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1 year ago

The Patriots have brought back WR Deion Branch.  They released WR Greg Salas to make room on the active roster.  Branch is comfortable with QB Tom Brady and could see some action in 3-WR sets.  The 33-year-old struggled in training camp, though, and is a long shot to make a fantasy impact.  He averaged just 3.4 catches for 47 yards per game last season.  Consider that his ceiling this year.

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1 year ago

The Patriots have released WR Deion Branch.  It's a surprising move by New England, especially after they released WRs Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth earlier this week.  The Pats are now left with Julian Edelman behind Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd.  Edelman is worth monitoring thanks to New England's high-powered passing game, but we wouldn't spend a draft pick him.

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2 years ago

The Patriots have reached a new 1-year deal with WR Deion Branch.  It's the best-case scenario for the player.  Branch will be 33 years old when the 2012 season kicks off and is a below-average NFL receiver at this point of his career.  But he knows New England's offense and has QB Tom Brady's trust.  He'll have even more competition for targets this year, though, after the Pats added free-agent WRs Brandon Lloyd, Anthony Gonzalez, and Donte Stallworth.  Without injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, Branch will be nothing more than a bye-week fill-in.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills. He was in the same spot last week and ended up playing. Branch will likely play against Buffalo, but he’s just a desperation fantasy option.

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2 years ago

Patriots WR Deion Branch (groin) is active for today's game against the Dolphins.  Having topped 60 yards just 5 times this season, he's not a recommended fantasy option.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Dolphins.  He was in the same boat last week and ended up inactive.  Even if he plays this weekend, Branch isn't a recommended fantasy option.

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2 years ago

Patriots WR Deion Branch (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  We'd say it means more snaps for WR Chad Ochocinco, but he's seemingly fallen behind WR Tiquan Underwood on the depth chart.  Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez are the only fantasy options among New England's pass-catchers.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos.  He looks like a game-time decision but isn't a recommended fantasy option anyways.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch injured his groin in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins.  His return is being called questionable.

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2 years ago

Patriots WR Deion Branch (hip) is active for today's game against the Eagles.  At less than 100%, he's not a recommended fantasy option.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (hip) was limited on both Thursday and Friday. He's listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles. He won't be at 100% if he plays and shouldn't be in fantasy lineups.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch popped up on the injury report Thursday as limited with a hip injury.  It's the first we've heard of the injury.  Branch's status for Sunday's game against the Eagles is uncertain, but he's not a recommended fantasy option anyways.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's season finale against the Dolphins.  With the game being meaningless, New England may opt to hold Branch out.  He's not a fantasy option this week.

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3 years ago

As expected, Patriots WR Deion Branch (knee) is active for today's game against the Bills.  It sounds like he's just dealing with normal soreness in his surgically-repaired knee.  He's safe to use as a WR3.

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After sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday, Patriots WR Deion Branch (knee) returned to practice on Friday.  He'll play against the Bills, although we doubt he'll be at 100%.  Consider him a WR3 for Week 16.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (knee) was held out of practice for the 2nd straight day on Thursday.  We haven't heard that Branch is in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Bills, but this is worth keeping an eye on because he has a long history of knee problems.  Check back Friday for another update.

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3 years ago

Patriots WR Deion Branch (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Browns.  It's a favorable matchup, but Branch will be playing at less than 100%.  He's a weak WR3 play.

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Patriots WR Deion Branch (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.  He's expected to play but  isn't a recommended fantasy play.

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3 years ago

Patriots WR Deion Branch (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Vikings.  Consider him a risky WR3 play.

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After being added to the injury report on Thursday as limited with a hamstring, Patriots WR Deion Branch was limited again on Friday.  He's listed as questionable for Week 8.  We're expecting him to play Sunday against the Vikings, but at less than 100% -- and with a 4:15 pm ET start time -- you're better off looking for safer options this week.

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