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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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Arians: Cardinals TE Troy Niklas unlikely to return in Week 8
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8:46 pm ET) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated Tuesday that tight end Troy Niklas (ankle) is unlikely to play in Week 8 against the Eagles, FOXSports.com reports.

Niklas has missed the last two weeks after suffering an ankle sprain. He has one reception for 16 yards on the season.


Report: Patriots expected to sign DE Alan Branch
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:48 pm ET) The Patriots are expected to sign free-agent defensive end Alan Branch, the Boston Globe reports.

Branch was released by the Bills after a DUI arrest in August. The Patriots reportedly are going to be without defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) for about a month, leaving a need to add depth on the defensive line.


Report: Patriots DE Chandler Jones (hip) out multiple weeks
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:16 pm ET) Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones missed practice Tuesday with a hip injury and is expected to be sidelined for about a month, the Boston Globe reports.

Jones recorded four tackles and a sack in the team's Week 7 win over the Jets last Thursday after entering the contest listed as probable. He has posted 4.5 sacks over six games this season.


Panthers LB Luke Kuechly to avoid fine after ejection
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:06 pm ET) Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly will not be fined for making contact with an official during his team's Week 7 loss to the Packers, NFL.com reports.

Kuechly was ejected from Sunday's game after the incident, which the linebacker contends happened because he wasn't aware it was an official pulling him from behind after a play. Panthers coach Ron Rivera disagreed with the decision to eject Kuechly and predicted the linebacker wouldn't face a fine.


Seahawks sign TE Brett Brackett, waive TE RaShaun Allen
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:03 pm ET) The Seahawks claimed tight end Brett Brackett off waivers from Tennessee Tuesday and waived tight end RaShaun Allen. Brackett played two games with the Titans before being waived Monday.

Colts add Jeff Demps, Konrad Reuland to practice squad
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:38 pm ET) The Colts signed running back/return specialist Jeff Demps and tight end Konrad Reuland to the practice squad Tuesday, the team announced. The team released quarterback Dominique Davis and wide receiver Chandler Jones to make room for the new additions.

Identifying a few streaming DST options
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6:16 pm ET) If you need to pick up and play a DST unit in Week 8, Jamey Eisenberg identifies three worth snagging in his waiver-wire column: the Colts (59 percent owned) in Pittsburgh, the Cowboys (43 percent) against Washington, and the Dolphins (36 percent) in Jacksonville.

Hitting the wire for tight ends
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) With how up-and-down many tight ends have been this season, identifying the right ones on waivers can be a key. In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg tries to pin down the best ones for you to target this week.

Ravens tight end Owen Daniels, coming off a six-catch performance with a touchdown in Week 7, is the top pick for the 41 percent of CBSSports.com leagues in which he is available. A big reason why is a matchup against the Bengals, who have allowed four double-digit Fantasy scoring games by tight ends this season.

The remainder of the top five for the week is rounded out by Coby Fleener of the Colts (44 percent owned), Charles Clay of the Dolphins (34 percent), Jared Cook of the Rams (47 percent) and Kyle Rudolph of the Vikings (32 percent), who makes more sense as a stash option if you can afford the roster space. 


Prioritizing waiver-wire picks at wide receiver
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6:01 pm ET) In his Week 8 waiver-wire column, Jamey Eisenberg takes a look at the wide receivers most worth adding ahead of this week's games.

The list is headlined by new Seahawks' No. 1 Doug Baldwin (33 percent owned), with Odell Beckham (68 percent) of the Giants, Davante Adams (21 percent) of the Packers, Allen Robinson (34 percent) of the Jaguars and Brandon LaFell (56 percent) of the Patriots rounding out the remainder of the top five.

If you need to drop someone to make room for any pickups this week, he also recommends possibly parting ways with the Vikings' Cordarrelle Patterson (81 percent) or the Steelers' Markus Wheaton (35 percent). 


Falcons WR Roddy White trying to eliminate the drops
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:53 pm ET) Falcons wideout Roddy White remains down on his play despite catching nine passes for 100 yards and a touchdown Week 7, reports ESPN.com. He has dropped five passes this year, tied for fourth-most in the NFL.

"Mentally, I feel like I'm in the game plan. Mentally, I feel prepared for the games. It's just ... I don't know what it is," he told the website. "I'm not finishing plays. I'm not doing what I'm supposed to do."

White, who turns 33 next month, vowed to fix the problem. And he said injuries are not a factor.

"It's frustrating me," he said. "I'll figure it out, though. I will figure it out."


 
 
 
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