Stock Watch: Deion Branch traded to Pats

Updated: October 12, 2010, 1:49 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Less than a week after trading wide receiver Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings, the New England Patriots filled the spot, in theory, by reacquiring former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch from the Seattle Seahawks on Monday. While the world watched Moss catch four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in the 29-20 loss to the New York Jets on Monday night, the Branch deal was being announced. Of course, this isn't 2005 anymore. Branch has had multiple knee surgeries just in the past two years, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited.

While Branch's stock has to rise just by virtue of leaving a messy Seahawks offense and joining a productive Tom Brady-led one, I have doubts that this is anything more than acquiring reasonable depth. Branch should increase production, but seeing as how he's tied for 60th in standard wide receiver scoring in fantasy right now, there's nowhere to go but up. His 13 receptions led Seahawks wide receivers, and his lone touchdown from Week 1 tied for the team lead, so it's faint praise. He'll get more opportunity in New England, and he should be on ESPN's most-added list this week. Branch is currently owned in 3.8 percent of ESPN standard leagues.