Deion Branch led the New England Patriots with 51 yards receiving on three receptions during Monday night's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The veteran wideout was targeted four times on the night. Julian Edelman was the Pats' second-leading wide receiver with two catches for 24 yards.
Analysis: Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez all rested on the night, as did Tom Brady. Branch proved he still has plenty of gas left in the tank with the second-year Ryan Mallett at quarterback, however. He turned a short pass over the middle into a 20-yard gain on the Pats' lone touchdown drive as Mallett stared down withering pressure from the Eagles' front seven. Despite playing in a prolific offense, the Pats may simply have too many options to make Branch worth a spot on your fantasy roster assuming you're in a standard 10-team league. Should the depth chart be hit by injuries, Branch will certainly be worth a look, however.