Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers
|WR - #16||48.53||SF||Active||6 years||26||6'1||214||@KingCrab15|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-05-2014 by Brad Kruse
Crabtree developed into a nice weapon for San Francisco, although it took a few years. He battled foot problems, which took him off course to throughout his career. From 2010 to 2012, his reception total gradually increased from 55 to 72 to 85. In 2013, he missed most of the year with injury. This season could serve to be a comeback year for him. He'll have both Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson as teammates and they form the best 49ers' receiving corps in years. Kaepernick trusts Crabtree and even wanted to make sure there was money available to extend Crabtree's contract before he signed his own extension. Targets may be tough to come by on this team due to the 49ers' commitment to smash-mouth football. He should meet his career highs with 70 to 80 receptions. We rank him as a mid-end WR2, which is a very bullish projection.
Editor's note: Now in his sixth season, this is last call for Crabtree. Many fantasy owners have already written him off due to his sky-high stat projections; however, if Boldin can produce like a WR2 for fantasy owners (which he did last year), so can Crabtree at his 44.33 ADP.
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree played in five games last season, but that wasn't really Michael Crabtree. The sixth-year wideout said it himself last week: "I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn't me."
This is understandable, of course, as Crabtree was coming back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the spring. He is fully healthy now, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has noticed an improved Crabtree on the field.
There are two ways to look at Crabtree's fantasy stock.
He is a value pick in the fifth round as the No. 1 receiver in an offense with a good quarterback, plenty of options around him to keep defenses honest and a desire to throw more often this season. And he was so good in 2012.
Crabtree is being overdrafted since there are too many mouths to feed in the Niners' passing game, and this is still a run-centric offense. And outside of an eight-week stretch in 2012, he hasn't lived up to expectations.
I think I lean toward the latter statement, but choose your own destiny.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors8/20 - 49ers WR Michael Crabtree: I wasn't me last season
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8/1 - 49ers WR Michael Crabtree to miss 'a week or two' with undisclosed injury
7/29 - 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is 'step or two quicker' this year
7/22 - 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble
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2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|3.11||FFToolbox - Scott - The myth that Crabs was in someway a soft player were dispelled last season when he recovered quickly from a torn achilles and played through the pain. He and CK have good chemistry and should get back to attacking defenders.|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|3.12||SiriusXM Fantasy - A Full season of Kaepernick to Crabtree sign me up for 80 catches and close to double digit touchdowns|
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