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Week 6 Pickups

Deion Branch stretches at practice (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Now that Randy Moss has played a game in a Vikings’ uniform, its pretty clear that him bring traded meant little for his owners in fantasy. However, that does not mean that the trade will not have an effect on other fantasy owners, with Deion Branch still available in most leagues.

Week 6 Pickups

Here are some players that are generally available in most leagues who are worth a look depending on your roster construction. The percent that each player is are owned in standard ESPN leagues is included.

Nate Burleson, WR, Lions (29.1 percent owned)
Burleson got off to a rough start with the Lions this season making only one catch in each of the first two games, and then sitting out with injury the next two. However, he seemed to figure out this new offense in week 5, grabbing 4 receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Add the fact that Detroit’s top receiver, Calvin Johnson, may miss time due to injury and you’ve got yourself a solid pickup.

Deion Branch, WR, Patriots (9.2)
The trade to New England increases Branch’s value greatly and puts him in the fantasy relevant category for the first time in a few years. Though its unclear exactly how he will fit into this offense, it has been widely reported that he and Brady have a strong relationship and rapport on and off the field. Brady may go with a spreading-the-ball-around approach, but for now Branch is worth a speculative pickup to see if they can recreate past magic.

Ladell Betts, RB, Saints (3.5)
Though Pierre Thomas is likely to return either this week or next, Betts showed that he is capable of putting up solid fantasy numbers when given the chance, as he has throughout his career. As a more receiving-back type player, he could be in line for much of the action that Reggie Bush would have seen had he been healthy. He is not flashy, but could help your fantasy team in a pinch especially with the receptions he will likely receive.

Danny Amendola, WR, Rams
With Mark Clayton now out for the season, someone has to get the targets from rookie Sam Bradford. Amendola caught 12 balls this week for 95 yards and looks to be Bradford’s new go-to receiver.

Steve Johnson, WR, Bills
This talented rookie continues to put up solid fantasy points, despite playing for one of the worst teams in the league. With another 2 touchdowns this week, he now has caught 4 over the three weeks that Ryan Fitzpatrick has been leading this team.

Defensive Match-Up of the Week

Each week I select one defense that is available in most leagues and has a favorable match-up.

Giants D (40.1 percent owned) vs. Detroit Lions
The Giants defense has come up big in recent weeks, and their dominance should continue this week against Shaun Hill and the Lions.

Other names to watch:

Anthony Armstrong, WR, Redskins (0.7 percent owned), Golden Tate, WR, Seahawks (19.9), Deji Karim, RB, Jaguars (0.3).

About Matt Huegel

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