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15 Michael Crabtree WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/214 | Birthdate: 9/14/1987 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX, USA | Team: San Francisco | College: Texas Tech | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 99/58 | Average Draft Position: 44.41
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Michael Crabtree shows off big-play ability


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree showed some signs of life in Week 11, in a 16-10 win over the Giants

Crabtree hauled in just three of the eight passes thrown his way, but showed the big-play ability we have been hoping for when he did catch it. Crabtree scored on a 48-yard play that saw him fight through tackles and race past much of the Giants' secondary for the score, his fourth of the season and first in the last four games.  

Crabtree had no passes for more than 40 yards through the first eight games of the season, but now has two over the last two games. He has still been a big part of the team's game plan, with five games of at least seven targets in a row, he just hasn't been getting the job done. Hopefully his recent run can get him going down the stretch.


49ers WR Michael Crabtree records fourth TD in Week 11 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree had his first touchdown in four games and fourth touchdown this season during a 16-10 win Week 11 at N.Y. Giants.

Crabtree finished with a team-high 85 receiving yards on three catches. He did most of his damage on a 48-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 11:38 left in the third quarter, which put San Francisco ahead 16-7.

The 85 receiving yards were a season high for Crabtree, who has surpassed 80 yards three times this season. The 49ers are back action Week 12 vs. Washington.


Coach tries to quell controversy regarding 49ers WR Crabtree


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Jim Harbaugh claims all is well in regard to his relationship with Michael Crabtree and that of the receiver with the 49ers.

Some eyebrows were raised when Crabtree brushed past Harbaugh in the locker room after the Sunday win and when the former discussed his dwindling role in the offense following the game. But Harbaugh has tried to calm the waters.

"I don't think [there's a problem]," he said via the Sacramento Bee. "Seems to be doing a fantastic job and getting the ball a lot."

Crabtree, who has played less than 70 percent of the snaps over the past two games, has exceeded 10 targets only in Week 3. He has 21 catches for 237 yards and just one touchdown over the last six games combined. Those are rather meager numbers, especially considering he's in his contract year.


49ers' Michael Crabtree catches three passes in Week 10 victory


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree hauled in three receptions for 62 yards during the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime victory over the Saints in Week 10.

Crabtree was targeted eight times, which was second on the team behind Anquan Boldin’s 15 targets.

Carbtree did contribute a big play, with a 51-yard reception late in the fourth quarter, which setup kicker Phil Dawson’s 45-yard field goal to send the game into overtime.  

The 49ers will play at the New York Giants in Week 11.


49ers WR Michael Crabtree working to improve numbers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is well aware his production needs to improve after he produced just 37 catches on 60 targets through the first eight games. His seven drops in eight games are the second-most in the NFL, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

"I always have high expectations for myself," Crabtree said, per the San Jose Mercury News. "It ain’t where I want it to be, that’s why I work hard every day, try to catch every pass thrown my way. Whatever they give me, I work my hardest to work with it."

Crabtree quickly brushed off the notion that his poor numbers could be related to a minor foot injury he suffered Sept. 28 against the Eagles, which only briefly took him out of the game.

"What you talking about about a foot," Crabtree responed. "I’ve played eight (four) games since then. You’re talking about my foot. We’re good. That’s not even a question you need to ask me."


Time to shy away from Michael Crabtree?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) If you own Michael Crabtree in Fantasy, you might want to think about sitting him for the time being. He has yet to have even a 50-yard game since topping 80 in Weeks 2 and 3. He actually had one of his better games during that stretch Week 9 against St. Louis, going for 40 yards on five catches.

I don't know if it's because his foot isn't 50 percent or because Anquan Boldin and Steve Johnson are just that good, but for whatever reason, Colin Kaepernick doesn't have much confidence in him right now. Generally speaking, the third most productive wide receiver on the 49ers isn't going to be a great Fantasy option.

For other major takeaways from Week 9, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Anquan Boldin leads 49ers receivers in Week 9 loss vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin was featured in the passing game Sunday, recording a team-high six receptions and 93 yards while scoring the offense's only touchdown in his team's 13-10 loss to the Rams in Week 9.

Boldin drifted past the coverage as quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambled on a second-quarter play, snagging a pass while wide open at the 10-yard line and racing into the end zone for the 27-yard score. It's the second time in three weeks he's managed to deliver at least 90 yards and a touchdown.

The rest of the team's passing attack was largely held at bay in the loss, with Steve Johnson catching three passes on five targets for 41 yards and Michael Crabtree managing just 40 yards while grabbing five of his nine targets. Tight end Vernon Davis could only deliver two catches for 19 yards on three targets, and no other receiver caught more than one pass.

