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By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Apr 13th 8:19pm EDT

Matt Barrows, 49ers beat writer for the Sacramento Bee, is reporting that Michael Crabtree is set to become a Raider. (Source: Matt Barrows on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Terms are not yet unknown, but the offseason odyssey for Crabtree seems to be over. Given his market this offseason, it's likely a short, incentive-laden prove-it deal. He won't be much more than a low-end WR3 in deep PPR leagues, and that's if he can improve his play.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Apr 8th 10:06pm EDT

San Francisco Chronicle Raiders reporter Vic Tafur reports Michael Crabtree left Oakland without a contract. (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree's market continues to dwindle. It's becoming increasingly curious where the wide out will end up next year, as he's starting to cross half the NFL off his list.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Tue, Apr 7th 1:14am EDT

Michael Crabtree reportedly met with the cross-bay rivals of his former team, the 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The market for Crabtree hasn't been close to what he has wanted. He's reportedly turned down a one-year, few million dollar "prove it" deal from the Dolphins. Many think the Raiders should have gotten him instead of Darius Heyward-Bey in the draft, so the cycle is complete. Crabtree hasn't been the same player who broke out since he tore his Achilles in 2013. His fantasy prospects are bleak in 2015.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Mar 18th 1:38pm EDT

Michael Crabtree is meeting with the Dolphins today, possibly his first meeting this off-season. (Source: Rand Getlin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Crabtree were to sign with the Dolphins, he could step right in as Tannehill's favorite target. No word of any deal yet, but stay tuned.


By Jonathan Ebanks, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Mar 16th 5:48pm EDT

ESPN reporter John Keim has reported that the Redskins have interest in Michael Crabtree. (Source: John Keim on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Keim also stated that the Chargers look like a stronger possibility than the Redskins. Finishing with 68 catches for just 698 yards and four touchdowns in 2014, Crabtree would likely settle in with the second team if he signed with Washington. Regardless, he still has the size and speed needed to be a playmaker in the NFL, which is exactly why San Diego wants him. San Diego is a better bet to get Crabtree since they don't have a quarterback controversy and have a better chance at contending.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Mar 13th 11:29pm EDT

Former 49ers wide receiver and current free agent Michael Crabtree has no interest in returning to the 49ers in 2015. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The specific phrase Maiocco used was that the Niners "rank 33rd (give or take)." In a fast and furious off-season thus far, there has been no known interest in Crabtree. He was under-utilized in 2014 behind Anquan Boldin, mostly because they played the same role in the offense. He's been a step slower since his Achilles injury and it appears that may have derailed his career. He's destined for a 2-year, low-risk contract for a team throwing a dart at him.


By Brian Tesch, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Mar 11th 7:39pm EDT

49ers reporter Cam Inman tweeted "Haven't heard peep about Michael Crabtree, either. Not surprised. Remember how long took to hammer out his last (only) contract as rookie?" (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Randall Cobb, Jeremy Maclin, Torrey Smith and Andre Johnson off the market, it looks like Crabtree is viewed as a 2nd tier WR by NFL front offices. Crabtree should be on your fantasy radar's if he can land in a advantageous situation, he hopefully will revert back to his pre-injury form of 2013.


By Brian Tesch, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Mar 6th 6:17pm EST

When asked if he believed impending FA Michael Crabtree would return to the team, DB Perrish Cox told 95.7 The Game, “From the receiver that Crabtree is, last year our receiving corps that we had, we had a lot of receivers that wanted the ball,” Cox said. “Crabtree is one of those guys that wants the ball. And when you have players like we have on our squad -- with the receiver corps we had, the tight end, we got the running back, a good quarterback that runs and passes the ball -- I don’t think he’s one of those guys that wants to be in an offense like that. That’s just my opinion, though.” (Source: CSNbayarea.com)

Fantasy Impact: It has also been reported by CSNbayarea.com that the team is interested in re-signing Crabtree, and it's one of those situations where the truth cannot lie in the middle. Crabtree officially hits free agency on March 10th, and if I had to bet, it would be on him finding a new team.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Sat, Feb 7th 12:27pm EST

