NFL fantasy football: Antonio Brown’s prospects rising

Feeling green: New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was ruled out for Sunday’s tilt against the Pittsburgh Steelers by coach Rex Ryan on Friday. The news could mean big things for wide receiver Antonio Brown. Assuming the other Antonio, Jets corner Antonio Cromartie, is charged with trailing Mike Wallace all afternoon, it will be on fourth-year pro Kyle Wilson to line up against Brown. Wilson has only started 13 games in his career, so having to keep up with the speedy wideout could be a tough task. Brown amassed 74 yards on just four catches in Week 1, so expect him to build off that performance and take advantage of the matchup. Fantasy owners should have full confidence starting him as your No. 2 WR this week.

Will the Week 2 match up against the Jets be the game Antonio Brown makes his fantasy statement? Chris Humphreys/US Presswire

Bad news Bear: Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte suffered a high ankle sprain in Thursday night’s loss to the Green Bay Packers. NFL Network and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport was told by a source close to the team that there isn’t a timetable for his return. Fantasy owners who selected the talented back were hopefully wise enough to handcuff him with Michael Bush, who is expected to carry the load in Forte’s absence. The Louisville product stated he is ready to pick up where Forte left off, if called upon. In 2011 with the Oakland Raiders, Bush carried racked up 1,395 total yards to go with eight touchdowns, most of that work done while Darren McFadden was sidelined by injury. Until Forte returns, consider Bush a viable No. 2 RB option.

Easing back in: San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews returned to practice yesterday after being cleared for contact. Per Kevin Acee of the U-T San Diego, Mathews also took contact for the first time since breaking his clavicle in August. Fantasy owners will need to keep close tabs on his status, which is not expected to be confirmed until shortly before kickoff. It’s likely the team will ease Mathews back into action, so even if he does start, temper expectations. Look for other alternatives on your roster.

-Adrian Mojica
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