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Week 7 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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For the third year in a row Chris Johnson has done it to us again, coming out of the gate with a maddening lack of productivity. The former 2,000-yard rusher, the man who once ran for 14 touchdowns and 11 the next, has yet to score a rushing touchdown. In fact, he's lucky for the one touchdown he has -- a reception off of a broken play where he, to his credit, made several Chiefs defenders miss en route to a 49-yard play in Week 5.

But other than that play he's been statistically soft. He has one game this season with over 4.0 yards per carry and is just now starting to become a bigger player in the passing game (nine catches in his last three). At the beginning of the season you could tell he was trying hard to pick up chunks of yardage but over his last three games he hasn't registered a run longer than 8 yards. Tough matchups (the Jets, Chiefs and at the Seahawks) have played an obvious role along with a lack of work (37 carries total over those games) and an offensive line that hasn't delivered to expectations. It all adds up to a disappointing start.

It doesn't mean he'll finish badly -- in fact, if history is any indication, he's about to pick up the slack. In 2011 he averaged 11.4 Fantasy points per game over his final 10 with six games over 10 Fantasy points. In 2012 he averaged 12.8 Fantasy points per game over his final 10 with seven games over 10 Fantasy points. All but one of the 10 touchdowns he had in those two years came in the final 10 games.

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His remaining schedule is favorable. Save for a home matchup vs. the Niners this week and a bye next week, owners could conceivably start Johnson without concern the rest of the way. The Titans have two games against the Jaguars, two against the Colts, road games against the Rams, Raiders and Broncos (the Raiders are actually the stingiest of those three in allowing Fantasy points to running backs and they're not that good). A home game vs. Houston is tucked into Week 17. Only a home game vs. the Cardinals in Week 15 stands out as a risky matchup for Johnson following the bye.

If you're desperate for rushing help the time has come to try and swing a deal for Johnson. The person who has him in your league is very likely frustrated with him and would accept anything resembling a fair deal for him. Give it to him or her. I think Johnson is the perfect guy to trade for if you're sitting at 2-4 or 3-3 and desperate for a boost for the playoff run.

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

Chris Johnson for DeSean Jackson: Even with Johnson's potentially bright future it's a no-brainer to give him up for Jackson, who has managed to be productive even without Michael Vick on the field.

Chris Johnson for Alex Smith: I get this trade if it's a two-quarterback league, but otherwise there's no way someone should sell that low on Johnson. But this is happening -- people are annoyed by Johnson's lack of productivity and are taking what they can get. They don't realize what could be around the corner.

Chris Johnson for Andre Ellington and Denarius Moore: This is the kind of deal a Johnson owner is looking for. In exchange for the disappointing rusher they get a promising sleeper in Ellington and a hot-for-now receiver in Moore. This might even be a bit too much for Johnson but it's affordable enough.

Chris Johnson and Jordan Cameron for Darren McFadden and Rob Gronkowski: This is another even deal though if I'm the owner getting Gronkowski, I better have a good record and a good tight end on my bench ready to use until his eventual return.

Chris Johnson and Eric Decker for Marques Colston and Zac Stacy: Another example of giving up on Johnson, and doing so without doing your homework! Colston has struggled this season and Stacy -- while impressive in two starts -- isn't exactly delivering massive Fantasy stats. The Rams' upcoming schedule is also a problem. Expect better than this.

