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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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Quick fantasy outlook: Michael Crabtree broke out during the second half of the 2012 season and, before tearing his Achilles tendon in offseason workouts, would have been viewed as a strong fantasy starter this season. Unfortunately, the injury will keep Crabtree sidelined for at least the first half of the season, and potentially for the whole season. Even if he does come back sometime in November or December, he may not regain his explosiveness that soon. Crabtree was the 49ers' first-round pick in 2009. He is a terrific athlete, but it took him a few years to find his bearings in the NFL. Through the first three years in the league, he didn't sniff 1,000 yards in any season, but he broke out in 2012 with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. Moreover, he got better as the season went along, and became the team's go-to receiver once Colin Kaepernick took over at quarterback. Through the first seven games, Crabtree averaged only 53 yards and 0.14 touchdowns per game; through the final eight games (including the playoffs), he averaged 103 yards and 0.88 touchdowns -- a jump from 6.1 to 16.3 fantasy points per game (basic scoring). Crabtree's fantasy prospects this season were bright: he is a tough receiver who excels at catching passes in traffic, he's a dangerous runner after the catch, and he has the confidence of a sharp, young quarterback. In organized team activities, however, he tore an Achilles tendon. While he could recover and be back on the field late in the season, his fantasy prospects for 2013 are now an afterthought.

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