WR Michael Crabtree - Baltimore Ravens
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
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General News (Wed Dec 12): did not practice on Wednesday (he was excused).
Week 15: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. It's unusual this late in the season to see any team, let alone a playoff contender, in this type of quarterback conundrum. But the Ravens have yet to commit to an offensive scheme, let alone a quarterback, for Week 15. Joe Flacco is apparently healthy and ready to take snaps, but we may be just far enough into the Lamar Jackson era that the former Super Bowl MVP is done in Baltimore. Jackson hasn't dazzled anyone as a passer, completing just 58% of his throws with 4 touchdowns over 4 starts. He's actually regressed a bit, posting just 6.0 yards per attempt over a pair of generous matchups the last 2 weeks. But he's brought enough dynamism with his legs and instinctive arm that the Ravens are just a Kansas City field goal from a four-game winning streak. There's a chance - depending on how John Harbaugh's tone is to be read - that both he and Flacco take on packages of their own in Week 15. That would be incredibly difficult to project, though Jackson would obviously have the higher fantasy ceiling. Regardless, none of the Baltimore receivers can be trusted in fantasy. Michael Crabtree and John Brown have totaled just 272 yards over the last 5 weeks - 2 of them with Flacco. Rookie tight end Mark Andrews may actually be the most intriguing dart throw here. He went without a catch last week but posted 47 yards or more in 3 of the previous four. With nowhere to go but up, the Tampa Bay pass defense has improved noticeably over the last month. After allowing a league-high 367 yards per game over the season's first 5 weeks, they've settled down to just 234 since with just a single 300-yard passer (Cam Newton) over that span. Still, there's a ways to go. Opponents are completing passes at a sky-high rate (73%), and 9 of 13 have thrown multiple touchdowns. This is a unit built mostly around sitting off of receivers and merely tackling the reception, in lieu of allowing its shaky cornerbacks to be beaten downfield all day. As a result, slot and/or possession guys like Dante Pettis (4 for 77 and 1 touchdown), Curtis Samuel (6 for 88), and Michael Thomas (11 for 98) have posted strong volume over the past few weeks. There have been encouraging steps forward, but this isn't a shutdown unit by any means. If the Ravens find themselves throwing more often than usual - and testing this secondary downfield - they can find solid efficiency in this matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Michael Crabtree's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs KC (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree made the most of his limited opportunities. All of the Ravens receivers are touchdown dependent to score fantasy points because of the limited volume in the passing game. made a nice sideline catch running a comeback for 12 yards. Crabtree made a nice move along the sideline for 8 yards on an underneath catch. Crabtree made a 10 yard catch that was negated by a weak offensive pass interference call. Crabtree made an 11 yard catch running a slant.
2018 Week 13 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree showed excellent chemistry with Lamar Jackson and made some nice catches. Crabtree worked back to Jackson as he scrambled and made an 18 yard catch over the middle. Crabtree dropped a slant on 3rd and 7 but he likely would have been stopped short on the play. Crabtree drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty on Robert Alford. Crabtree made an impressive 10 yard catch running a slant with a defender all over him. Crabtree made a nice 8 yard catch along the sideline running an out route.
2018 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Michael Crabtree made some plays against his former team but left a few opportunities on the field. Crabtree made a 10 yard catch running a comeback route on 3rd and 8. Crabtree had a sideline throw 15 yards downfield hit him in the hands but he appeared to be blinded by the sun and could not secure the pass. Crabtree was targeted downfield but was well covered by Gareon Conley on the play and the pass resulted in an interception. Crabtree beat his man to the inside running a slant and made an easy catch for an 8 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree saw very little action with a run heavy game plan and Lamar Jackson at the helm. Crabtree made his only catch in the second quarter running a slant route for a gain of 7. Expect Crabtree to see more targets as Jackson continues to get more comfortable in the offense and defenses begin to sell out to stop the Ravens rushing attack.
2018 Week 9 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree and Joe Flacco were rarely on the same page against the Steelers. Crabtree made his first catch running an in breaking route against zone coverage for 13 yards. Crabtree came wide open in the end zone but Flacco's pass hit the dirt before Crabtree could get to it. Crabtree made a 12 yard catch running a crossing route. Crabtree drew a 19 yard pass interference penalty on what was a pretty questionable call. Michael Crabtree took a hard hit from TJ Watt and appeared to injure his groin.
2018 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree was a non-factor against the Panthers. Crabtree made his first catch over the middle for 13 yards. Crabtree made a catch well short of the sticks on 3rd and long for 11 yards. Flacco overthrew Crabtree downfield twice in the first half. Crabtree made a 7 yard catch underneath.
2018 Week 7 vs NO (9 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree made his first catch running a comeback route against Marshon Lattimore. Crabtree picked up 9 more yards the following play running a slant. Crabtree made an acrobatic catch with a defender on his back and managed to land in bounds for 18 yards. Crabtree drew a 16 yard pass interference penalty on a similar play to his 18 yard catch. Crabtree came wide open in the middle of the Saints' defense for an 18 yard gain. Crabtree picked up 9 yards on shallow crossing route.
