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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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by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:44 pm ET) The Browns remain confident that they can snag quarterback Josh McCown from the free agent ranks, according to a report from ESPN.com

McCown visited the Browns this week and has also received interest from the the Jets, Bills and Bears. The Browns are in the market for a starting-caliber quarterback with Brian Hoyer possibly leaving in free agency and with Johnny Manziel's status up in the air with the off-field issues hes working through. 

McCown threw 13 touchdowns to just one interception with the Bears in 2013, doing this while filling in for an injured Jay Cutler. His performance earned him a contract with the Buccaneers, though injuries and poor play resulted in a season that saw him throw 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

McCown was released by the Buccaneers earlier this offseason. 


Report: Cardinals sign cornerback Damond Smith
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(6:12 pm ET) The Cardinals signed cornerback Damond Smith on Thursday, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Smith did not play during the 2014 season after being cut by the Chiefs. He has never played in an NFL game.


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(5:52 pm ET) Chargers offensive lineman Jeromey Clary announced his retirement in January. However, the Chargers finally removed him from the offseason roster with a failed physical designation, according to the NFL transaction wire. 

Clary did not play during the 2014 season due to two hip surgeries. 

Clary spent all nine of his NFL years with San Diego. 


Chiefs release veteran tight end Anthony Fasano
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5:46 pm ET) The Chiefs announced Thursday that they have released tight end Anthony Fasano.

Fasano has been with Kansas City for the past two seasons after stints with the Dolphins (2008-12) and the Cowboys (2006-07). The Cowboys selected Fasano in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. 

In 2014, Fasano caught 25 passes for 226 yards and four touchdowns. 


NFL plans to appeal ruling on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
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(5:25 pm ET) The NFL will appeal the Thursday ruling that reversed an arbitrator's decision on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension until April 15. 

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled for the NFL to vacate the upheld suspension via arbitration, with the case going back to arbitrator Harold Henderson. Peterson pleaded no contest to reckless assault on his son, which originated with child abuse allegations. 

With the ruling, Peterson will revert back to the Commissioner's Exempt list.

The NFL released a statement on its desire to appeal the ruling. 

"Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearin officer," the statement reads. "Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty's order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court's role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

         


NFL on Panthers' Greg Hardy: He hasn't been disciplined
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(5:11 pm ET) Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy reportedly is ready to immediately file for reinstatement from the Commissioner's Exempt list. However, the NFL's stance at this time is that there is nothing for Hardy to be reinstated from.

“He hasn’t been disciplined," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Charlotte Observer. "There is nothing for him to seek reinstatement from at this point."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell placed Hardy on the Commissioner's Exempt list early this season. Hardy was accused of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, and was found guilty by a judge last summer. However, upon appeal to a jury, the case was dismissed after Holder failed to show up to court and shut off communication with the prosecution. 

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The move will save the Rams $6 million in cap space for the 2015 season. 

In 2014, Langford totaled 25 tackles and one sack in 16 games (four starts). A seven-year vet, Langford has notched 15 1/2 sacks in his career. 


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After Peterson ruling, Hardy reportedly seeks reinstatement
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:40 pm ET) With a federal judge tossing out an NFL arbitrator's decision to uphold Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy will seek immediate reinstatement to the league, according to a report from ESPN

Both Peterson and Hardy have been on the Commissioner's Exempt list following off-field legal issues. Peterson pleaded no contest to reckless assault on his son, which originally stemmed from child abuse allegations. 

Hardy was charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend and found guilty by a North Carolina judge. Hardy appealed the ruling to a jury, though the prosecution threw the case out once Hardy's ex, Nicole Holder, failed to show to court or cooperate in the case. 

Judge David Doty ruled in favor of Peterson, which opens the door to his reinstatement to the league. The arbitrator's ruling that allowed the NFL to uphold the suspension has been thrown out, sending the case back to the collective bargaining agreement. 


 
 
 
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