Trade market grows for Chris Johnson, DeSean Jackson

CJ2K gains interest: When word first leaked that the Tennessee Titans were considering trading veteran running back Chris Johnson, the market was perceived to be nonexistent due to Johnson’s high price tag of $8 million in 2014. However, after Johnson admitted he’d consider taking a pay cut, there are now teams showing real interest in trading for the veteran. Of course, along with that news is the notion that nothing is imminent. We’re still in a holding pattern here until Johnson ultimately gets traded or cut. If he lands with the right team he could slide up into a nice value pick as an RB 2.

Eagle leaving the nest: Longtime Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson enjoyed his most successful season since 2009 last year, finishing with 187.40 fantasy points — good enough for a ninth place finish. Yet, Jackson and head coach Chip Kelly apparently don’t gel which has led to the Eagles gauging interest from the rest of the league in trading for the speedy receiver. Jackson’s best fantasy value may still be in Philly, where he blew the top off defenses repeatedly in Kelly’s high-octane offense. He’ll also have Riley CooperLeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin in the fold for defenses to focus on. However, while a trade sounds doubtful, were Jackson to find his way to the Bay Area to play with Colin Kaepernick or up the East Coast to join Tom Brady, he’d have a good chance of repeating his stellar 2013 numbers as well. Keep an eye on where Jackson lands as the offseason progresses and adjust his value accordingly.

Broadway Michael?: All offseason, pundits and prognosticators have been forecasting that Michael Vick will sign with the New York Jets, yet both parties have been quiet on the topic. Until now. According to Eliot Schorr-Parks of NJ.com, Vick will be meeting with the Jets this weekend. If Vick signs with Gang Green, he’ll undoubtedly compete with Geno Smith for the starting duties. Odds are Vick would win that contest, but Smith showed flashes last season, scoring an average of 20.5 fantasy points over the final four weeks of last season while leading the team to an 8-8 record. Neither quarterback will be a week-to-week fantasy starter regardless, unless they find Eric Decker some help and boost their WR corps. Until then, consider whoever starts under center for the Jets a No. 2 quarterback at best.

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