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WR Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers

6-2, 215Born: 9-14-1987College: Texas TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 10

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Summary

The tenth overall pick in the 2009 draft, Michael Crabtree is a big, athletic receiver who had improved each season he'd been in the league until he tore an Achilles tendon in last offseason's workouts. He missed the first 11 games of the season, and was eased back into the offense when he returned. Over his last five games, including the playoffs, he averaged 66.8 receiving yards per game, which is not far off his 2012 regular-season pace of 69 yards per game. Still, while Crabtree was a top-15 fantasy WR in 2012, there are reasons to doubt that he'll regain that status in 2014. Primarily, while Crabtree led the 49ers in targets by a huge amount in 2012, there will be more mouths to feed this season. Anquan Boldin had a terrific season last year, and he returns. Steve Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Bills, will also get playing time and eat into Crabtree's targets. Consider Crabtree a borderline fantasy WR2-WR3 heading into the 2014 season. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 21, 9, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 35, 37
Overall Redraft - 49, 22, 37, 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 45, 47, 52, 53, 53, 53, 53, 54, 54, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 20, 9, 13, 16, 16, 17, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 29, 30, 30, 37
Overall Redraft PPR - 49, 27, 36, 38, 39, 42, 45, 45, 47, 48, 48, 49, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 53, 59
WR Dynasty - 25, 13, 23, 27, 29, 51
Overall Dynasty - 49, 40, 57, 58

Stats and Projections

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2011 SF 15 0 0 0 129 73 880 4
2012 SF 16 1 8 0 138 85 1105 9
2013 SF 5 0 0 0 33 19 284 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 0 * * 70 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 71 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 75 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 73 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 45
WR: 18
Overall-PPR: 42
WR-PPR: 18

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Latest News

49ers | Michael Crabtree didn't feel 100 percent in 2013 (Wed Aug 20, 02:17 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree said he did not feel like himself when he returned from offseason Achilles' tendon surgery last season. 'I was fast enough to be on the field,' Crabtree said. 'But I wasn't me.' Crabtree looked like a No. 1 receiver this offseason before he suffered a hamstring injury.

Our View: That was to be expected, as Crabtree's injury happened late enough in the year that it wasn't even a sure thing that he'd play last year. The hardest part of Crabtree's valuation this year is weighing him being back in top form vs being in a run-first offense with three other viable targets.
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49ers | Michael Crabtree extension before season? (Tue Aug 19, 07:51 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree's contract extension talks are reportedly progressing. The team hopes a deal can get done before the regular season begins.

Our View: Crabtree is coming off of an injury-shortened year and the 49ers pass offense isn't exactly the place to put up eye-popping stats, but the 49ers are also a very financially disciplined organization. He is likely to get more on the open market.
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49ers | Michael Crabtree practices in full (Sun Aug 17, 02:27 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) practiced in full for the first time Friday, Aug. 15. Crabtree was 230 pounds last season when he returned from a torn Achilles', but he is at 215 in this camp.

Our View: Crabtree is ready to play some of the best football in his career, but the 49ers crowded passing game - which is not one of the prolific attacks in the league - might keep him from being more than a WR2 and introduce more variance to his week-to-week production.
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49ers | Michael Crabtree back on field (Thu Aug 14, 12:07 AM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Our View: Great news for the 49ers here. Crabtree rarely participates fully in training camp, and we're not moving him down our rankings. We should see him used sparingly during the preseason.
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49ers | Michael Crabtree should return soon (Sat Aug 9, 12:20 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) should return to practice in the near future, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Our View: Crabtree rarely plays a full camp and there is no indication that this is a significant hamstring injury. We would only consider moving him down if he doesn't play in the preseason.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Chicago Bears
3@ Arizona Cardinals
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5vs Kansas City Chiefs
6@ St. Louis Rams
7@ Denver Broncos
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10@ New Orleans Saints
11@ New York Giants
12vs Washington Redskins
13vs Seattle Seahawks
14@ Oakland Raiders
15@ Seattle Seahawks
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