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A funny thing happened to me while working out this week. I work out with a trainer named Al, a New Orleans native who lives and dies with the Saints. He would never, ever say anything bad about his team but in the wake of a meandering season for Drew Brees, Al thinks he knows why the quarterback is struggling.

"He had a baby," Al said. "Every time that guy has a baby he stinks."

Quick fact check: Brees and his wife indeed had a baby girl in August. The little lady is the youngest of four as she inherited three brothers, born in January 2009, October 2010 and August 2012. I'm pretty sure Brees won the Super Bowl in 2009 but came way back down to earth in 2010. Then in 2011 he threw for over 5,400 yards and 46 touchdowns -- and then dipped a little bit off of those numbers (but was still really awesome) in 2012.

So maybe it's not the baby. Maybe it's the offensive line not being as effective or his receiving corps not quite delivering like it used to or his team running a little bit more. Maybe he misses Darren Sproles. Whatever it is, it's making us cry like babies.

Statistically speaking, Brees is still a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, but he hasn't had that big blowout game yet. His last three have been 20 or more points in a standard league but no more than 23. He needed overtime last week to get to 20 points in a home game against the Buccaneers. He's been more like Russell Wilson than Russell Wilson.

Is it time to move on from Brees? If you can make the right deal, you should. He's still a capable Fantasy starter that owners of Nick Foles, Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady would be happy to have. And he still might carry more clout in your leagues than Philip Rivers, Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo and Eli Manning.

There are two types of deals that Brees should be involved in. One is by owners who drafted one of the "less clout" quarterbacks along with Brees and can afford to dump Brees for a quality starter while still going with someone like Rivers or Wilson or Eli. The other is by owners who only drafted Brees but can spin him off for Cutler, Romo or Eli along with another low-end player, maybe even someone not listed on the trade chart but a player who can help. Trades involving Brees for, say, Ben Roethlisberger and the aforementioned low-end player shouldn't be considered. In other words, don't deal Brees just to do it since he still represents a reliable starting option -- you'll still need one if you let him go.

Besides the current track record through five games and the timing of his bye week, the biggest factor in dealing off Brees is his remaining schedule. The Top 3 teams currently listed in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks (the Lions, Bengals and Packers) are all in his future. So are the 49ers, Ravens and Steelers, all Top 10 units. The Saints have four outdoor games left this season, all against suspect defenses: Carolina, Baltimore, Chicago and Tampa Bay in Week 17. Those matchups represent nine of his remaining 12 games! It doesn't mean he'll flop in all nine of them, but if he couldn't find more than 20 Fantasy points in an overtime game against the Buccaneers (ranked 27th in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks) then maybe expectations shouldn't be so high.

Here are some actual trades involving Brees made on since Week 5 concluded:

Drew Brees and Roy Helu for Brandon Marshall and Nick Foles: This is the kind of trade you should look for if you have Brees and are sick of looking at him. Marshall has been disappointing but should rebound -- and an especially rich player to get in a deal if you're downgrading from Brees to Foles.

Drew Brees and Matt Asiata for Jamaal Charles and Cam Newton: Don't ask me what the Charles owner was thinking here. Charles is the best player in the deal and a no-brainer to take in exchange for moving down from Brees to Cam every week.

Drew Brees and Julio Jones for Michael Crabtree and Aaron Rodgers: The Brees/Jones side is too much to give here. Sure, Rodgers is on fire and Crabtree has No. 1 receiver potential, but with Brees still considered a Top 10 passer and Jones among the elite receivers in Fantasy, it's just too rich. Rodgers is definitely better than Brees, but not enough to downgrade from Julio to Crab. Julio to Marshall or Emmanuel Sanders would be a different story.

Drew Brees and Giovani Bernard for Peyton Manning: Again, an owner is severely underestimating Brees here. It should take a lot to land Peyton in a trade, but Gio isn't a slouch and Brees isn't either. I'd deal Peyton for this duo in any league.

Drew Brees for Julius Thomas and Cam Newton: Here's an example of someone overestimating Brees. Thomas is one of the safest bets in Fantasy -- he alone is too valuable to give up for Brees. Throw in Cam and it's even more of a gimme for the owner looking to ship Brees.

Drew Brees and Larry Donnell for Le'Veon Bell: This trade's not too far off from even, though it still favors the Brees and Donnell side. This is also the kind of swap you'll want to pull off if you have Brees and another quarterback like Eli, willing to ride with the other guy for the rest of the year. In those circumstances Brees is expendable, so getting rid of him for less than what his value is this week isn't so bad.

