WR Michael Crabtree - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 10|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Crabtree's red zone ability makes it hard to bench because he can go off for multiple scores in any given week, but five catches in the last two weeks also makes it difficult to start him against Jacksonville. He could have a big game if Jalen Ramsey shadows Amari Cooper, stay tuned.
Week 7: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Derek Carr and company flamed out against the Chiefs' defense last weekend, managing just 22/34 for 225 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -4 yards. Amari Cooper had a big game with 13 targets for 10/129/0 receiving, but nobody else on the team got over 30 yards receiving on the day - Andre Holmes scored the TD with two targets for 2/11/1, while Michael Crabtree languished with four targets for 2/10/0 receiving to his credit. We'll see if Carr can get back to his form from two weeks ago (25/40 for 317 yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -17 yards in the victory over San Diego) in which game both Cooper and Crabtree scored TDs. The Jaguars' pass defense allowed 30/49 for 297 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, and had one sack for -5 yards at Chicago last weekend - two weeks ago they were tougher on Andrew Luck (27/42 for 190 net passing yards allowed, with two TDs given up vs. one interception and six sacks of Luck for -44 yards). Over the last three weeks, Jacksonville has averaged 18.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-least in the NFL); and 26.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-most); with 3.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-least). To date, Jacksonville is averaging 218.4 net passing yards allowed per game (eighth in the NFL) with eight passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and 13 sacks generated (in the middle of the NFL in the latter two categories, tied for 22nd and 12th-ranked, respectively). This looks like a neutral matchup for Carr and his wide receivers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs KC (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs treated Crabtree as the Raiders WR1 and he saw elite corner Marcus Peters lined up across from him on nearly every snap. On Crabtree's first target of the game, he got open behind Peters, but a poor throw from Carr came up well short and Peters was able to pick it off. Peters left the game momentarily in the fourth quarter and the Raiders immediately took a shot to Crabtree in the end zone on a go route, but it was extremely well covered.
2016 Week 5 vs SD (7 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Despite the big day from Cooper, on critical plays, Crabtree is the Raiders go-to weapon. Facing a crucial second-half 4th-and-2, Carr found Crabtree in the end zone for a diving 21-yard touchdown grab on one of the game's biggest plays. Crabtree's first reception came late in the first quarter when he set up the Raiders with a 1st-and-goal at the 3-yard line with a 15-yard catch on an out route. Crabtree missed out on a potential 7-yard touchdown later in the first half. It was a strange play in which it looked like there was some miscommunication amongst the Raiders receivers with multiple guys ending up in the same area. Crabtree wasn't even looking for the ball when it hit him in the facemask in the front of the end zone. He suffered a bad drop on a third down pass the next drive that hit him right in the hands. Crabtree made a spectacular sideline catch on 3rd-and-long, reaching down low to snag the ball with his hands while also showing incredible footwork to tap both toes along the sideline.
2016 Week 4 vs BAL (12 / 7 / 88 / 3 rec)
Crabtree had a monster game. He dominated targets (twice as many as Cooper), caught three touchdowns and made a number of big-time plays. Crabtree made a ridiculous 16-yard catch over the middle where he skied for the ball and then hung on despite a big hit. The 3rd-down catch kept the chains moving and Crabtree would later finish the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown catch. With a smaller corner (Shareece Wright) lined up against him in man coverage, Crabtree ran a fade route towards the corner of the end zone and Carr placed it perfectly over Crabtree's outside shoulder for the touchdown. Crabtree's second touchdown came on a slant route from the slot. He got a free release and found an open spot in the zone, right in the middle of the end zone. He took a huge shot from Eric Weddle, but was able to hold on for the 13-yard touchdown catch. Crabtree scored the game-winning, 23-yard touchdown with two minutes remaining. It was a sensational route. Crabtree faked an out route and burned Wright with a stutter and go to create major separation. He was able to drag his second foot in the back of the end zone.
2016 Week 3 vs TEN (11 / 8 / 102 / 0 rec)
Crabtree was the team's go-to receiver against Tennessee. He regularly found success on shorter slants and out routes. He out-jumped a defender for a 29-yard contested catch on a ball that Carr put too much air under. Crabtree had another long gain of 31 yards when he caught a short underneath route over the middle, spun out of a tackle and broke outside for a long gain.
2016 Week 2 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)
Drew a pass interference call in the end zone on a deep pass against one-on-one coverage from Robert Alford, who pushed him in the back just before the ball arrived. Caught a 2-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal. Raiders ran a rub route with Seth Roberts walling off Crabtree's defender and Crabtree was wide open on the quick slant.
2016 Week 1 vs NO (9 / 7 / 87 / 0 rec)
Crabtree was Carr's go-to guy in the second half. He had a number of shorter catches to keep the chains moving. He caught a 25-yard pass on a slant and was bounced down just shy of the end zone. Crabtree came down with a key jump ball contested catch along the sideline in the game-winning fourth quarter drive. He comes down with an abnormally high amount of 50/50 balls and has clearly earned the trust of Carr, who often looks Crabtree's way when he starts to scramble and needs to get rid of the ball. With the game on the line in the final minute and the Raiders trailing by one, Jack Del Rio called for a two-point attempt to go for the win. Crabtree was lined up in single coverage outside and Carr threw it up to him. Crabtree came down with the catch to secure the win for the Raiders.
Latest NewsRaiders | Michael Crabtree finds end zone (Sun Oct 23, 11:33 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree hauled in eight receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Week 7 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was targeted 11 times. link to story
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