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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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"We are encouraged by what he has done over on that side with athletic performance [trainers]," Smith said.


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Charles is considered day-to-day, and is fully expected to be healthy for the season opener.


 
 
 
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