Our Trade Value Chart is designed to help 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
DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL 35 38 Keenan Allen, WR, SD 18 20 Tom Brady, QB, NE 10 10
Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA 35 37 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 17 20 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 10 10
Antonio Brown, WR, PIT 34 38 Steve Smith, WR, BAL 17 19 Seahawks DST 10 10
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN 34 34 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU 17 19 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO 9 12
Julio Jones, WR, ATL 33 38 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA 17 19 Shane Vereen, RB, NE 9 11
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN 33 37 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND 17 19 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF 9 11
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 32 36 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF 16 18 Branden Oliver, RB, SD 9 11
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB 32 36 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA 16 17 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN 9 10
Dez Bryant, WR, DAL 32 36 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET 16 16 Knile Davis, RB, KC 9 10
Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT 32 35 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI 15 18 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD 9 10
Jamaal Charles, RB, KC 31 34 Antonio Gates, TE, SD 15 17 Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL 9 9
Matt Forte, RB, CHI 31 33 Zac Stacy, RB, STL 15 16 Mark Ingram, RB, NO 9 9
Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB 31 31 Joique Bell, RB, DET 15 16 Cam Newton, QB, CAR 9 9
Calvin Johnson, WR, DET 30 33 Brian Quick, WR, STL 14 17 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE 8 11
Eddie Lacy, RB, GB 30 32 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND 14 17 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE 8 10
Andrew Luck, QB, IND 30 30 Martellus Bennett, TE, CHI 14 17 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO 8 10
Randall Cobb, WR, GB 29 33 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG 14 17 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN 8 9
Jimmy Graham, TE, NO 29 33 Travis Kelce, TE, KC 14 16 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL 8 9
Julius Thomas, TE, DEN 28 31 Ben Tate, RB, CLE 14 15 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF 8 9
Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN 28 31 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS 13 16 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA 8 9
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN 27 31 Larry Donnell, TE, NYG 13 16 Terrance West, RB, CLE 8 9
Arian Foster, RB, HOU 27 30 Golden Tate, WR, DET 13 15 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL 8 9
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 26 26 Montee Ball, RB, DEN 13 15 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN 7 10
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI 25 28 Justin Forsett, RB, BAL 13 15 Eddie Royal, WR, SD 7 9
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA 25 25 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE 13 13 Allen Robinson, WR, JAC 7 9
LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI 24 27 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF 13 13 Heath Miller, TE, PIT 7 9
Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI 23 26 Wes Welker, WR, DEN 12 15 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI 7 9
Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE 23 26 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG 12 14 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN 7 8
Drew Brees, QB, NO 23 23 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS 12 14 Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN 7 8
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI 23 23 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR 12 14 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN 7 8
Victor Cruz, WR, NYG 22 25 Reggie Bush, RB, DET 12 14 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 7 7
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS 22 22 Matt Asiata, RB, MIN 12 12 Andrew Hawkins, WR, CLE 6 9
Philip Rivers, QB, SD 22 22 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ 11 14 John Brown, WR, ARI 6 8
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI 21 24 Marques Colston, WR, NO 11 13 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI 6 8
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR 20 23 Vernon Davis, TE, SF 11 13 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD 6 8
Tony Romo, QB, DAL 20 20 Doug Martin, RB, TB 11 13 Mohamed Sanu, WR, CIN 6 8
Mike Wallace, WR, MIA 19 22 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 11 13 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI 6 8
Frank Gore, RB, SF 19 20 Nick Foles, QB, PHI 11 11 Jason Witten, TE, DAL 6 8
Eli Manning, QB, NYG 19 19 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI 10 13 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ 6 8
Julian Edelman, WR, NE 18 22 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 10 13 Niles Paul, TE, WAS 6 7
Roddy White, WR, ATL 18 21 Delanie Walker, TE, TEN 10 12 Owen Daniels, TE, BAL 6 7
Terrance Williams, WR, DAL 18 20 Dwayne Allen, TE, IND 10 12 Eric Ebron, TE, DET 6 7
Vincent Jackson, WR, TB 18 20 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO 10 11 Bobby Rainey, RB, TB 6 7
Andre Ellington, RB, ARI 18 20 Andre Williams, RB, NYG 10 11 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK 5 6
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF 18 20 Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ 10 10 Alfred Blue, RB, HOU 5 5