The 49ers will hope to bounce back in Week 10 when they head to New Orleans to square off with the Saints.


Steve Johnson: 49ers receivers aren't a 'bunch of pansies'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson has played the role of star receiver in the past and has had pretty good success in the role, totaling more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons from 2010-12 with the Bills.

However, in his first year with the 49ers, he's competing for playing time and targets with a pretty deep group of receivers that include Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd

Johnson, though, is content with the situation. His focus is helping the 49ers make the playoffs, which would result in Johnson's first playoff appearance in his seven-year career.

"No frustration at all," he said, per CSNBayArea.com. “"(The) only sense of frustration is being a competitor, you know, wanting to do more. But it ain’t like there’s a bunch of pansies in front of me.

"It’s cool to a certain extent. When we get in those situations, in the heat of the moment, of course, I’m a warrior. I’m ready to go out there. We got great guys out there on the field. You can’t be frustrated. It’s not going to look right."


Hard to trust any 49ers receivers right now


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) Though the 49ers have moved the ball well through the air this season, it hasn't led to much consistent success for their wide receivers, and that may not change much moving forward.

Anquan Boldin leads the team in yards, but has reached double figures in Fantasy scoring just once this season, in Week 6. He had 50 yards to finish third on the team in Week 7's blowout loss to the Broncos, behind both Steve Johnson and Brandon Lloyd. In fact, Lloyd and Johnson are both averaging more than 40 yards receiving per game, despite routinely finishing third and fourth on the team in snaps played among wide receivers.

The elephant in the room is Michael Crabtree, who should be the team's best option in the passing game. And yet, he has just seven more yards than Johnson on nearly 20 more targets. Crabtree has never really been a big-play receiver, but there is reason to think his current yards per catch number of 10.1 will rise close to his career mark of 12.7, which would obviously improve his value.

At this point, it is awfully tough to rely on any of the 49ers receivers, even if the team is putting the ball in the air 33.1 times per game, an increase of more than seven from last year. Crabtree might make for a nice buy-low candidate for Fantasy, but there also may not be much room for him to breakout until one or more players takes a back seat. 


49ers WR Michael Crabtree held to 27 yards in Week 7 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree caught four of his seven targets for just 27 yards in his team's 42-17 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

While the 49ers averaged 11.1 yards per reception as a team Sunday, top options Crabtree (6.8 YPC) and Anquan Boldin (7.1 YPC) could find no room to work, leading to disappointing performances despite the offense dialing up 46 passes in the loss. Crabtree hasn't topped 50 yards in any of his last four games, and he owns 32 receptions, 322 yards and three touchdowns in seven games this year. The 49ers have a bye in Week 8 before facing the Rams the following week.


Michael Crabtree burns rookie for 32-yard touchdown


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree got Rams rookie cornerback E.J. Gaines turned around on a double move in the third quarter Monday. Colin Kaepernick found a wide-open Crabtree for a 32-yard score, his third touchdown catch this season.

Crabtree caught three of eight targets for 49 yards, his third straight game with under 50 receiving yards. He'll visit the Broncos in Week 7.


Michael Crabtree held to one catch


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree was limited to one reception in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, the first time he's caught just one pass since Nov. 13, 2011 against the Giants. Crabtree was targeted four times but managed only a 16-yard catch.

Crabtree has 25 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns entering Week 6 at the Rams.


Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore among cleared 49ers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) A slew of 49ers who were on the injury report are active for Week 5 against the Chiefs.

Wideout Michael Crabtree (foot) and running back Frank Gore (back) head the list and are joined by safety Antoine Bethea (ankle), tight end Vance McDonald (knee), safety Eric Reid (hamstring), defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle) and punter Andy Lee (ankle).


49ers release final Week 5 injury report


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) The 49ers listed center Marcus Martin (knee) as doubtful on the team's final injury report for Sunday's Week 5 game against the Chiefs.

Six 49ers were listed as questionable to play, including cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe), offensive tackle Anthony Davis (knee, ankle), tight ends Vernon Davis (back) and Vance McDonald (knee), safety Eric Reid (hamstring) and nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle).

Six additional players were listed as probable, including safety Antoine Bethea (ankle), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (foot), running back Frank Gore (back), punter Andy Lee (right ankle) and defensive ends Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder) and Justin Smith (not injury related).


Michael Crabtree's foot something to monitor


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/29/2014) Wide receiver Michael Crabtree has a history of foot problems, having had two surgeries on his left foot since 2009, so his exit in the first quarter Week 4 against Philadelphia because of an issue with the same foot, as brief as it was, is cause for concern in Fantasy.

He seemed to move well enough after his return, but judging by the treatment he received on the sidelines, rolling a ball on the bottom of his foot, I doubt we've heard the last of this injury. He may have some chronic soreness in there that will send him to the sidelines with each flareup.