49ers free agent Wide Receiver removed the 49ers from his Twitter biography. (Source: Niners Nation)

Fantasy Impact: While this doesn't necessarily portend the end of Crabtree in red and gold, the writing has been on the wall for a while and this could be the nail in the coffin. If Crabtree is done with the 49ers, he enters free agency on the heels of his worst full season in the NFL: 68 receptions and 4 touchdowns while averaging nearly 20 few yards per game as he did in his breakout 2012 campaign. Depending on where he goes, Crabtree offers nice bounce back value as he moves on from the 49ers' run-first scheme, but given the extreme number of highly attractive options at the top of the WR class, Crabtree will be a back-end #2 WR at best in 2015.


By Brian Tesch, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Jan 2nd 4:41pm EST

When asked about his connection with Colin Kaepernick possibly regressing after a disappointing 2014, Michael Crabtree simply responded. "I don't know man, like I said, I just play receiver, man. Whatever." (Source: NinersNation.com)

Fantasy Impact: While he may have dissapointed with his 68-698-4 final line, Crabtree at least gets the award for most Lebowskiesque quote on the year. With his contract up and his dominant 2012 fading further and further into the distance, the 2015 off-season looks murky for the 6th year WR.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Dec 29th 1:42am EST

Crabtree secured 4 catches for 41 yards in the final game of the season.

Fantasy Impact: This may be Crabtree's last game as a 49er, he'll be a free agent in 2015. Crabtree seemed to have lost a step this year, after coming back from an achilles injury. If Crabtree is not with the 49ers next year, he will probably want to go to a passing first offense. If that's the case, he'll be a weekly WR2.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 12:51am EST

Michael Crabtree was benched most of the game, playing only 15 snaps. He had 1 reception for 5 yards. (Source: CBSSports.com)

Fantasy Impact: Like most of the 49ers offense, this has been an extremely disappointing season for Crabtree. He's a free agent and with the 49ers' roster crunch and a need to revamp the offense, it's extremely unlikely that Crabtree is in red and gold next season.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Dec 17th 6:53pm EST

Crabtree missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury. (Source: Matt Barrows on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We haven't heard anything major about Crabtree's injury, so hopefully it's more of a rest day. He is expected to play, barring any setbacks. He isn't even on the WR3 radar right now.


By Jeff Krisko, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 12:20am EST

Michael Crabtree caught all three balls thrown his way, but only did so to the tune of 19 yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree had a good first down grab but was mostly covered all night. He's grabbed almost everything thrown his way the last couple of weeks, but that hasn't been much. He's a WR3 option in PPR leagues on Saturday vs. San Diego. It's been a disappointing contract season for Crabtree.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 11:53am EST

Crabtree had 9 receptions for 56 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per catch.

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers offense is in shambles and no one looks any good out there. Crabtree is no more than a WR3 down the stretch.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 8:10pm EST

Crabtree had a quiet week after scoring a long touchdown in Week 11. He ended Sunday's win with 5 receptions for 58 yards.

Fantasy Impact: With the 49ers offense playing so poorly, it's hard to trust anyone on the team. If you're a Crabtree owner, I'd only start him in plus matchups or as a WR3 in PPR leagues.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 12:38am EST

Crabtree caught 3 passes for 85 yards with a touchdown against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Michael Crabtree led the 49ers in receiving on Sunday. I guess him complaining last week, paid off. He got 8 targets and took one of his catches 48 yards for a touchdown. Next week Crabtree takes on the Washington Redskins, who just got smoked by Mike Evans. I expect Crabtree to keep this momentum going against them and have a good Week 12.


By Brian Tesch, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 11:14pm EST

When asked is Michael Crabtree was unhappy with the 49ers, head coach Jim Harbaugh stated “I don’t think so. He seems to be doing a fantastic job. Getting the ball a lot.” When asked the same thing, Colin Kaepernick stated “You’d have to ask [Crabtree].” (Source: sfgate.com)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree is averaging a healthy 7.56 targets per game, but his comments describing himself as "just a third-down receiver" after Week 10's big win over New Orleans show that he could be dissatisfied with his current usage. Crabtree has been dealing with lingering injury issues, but is still being used enough to be fantasy relevant as a WR2/WR3.


