Steelers Cuts Leave Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace As Only Significant Fantasy WR Options

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23: Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates his 95-yard touchdown with teammates Antonio Brown #84 and Isaac Redman #33 during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut all but four players in the receiving corps Friday, keeping Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery. We break down the fantasy implications.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released 21 players to cut their roster down to 53 well before the NFL's 9:00 p.m. deadline. Among the most significant cuts, the team slashed the wide receiving corps to just four players: Antonio Brown, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Tyler Beiler, Toney Clemons, David Gilreath, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams were released, though two or three may remain with the team as part of the practice squad.

Analysis: The decision to keep so few receivers is a little bizarre, especially since new offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been known to go five-wide in the past. Regardless, Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown are really the only two significant options in standard fantasy leagues. Those that go a bit deeper can take a look at Sanders, who caught 22 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns last season despite missing five games due to a foot injury. With Hines Ward out of the picture, he should be in for a bigger role this season.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain and SB Nation Pittsburgh. For more fantasy info, check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 6-10pm Monday through Friday, 4-9pm Saturday and Sunday.

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