WR Michael Crabtree - Arizona Cardinals

6-2, 215Born: 9-14-1987College: Texas TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2009

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Week 3: vs Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Through two games, it's safe to say Kyler Murray is taking to coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid attack. Even with some notable rookie struggles, Murray has topped 300 yards in back-to-back games, and he nearly led a massive upset in Baltimore with his arm. He's still a fundamental mess in many ways but boasts the instinct and arm strength to spin even ill-advised throws into solid gains. His connection with Larry Fitzgerald, while hit-or-miss last week (5 of 11 targets), is a strong one. Murray is looking for Fitzgerald all over the field, even deep, where the ageless wonder has produced plays of 41, 45, and 54 yards. Christian Kirk got in on the fun last week, posting 114 yards of his own, including a few impressive downfield catches. No one else has made much impact, though, with journeyman Damiere Byrd (87 yards on 10 receptions) taking up almost all of the No. 3 snaps. Running back David Johnson typically fills that role in the pecking order but surprisingly drew just a single target Sunday. As a result, there are only two receivers confidently in play for fantasy success from week to week. Still, on the whole, this is an exciting, fast-paced offense that's delivering plenty of volume and decent efficiency. With opportunity, weaponry, and game flow often on his side, Murray looks like a weekly, matchup-proof stab at 300 yards. The Panthers pass defense remains a solid if inconsistent unit. But their arrow is pointing up, thanks to a few key developments from last season's debacle. In James Bradberry and Donte Jackson, they boast a pair of talented cover men who have opened the year exceeding expectations. They locked down the Rams in Week 1, then held Mike Evans to just 61 yards on 8 targets. It helps that they're backed by the team's best free safety in years, new addition Tre Boston, who provides great support downfield. There's still some vulnerability inside, and Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk should see enough volume and open space to produce. Last week, Jackson was beaten badly for a touchdown by Chris Godwin on a sharp cut to the inside. But on the whole, this is a difficult group to pile up big plays against. With the cornerbacks so strong in downfield coverage - and boasting the ability to move on the ball - opposing deep threats simply don't project well.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs DET 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2 at BAL 19 0 0 0 3 2.0 13 0 0 1.3
3 vs CAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 1.9 * * * *
3 vs CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1.5 * * * *
3 vs CAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Michael Crabtree's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Latest News

Cardinals | Week 1 Arizona Cardinals inactives (Sun Sep 8, 03:00 PM) - The Arizona Cardinals have declared DL Michael Dogbe, DT Miles Brown, C Lamont Gaillard, OT Brett Toth, OT Marcus Gilbert, TE Darrell Daniels and WR Michael Crabtree inactive for Week 1.

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3vs Carolina Panthers
4vs Seattle Seahawks
5@ Cincinnati Bengals
6vs Atlanta Falcons
7@ New York Giants
8@ New Orleans Saints
9vs San Francisco 49ers
10@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
11@ San Francisco 49ers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15vs Cleveland Browns
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17@ Los Angeles Rams