Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
WR - #42 139.66 SF Active 12 years 33 6'1 220 @AnquanBoldin

2014 Outlook: Quality Backup

Last updated on Jul-05-2014 by Brad Kruse

Boldin finished as the 15th-highest scoring wide receiver in 2013. Not bad for a guy considered entering the twilight of his career and third team in five seasons. What does Crabtree's return mean to Boldin? Surprisingly, in the five games Crabtree played, Boldin averaged 6.6 receptions for 91 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per contest. This compares to 4.73 receptions, 66 yards and 0.45 touchdowns in 11 games without Crabtree. Perhaps defenses put too much emphasis on covering Crabtree and left Boldin open, but either way, his production was so significant that he shouldn't be discounted off-hand this year. Furthermore, his 139.11 ADP (WR57) should tell you Boldin is extremely undervalued. Boldin typically played the No. 2 WR throughout his career, so even with some regression, an improved Colin Kaepernick could bridge the gap statistically.

Editor's note: The 49ers may strike more of an offensive balance thanks to the return of Crabtree, the advanced age of Frank Gore and addition of Stevie Johnson. More passes means more opportunities for Boldin to produce. His ADP is an absolute steal.

Latest Update

Jul-22-14 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble

CSN Bay Area reports that Johnson, while the current favorite to win the 49ers WR3 spot, will need to "clearly win" the position in order to make the roster, due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary this year. Also competing for the third wideout spot will be WRs Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Brandon Lloyd. The winner of the roster battle will lineup alongside WRs Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, as well as TE Vernon Davis.

Fantasy Analysis:

In case you were thinking of drafting Johnson, don't, except in the deepest of leagues. His days as an elite threat on the Bills are long gone, and it sounds as though he'll struggle to even make the cut for the 49ers this year, because they feel as though they may be paying him too much. Rookie WR Bruce Ellington is a particular threat, after he flashed 4.4 speed and posted the combine's top vertical jump (39.5 inches). In any event, the No. 3 WR for the 49ers isn't likely to be particularly relevant in fantasy, as they'll have to compete against Boldin, Crabtree and Davis for targets.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/22 - 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble
6/25 - 60 catches for WR Stevie Johnson? 'Under,' says 49ers reporter

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
9.03 FFToolbox - Jamie Blackburn - With Crabtree out indefinitely, taking a teams' #1 WR in the 9th round seems pretty sweet to me. I know he's old, but he has Kapernick's trust, and will continue to produce. Not sure I could find a better backup WR at this point in the draft, and one with starter potential.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
8.03 Fantasy Football QB - This is one situation that I'll be monitoring closely in the pre-season. Kaepernick had a tendency to make only one read and it went something like this: is my guy opened? Yes, pass - No, run. There was no question Crabtree was Kaepernick's guy, but the question remains who he'll be looking at with his first read this year. For now, Bolding is the better value to take a chance with because of his ADP.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
8.05 FFToolbox -Emil 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
8.12 FantasySharks 
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