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Week 8 Fantasy Trade Value Chart

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What if I told you one of the best buy-low candidates right now was on a team with a losing record, had only three games under his belt and sported a rushing average of 3.6 yards per carry?

Naturally, you'd want his name. It's one you know: Le'Veon Bell of the Steelers.

Bell hasn't flashed much but has proven to be exactly what we thought he'd be: a volume back. In the three games he's played, Bell has had a minimum of 72 percent of the snaps and 16 carries in each with three grabs in two of them. If you can set your watch to a running back with that kind of workload week in and week out you'd be happy to have him on your Fantasy team.

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You might look at some of Bell's metrics beyond his rushing average and get gun shy. He hasn't broken 10 Fantasy points in his last two games. He also has scored on only one of six carries inside his opponents' 5-yard line. But he has six carries near the goal line through three games. And while he hasn't topped 10 points in his last two, he had nine Fantasy points and 99 total yards vs. Baltimore's tough run defense last week after getting stuffed by the Jets two weeks ago.

Bell also gets a ringing endorsement thanks to his upcoming schedule. Of the Steelers' remaining 10 games, only three are against defenses ranked in the Top 10 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to running backs, and one of them is the team he just totaled 99 yards against (and another one is Buffalo). It doesn't hurt that Pittsburgh has already had its bye week.

I love the idea of getting Bell on the cheap before he combines a favorable schedule with a full workload. Here are some actual trades involving CBSSports.com Fantasy owners who also love the idea of getting Bell.

Le'Veon Bell for Larry Fitzgerald: Even with Fitzgerald's up and down year I'd call this a steep price to pay for Bell. This deal would work better if a player was kicked in with Bell for 'Fitz.

Le'Veon Bell for Robert Griffin III: This deal is pretty much on the money, and the perfect kind of trade for the owner who just lost Jay Cutler or has been struggling with the likes of Eli Manning or Matt Schaub.

Le'Veon Bell for Julius Thomas: Thomas has been the breakout player of the year thus far but if he's expendable and you need a running back then this trade should help. Part of the reason why Bell carries significant value is because he plays at a thin position whereas Thomas, while a difference maker, is technically replaceable. Most leagues start more than one running back but don't have to start more than one tight end. Here's the decision: Would you rather have a tight end who is averaging 12.6 points per week and a running back who might get you four or five points, or a running back who is averaging 11.0 Fantasy points per week and a tight who might get you six or seven points?

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 Matt Ryan 17 17 Lamar Miller 9 10
LeSean McCoy 36 37 Pierre Garcon 16 19 Marlon Brown 9 10
Marshawn Lynch 34 36 Torrey Smith 16 18 Roddy White 8 11
Adrian Peterson 32 34 Le'Veon Bell 16 17 Jordan Reed 8 10
Reggie Bush 31 34 Vernon Davis 15 18 Steve Johnson 8 10
Jimmy Graham 30 35 Giovani Bernard 15 17 Jeremy Kerley 8 10
Calvin Johnson 30 35 Josh Gordon 15 17 Ben Tate 8 9
Dez Bryant 30 35 Michael Vick 15 15 Mike James 8 9
Peyton Manning 30 30 Colin Kaepernick 15 15 Coby Fleener 8 9
Matt Forte 29 33 Tony Gonzalez 14 17 Martellus Bennett 8 9
A.J. Green 29 33 Keenan Allen 14 17 Greg Olsen 8 9
Arian Foster 29 32 Denarius Moore 14 16 Kenbrell Thompkins 8 9
Drew Brees 29 29 DeMarco Murray 14 15 Chris Ivory 8 8
Wes Welker 27 31 Russell Wilson 14 14 Andy Dalton 8 8
Tony Romo 27 27 Antonio Brown 13 17 Andre Ellington 7 9
Frank Gore 27 27 Danny Woodhead 13 16 Bilal Powell 7 9
Knowshon Moreno 26 29 Antonio Gates 13 16 Roy Helu 7 9
Aaron Rodgers 26 26 Steven Jackson 13 14 Julian Edelman 7 9
Demaryius Thomas 25 28 Darren Sproles 12 15 Vincent Brown 7 9
DeSean Jackson 25 27 Jordan Cameron 12 15 Jarrett Boykin 7 9
Alfred Morris 25 25 Hakeem Nicks 12 15 Joseph Randle 7 8
Brandon Marshall 24 28 T.Y. Hilton 12 14 Donald Brown 7 8
Jordy Nelson 24 27 Percy Harvin 12 14 Terrelle Pryor 7 7
Eddie Lacy 24 26 Maurice Jones-Drew 12 12 BenJarvus Green-Ellis 7 7
Rob Gronkowski 23 26 Ryan Mathews 12 12 Brian Hartline 6 8
Matthew Stafford 23 23 Jason Witten 11 15 Charles Clay 6 7
Larry Fitzgerald 21 24 Mike Wallace 11 13 Dwayne Bowe 6 7
Eric Decker 20 23 Steve Smith 11 13 Eli Manning 6 6
Ray Rice 20 22 Terrance Williams 11 13 Kris Durham 5 8
Andrew Luck 20 20 Jacquizz Rodgers 10 13 Kendall Wright 5 8
Tom Brady 19 19 James Jones 10 13 Chris Ogbonnaya 5 7
Chris Johnson 19 19 Anquan Boldin 10 13 Joique Bell 5 7
Andre Johnson 18 22 Alshon Jeffery 10 13 Kyle Rudolph 5 7
Cam Newton 18 18 Harry Douglas 10 13 Jermichael Finley 5 7
Philip Rivers 18 18 Marques Colston 10 12 Pierre Thomas 5 6
Stevan Ridley 18 18 Cecil Shorts 10 12 Nate Washington 5 6
Vincent Jackson 17 21 DeAngelo Williams 10 10 Seahawks 5 5
Julius Thomas 17 20 C.J. Spiller 10 10 Chiefs 5 5
Victor Cruz 17 20 Trent Richardson 10 10 Alex Smith 5 5
Justin Blackmon 17 20 Danny Amendola 9 12 Jake Locker 5 5
Fred Jackson 17 19 Rueben Randle 9 11 Bernard Pierce 5 5
Darren McFadden 17 18 Zac Stacy 9 11 Jay Cutler 4 4
Robert Griffin III 17 17 Heath Miller 9 11 Marvin Jones 4 4

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Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
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(7/1/2015) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


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(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
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(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


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(6/30/2015) Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.


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Eagles sign John Moffitt, release Cole Manhart
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(6/29/2015) As expected, the Eagles signed center John Moffitt to a one-year contract on Monday, per Philly.com.

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He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped. 

To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart


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Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition. 

“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”


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(6/29/2015) After a sub-par 2014 season, Redskins cornerback David Amerson is no longer expected to be a starter. Bashaud Breeland and free agent pickup Chris Culliver have knocked Amerson down to a nickelback role. 

Amerson lost the job after a season in which he indecisive and lacked aggression, he admitted to the Washington Post. Amerson didn't record an interception and had just seven pass breakups. 

“At the end of the day, that’s all it comes down to: just making plays. That’s the thing I felt like I was missing last year: being that big play-maker, game-changer,” Amerson said. “I basically had been that all my life, but it was different for me last year. It was unusual for me. So I need to get back into my groove and just find my swag. … Like I said, I’ve been that all my life, and always had that – I wouldn’t call it a gambling type of mentality – but knowing when to go and make that play, when to step up. It’s something I think a lot of people naturally have in them, and knowing when to bring it out. I just have to have that mindset.”


 
 
 
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