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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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(2:08 pm ET) The Dolphins announced Saturday that the team has signed safety Brandian Ross from the team's practice squad and waived defensive tackle Bruce Gaston.

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In addition, defensive end Trevor Scott (foot) has been listed as doubtful. On the positive side, defensive end Jared Allen (back), safety Chris Conte (shoulder) and wide receiver Josh Morgan (groin) are listed as probable to play Monday.


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(12:27 pm ET) The Cowboys waived defensive end Lavar Edwards and signed linebacker Keith Smith from the practice squad Saturday. With Rolando McClain doubtful to play Sunday due to a groin injury, the Cowboys turned to the practice squad to add to the depth at the position.

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"We have to be a little bit aware early in the game of getting him involved early," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said after the team's Week 2 loss to the Texans. "We only had 20 snaps again in the first half. There were things designed to him. ... We had some things there it just didn't end up going there. We'll continue to find ways to utilize Marcel."

Reece signed a three-year contract extension worth more than $11 million last September and owns the second-biggest cap hit of any skill-position player behind backup quarterback Matt Schaub. The Raiders face the Patriots in Week 3.

"He's a real tough matchup," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "It's hard to find guys that have his skills that you can put on. You can put faster, quicker guys on him that probably don't have his size and you can put bigger guys on him that probably don't have his speed and quickness. It's a tough matchup. Obviously, we'll be challenged trying to get him covered."


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(11:52 am ET) The Jaguars waived safety Craig Loston Saturday and promoted wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the practice squad, the Florida Times-Union reports.

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"I've just been working as hard as I can," Trevathan said. "I'm not really putting a time on it; I'm just working as much as I can. It just feels good to be out there with my team and just get it moving a little bit."

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