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Deion Branch Leads Patriots In Receiving Monday: Fantasy Implications

FOXBORO MA - OCTOBER 17: Wes Welker #83 celebrate with teammate Deion Branch #84 both of the New England Patriots after Branch caught a touchdown pass in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on October 17 2010 in Foxboro Massachusetts. The Patriot won 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Deion Branch led the Patriots with three receptions for 51 yards on Monday night against the Eagles. We break down the fantasy implications.

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.

For more on Branch and the Patriots, head over to Pats Pulpit and SB Nation Boston.

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