By Brian Tesch, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 11:03pm EST

Michael Crabtree finshed the week with 3 catches on 8 targets for 62 yards and 0 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree was looking at a 2 catch 11 yard day before breaking open for a 51 yard catch that set up the game tying field goal. Crabtree has been looked at quite frequently in 2014, dipping under seven targets on only two occasions, but just hasn't been able to put together a breakthrough game. Crabtree is a strong hold, his time will come.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Fri, Oct 10th 4:37pm EDT

Crabtree told reporters the other day, that "There's nothing wrong with me," in regards to his injured foot. Crabtree was only able to catch 1 pass for 16 yards against the Chiefs, making some think that he has a foot injury that is hindering his performance. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree can't seem to keep his legs/feet healthy for an extended period of time, and it's starting to show on the field. I can't trust Crabtree as more than a WR3 with upside, until he shows us he's back to full health.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 9:42pm EDT

Michael Crabtree was added to the 49ers' injury report with a quad issue. He was a full participant at today's practice, however. (Source: 49ers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree seems to always have leg/feet issues, but this doesn't seem too serious. Keep Crabtree in your lineup unless he has a setback.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 8:57pm EDT

Michael Crabtree caught 10 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: What achilles injury? Once again, Crabtree was the number one pass catcher on the 49ers and seems to be the only one that Kaepernick throws to. He is a borderline WR1 and needs to be in your lineup every week.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 2:34pm EDT

Michael Crabtree and Colin Kaepernick hooked up for seven catches, 82 yards and a touchdown on Sunday night. It was a good statistical night for Crabtree and hopefully a sign of things to come this season.

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree is obviously the apple of Colin's eye and is getting the majority of targets. No matter the matchup, Crabtree is a high end WR2.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Sep 10th 8:29pm EDT

Michael Crabtree is back to full participation at practice, after being limited last week. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully Crabtree can stay healthy this week because the 49ers will need him against the talented Bears. If he can stay on the field he'll be back to his normal WR1/2 self.


By Chad Satterfield, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 4:21pm EDT

Michael Crabtree says he's fine and will be in the starting lineup on Sunday. (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is no better news than hearing that the 49ers #1 wideout is feeling good and saying he'll be on the field Sunday. Keep Crabtree in your lineups as normal, the game against the Cowboys projects to be a high scoring one. Crab should have a great day for fantasy.


By Graham Barfield, Raiders Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 4:03pm EDT

A day after Michael Crabtree missed practice due to a sore calf, he "plans to practice today" and his injury is "minor." (Source: Eric Branch - Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As fantasy owners breath a sigh of relief that Michael Crabtree's injury is minor, they should also be licking their chops at his juicy match-up against Dallas this weekend. Crabtree is FantasyPros' consensus WR15 this week and has a projected stat line of: 5.1 receptions, 72.8 yards, and 0.7 touchdowns. As long as there aren't any speed-bumps before Sunday, Crabtree should be started with confidence in all league formats.


By Graham Barfield, Raiders Correspondent, Wed, Sep 3rd 8:05pm EDT

Michael Crabtree did not participate in 49ers' practice today (9/3) due to a calf injury. As of right now, Crabtree's availability for the regular-season opener on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys is not known. (Source: Matt Maiocco - CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree missed 16 days in camp with a hamstring strain and now has an apparent calf injury that caused him to miss practice today. The 49ers play the Cowboys at 4:25 EST, so hopefully fantasy owners will have some clarity of his official status before Sunday morning. In the meantime, Crabtree's matchup is very appetizing; the Cowboys pass defense ranked 30th overall last year, and there is no reason to believe the Dallas D will be any better this season. Because of Dallas' porous defense, Michael Crabtree is currently FantasyPros' consensus ranked WR13 for Week 1's match-ups. This is a situation to monitor closely.


By Graham Barfield, Raiders 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, Raiders 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, Raiders 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.

RotoBaller | Jul 31st
Carr fits Crabtree better than either of Kaepernick or Smith ever did. A surprise resurgence of the formerly highly touted receiver could be on the horizon if he's still committed to becoming great.