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Antonio Brown: Advice for Fantasy Owners of Pittsburgh Steelers WR

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a first down against the Washington Redskins during the game on October 28, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

For those fantasy owners who relied on Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown, it’s unfortunately time to put him on the shelf (or send him to the waiver pile) and find another option.

According to the Associated Press (h/t The Boston Globe), Brown suffered a sprained right ankle in Pittsburgh’s 24-20 win over the New York Giants in Week 9.

As of right now, it seems highly unlikely he’ll play in Week 10 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Mike Tomlin hasn’t ruled his No. 2 receiver out, but isn’t optimistic he’ll be active.

‘‘We’ll see where the week takes us, we’ll leave the door ajar but usually [sprained ankles] aren’t positive things, particularly for someone who earns a living the way he earns a living,’’ Tomlin said.

Because of this recent revelation, the first thing that fantasy owners must do is put in a waiver claim (or free agency add) for Emmanuel Sanders. The No. 3 option in the Steelers passing game is in line for a lot more looks now that he’s been bumped up the depth chart.

It’s clear QB Ben Roethlisberger trusts Sanders, as he already has 24 receptions for 302 yards and a TD, despite not being anywhere near the focal point of the offense. There’s a chance his production surpasses what Brown was contributing on a weekly basis.

Other potential fill-ins for Brown on your roster include Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton, Oakland’s Brandon Myers (in a W/T flex), the New York Jets’ Jeremy Kerley or Detroit’s Joique Bell (in an R/W flex).

Whatever you do, make sure that Brown is on the bench for Week 10, as there is almost no chance he’ll see action against KC. Even if he’s somehow out on the field, there’s an even smaller probability that he’ll productive.

Find a replacement, stick him in the lineup and we’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the rest of your fantasy needs and updates on Brown’s status.

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