That's complete speculation, of course, but speculation is part of the game. What it means for Fantasy owners is that they may want to consider shopping Crabtree -- not now, when the first thing the other party would do is go to his player page and read this update, but after his next big game. He had two in a row prior to this one, so another one is coming.

The goal, of course, isn't to dump Crabtree but to use his value to secure something a little bit safer, especially if you're relying on him as your No. 1 wide receiver.


Michael Crabtree finishes without issue


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who briefly left the win over the Eagles with a foot injury, did not appear hampered upon his return. He finished with five catches for 43 yards, on a team-high eight targets.

Crabtree's day could have been bigger. In the third quarter he broke wide open on a slant near the goal line. But Colin Kaepernick's throw led him too much. Crabtree's foot didn't appear to bother him early in the fourth when he stretched for a 25-yard sideline gain.

Crabtree faces the Chiefs in Week 5.


Michael Crabtree returns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree returned from his foot injury in the second quarter against the Eagles.

Michael Crabtree questionable to return


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree went to the locker room due to his foot injury and is questionable to return. Crabtree suffered the injury in the first quarter against the Eagles.

Michael Crabtree exits with apparent foot injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree left the game against the Eagles in the first quarter with an apparent left foot injury. Crabtree was getting his foot examined by the medical staff on the sideline.

Crabtree exited after extending for a 2-yard catch.


Michael Crabtree good to go


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who was probable with a quad injury, is active as expected for the game against the Eagles. He has 19 catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

49ers list lengthy injury report for Week 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) The 49ers have listed 10 players on the final injury report leading up to Week 4 at home against Philadelphia. Center Marcus Martin (knee) is the only player from that list that has been officially ruled out for the game.

Deemed questionable were safety Antoine Bethea (ankle), cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe), tackle Anthony Davis (hamstring), tight end Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) and tight end Vance McDonald (knee).

Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (quaricep), running back Frank Gore (back), defensive end Justin Smith (not injury related) and linebacker Patrick Willis (wrist) were all labeled probable for Sunday.


Michael Crabtree added to injury report


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree was added to the injury report Thursday.

Crabtree was listed with a quad injury, but was able to practice in full. Crabtree should be good to go Sunday as long as he continues to practice Friday. 


Steve Johnson complicates 49ers' receiving corps


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) After looking every bit like the third wide receiver for an offense that can't sustain three wide receivers in Weeks 1 and 2, catching a combined four passes for 39 yards, Steve Johnson came out of nowhere with nine catches for 103 yards Week 3 at Arizona, raising a bunch of questions about the 49ers receiving corps.

The offense still isn't built to sustain three wide receivers, but the only way we can count on any of them in Fantasy is if we figure out who's going to play the biggest role.

Michael Crabtree appears the one safe bet right now. He's had back-to-back good games and is obviously the most talented of the three. Anquan Boldin and Johnson, though, have been as predictable. Boldin had eight catches for 99 yards in Week 1, and Johnson obviously did what he did in Week 3. Incidentally, neither had a big game in Week 2, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick did a fine job spreading the ball to tight ends Derek Carrier and Vernon Davis as well.

Maybe the answer is that the 49ers offense isn't built to sustain even two wide receivers. That's kind of the way I'm leaning right now. In deeper leagues, I'd prefer Boldin just because he plays so many of the team's snaps -- more than Crabtree, even -- but I'm not looking for either him or Johnson on the waiver wire right now.


Michael Crabtree totals career-high 10 catches in loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree totaled a career-best 10 catches during a 23-14 loss Week 3 at Arizona. His previous career best was nine catches, which was a feat he accomplished three times.

Crabtree, who was targeted 11 times, finished with 80 receiving yards and one touchdown. His second touchdown of the season came on the opening drive, when he hauled in a 2-yard touchdown catch from Colin Kaepernick. His longest catch went 20 yards.

Crabtree has managed at least 80 yards and one touchdown in back-to-back games. The 49ers return to action Week 4 vs. Philadelphia.


Week 3 bust alert: Michael Crabtree


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) It's matchups like this weekend with Michael Crabtree vs. Patrick Peterson that are fun to watch, and Crabtree has done well against the Cardinals in his career.

In his past five meetings with Arizona, Crabtree has 30 catches for 456 yards and four touchdowns, and Peterson was just beaten for a touchdown in Week 2 by Rueben Randle.

Crabtree is also coming off a solid game in Week 2 against the Bears with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.

I'm not suggesting benching Crabtree outright in the majority of leagues because he could easily help your Fantasy team with one play. But the matchup with Peterson is tough, and we like Crabtree as just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.