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WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Crabtree piled up some short receptions and a two-point conversion, but the Raiders pass offense clearly isn't the fertile soil for fantasy value that we saw earlier this year. Crabtree is more WR2/WR3 than a WR1 heading into an improving matchup against the Broncos.

Week 12: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr has largely been disappointing this season, but he is showing signs over his last four games that he is getting back to the types of numbers that we are used to as over his last four games he has thrown for 317 yards per game as he has been blessed with several great matchups in a row for this offense. The receiving group for this Raiders team has been a big problem throughout the season as both Crabtree and Cooper have been extremely inconsistent and Jared Cook has been the leading receiver this season in Oakland as he is on pace for a career season. The Broncos defense continues to be one of the more talented units in football, but they are not the same unit that they once were and a big reason for this is that Darian Stewart is having the worst season of his career at free safety. The Broncos have actually allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last fourth weeks, which is surprising, but what is killing them is not yardage but instead, it is touchdowns. The Broncos over the last four weeks are averaging allowing 2.8 passing touchdowns per game so which in theory this should be a horrible matchup due to the talent of this defense if the offense continues to put the Broncos in bad starting field positions this could be an opportunity for Derek Carr and company to score some touchdowns this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at BUF 55 0 0 0 10 5 83 0 0 8.3
9 at MIA 51 0 0 0 4 3 40 0 0 4
11 vs NE 58 0 0 0 11 6 51 0 0 5.1
12 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs NE (11 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)

Crabtree saw a lot of Stephon Gilmore in coverage and the big cornerback mostly fared well in a physical matchup. Gilmore was able to get away with some contact that might have drawn flags for pass interference in other games but Crabtree was doing plenty of hand fighting as well. Crabtree was well covered and unable to haul in two deep balls into the end zone but it is a positive that he continues to see so many opportunities to score. On the Raiders lone touchdown drive, Crabtree made a contested catch for 15 yards on a fourth-down play to keep the drive alive.

2017 Week 9 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a surprisingly quiet day, seeing just four targets. Jared Cook has emerged in recent weeks as Derek Carr's favorite target on third down, a role once dominated by Crabtree. Crabtree had one awful drop. The normally sure-handed receiver let the pass bounce right off of his hands. Crabtree drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone to setup a key late touchdown. He had single coverage and may have been able to make the back shoulder catch for a 21-yard touchdown, but was clearly held by the corner when trying to come out of his break.

2017 Week 8 vs BUF (10 / 5 / 83 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a pair of long receptions on the opening drive. He had yet another end zone target on 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line on the opening drive. Carr's attempt at a back shoulder fade sailed too high for Crabtree to try to make the grab. He grabbed a 40-yard reception on the next drive with a subtle push off to create late separation. Crabtree had another end zone target in the fourth quarter. Crabtree had a step on the defender but wasn't able to catch up to a slightly overthrown pass from Carr for what would have been a 30-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 7 vs KC (7 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)

Crabtree had a pair of nice third down sideline catches in the early going but was quiet for a long stretch after that with the offense flowing through Amari Cooper and Jared Cook. Crabtree almost came down with a 4-yard touchdown catch on a fade route early in the second half but couldn't hold on as he went to the ground. He remains Carr's favorite target inside the red zone. With the game on the line, Carr hit Crabtree for what looked like a game-winning 2-yard touchdown. However, Crabtree drew a controversial offensive pass interference penalty for a subtle push off. A few plays later on an untimed down, Crabtree caught a 2-yard touchdown in the front corner of the end zone. He ran a quick out route and went down low to make a sliding catch.

2017 Week 6 vs LAC (10 / 6 / 52 / 1 rec)

Crabtree played well. He led the team in targets and scored another touchdown. On the opening drive of the game a miscommunication between Crabtree and Carr led to an interception. Carr looked like he expected Crabtree to continue running down the sideline and Crabtree ran a comeback route instead. The duo was back on the same page on the next drive. A 7-yard completion over the middle kept the chains moving on 3rd down. Then Carr hit Cooper for a 23-yard touchdown on a beautiful timing route. Crabtree lined up in the slot, ran down the seam, then broke sharply to the outside ,and the ball was on him right when he looked back. He made the catch near the right sideline and showed great body control to stay in bounds long enough to sneak the ball just inside the pylon. Carr threw it up for Crabtree on a deep ball into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half but it was knocked down by a safety. Aside from the touchdown, Crabtree did the rest of his damage on short routes underneath.

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 82 / 1 rec)

While Crabtree played just 64% of the snaps, he led the team with 8 targets. Crabtree was the go-to target for Manuel and showed no ill effects from the chest injury that sidelined him in Week 4. Manuel and Crabtree hooked up for a 42-yard touchdown after Manuel scrambled to buy time. Amari Cooper ran a deep route from the slot and drew the attention of the deep safety. The cornerback covering Crabtree looked like he expected safety help and let Crabtree run wide open down the right sideline on a blown coverage, which allowed Manuel to hit Crabtree in the end zone for the score. Crabtree showed his strength and competitiveness on some key third down conversions. On a 3rd-and-7, he caught the ball a couple yards short of the first down with a cornerback draped on his back but powered through the tackle and reached the ball out past the marker. The next play, Crabtree juked past a defender and was wide open in the end zone for what could have been a 12-yard touchdown but Manuel overthrew him.

2017 Week 3 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a surprsingly quiet day, with only three targets. Washington has a strong duo at cornerback which funnels targets inside to the running backs, tight end and slot receivers. The offensive line was consistently getting abused, which also limited any opportunities to take shots downfield in the passing game. Crabtree's only catch came on a short pass to the right sideline early in the fourth quarter. He held onto the ball despite taking a big hit.

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 6 / 80 / 3 rec)

After Cooper dominated the headlines in Week 1, it was Crabtree who took a star turn in Week 2. While he saw only six targets, Crabtree was hyper-efficient. He got off to a quick start with a 26-yard catch on a flea flicker in the first quarter. Lynch tossed it back to Carr who found Crabtree running wide open deep down the field. Crabtree had a very favorable matchup against the Jets, mostly facing single coverage against 5'9" cornerback Buster Skrine or the mediocre Justin Burris. Crabtree's first touchdown came from two yards out. Carr threw a back shoulder fade into the corner of the end zone and Crabtree easily went up, used his height advantage, and snagged the ball over Skrine. Crabtree's second touchdown again came in single coverage, this time on a back-shoulder fade against Justin Burris. On 3rd-and-6 from the 26-yard line, Carr threw it up to Crabtree who came back for the under-thrown ball and out-leaped the smaller corner and pushed his way into the end zone. Carr caught his third touchdown late in the game. From one yard out, he separated from Burris on a quick out route to make for an easy pitch and catch.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 6 / 83 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had a strong day, showing a knack for making contested catches and an ability to make plays after the catch. Hisfirst catch of the season came back when he was whistled for offensive pass interference. There's a fine line between savvy veteran hand play to create separation and pushing off that Crabtree often skirts. He made up for the mistake two plays later by drawing a 24-yard defensive pass interference call to keep the chains moving on 3rd-and-16. He looked spry after catching a short slant, shaking a tackle and accelerating upfield for a 25-yard gain into the red zone. Crabtree had a 17-yard contested catch down the right sideline later in the first half. He came close to drawing another offensive pass interference call on himself, but the referee held the flag. Crabtree was the go-to guy in the hurry up offense and made a pair of nice plays along the sideline to help get the Raiders into field goal range before halftime.


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