WR Michael Crabtree - Baltimore Ravens
|6-2, 215||Born: 9-14-1987||College: Texas Tech||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2009|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Joe Flacco kept going to Crabtree despite the drops and it finally paid off in Week 6. He was at the top of the target list and against New Orleans this week, that could result in big numbers.
Week 7: vs New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Great matchup. Joe Flacco is making a great push to wipe his 2017 from memory. Like Alex Smith in Kansas City last year, the 33-year-old Flacco looks revitalized upon the addition of a dynamic first-round quarterback to the room. Through 6 games, he's posting the highest yardage of his career (298 per game) and enjoying his most efficient season since 2014. The key factor has been the return of his deep ball, which was once truly one of the best in the game. Armed with the explosive John Brown, who looks reborn himself after battle injuries and illness, Flacco is showing a willingness to air it out in search of splash plays. He and Brown have generated 20 yards or more on 8 of their 21 connections thus far, a dizzying rate that's keeping both in weekly fantasy relevance. The tight ends are staying involved, too, though their production is too spread out to trust. Rookie Mark Andrews has impressed, finding soft spots and moving through the open field; he could find himself on the radar at some point. While the New Orleans defense has tightened considerably on the run, it's slipped from its 2018 heights against the pass. Opposing quarterbacks average 313 yards against them, completing 71% of their throws along the way. It's worth noting that the play has been legitimately better over the last two games. They seem, for instance, to have found a worthy bookend for Cameron Jordan - rookie Marcus Davenport has produced two sacks, five quarterback hits, and plenty of peripheral pressure over 145 snaps. This is a gambling defense, though, one that lives and dies by its ball-hawking cornerbacks. If they're coming up with disruptions, this is a stingy matchup. But more often than not, they whiff, and that's all it takes to turn a decent day bad. They've already allowed 11 different players to produce 50 yards, and 3 have topped 145.
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 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 logs 93 yards (Mon Oct 15, 12:20 AM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree caught six of his nine targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 6. link to story Ravens | Michael Crabtree posts 66 yards (Sun Oct 7, 05:13 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Crabtree posted six grabs for 66 yards in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns on 12 targets. link to story Ravens | Baltimore's Week 5 injury report (Fri Oct 5, 02:56 PM) - Baltimore Ravens CB Anthony Averett (hamstring) and LB Tim Williams (hamstring) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 5 versus the Cleveland Browns. DT Michael Pierce (foot) did not practice Friday, Oct. 5, but is listed as questionable. DT Willie Henry (abdomen), TE Hayden Hurst (foot), OG Alex Lewis and LB Za'Darius Smith (hamstring) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. CB Brandon Carr (knee) and S Anthony Levine (hamstring) practiced in full Friday and are listed as questionable. LB Chris Board (concussion) was limited in practice for third straight day Friday but no longer appears on injury report. WR John Brown (non-injury), RB Alex Collins (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (non-injury), LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury), S Eric Weddle (non-injury) and OG Marshal Yanda (non-injury) all participated fully in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. link to story
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