26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – San Francisco 49ers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Crabtree’s 2012 breakout portended even bigger things for 2013 with strong-armed Colin Kaepernick around for a full season, but a torn Achilles in the spring put the kibosh on that. Crabtree did retur...
Michael Crabtree Contract Information:
Signed a six-year, $32 million ($17M guaranteed) deal with the 49ers in Oct. of 2009.
Crabtree started and played three of the first four snaps during Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos, but he failed to catch the only pass thrown his way.
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Michael Crabtree: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Crabtree, who missed the majority of the 2013 season with an Achilles injury, was recently hampered by a hamstring injury. Now back on the practice field, the wideout indicates that he's approaching 100 percent health, with the ESPN report adding that Crabtree checks in at about 215 pounds these days, after weighing in the neighborhood of 230 last season when his workouts were affected by his injury.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Crabtree has been held out of practice since July 31 with what was believed to be a hamstring injury, but it appears he is feeling good enough to return to the field in some capacity. The 49ers will likely continue to take it easy with Crabtree, so his action could be limited over the team's remaining preseason games.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)On the plus side, the report suggests that Crabtree is completely past the Achilles issue that shortened his 2013 season and had looked sharp in training camp prior to his current injury. Meanwhile, with Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd sidelined, Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington figure to benefit from added practice reps for the 49ers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)While the 49ers haven't updated Crabtree's status, the report notes that the wideout left the field early Wednesday due to an apparent lower leg issue. We'll consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This is pretty much what you'd expect, as Crabtree returned from a torn Achilles about six months after suffering the initial injury, which typically carries a recovery period in the range of 9-12 months. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs made a similarly quick return from the same injury in 2012, then struggled for the rest of the season, before looking more like himself the following year. The version of Crabtree we see in 2014 will likely be much improved from the version we saw in December and January of last season. Of course, targets may be hard to come by, after the run-heavy 49ers added veteran receivers Steve Johnson and Brandon Lloyd in the offseason. Whether or not Lloyd is ultimately a factor, the 49ers also have holdovers Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis. Now, having said all that, Crabtree could very well emerge as Colin Kaepernick's favorite option, as was the case in 2012.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Crabtree's first three seasons were rather disappointing, but he came on strong in the second half of 2012, after Colin Kaepernick took the quarterback job from Alex Smith. While there's certainly risk here, the upside should justify a high draft pick. Including the playoffs, Crabtree finished with 90-plus receiving yards in six of his last eight contests in 2012.
Considering he played in a run-first offense and for a defense-oriented team, Crabtree’s third season constituted progress. For starters, Crabtree caught 63 percent of the passes thrown his way (7th) and brought in three passes of 40-plus yards. His 7.7 YPT was below average, but still a career high as he and Alex Smith were more on the same page. Crabtree also hauled in 72 balls and led the team with 114 targets. At 6-1, 214, Crabtree’s got good size, plus ball skills, solid hands and good toughness. The 49ers put those skills to use in the red zone (17 targets), but only four of those were from inside the 10. Crabtree, who has battled a foot injury since his rookie year, has been a constant attendee at the team’s strength and conditioning program this offseason, and at press time claimed to feel healthier than at any point in his NFL career. That’s a good thing because the Niners brought in a lot of competition for targets in Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and first-round pick A.J. Jenkins.
Crabtree essentially duplicated his mediocre 2009 per-play numbers – 7.3 YPT, 13.5 YPC – while adding a few more touchdowns in five more games. Those marks were fine for a rookie who missed training camp and the first six weeks of the year. They were less so for a top-10 overall pick with a year of experience under his belt. At 6-1, 214, with athleticism, ball skills, good hands and toughness, Crabtree has the tools to be an Anquan Boldin type, but something hasn't yet clicked. Crabtree missed his second straight preseason (this time due to a strained neck) and dropped seven balls during the year due to poor focus. That he had Alex and Troy Smith throwing him the ball didn't help, but that's not going to change this year with Alex Smith returning as the starter. Still, Crabtree's only played a little more than a year and a half and hasn't seen much training camp in either season. Gamble on the talent if he slips.
For a rookie who missed all of training camp and five full games, Crabtree played about as well as one could expect — especially in a conservative offense. At 6-3, 215, and with excellent hands, good athleticism and the willingness to fight for the ball in traffic, Crabtree has everything you could want in a receiver except elite deep speed. He’s a good route runner, and is unusually polished for a young receiver — which explains how he was able to mesh in the 49ers offense despite missing his rookie camp. He’ll be the 49ers’ unquestioned top target on the outside this year, though Crabtree will likely yield some of the red-zone and goal-line looks to rising star tight end Vernon Davis, who tied for the NFL lead with 13 touchdown catches last year. One big key to Crabtree’s development, of course, will be quarterback Alex Smith. The former No. 1 overall pick showed good growth last year with 18 touchdowns and 12 picks in 11 games, and the team upgraded its offensive line significantly in the draft.
The 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Crabtree possesses everything you’d want in a receiver except elite deep speed. That’s OK – the same could be said about Larry Fitzgerald. At 6-3, 215, Crabtree is a physical wideout, who has no trouble beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage or coming down with the ball in traffic. He’s got excellent hands, an outstanding vertical leap and adjusts well to the ball in the air. Given his size and athleticism, he should make an ideal option in the red zone. Crabtree, who underwent surgery on a fractured left foot in March, is expected to be close to full strength by late July. Barring a setback, he’ll compete with Josh Morgan for the starting split end job, opposite Isaac Bruce. Should he win the job (and it’s likely just a matter of time and health), he’s worth a look for his touchdown and play-making potential. Just keep in mind that under coach Mike Singletary and offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye, San Francisco is likely to employ a run-first offense.