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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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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Crabtree turned on the jets for a long catch and run score in the first play all year that reminded us why he was a pick in the fourth or fifth round of fantasy drafts this year. He's still far from a reliable option, but plays like that make him at least rosterable, which shows how far he has fallen.

Week 12: vs Washington Redskins

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Colin Kaepernick has been less-than-stellar as a passer in recent weeks, with 15/29 for 193 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions vs. the Giants last week, and 14/32 for 210 yards, one TD and zero interceptions at New Orleans two weeks ago. Though he's getting 'W's in the real NFL, he's not helping fantasy owners very much at this rate. Two receivers have seen over 10 targets over the past two games: Anquan Boldin (20 targets for 11/148/1 receiving) and Michael Crabtree (16 for 6/147/1) - Vernon Davis has seen nine but only managed 2/15/0 as he's sunk into fantasy irrelevance as the season has gone along. The Washington pass D is ranked tenth in the NFL in terms of average net passing yards allowed per game (228.7), but they've allowed a whopping 20 passing scores through 10 games vs. a mere three interceptions generated (tied for dead last in the NFL) and have 25 sacks to their credit (tied for 11th in the NFL). It's not too hard to score on these guys, just ask Josh McCown (15/23 for 281 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions last week, with two sacks taken for -7 yards) and Mike Evans (nine targets for 7/209/2 receiving last week at Washington). This looks like a good matchup for the 49ers' pass attack, even if they have been stuck in the slow lane for several weeks.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
9 vs STL 0 0 0 9 5 40 0 0
10 at NO 0 0 0 8 3 62 0 0
11 at NYG 0 0 0 8 3 85 1 0
12 vs WAS PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
12 vs WAS PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
12 vs WAS PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs STL (9 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)

Crabtree had an extremely frustrating game in what should have been a good match up. He had two bad drops and a near touchdown. His near touchdown came late in the 4th quarter. His feet were in the end zone when he dove back for a Kaepernick pass. The ball crossed the goal line, but it was ruled he didn't have control until he came back out of the end zone. Crabtree was also targeted another time in the end zone but Kaepernick overthrew him. On the positive side, Crabtree ran a couple of precise routes on key third downs and made a nice diving catch over the middle for a 15 yard gain. He also drew a key pass interference that set the 49ers up with first and goal from the 5.

2014 Week 10 vs NO (8 / 3 / 62 / 0 rec)

Crabtree was silent for much of the game but then made one of the most important plays. On 4th and 10 with his team trailing by 3, Crabtree got behind the entire defense and caught a 51 yard bomb from Kaepernick to set up the tying field goal. His only other play of note was a nice snag on a back shoulder throw to pick up 18 yards down the left sideline.

2014 Week 11 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 85 / 1 rec)

Crabtree had his best game of the year a week after complaining about his role in the offense. On his first target he drew a pass interference call on a deep throw down the left sideline. He showed good hands to haul in a bullet from Kaepernick for a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 8. The rest of Crabtree's success came on deep posts. First he caught a perfectly thrown ball from Kaepernick for a gain of 25 in tight coverage. Then on the first drive of the second half, he went 48 yards on another deep post for a touchdown. He beat his man on the route, then broke a tackle and outran the secondary into the end zone. Crabtree did have one drop late in the game that cost his team a first down.

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Latest News

49ers | Coach praises Michael Crabtree (Thu Nov 13, 01:33 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree was praised by head coach Jim Harbaugh, who said he has no issues with him. Harbaugh said he does not think Crabtree has any issue with how he is used in the team's offense. “I don’t think so,” Harbaugh said when asked if he thought Crabtree was unhappy in the offense. “Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot.”

Our View: Harbaugh likes to have fun at the media's expense. If by "getting the ball alot" Harbaugh actually means "he's barley used in our offense" then we'd agree with his statement. Fantasy owners should be looking elsewhere for WR help. With only 12 catches over the last three weeks (and no touchdowns), Crabtree is only a WR3 against the Giants in Week 11.
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49ers | Michael Crabtree unhappy with role (Tue Nov 11, 02:23 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree made it a point to voice his frustration about his role in the offense when interviewed about making a big fourth-down catch in the Week 10 win over the New Orleans Saints. Crabtree was pulled from many first- and second-down situations against the Saints. “Third down. I’m a third-down receiver. I mean, I’m like the third option. So I come in and I do my job,” Crabtree said.

Our View: Fantasy owners are unhappy with Crabtree. In shallow leagues, there's a good chance that Crabtree is on the waiver wire. The passing game is struggling outside of Anquan Boldin. Until we see things change there, Crabtree will have little fantasy value.
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16vs San Diego Chargers
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