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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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Marcus Lattimore eager to start pro career
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:35 pm ET) 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to start his proffesional career. After blowing out his knee in a gruesome injury in October of 2012 at South Carolina, Lattimore told The State on Sunday that his knee rehab is complete and that he's "ready to play."

Lattimore, who will attend the first day of the team's offseason workouts, will enter a crowded backfield with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James already backing up current starter Frank Gore. However, James has expressed his desire for a bigger role and could be dealt, opening the door for the No. 3 spot in the backfield.

"If that happens, it does put me in that No. 3 spot," Lattimore said. "But I've just got to go in there and work hard. I can pass-protect and run the ball. I've got to show that."


Raiders bring back Kaelin Burnett
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) The Raiders have inked exclusive-rights free agent Kaelin Burnett to a one-year deal. He's expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp. 

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(4/18/2014) In the wake of the release of veteran linebacker Russell Allen, the Jaguars are expected to make Dekoda Watson their new starting strong-side linebacker, ESPN reports. He'll also play as a pass rusher and potentially line up as a defensive end on third downs. 

Watson had 42 total tackles, two sacks, an interception, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a blocked punt with the Bucs last year. 


Brandon Gibson begins light jogging
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(4/18/2014) Brandon Gibson has begun light jogging as he works his way back from a torn patellar tendon, the Miami Herald reports. The Dolphins are expected to keep him on the roster, if only because of the cap hit he'll cost, per the report. He said recently he expects to be ready for Week 1. 

'Humbled' Richardson explains 2013, promises a better 2014
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/18/2014) Colts running back Trent Richardson spoke openly about his disappointing 2013 season, saying that it took him too long to learn a new playbook and get over leaving Cleveland after Week 2. Richardson also told the official team website that he's planning to do everything within his power to be as prepared as possible for 2014. 

"Y'all will see a big significant difference in the way I play, the speed. I won't have to think about a lot of stuff," Richardson said earlier this offseason. "It's going to be big -- timing with the offensive line, timing with Andrew (Luck), just knowing a lot more with the program, the whole system.

"They haven't seen everything they're going to get out of me yet. A lot of it is going to come next year. A lot of it is going to come in the offseason. I'm going to put in a lot of work, as I've been doing this whole season. This season humbled me. ... This season was a lesson to me."

Colts coach Chuck Pagano has had Richardson's back, says the running back, and the coach stressed back in March that his running back's involvement in the offseason program will be key. 

"It's going to be very, very important for (Richardson) to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will," Pagano said. "He wants to be great. He's got all the talent. He's got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn't believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign."


Saints bring back Robert Meachem
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(4/18/2014) The Saints announced Friday that the club has re-signed veteran free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

Meachem is a seven-year NFL veteran who was originally the club's first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2007. He re-signed with the Saints prior to the start of the 2013 regular season and appeared in 15 games with five starts. He finished with 16 receptions for 324 yards with two touchdowns.

Meachem said signing with the Saints now should help with his preparations as he will be able to take part in the team's offseason conditioning program, OTAs and mini-camp. Plus, "this is home," he said.


Can Chris Johnson turn into Tomlinson?
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(4/18/2014) The Jets are hoping running back Chris Johnson can do for them what LaDainian Tomlinson did in 2010, reports ESPN.

That season, Tomlinson came from San Diego to New York after he was released. He responded with a team-high 914 yards with six touchdowns on 219 carries and caught 52 passes. He was supposed to be Shonn Greene's backup, but Tomlinson was so impressive that he won the starting job and became an integral part of a team that came within one game of the Super Bowl.

Maybe Johnson, who was let go by the Titans, can do the same thing.

"I can turn the bad things people are saying into a good thing for me, to give me motivation, to keep me hungry and to keep a chip on my shoulder and prove the naysayers wrong," he said Thursday.

Johnson had a disappointing year in 2013 when he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, but he played 13 games on a torn meniscus and was running behind a suspect offensive line for a team that didn't have its starting quarterback for half the season. The situation in New York should be improved, and hopefully being teamed with Chris Ivory will allow him to play like Tomlinson did in 2010.


Aikman worried about Tony Romo
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Romo, 34, is coming off back surgery in December, which was the second procedure on his back in a year.

"I came back in a relatively short period of time because of when I had my surgery, so he's at least afforded more time to get ready," Aikman said. "But having said that, two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned.

"I'm hopeful that he's able to come back -- everybody is. This team won't be the same if he's not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, 'Hey, he's ahead of schedule and everything's going fine,' I'm not sure how you can really measure that here in April."


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The Bengals hold the rights to Green through the 2015 season. And in 2016, if a long-term deal hasn't been signed yet, the Bengals can use the franchise tag on Green for that season.

The report says Green can force the issue by trying to boycott offseason workouts or hold out from training camp. But Bengals coach Marvin Lewis is confident Green will be there.


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