2018 Week 6 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 93 / 1 rec)
Michael Crabtree played his best game of the season consistently winning on routes downfield and making plays. Crabtree proved to have good timing with and the trust of Joe Flacco. Flacco was trusting Crabtree to make plays and releasing the ball before Crabtree had gained separation. Crabtree was targeted on the Ravens' first offensive snap of the game. Crabtree gained separation running a deep comeback route along the sideline for a 21 yard gain. Crabtree made an easy catch after coming wide open deep down the sideline for a 27 yard catch and run. Crabtree made a nice back shoulder catch with Malcolm Butler in coverage for a 4 yard touchdown. Crabtree made an impressive toe tapping sideline grab for 20 yards running a deep out route. Crabtree was narrowly missed twice by Flacco once when he was uncovered just before halftime and second on a downfield target. Crabtree made a 17 yard catch again beating Butler down the sideline this time running a 9 route.
2018 Week 5 vs CLE (12 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree had an opportunity for a huge game with John Brown drawing Denzel Ward and double coverage but did not produce. Crabtree dropped a potential third down conversion running a comeback route on 3rd and 8. Crabtree dropped another target on what would have been a modest gain on second and short. Crabtree picked up 12 yards running an underneath crossing route. Crabtree ran a slant from the slot and was targeted in the end zone but Flacco's throw was off target. Crabtree made a nice catch over the middle running an in breaking route for a 20 yard catch and run. Crabtree made back to back catches against EJ Gaines for gains of 6 and 19. The second was a nice back shoulder throw and catch. Crabtree had what would have been a 14 yard game winning touchdown hit him in the hands and fall incomplete. Crabtree made an 8 yard catch running a comeback.
2018 Week 4 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree made his first catch running a comeback route for 4 yards. Crabtree picked up 12 yards the following play running an in breaking route over the middle. Crabtree got behind his defender for a potential 56 yard touchdown but pressure forced an errant throw from Flacco. Crabtree came wide open running a slant but dropped what would have been about a 10 yard gain. Crabtree picked up 13 yards running another slant. Crabtree had a pass that was low and behind him go through his hands on what would have been a minimal gain.
2018 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree was mostly used as an underneath and possession receiver using his body and strength to make plays. Crabtree made his first catch along the sideline running a comeback route for 7 yards. Crabtree made a catch over the middle but Chris Harris punched the ball free and the pass was ruled incomplete. Crabtree made a 9 yard catch on 3rd and 10 running another comeback. Crabtree made a a toe tapping catch on a back shoulder throw for a 19 yard gain. Crabtree made another sideline catch for 8 yards working back to Flacco as he scrambled. Crabtree made back to back catches for 16 total yards to set up a field goal before halftime.
2018 Week 2 vs CIN (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Michael Crabtree was Joe Flacco's favorite target in the first half but produced mixed results and Flacco turned his attention to John Brown. Crabtree saw four early targets from Flacco but only managed one catch for 14 yards because of two off target throws from Flacco. Crabtree ran a slant and got up field after securing the catch for 17 yards. Crabtree made a nice toe tapping 7 yard sideline catch. Crabtree picked up 10 yards running a crossing route. Expect Crabtree to be more involved going forward especially in the red zone.
2018 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
Michael Crabtree's first target went through his hands as he tried to turn and adjust to the throw. Crabtree had his second target again go through his hands. Crabtree was not wearing gloves and the wet conditions likely played a role in the drops. Michael Crabtree sparked the Ravens passing game with a 20 yard catch over the middle against good coverage. Crabtree capped the drive with a 12 yard toe tapping touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Latest NewsRavens | Michael Crabtree receives day off (Wed Dec 12, 06:21 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 12. link to story Ravens | Michael Crabtree practices in full (Fri Dec 7, 04:18 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (not injury related) practiced in full Friday, Dec. 7 and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. link to story Ravens | Week 14 injury report for Baltimore (Fri Dec 7, 04:09 PM) - Baltimore Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle), OL Alex Lewis (shoulder), CB Jimmy Smith (not injury related) and LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related) did not practice Friday, Dec. 7. Jefferson is listed as doubtful for the Week 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, while Lewis is questionable. The others are off the report. CB Marlon Humphrey (groin) was a limited participant, while QB Joe Flacco (hip), OL James Hurst (back), LB Anthony Levine (ankle), CB Tavon Young (groin) and LB Tim Williams (ankle) practiced in full and are each listed as questionable. WR John Brown (not injury related), WR Michael Crabtree (not injury related), S Eric Weddle (not injury related) and OL Marshal Yanda (not injury related) practiced in full and are off the report. Our View: Jefferson will be missed at the back end of the pass defense with the Chiefs up next. Tampa is on the schedule in Week 15 and the Chargers in Week 16, so the hope is that Jefferson can return soon to help slow down these strong passing attacks.
link to story Ravens | Michael Crabtree returns to practice (Thu Dec 6, 05:46 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Dec. 6. link to story Ravens | Michael Crabtree does not practice (Wed Dec 5, 04:56 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree (not injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story More News
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