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By Graham Barfield, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 11:43pm EDT

49ers WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday (8/13). (Source: Steve Corkran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported that Michael Crabtree could miss up to two weeks with what's being called "soreness" in his hamstring. With good health, Crabtree could be in line for a career best season in the 49ers offense that may throw the ball a bit more. When he returned last year, Michael Crabtree saw a healthy 25% of targets from QB Colin Kaepernick. He is currently being drafted in the early-5th round and is ranked as FantasyPros consensus WR18.

By Andrew Cantor-Wagner, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Aug 1st 3:29pm EDT

News out Niners camp today reveals that WR Michael Crabtree will be out anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Coach Harbaugh would not disclose what the injury was, but a source close to Crabtree tells NFL Insider Ian Rapoport that Crabtree is nursing a sore hamstring. Crabtree missed most of 2013 following surgery for a torn achilles. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: The injury is certainly worth following as Crabtree missed all but the last couple weeks of the 2013 season, during which he showed flashes of brilliance upon return. He has had a strong training camp thus far, and could shine as a high upside WR2 if he stays healthy. As long as he is able to return to practice in a timely manner, Crabtree should still be considered a good value around rounds 4-6 in standard 10-12 team leagues and worth aa earlier look in deeper formats.

By Andrew Cantor-Wagner, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 12:59am EDT

Reports out of 49ers camp say WR Michael Crabtree has his natural burst back and is showing no signs of wear or injury. He is exploding on plays and participating at full force in practice. Crabtree underwent surgery for a torn Achillies in May of 2013 and did not return to the field until December. The Niners had used Crabtree sparingly in offseason workouts, but seem to have no major concerns about his health at this time. (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Despite missing the entire offseason and a majority of the regular season, Crabtree returned in December to put up respectable fantasy numbers through the last few games of last season (284 yards and 1 TD through 5 games), as well as some flashes of brilliance in the postseason . If he continues to remain healthy through 2014, we expect numbers similar or better than his 2012 season (85/1,105/9), making him a mid WR2 value with high upside.

The New York Times | Aug 22nd
Back to full health, he should have no problems regaining WR2 status.
The Fake Football | Aug 22nd
When Crabs is healthy he is easily Kaepernick's #1 guy while Vernon Davis takes a back seat like he did in 2012. As long as he's healthy there's no reason we won't see a repeat of his '12 numbers.
Breaking Football | Aug 21st
He's 100% now and should look to have a strong 2014 so he can earn fat money in next contract.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 21st
He is now fully healthy and can put up amazing weekly numbers. He can be targeted in all formats.
The Football Girl | Aug 21st
Meshes well with Kaepernick, but one of several fine targets on run-first team.
Legion Report | Aug 21st
The motivational stars have aligned for Crabtree as he is fully-healed from an Achilles Injury, recently embarrassed by Richard Sherman and entering a contract year. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that since 2011, the 49ers have not ranked any higher than 31st in the NFL in Passing Attempts. Additionally, Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman expressed that they could stray away a bit from their ground-pounding roots. San Fran bolstered their WR corps by adding Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd to a group that already included Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin. We wouldn’t expect a monster season out of Crabtree with the limitations and numerous options available in this run-heavy offense, however a 1,000 yard season isn’t out of the question by any means.
Rotoworld | Aug 20th
Michael Crabtree admitted he wasn't healthy or himself in the eight games he played last season after returning from a torn Achilles'.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
Crabtree is entering the final season of his rookie contract so we can expect big things. Crabtree and Kaepernick have a very solid connection. Back in 2012 when Kaepernick took over the starting job from a concussed Alex Smith, Crabtree burst onto the scene. He produced 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2012 and is working to get back to those numbers again.
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
I think Crabtree will reemerge as a WR2 with a full off-season and being a year removed from an Achilles injury. He is sitting out of camp with what is believed to be a hamstring injury, but there is nothing to be worried about at this stage of training camp.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 18th
In the words of Ricky Ricardo, the Yahoo fantasy football experts have "some 'splainin' to do." I'm talking about our '14 fantasy football rankings, which we have been updating throughout the summer. Among these lists, certain Yahoos stick out like a sore thumb as it pertains to their rankings of certain players. And, with the bulk of the fantasy industry preparing for drafts over the next couple ...
Fantasy Team Advice | Aug 18th
There are many more reliable top WRs than Crabtree, but his high ceiling is hard to ignore. As Colin Kaepernick becomes more comfortable as a passer, and Frank Gore slows down due to his old age, the 49ers will start to air it out more. Although Richard Sherman labels Crabtree as a "mediocre" receiver, Michael has as much talent as any of the guys on this list.
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 9th
Expect him to push for WR1 numbers with Kap
ESPN | Aug 4th
Christopher Harris and Eric Karabell face off over whether Michael Crabtree is a top-40 overall pick in 2014.
Rotoworld | Aug 4th
The Rotoworld staff got together to debate their favorite bounce-back candidates, and Michael Crabtree's name came up.
EDSFootball | Aug 2nd
With coach Jim Harbaugh vague about the injury, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will miss the next one to two weeks while he is "working through something." When asked if the injury was related to Crabtree's Achilles, Harbaugh responded, “No. Are you going to go through every body part until you get the right one?” Per ESPN's Josina Anderson, Crabtree is nursing...
Yahoo! Sports | Jul 25th
If you look at the Yahoo fantasy wide receiver rankings, you'll find three players (Cordarrelle Patterson, Percy Harvin and Michael Crabtree) bunched together, fighting for the final spots in our top 20. For different reasons (either injury or lack of playing time), all three players offered up incomplete '13 campaigns. As the '14 season approaches, each of these players looks poised to be full se...
RotoBaller | Jul 13th
A couple weeks ago we looked at Randall Cobb as an injury bounceback sleeper . Here are a couple more players who missed at least six games last year but should be kept in the back of your mind when drafting this year.         Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers A ruptured Achilles is no longer […]
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