, which goes back to his days as a standout quarterback in college at Michigan.

Robinson's 2014 season ended on injured reserve with a mid-foot sprain.

Gerhart's season ended with just 326 yards and a patry 3.2 yards per carry average. Robinson emerged late in the year and ran for 582 yards and held a 4.3 yards per carry average.  


Report: Titans parting ways with safety Bernard Pollard
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(6:51 pm ET) The Titans will release veteran safety Bernard Pollard, according to a report from The Tennessean

Pollard had previously requested for the Titans to release him. He's coming off a season that ended prematurely due to an Achilles tear in early October. He was slated to earn $3.5 million with the Titans this year if he stayed on. 

In the five games he appeared in during the 2014 season, Pollard recorded 27 tackles and one sack. 


Report: Browns looking to add another quarterback
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(4:52 pm ET) The Browns are not done just yet in their search for quarterback talent, according to ESPN.com. Cleveland is reportedly looking to add at least one more quarterback through the draft or free agency.

The Browns made their signing of Josh McCown to a three-year deal official last week, but appear to want another to go along with him and Johnny Manziel.


Report: Redskins will pursue Ndamukong Suh as free agent
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(4:49 pm ET) After the Lions chose not to use the franchise tag to retain DE Ndamukong Suh, it became more likely that he'll become an unrestricted free agent on March 10. 

When Suh hits the market, the Redskins will be interested in signing him, reported Dianna Marie Russini of DC's NBC 4, citing sources within the organization. 


Browns don't use franchise tag on Jordan Cameron
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(4:30 pm ET) The Browns won't use their franchise tag on any player, meaning that TE Jordan Cameron will become a free agent on March 10. 

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No franchise tag for Broncos' Julius Thomas
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(4:27 pm ET) The Broncos will not use their franchise tag on TE Julius Thomas. The team instead tagged WR Demaryius Thomas. 

Julius Thomas will be able to become a free agent on March 10. He had 43 catches for 489 yards and 12 touchdowns last year. Thomas made $645,000 salary last year. 


Report: Bills do not apply franchise tag to linebacker Jerry Hughes
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(4:26 pm ET) The Bills reportedly chose not to apply their franchise tag to linebacker Jerry Hughes Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Buffalo has been working on signing Hughes to a new, long term deal for the past month. The veteran linebacker racked up 10 sacks and totaled 54 tackles in all 16 games in 2014 for the Bills. 


 
 
 
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