WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
Week 12: at Tennessee Titans
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr and company did a big pratfall in Detroit last week. They looked like one of the hottest offenses going until the 13/25 for 169 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions from Carr. Amari Cooper crushed many fantasy owners' hopes with a horrid four targets for 1/4/0 receiving, while Michael Crabtree was at least respectable with 11 for 6/50/0, and Seth Roberts got over 50 yards receiving with two for 2/54/0 to his credit. There wasn't much upside here last week, folks. We'll see if the Raiders can get it back together in Week 12. The Titans' pass D is ranked third in the NFL averaging 214.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. 10 interceptions (tied for 11th in the NFL) with 31 sacks also generated to date (tied for third). Over the past four weeks, they have given out an average of 23.8 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, though (tied for seventh-most during that time frame) with wide receivers averaging 22 fantasy points per game (17th in the NFL) - tight ends have averaged 12.1 fantasy points per week against the Titans in that time frame (seventh-most in the NFL). Last week, Jacksonville's tight end Julius Thomas handled the lone TD from Blake Bortles (21/31 for 218 net yards passing, with one TD and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -24 yards). This looks like a neutral matchup for the off-kilter Raiders.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 11 vs DET (11 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Crabtree fell victim to the NFL's nebulous rules on what constitutes a catch. After an initial ruling that he pulled in a 15-yard completion to convert a third-and-long play along the sideline, a second official sprinted in to call the catch incomplete due to Crabtree losing the ball after taking a few steps out of bounds. Crabtree was highly effective on short slant routes. He made a number of key grabs by getting inside of the corner, boxing out the defender and hanging onto the ball through contact. It was a solid game for Crabtree who produced decent numbers considering how few offensive plays the Raiders ran.
2015 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Crabtree made one nice catch early in the game on an out-breaking route along the sideline. Otherwise, he was silent until grabbing a couple catches late against the Vikings prevent defense. The combination of the wind and a ferocious Vikings pass rush was able to greatly limit the outside receivers for Oakland. But this should be viewed as a one-game blip due to weather and opponent and not a negative for the Raiders offense and it's top two receivers.
2015 Week 9 vs PIT (12 / 7 / 108 / 2 rec)
Crabtree finished off the Raiders first drive with a 22-yard touchdown catch. He ran a post route and Carr put the ball up high where Crabtree was able to make the leaping grab between two Steelers defenders. Crabtree had a pair of near misses in the first quarter on which he came down with the ball near the sideline but wasn't able to get both feet in. Crabree got loose for a game-tying 38-yard touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game. He lined up in the slot matched up against a linebacker and ran a go route. He easily beat his defender to create a couple yards of separation and the Safety was late getting over. Carr lofted it up and Crabtree made the over-the-shoulder touchdown grab.
2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (12 / 7 / 102 / 1 rec)
Crabtree is performing extremely well in his role as the #2 wide receiver in the Raiders offense. He is going to have many weeks like Week 8 where he leads the team in receiving due to Cooper drawing either an elite opposing corner or double teams. Crabtree took advantage of the extra targets and dominated his matchup against Antonio Cromartie. Crabtree has done a fine job with the ball in his hands. He combines an ability to make defenders miss with some real physicality and tackle-breaking ability. Crabtree was able to get in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown early. He came wide open over the middle of the field on a post route and caught the ball at the 15-yard line. He then ran through three Jets defenders who could not get him to the ground for the score. Crabtree's combination of size, route-running ability and run-after-the-catch skills are allowing the Raiders to get him the ball in a number of different ways: screens, deep passes, short slants, out routes, etc. He should continue to have success as the second target in what is developing into one of the league's best offenses.
2015 Week 7 vs SD (8 / 6 / 63 / 1 rec)
Crabtree had a bad drop on what should have been at least a 30-yard completion. He ran a nice route down the sideline, gained great separation and was in perfect position to catch the rainbow throw from Carr but had it bounce off his hands. He made up for the drop with a couple catches against tight coverage later in the drive. On the same drive, he was targeted in the end zone but was well covered. Crabtree finished off the opening drive of the second half with a 26-yard touchdown catch on a tunnel screen. He caught the ball short and had a big seam to run through. He made the last man miss with a nifty move inside the five-yard line, showing that Cooper isn't the only receiver who can pick up yards after the catch.
2015 Week 5 vs DEN (9 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Crabtree made a nice catch on a deep dig route against single coverage early in the game for a 25-yard gain. He was otherwise quiet as he struggled to gain separation against Chris Harris Jr. and the talented Broncos defensive backs.
2015 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
Crabtree got off to a slow start and rolled his ankle early in the game while blocking for Amari Cooper on a screen. However, with the Raiders trailing late, Crabtree became Carr's go-to receiver. He went up strong to pull in a fastball on a deep out route for a 25-yard gain and then picked up 13 more yards on the very next play. The catches by Crabtree were the key plays on the drive that put the Raiders ahead with two minutes to play.
2015 Week 3 vs CLE (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Crabtree remains the clear second option in the passing offense overall, but appears to be Carr's favorite target in the red zone. The first two end zone targets of the game both went Crabtree's direction (though the first was well covered and Carr threw it out of the back of the end zone). It was a quiet day for Crabtree but his usage was still very encouraging. He will get plenty of opportunities each game and has a good chance of leading the Raiders in touchdown catches.
2015 Week 2 vs BAL (16 / 9 / 111 / 1 rec)
Crabtree looked better than he has in years and took advantage of the Ravens struggling Lardarius Webb on his way to a huge game. He showed the quickness, route-running chops and great hands that made him a top-10 draft choice coming out of college. In the first few minutes of the game, Crabtree beat a Ravens defender deep for what should have been a 40-yard touchdown grab, but instead he was dragged down. The pass interference call resulted in a big gain that set the Raiders up with 1st-and-goal. A couple plays later, Crabtree was targeted in the end zone but the ball sailed high and he was well covered. Crabtree later got open deep behind the Ravens defense but Carr had to throw on the run and badly underthrew the ball. While it resulted in a 37-yard reception, a better throw would have produced a 59-yard touchdown. Crabtree's 29-yard touchdown pass was due to a combination of a busted coverage by Ravens safety Will Hill (who drifted out of position) and a great route by Crabtree which broke the Ravens corner's ankles, causing him to fall down and leave Crabtree all alone in the end zone waving for the ball.
2015 Week 1 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Crabtree played well and looks quicker than he has in recent seasons. He will continue to see plenty of targets as the Raiders #2 WR, but he is being used almost exclusively in the short passing game. Crabtree's only target beyond 10-yards from the line of scrimmage was in the final minutes of garbage time when he was targeted on a go route in the end zone. The throw sailed way high out of the back of the end zone.
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