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
Jamaal Charles 36 39 Philip Rivers 18 18 Jermichael Finley 10 12
LeSean McCoy 36 37 Justin Blackmon 17 20 Alshon Jeffery 9 12
Adrian Peterson 34 36 Jay Cutler 17 17 Kenbrell Thompkins 9 12
Arian Foster 33 36 Antonio Brown 16 22 Steve Smith 9 11
Marshawn Lynch 33 35 Josh Gordon 16 18 Heath Miller 9 11
Dez Bryant 31 36 Torrey Smith 16 18 Marlon Brown 9 10
Reggie Bush 31 34 Fred Jackson 16 18 Terrance Williams 9 10
Jimmy Graham 30 35 C.J. Spiller 16 17 Martellus Bennett 9 10
Calvin Johnson 30 34 Hakeem Nicks 15 18 Greg Olsen 9 10
Matt Forte 30 33 Julius Thomas 15 18 Ryan Mathews 9 9
Peyton Manning 30 30 Vernon Davis 15 18 Rueben Randle 8 10
Alfred Morris 29 29 Vincent Jackson 15 17 Joseph Randle 8 9
Drew Brees 29 29 Le'Veon Bell 15 16 Zac Stacy 8 8
A.J. Green 28 32 Michael Vick 15 15 Terrelle Pryor 8 8
Tony Romo 28 28 Robert Griffin III 15 15 Randall Cobb 7 10
Brandon Marshall 27 31 Tony Gonzalez 14 17 Steve Johnson 7 9
Wes Welker 26 31 Antonio Gates 14 17 Dwayne Bowe 7 9
Demaryius Thomas 26 29 DeMarco Murray 14 15 Vincent Brown 7 9
Aaron Rodgers 26 26 Steven Jackson 14 15 Julian Edelman 7 9
Knowshon Moreno 25 28 Maurice Jones-Drew 14 14 Andre Ellington 7 9
DeSean Jackson 25 27 Colin Kaepernick 14 14 David Wilson 7 7
Frank Gore 25 25 Matt Ryan 14 14 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 7 7
Victor Cruz 23 27 Darren Sproles 13 16 Brandon Jacobs 7 7
Jordy Nelson 23 26 Denarius Moore 13 15 Brian Hartline 6 8
Ray Rice 23 25 Mike Wallace 13 15 Coby Fleener 6 8
Doug Martin 23 24 Bilal Powell 13 14 Charles Clay 6 8
Matthew Stafford 23 23 Rob Gronkowski 12 16 Percy Harvin 6 7
Andre Johnson 22 26 Jason Witten 12 16 Ben Tate 6 7
Larry Fitzgerald 21 24 James Jones 12 15 Willis McGahee 6 6
Eddie Lacy 21 21 Jordan Cameron 12 15 Eli Manning 6 6
Andrew Luck 20 20 Lamar Miller 12 13 Sam Bradford 6 6
Tom Brady 20 20 Marques Colston 11 14 Kris Durham 5 8
Pierre Garcon 19 23 Danny Amendola 11 14 Kyle Rudolph 5 7
Reggie Wayne 19 22 T.Y. Hilton 11 13 Joique Bell 5 7
Eric Decker 19 22 Keenan Allen 11 13 Chris Ogbonnaya 5 7
Giovani Bernard 19 20 Danny Woodhead 11 13 Pierre Thomas 5 6
Chris Johnson 19 19 DeAngelo Williams 11 11 Roy Helu 5 6
Trent Richardson 19 19 Russell Wilson 11 11 Bernard Pierce 5 5
Darren McFadden 18 19 Anquan Boldin 10 13 Rashard Mendenhall 5 5
Stevan Ridley 18 18 Roddy White 10 13 Seahawks 5 5
Cam Newton 18 18 Cecil Shorts 10 12 Chiefs 5 5

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(9:36 am ET) Quarterback Brian Hoyer is open to returning to the Browns in 2015, if he is given a chance to compete for the starting role, Hoyer's agent Joe Linta told NBC Sports.

Hoyer started the first 13 games of the season and went 7-6. However, he was replaced by Johnny Manziel.

"I think the only thing that would make him not [want to] come back is if they said Manziel or whoever we take in the draft or whoever we sign in free agency is going to be the starter and you will only be the backup," Linta said.

Hoyer is set to become a free agent in the offseason and Linta added he expects to meet with the Browns soon to discuss their options.


Colts' Andrew Luck considered skipping Pro Bowl
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(1/24/2015) After losing 45-7 to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck admitted he thought about not playing in the Pro Bowl, reports The Indianapolis Star.

Luck felt embarrassed after the championship game and had to think about turning around and playing a week later.

"I mean, it is a privilege, but I am hurting in a sense," Luck said. "But I realize it's an honor to be voted in and the fans really enjoy it. So, I did it."

While Luck was proud of his team for advancing to the championship game, he said this season’s playoff loss was worse than the previous two.

"I think every loss in the playoffs leaves a really, really terrible taste in your mouth," Luck said. "But this one has been worse than the other two because we did get so close. And the way we lost, it was just embarrassing."


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(1/24/2015) The NFL has issued a warning to Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch if he decides to make his obscene gesture in the Super Bowl, vice president of officiating Dean Blandino told ESPN Saturday. If Lynch performs his gesture, Seattle will be assessed a 15-yard penalty.

Meaning if Lynch makes his gesture after scoring a touchdown, the kickoff will be from the 20 yard line. Lynch was fined $20,000 for making his gesture after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship game last week.


Matthew Slater: NFLPA 'instructed' Pats not to address Deflategate
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(1/24/2015) Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater told reporters that the NFL Players Association has "instructed" New England players to not publicly address Deflategate, according to the team's official website. The 29-year-old Slater is a team representative for the union.

"I'd love to get into that with you, but we have been instructed by our union as players to reserve comment on this situation," Slater said. "It's an ongoing investigation, so in order to protect our players, we’re going to go ahead and not talk about that."

The NFL found 11 of 12 game balls the Patriots used in the first half in Sunday's AFC Championship against the Colts were significantly underinflated after being deemed legal before the game. The investigation is being led by NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash and Ted Wells. The league has yet to release its findings.

Coach Bill Belichick also addressed the media in an impromptu press conference to reveal that his team conducted an "internal study," which revealed that the Patriots "followed every rule to the letter."

Like Slater, Belichick vowed not to speak on Deflategate again. New England will square off against Seattle in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.


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Jackson, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Western Kentucky, was a marginal contributor for Indianapolis last season, contributing only on special teams and short-yardage scenarios. He registered 10 tackles and one sack in 13 games his rookie season.


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"That is the plan, they gave me my shot, they trusted me and believed in me enough to give me that shot so I'd like to stay," Forsett said. "They expressed that they want me back. I want to be back, so we'll see what happens."

Forsett, 29 is seeking his first multiyear contract of his career after playing for five teams in seven seasons. He broke out for 1,266 rushing yards this season, fifth-most in the NFL, and led all running backs with 5.4 yards per carry.


WR Emmanuel Sanders says Peyton Manning will return to Broncos
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(1/24/2015) Although Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' only communication with Peyton Manning was through a postseason text message, he believes that the veteran quarterback will return for another season, he told NFL.com on Friday.

Sanders and the Broncos were eliminated by the Colts in the AFC divisional round. Since that loss, the Broncos' coaching staff has been overhauled, with coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase heading to Chicago.

"Well, Gase is definitely in Chicago right now," Sanders said. "And Peyton says he's going to come back, but I'm not really worried about it, I really just want to win a Super Bowl. So that is all that is on my mind."

Gary Kubiak was hired to take Fox's place in Denver, and Sanders said that if Manning doesn't return, backup Brock Osweiler would fit "really well" in the team's new offensive scheme.

"Yeah, I think Brock is a quarterback that is on the rise, he's going to continuously get better and I feel like Kubiak's offense fits him really well," Sanders said.

Sanders signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Broncos last March. He earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl after totaling 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns -- all career highs.


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(1/23/2015) Seahawks general manager John Schneider said little Friday about Marshawn Lynch's future with the franchise.

"I mean, he's under contract next year," Schneider said in an interview with The Seattle Times. "He's a warrior. Goes out there every weekend and lays it on the line. I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better running back in the National Football League."

Lynch has been rumored to be cut after this season to save money. He is set to make $5 million in base salary in 2015. Schneider also said he has no problem with the way Lynch behaves both on and off the field.

"I kind of love his act," Schneider said.


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(1/23/2015) Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon and could miss an extended period of time, including training camp, general manager Ryan Grigson said.

"No, he’s still in recovery," Grigson said when asked if he’s confident Mathis will be ready for training camp. "He’s a freak and you hope that he has an athletic genetic freak type of recovery so that he’s ready day one of training camp. But that information is not clear yet or a timeline is not there because it’s a tough injury. Hopefully in a couple months from now, we’ll be able to have some information on that."

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"Obviously having [Mathis] out was a big hole," Grigson said. "But we don’t make excuses. That stuff gets forgotten and it should because a lot of teams win without key players. The next man up is for real. We found a way to still get pressure and play without his presence, but it makes it a heck of a lot harder, I promise you that. Just having him out on the field, even if he didn’t get out of his stance, it’s still going to command two blockers or more. That completely changes the complexion of a game just having him physically out there."


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(1/23/2015) Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow) and free safety Earl Thomas (shoulder), who both sustained injuries in the NFC title game vs. Green Bay, will be fine to play in the Super Bowl.

As of Friday, the Patriots were 1-point favorites for the Super Bowl.


 
 
 
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